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New Restrictions

Now I'm seeing that the CDC has ranked Iceland as a Level 4, Very High Level of covid. I'm puzzled about this latest alert considering it's touted as having one of the highest rates of vaccination in the world. Our plans, which have been changed three times already, include an arrival on September 1st for 17 days, the vast majority of which is along the Ring Road. Can anyone shed some light on the new warning or any concerns or issues with recent travel. As always, I appreciate you insights. Ken

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https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/iceland/

Scroll down to the daily new cases graph. The daily new cases are higher than they have been at any time during the pandemic. I suspect the CDC has some sort of cases per population number it is using to assign the level of risk, though I do not know for certain what the CDC's criteria are.

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I suggest that you visit grapevine.is for more information. It is an English online newspaper. They also have newscasts on youtube. The last one I watched stated that even though their case count is over 400/100,000 people are not very sick. They have not had any deaths. The general thought is that until one person dies or their hospitals are stretched, they will not increase restrictions. Ninety-three percent of adults over 16 are vaccinated and by the end of August over 12's will be vaccinated. There was a mention that hospitals are a bit stretched due to Icelanders being on vacation in the summer, but that overall numbers were not high. East Iceland is also having a heat wave, so it would be a good time to visit.

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I know numerous people that are double jabbed and have tested positive. Luckily their symptoms are mild, which seems to be what’s happening in Iceland.

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We just came back a week ago from 8 wonderful days in Iceland.
Didn't feel unsafe for COVID the entire time. Precautions are being taken and most of our tour of the Ring Road was in areas sparsely populated. All 13 on our tour were vaccinated.

Some weeks ago I read that 70% of icelanders are vaccinated. If Iceland isn't safe, not sure where in the World to go.

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I have the same concerns! I leave in 2 weeks. I don't really want to cancel my trip. I'm not sure what these recommendations mean. If you've already planned and paid for things--I can probably get a flight voucher but for sure insurance will not reimburse me for cancelling--are you expected to abandon your plans? I am vaccinated and will be traveling alone. What do you plan to do, Ken?

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I find myself feeling confused by some reactions to the current pandemic situation. Surely, if you feel comfortable enough to travel outside of the country you are a bit adventurous and risk tolerant? Otherwise, you have made a bad decision!
Also, I would think that you would have your finger on the pulse of the situation of where you are traveling? I was in Iceland for 2 weeks in July. I knew the procedures for traveling there and traveling home. I had a plan for testing. I was prepared to be "stuck" there due to a possible test prior to coming home. I knew how many cases were being diagnosed day by day. I am now back for a month and I still know what is going on in Iceland. Delta cases are high. Illness is low. Deaths are none. If you are not prepared to deal with a possible positive test, don't go. If the benefits outweighs the risk, enjoy your trip!

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Our PCR Molecular Test was negative and we are fully vaccinated. We leave for Iceland on Tuesday for 15 days. We will keep washing our hands, maintaining a safe distance from other people and wearing a mask as needed. The trip is insured with a nice level of Primary Medical Insurance.

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