The coronavirus pandemic has hit the tourism industry worldwide. However, as the world recovers from the myriad restrictions of the pandemic, several countries are opening up to tourists. The latest country to lift travel restrictions for COVID-19 is Iceland.
The Icelandic Ministry of Health and Ministry of Foreign Affairs shared the good news on social media last week, welcoming tourists to the picturesque country. A Facebook post shared by the Icelandic Ministry of Foreign Affairs on February 24 read: “Good news! All rules regarding restrictions on social gatherings and school activities, as well as the quarantine requirement for those infected with COVID-19 are being extended. with effect from Friday 25 February.” The post also informed that the country will not take any disease prevention measures at its border, regardless of whether individuals are vaccinated or unvaccinated.
The official statement from the government of Iceland stated that the decision was taken after a government meeting, where the country’s health minister, Willum Þór Þórsson, presented his decision, based on the chief epidemiologist’s recommendation to him regarding the lifting of the restrictions.
Willum said in a statement: “We can really rejoice at this turning point, but nevertheless I encourage people to exercise caution, take personal infection prevention measures and not interact with others if they notice symptoms.”
The European country is known for its unique geothermal water baths, aquamarine northern lights and unique flora and fauna. Located on the edge of the Arctic, Iceland is characterized by its breathtaking natural beauty, and its beaches are no exception. The topography is determined by both glaciers and volcanic eruptions. Iceland is home to black volcanic beaches backed by mysterious basalt columns and geothermal beaches sprinkled with blond sand.
Now that pandemic restrictions have been lifted, it’s a perfect time to visit the country and take that Instagram-worthy photo at the location.
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