Iceland may be witnessing a spurt in the daily new COVID-19 cases of late, but that hasn’t deterred the idyllic island nation from making an absolute return of sorts to travel. The country recently opened up to all travellers without needing them to carry negative COVID-19 reports or vaccination certificates.
Starting Friday, February 25, the Nordic country lifted all public restrictions—both domestic and international—that had earlier been enforced due to the pandemic. The Ministry of Health, however, has urged people to be careful, “practice personal infection prevention measures and not to interact with others if they notice symptoms”.
The development follows several nations lifting a significant chunk of their pandemic-related travel protocols, including India removing the quarantine requirement for international travellers recently. Israel is expected to follow suit, removing the vaccine mandate for international travellers, and France might scrap the pre-departure testing rule for the fully vaxxed.
Also Read | Cruise Through Iceland’s New Road Trip
Prannay Pathak dreams about living out of a suitcase and retiring to the island of Hamneskär to watch films in solitary confinement. He is Assistant Editor (Digital) at National Geographic Traveller India.