Delta Air Lines is reintroducing daily service to Reykyavik beginning in May. The news comes just two weeks after Iceland reopened its borders to vaccinated tourists.
On March 29, the Atlanta-based carrier announced that it will offer daily flights to Keflavik International Airport from:
- John F. Kennedy International Airport beginning May 1
- Boston Logan International Airport beginning May 20
- Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport beginning May 27
JFK passengers will travel on the 168-seat Boeing 757-200 aircraft, which have Delta One sleeping suites, Delta Comfort+ service and economy seats. Boston and Minneapois-St. Paul passengers will travel on the 193-seat Boeing 757-200 aircraft, which have Delta Premium Select, Delta Comfort+ and economy seating.
All flights will be operated in partnership with Air France-KLM and Virgin Atlantic.
On March 18, Iceland began allowing all tourists who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 to enter the country without quarantine or testing.
In order gain entry, travelers must prove that they have been fully inoculated with a vaccine that has been approved by the European Medicines Agency. Approved vaccines include:
- Johnson & Johnson
Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca require two separate doses to reach full inoculation. Johnson & Johnson requires one dose.
Iceland is also allowing all travelers who can prove they have been previously infected with the coronavirus to enter the country without restriction.
While Americans don’t have to get a COVID-19 test to enter Iceland, they will have to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test result obtained within 72 hours of departure upon their return to the United States. Delta also requires all passengers ages two and up to wear masks.
Travelers should feel fairly safe visiting Iceland. When COVID-19 began to spread around the world in early 2020, the country immediately implemented an aggressive testing, contact tracing and isolation plan to contain the virus.
As a result, Iceland has reported just 29 coronavirus-related deaths since the pandemic began, and there were only 20 active COVID-19 cases in the country as of mid-March.