The government of Iceland has announced they will begin allowing travelers from approved countries to skip mandatory testing and/or quarantine, as long as they show appropriate proof of being vaccinated against COVID-19. You can read the announcement here.
Certificate of vaccination from the EEA/EFTA-area are accepted and certificates from the World Health Organization (WHO) will also be accepted at a future date (after WHO has authorized their use for COVID-19 vaccinations and set criteria for which vaccines can be listed in their certificate).
The proof of COVID vaccination must include the following:
- Be in the Icelandic, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, English or French language.
- First name and last name (as in travel documents).
- Date of birth.
- Passport number (or travel document number).
- Name of disease vaccinated against (COVID-19)
- When vaccinations were performed (dates)**
- Information on the issuer of the certificate (supervising clinician/administering centre), with signature of the International Certificate of Vaccination.
- Vaccine administered – only vaccinations with vaccines authorized by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) are valid.
- Manufacturer and batch/lot no. of vaccine.
** If you’ve gotten a shot that requires two doses, such as Pfizer or Moderna, you must show proof of receiving both doses.
As you may be able to tell from the proof of vaccination, U.S. citizens need not apply. Not surprisingly, we’re not included in the list of countries where this option is available, at this time. The offer is currently only for EEA/EFTA states, as well as citizens of Andorra, Monaco, San Marion and the Vatican.
Other places with similar plans
Iceland isn’t the only country that is doing the “show proof of a vaccine and you don’t have to jump through as many hoops” plan.
- Both Romania (English translation) and Cypress also have respective plans in the works to allow fully vaccinated travelers to have no further restrictions. Just as with Iceland, U.S. citizens will not initially be included in the list of countries where that’s a possibility.
- As per The Independent, the Seychelles (it’s on the Indian Ocean – I’m not too proud to admit I had to look it up) recently announced that vaccinated travelers from anywhere (hey, that’s U.S. citizens, too! Whoop whoop!) can bypass its quarantine requirements (but they must still test negative).
- Significantly closer to home, Hawaii is considering allowing travelers (including from the U.S. mainland) to skip testing and/or quarantine with proof of complete COVID vaccination(s).
I would think that as time goes on, it wouldn’t be surprising to see more countries say that travel is allowed without quarantine or testing, with proof of COVID vaccination. For our sake, I hope that ore places allow U.S. citizens in that mix. I also hope that, with at least a half dozen “health passport” apps out there, on top of hard copies of proof, everyone comes up with a plan for some sort of standardized or at least interchangeable proof of vaccination.
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