You no longer need to prove vaccination status or take any COVID tests to enter the country. All mandates regarding limitations on gatherings, quarantines, and masking have also been removed.
Of course you will still need to take a COVID test to fly back to the US. I wrote about using an eMed telehealth test when I returned from Iceland to the US last July.
Iceland’s chief epidemiologist notes that the daily infection count remains high, but severe infections have not increased in the highly vaccinated country. He notes that herd immunity is the way out the pandemic and that the country at 366,000 people has 110,000 with confirmed infections and another 110,000 estimated infections based on antibody testing.
Herd immunity is a strategy that was originally tried by the UK and Sweden, before they both backtracked on it. But in an era when we have vaccines and several good treatment options for COVID, I imagine we’ll see more countries dropping all requirements in favor of a herd immunity strategy. At least until the next variant that manages to break through previous immunity comes along. Then again, if the next variant is less virulent, perhaps aiming for heard immunity would be the best exit path.
Iceland is a truly incredible country to visit with endless breathtaking sights to see, and it’s just a short nonstop flight from many US cities. You can read more on DDF in the Iceland Master Thread.
Will you visit Iceland due to the end of COVID rules?