Iceland Eases Travel Rules For Indians; Vaccinated Travellers Can Skip Testing Upon Entry

by Tania Tarafdar
by Tania Tarafdar975

Have you been waiting to travel to Iceland? The country has eased COVID-19 restrictions at its borders and has dropped all travel restrictions. Thanks to the super-efficient vaccination drive of the country that has managed to fully vaccinate about 60% of the population. About 87% population has already received its first dose. All passengers regardless of origin can visit Iceland and here’s everything you need to know.

Skip Quarantine With The Proof Of Vaccination Certificate Or Previous Infection

Proof of previous infection and recovery or a vaccination certificate exempts one from needing a negative PCR-test result. There have been reports of travellers vaccinated with Covishield, the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine manufactured in India, may not be eligible for the European Union’s Green Pass that eases travel to Europe.

No Ban On India’s Covishield Vaccine

However, European Union Ambassador to India, Ugo Astuto clarified that there was no ban on India’s Covishield vaccine. He said the European Union had set up a new system of Digital Covid Certificate which was meant to facilitate travel within the European Union. He said, “It is to clarify there is no banning on Covishield, we have set up in place a new system of Digital Covid Certificate which is meant to facilitate travel within the European Union.”

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Iceland Eased Restrictions For Fully Vaccinated Travellers

The country has also eased restrictions for fully vaccinated travellers. Travelers carrying vaccination certificates will not be tested upon entry. Children born after 2005 will not have to show a negative COVID 19 test report. However the vaccine you have taken must be approved by the European Medicines Agency.

Iceland’s Minister of Health, Svandís Svavarsdóttir, said in a statement, “Continuous and honest communication between the people and our trusted scientists have contributed mightily to the population’s willingness to take part in the effort to minimize the harms of the pandemic. There has been a focus on maintaining a proper level of vigilance without either downplaying or exaggerating the risk. We are succeeding by trusting the good sense of the Icelandic people.”

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Iceland Lifted Restrictions On Tourist Places

Iceland has not only lifted restrictions on opening hours of tourist places and eateries but also the number of attendees at a gathering. Further, the residents of Iceland do not need to wear masks or social distance. Tourists will also have an easier time in Iceland as the rules apply to them as well. The rules have already kicked in from midnight of June 26. Iceland Becomes First EU Or Schengen Country To Welcome All Vaccinated Tourists

You can still travel to Iceland if you are not vaccinated. However, you will need to go through the COVID-19 test upon arrival and also quarantine for five days.

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