Overseas travel advice updated

24.06.2020 - 10:15
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 Mynd: Magnús Atli Magnússon - RÚV
The Icelandic authorities have cancelled travel advice recommending against unnecessary travel to other European countries, as the coronavirus crisis is currently on the decrease across the continent. Icelandic residents are still advised against unnecessary travel to countries outside Europe, however; because of varying and complicated travel restrictions and quarantine requirements that are in place around the world.

The borders of most countries in the European Economic Area are now open to travellers from Iceland and the country’s authorities have responded by re-examining travel advice in place. Icelandic residents are no longer advised against travel to any of the European countries whose borders are now open to them. 

The updated advice from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs states that the advice could change fast if the coronavirus crisis takes another turn for the worse and most European countries have confirmed that they will not engage in the same level of repatriation support as took place this late winter and spring. Icelanders overseas would likely not have access to the same level of government support getting home if the situation changes. 

It is around three months since the authorities encouraged Icelandic residents to cancel all unnecessary overseas travel and return home. Thousands of people streamed to the country at that time, after long and short stays abroad, and Icelandic consular services helped many of them find their way home. Special charter flights were even laid on after airlines cancelled their services. 

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