Iceland drops all COVID-19 border and domestic restrictions

It’s been a short while since I wrote with A Luxurious Journey Weblog however I’m glad to be again and sharing such illuminating information. Hopefully I’ll be sharing extra excellent news on Iceland extra recurrently once more going ahead.

Iceland drops all border and home restrictions

As of the twenty fifth of February 2022, the Icelandic authorities have made the bottom breaking choice to not simply scale back present restrictions however take away all of them collectively. As a resident of Iceland, I can say that this may possible create a giant increase for journey within the nation and permit us to do our jobs in the same method as we did earlier than the COVID-19 pandemic. In that respect, it’s nice information.

With that stated, there may be all the time the concern that the loosening (or eradicating) of security measures will create one other surge. It’s a daring transfer. However, and it’s a giant BUT, issues should not the identical in Iceland anymore. Not in comparison with earlier surges.

In reality, the Chief Epidemiologist has suggested that eradicating all testing, quarantining, border controls and even necessary social distancing and masks carrying, is the best factor to do to guard us from the virus. For one easy cause, specifically that herd immunity is inside attain. A daring assertion however one that’s doubtlessly a future actuality.

Is herd immunity inside attain?

Firstly, Iceland has one of many highest vaccination information on this planet with over 80% of all folks over the age of 5 years previous being absolutely vaccinated.

Secondly, 123,000 folks have already been recognized with the virus up to now with many extra believed to be undiagnosed. For reference, meaning virtually 1/third of the inhabitants have had the virus formally and one other 1/third could have been contaminated with out realizing it too, primarily based on antibody testing. Subsequently, if near 2/3rds have already had and recovered from the virus already, then we’re not removed from reaching the required 80% herd immunity mark.

Thirdly, regardless of Iceland seeing a giant surge in instances for the previous few months, the overwhelming majority is the omicron variant with only a few folks getting significantly ailing. At time of writing solely 2 folks in the complete nation are held within the ICU for covid associated signs.

Ought to I nonetheless defend myself in Iceland?

That may be a resounding sure from me. Defending your self ought to all the time be of paramount significance. I personally will nonetheless be carrying a masks at any time when I’m more likely to be nearer than 1 metre from folks round me in an enclosed area. Hand-sanitising will nonetheless be a giant issue throughout the nation and in probably the most half I imagine people and corporations alike will stay as prudent as they’ve ever been, even when it’s now not a authorized requirement to take action. In spite of everything, nobody needs to catch covid, even when the signs are possible much less extreme than up to now. Additional extra, simply since you received’t must quarantine anymore should you catch it, it doesn’t imply the nation you come back dwelling to will help you to re-enter in case you have the virus so it’s finest to play it protected and stay cautious anyway.

In reality, the Chief Epidemiologist agrees, regardless of their assertion that herd immunity is inside attain,

We are able to really rejoice at this turning-point, however nonetheless I encourage folks to watch out, follow private an infection prevention measures and to not work together with others in the event that they discover signs

So my ideas are that you must nonetheless keep away from pointless interactions, keep away from massive gatherings when doable and put on a masks whenever you really feel uncomfortable.

So what are the brand new guidelines now?

My colleagues and I quipped that the brand new guidelines are that ‘there are not any guidelines’, which isn’t distant from the reality (for now). To be sincere, Iceland has been very spectacular at switching the principles to swimsuit the scenario at lightning velocity which has protected us from any severe outbreaks over the previous 2 years. So take what’s written under with a pinch of salt and all the time seek the advice of the official COVID web page earlier than travelling.

In brief, that is what has been eliminated:

1. There’ll now not be a requirement to check when coming into Iceland.
2. You do not want to be vaccinated or present proof of earlier an infection to enter Iceland.
3. No quarantine measures are in place should you catch covid, although particular precaution is really useful (isolate for five days and so long as you’ve gotten signs, although this isn’t a authorized requirement).
4. Massive gatherings are allowed once more.
5. Bars and golf equipment will return to regular hours.
6. Masks carrying and social distancing are now not required, although prudence continues to be really useful.
7. Though testing is just not required, you continue to have entry to free testing centres in numerous places in Iceland.
8. Iceland’s home guidelines don’t have any bearing on future journey so seek the advice of along with your airline and nation of origin for what you could do to re-enter your personal nation.

Ought to I journey to Iceland? Is the time lastly proper for me?

As all the time, this can be a very private choice. Not one to be taken calmly.

On the one hand, visiting Iceland has by no means been extra open. Issues virtually really feel like they’re again to regular (in probably the most half).

However, the diminished restrictions could have an effect on the chance of you catching the virus whereas in Iceland. This implies, regardless of the diminished guidelines, private safety and holding protected distances ought to stay a precedence.

Subsequently, a very powerful questions you could ask yourselves are;
1. Do you (or shut family members) have underlying well being issues that might make catching covid-19 a bigger concern?
2. What limitations do you’ve gotten for travelling dwelling should you do contract the virus in Iceland?

If the dangers related to journey should not one thing you might be snug with, then maybe now is just not the time to journey for you.

With that stated, journey has develop into a actuality for many individuals once more. Fortunately, a few of these folks have thought of Iceland to be an amazing vacation spot throughout the pandemic, displaying a small rebound in vacationer numbers within the final 6 months. In spite of everything, Iceland is about as much as enable for loads of distant actions, usually in outside settings. Excellent for social distancing and immersing your self in nature away from the crowds. One thing that has develop into much more necessary in a cautious world.

By hook or by crook, Iceland will likely be prepared and ready when the time is best for you.

See you in Iceland… when the time is correct.

Ryan Connolly is Co-Founding father of Hidden Iceland. Hidden Iceland specialises in non-public journeys, taking you to a few of the hidden gems of Iceland with a passionate and skilled information.

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