Is it safe to travel to Iceland?
The big question is whether this summer travel may still be possible. Many countries in of the western world are beginning to emerge from lock down and lifting travel ban and ease corona virus restrictions. The pressure is from the economy and people desperately need to get back to work as soon as possible.
Many people are wondering if their travel plan needs to be postponed for a vile or not.
We don´t know this virus well enough to be able to say it is over. Some say it will be around for years others say it will pass away.
Our latest numbers.
Lifting the Travel ban
We want to lift our travel ban. We need to lift our travel ban. But we are being careful. Iceland could be one of the safest countries to visit if we do it right.
Neighbor countries are lifting their travel ban for the next door neighbor to start with and see what happens.
We are lifting our restrictions slowly and on Monday our swimming pools will be re-open and on May 25 gyms and bars will be open again.
June 15 – We will open our boarders
Our plan here in Iceland is to open our borders on June 15 and give the visitors 3 options.
- The visitor arrives and stays in quarantine for the first 14 days. I do not think anybody will do that
- Secondly he can arrive with a clean bill of health from his doctor.
- And at last he can select to have a corona virus test done at the airport and get the result within hours. If the test is positive the person needs to go to isolation and further treatment and the travel companions will all be tested and quarantined for at least 14 days. The question is how much it will cost and who will pay for it.
All these options are being worked on and further instructions are not yet available but will before June 15.
We are doing this as carefully as possible. It would be a great set back for all of us if the infections will rise again.
Can you get a flight?
There is also questions about the airlines. Many of them are not in operation at the moment and some of them will not operate in the nearest future.
If you plan to visit us this summer many questions have not been answered yet.
1. Does your country allow you to travel?
2. Can you get a flight?
3. Is the visiting country allowing visitors to enter?
These and many more questions have not been answered.
If your plan is to visit us in the fall or winter I think your plan has a much greater change to stand.
Icelanders are planing to travel at home this summer
Many Icelanders are planing on traveling at home this summer. I and my family will take the ring road in 7 days. I will write a post describing many wonderful places to visit and publish it on my website. I think I might call it the Ring road in Iceland in 7 days.
Out plan is to drive to Kirkjubæjarklaustur the first day. On our way we will visit many beautiful places and around Kristjubæjarklaustur.
The next day our plan is to slowly move over to Fáskrúðsjörður and stay 2 nights. There are so many places to visit on the east cost.
On the fourth day we will head out to Vonafjörður, Þórshöfn Kópasker. I have never driven to these towns before. But when I was 13 years old I was a mess boy on a ship sailing around Iceland all summer long and we stopped at all these towns. So I have been there many years ago.
And we will visit Ásbyrgi on our way to Húsavík where we will stay the night.
Then we will head on to Akureyri and stay there for 2 nights.
We will the on the last day drive from Akureyri to Reykjavík. We will go straight to Reykjavík because we have driven that road so many times before.
This is a rough plan but in my post I will have a lot more details and pictures.
The big question is!
The question at the top was Is it safe to travel to Iceland? My answer to that question is YES I think it is safe if you can get here. And when you do I hope you will enjoy it.
As always I would love to hear from you. Please leave a comment or a question below.
Þórhallur / Thorhallur
Founder of FactsAboutIceland.com