‘This gives great hope for the upcoming cruise season and most of our cruise line clients have responded enthusiastically to the news,’ Gyða Guðmundsdóttir, general manager at North Atlantic Agency (NAA) told Seatrade.
'Whilst there are still some things that need to be cleared up, regarding crew etc., this plan gives operators a chance to plan ahead – COVID permitting of course,' she added.
An easing of restrictions could follow after May 1 with border measures set to be reviewed monthly thereafter by the Icelandic government.
Pre-existing travel measures
The ability for travelers to pick either double screening or a 14-day quarantine had been in place in the country since August 19 last year - the latter option will now be removed.
Passengers in possession of documentation that proves prior infection or vaccination against COVID-19 are exempt from screening and quarantine measures but not exempt from current travel restrictions.