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Iceland holidays: Quarantine axed for vaccinated EU travellers but Britons will miss out


Iceland has laid out a plan to welcome back holidaymakers from the European Union without the need for a mandatory period of quarantine. Under the new ruling, arrivals who have received the coronavirus vaccination will be allowed to enter the country without self-isolating.

However, British travellers have been left off the list following Brexit.

At the time of writing, visitors to Iceland must take a PCR test upon arrival.

They will be required to undertake up to six days in quarantine, with a second coronavirus test taken at the end of this period.

This could be set to change though, with the arrival of new guidelines set to allow visitors to use World Health Organisation (WHO) accredited vaccination certificates to side-step the quarantine and testing process.

The certificates must also meet a certain list of criteria, which includes being issued within a EEA/EFTA state.

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Currently, UK travellers are banned from entering Iceland due to concerns over new variants of COVID-19 first detected within England.

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) states: “Due to COVID-19 restrictions, from 1 January all non-essential travel by British citizens from the UK/other non EU/EEA country to Iceland is not permitted, unless you are resident in Iceland or fall under their exempt category of traveller.

“Everyone flying into Iceland must do two COVID-19 tests, one on arrival and another 5-6 days later upon arrival.

“Children born in 2005 or later are exempt from testing but will be required to self-isolate along with their parents or guardians on arrival.”

By comparison, the UK’s figures are much higher.

The UK has detected 3,689,746 cases since the beginning of the pandemic and 100,162 fatalities as a result.

However, Prime Minister Boris Johnson remains hopeful the vaccination effort could bring light at the end of the tunnel.

In the week ending January 17, an additional 1,560,543 people were reported to

have received an NHS vaccination for COVID-19 in England.

This took the total number of people vaccinated since vaccinations began on December 8 to

3,557,847 and the total vaccinations given to 3,981,445.



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