Icelandair warns travelers that the country cannot be used as a back door to Europe


Europe is not open to Americans. IanC66 / and

  • Iceland is open to vaccinated American tourists. This is one of the first countries to do so in Europe.

  • However, Americans who do not live in the Schengen area cannot travel to Europe.

  • Traveling between Iceland and many European countries was once as easy as traveling between states in the United States.

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Icelandic country Open to vaccinated American travelers But it’s so far as close to Western Europe as many US citizens get.

Icelandair, Iceland’s flag carrier airline, is not allowed to fly from Iceland to other European countries, even though Iceland is in a free-moving region of Europe known as the Schengen region. I warn Americans that.

“Iceland welcomes vaccinated visitors from outside the Schengen area, but further travel from Iceland to other parts of Europe is currently permitted for residents outside the Schengen countries. Not” website Status.

Croatia remains open to Americans, so there are some exceptions. US Embassy in Croatia, And Malta accept Americans who have spent at least two weeks in approved countries. U.S. Embassy in Malta, Iceland is one of them.

The Schengen area is the reason why travelers can travel between most European countries without having to go through border checks every time. Similar to going from state to state in the United States, travelers can theoretically drive from Portugal to the Russian border in Estonia, without having to create a passport when crossing multiple borders along the way. There is none.

However, the country can temporarily establish border control in response to unusual circumstances. COVID-19 Pandemic I saw temporary border control enacted across the continent as the nation was blocked..

Iceland’s accession to the Schengen Agreement has greatly benefited cross-Atlantic travelers by reducing the time spent managing passports upon arrival in mainland Europe. Travelers from North America will clear passport management at Keflavik International Airport in Iceland on their way to another Schengen country and the next flight will be treated as a domestic flight.

Therefore, the answer is no for vaccinated travelers who are wondering if they can enter Europe from Iceland. At least for now, Europe is largely closed to Americans, as America is to Europeans.

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