Welcoming the vaccinated, Iceland hopes to rescue tourism

Show the magic proof and open sesame: Iceland on Thursday became the first Schengen country to welcome all international travellers who can prove they’ve either recovered from Covid-19 or been vaccinated. While the move is aimed at rescuing the country’s struggling tourism sector, it remains largely symbolic: on Thursday, only one flight landed at Iceland’s Keflavik international airport — from Frankfurt with 150 passengers — a far cry from the dozens that used to land daily before the pandemic. Ronny Reips, a 33-year-old German paramedic travelling with his girlfriend, was among those who p…

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