US News neither quarantine nor PCR: Iceland opens large arms to the tourists vaccinated

12:15  07 april  2021
12:15  07 april  2021 Source:   lefigaro.fr

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The number of tourists visiting Iceland plummeted by 75% in 2020, the biggest decline in years. “Our experience shows that the risk of infection from vaccinated individuals is very small or negligible,” chief epidemiologist Thorolfur Gudnason said. Spain, Greece, Cyprus and Portugal may now also be added to travel lists for the upcoming summer season, as authorities in those countries have pledged to reopen borders and cancel quarantine requirements for vaccinated visitors. Still, 32% of destinations worldwide are completely closed for global tourism thanks to the ongoing pandemic, according to

Iceland opened its doors 18 March 2021 to vaccinated travelers from anywhere in the world, becoming one of the first countries in the EU/Schengen area to do so. IcelandAir notes on the website that for travelers hoping to use Iceland as a means of spring-boarding to other EU/Schengen area destinations, they will be disappointed. The rules for this policy very clearly state that further travel from Iceland to the rest of Europe is currently not permitted for non-Schengen residents.

L’Islande n’impose une quarantaine qu’aux voyageurs en provenance de pays avec un taux d'incidence supérieur à 500 cas pour 100.000 habitants. © Blue Planet Studio - Stock.Adobe.com Iceland does not impose quarantine than travelers from countries with a rate of Incidence above 500 cases for 100,000 inhabitants. What is the health situation of Iceland?

As of April 3, 50,259 people received at least one dose of the VVID-19 vaccine on a population of 360,000 (nearly 14.73%). The country recorded 6,225 cases and 29 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic. " The objective of the Icelandic government is to vaccinate 70% of the population by the end of June ," recalls Barbara Grena, production director at Scanditours (Kuoni Group).

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Non- vaccinated travelers are also welcome to visit the country, positioned on the eastern coast of Central America, as long as they provide a negative PCR test taken within four days of their arrival or a rapid antigen test taken within 48 hours of travel. Any visitors who are unable to produce a negative test result when they arrive will be tested at the airport at a cost of . Vaccinated visitors are also allowed to travel to the Galapagos archipelago, which is part of Ecuador, but the rules are slightly more complicated.

Still, tourism -reliant Thailand’s reluctance to fully ease curbs point to the dilemma faced by authorities in balancing the need to protect people from fresh outbreaks while bolstering economic activities. The pandemic has devastated Thailand’s tourism industry, which provided more than billion in The government is prepared to lower the quarantine to seven days for vaccinated travelers once the nation is ready though a 14-day isolation will continue for those coming from areas with new virus strains, said Taweesilp Witsanuyotin, a spokesman for the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration.

Traveler What Are The Entry Conditions?

Since March 18, people vaccinated against COVID-19 can enter without restrictions in Iceland. The country is one of the first in Europe to open its borders outside of country nationals outside Schengen area. Tourists who go there must prove that they have received the two doses of the vaccines authorized by the European Union (Pfizer Biontech, Moderna, Astrazeneca, Janssen) by means of a vaccination certificate (paper or electronics) that can be written in French. " Reservations that we are currently receiving for departures in May and June come mainly from French already vaccinated or who are sure to be here ", observes Eric Biard, co-founder of Island Tours. Tourists who have already contracted the virus can also enter the country without restriction on presentation of a serological test or a positive PCR test dating from more than 14 days.

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Quarantine , consistent with the CDC recommendations for international travel, is still recommended for domestic travelers who are not fully vaccinated or have not recovered from laboratory confirmed COVID-19 during the previous 3 months. Travelers from Canada, crossing at land borders subject to the agreement between the governments of the United States and Canada, are permitted to travel in accordance with said federal agreement and need not quarantine solely due to such federally authorized travel.

Alternatively, PCR tests are available at the airport, with results taking up to 72 hours. Those who enter with their results pending and those getting tested at the airport are asked to follow strict social distancing until they receive a negative test. All results should be uploaded to the online portal. The order does not apply to travelers from Maryland and Virginia who have not been in a high risk area in the previous two weeks. It also excludes people who are between two weeks and 90 days of being fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, as well as those who were infected with the virus in the previous

For non-vaccinated travelers, the measures that apply depend on the country of origin, specifies the Icelandic government website . Travelers from a country where the incidence rate is greater than 500 cases for 100,000 inhabitants over the last 14 days must be tested on arrival, place in quarantine for five to six days, then be tested again. If this second test is also negative, quarantine ends. As of April 11, travelers concerned must pay quarantine fees, namely 10,000 Icelandic crooks (68 €) per room per night. " Entry conditions in Iceland for non-vaccinated persons will largely depend on the health developments in France ," observes Barbara Grenie.

In all cases, travelers must have a negative PCR test of less than 72 hours and fill an online form before arriving in Iceland. Visitors are encouraged to download The Rankning C-19 tracing application, the equivalent of our allanticovid application.

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PCR tests are available by appointment or potentially via walk-up; costs vary. Many locations also provide rapid tests, but the Denver and Salt Lake City locations are after security and open to ticketholders. Hotels offering COVID-19 tests. The Rosewood Baha Mar. Even if you’ve been vaccinated against COVID-19, you’ll need to provide a negative test before boarding. Airlines must confirm the negative result (or recovery from COVID-19) for all passengers, and travelers without documentation, either printed or digital, will be prohibited from flying to the United States.

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What tourist offer this summer?

" The tourist offer will be pretty much identical to that of the 2020 season, with a presence of tourists almost exclusively European ," Eric Biard points out. The country has never known curfew or confinement. The hotels, bars and restaurants are open, even if some institutions prefer to close attendance. Pools and hot water sources, genuine institutions in Iceland, host up to 75% of their usual capabilities. " Some activities (seaside, hiking on glacier ...) could nevertheless adapt to the drop in the attendance," warns Eric Biard.

From May, the Icelandian national company, Icelandair , will operate a round trip per week between Paris-CDG and Reykjavik, then two round trips from mid-June. For its part, Transavia , the low-cost subsidiary of Air France, will ensure three round trips per week of July 2 and October 17 from Paris-Orly.

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Greece allowed from coming week Entrance of vaccinated tourists .
vaccinated tourists can take holiday in Greece from coming week. The measure is part of a pilot project to enable citizens and citizens from several countries to enter the government on Thursday. Such a possibility with a detection currently only visitors from Israel. With the measure, travelers can also bypass a one-week quarantine, as is currently still valid. © Louisa Gouliamaki vaccinated tourists can take holiday in Greece from coming week.

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