e-News 06/2021      

ICELAND OPENS IT BORDERS TO THE WORLD

After more than a year with worldwide travel ban Iceland goes in the frontline opening its boarders to the world. From February 16th Iceland has exempted citizens of Europe’s Schengen zone from quarantine and test regulations, if they are vaccinated with one of the vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency, which currently include Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson. From April 6th anyone is allowed entry to Iceland, if they are vaccinated with one of the four approved vaccines. Those from countries outside the EU, who have been vaccinated with other vaccines, will have to wait for the entry to Iceland, until their vaccines have been approved by European authorities. Beginning May 1st Iceland will start using a risk assessment color code at its borders to open to even more travelers. Arrivals from low-risk areas, which will be coded green and yellow, will not be required to quarantine and test, if the visitors can present a negative PCR test at the border.

Via Hansa and Borealis is offering an abundance of programs for FITs, travel bubbles, smaller corporate and leisure groups bringing the guests in close contact with amazing natural setting of Iceland. For inquiries, kindly contact: copenhagen@viahansaborealis.com

KAUNAS - CULTURAL CAPITAL OF EUROPE 2022

Together with the cities of Esch-sur-Alzette in Luxembourg and Novi Sad in Serbia, Kaunas in Lithuania has been designated as Cultural Capital of Europe for 2022. Kaunas is planning to use the celebrations to highlight Kaunas as a city, which is taking advantage of its history, dating back to the 10th century, to form a new modern legend about the city. The city with almost 600.000 inhabitants is the second largest in Lithuania. It was the sophisticated capital of Lithuania during the two world wars and has changed dramatically into a modern and smart city over the last three decades. We recommend customers to visit Kaunas in 2022 to experience the amazing blend of medieval and modern traditions. For more information, please contact: jurgita.slizyte@viahansaborealis.com

HOTEL WAWELBERG - NEW LUXURY IN THE HEART OF ST PETERSBURG

April 15th will see the opening of another luxury hotel in St. Petersburg, the 5-star Wawelberg Hotel. The hotel is located in the historical building of the Wawelberg family at the Nevsky Prospekt. The hotel has 79 luxurious rooms and suites, two restaurants, three conference rooms, and features a Spa & Wellness Center. The hotel wants to compete in the top of the 5-star segment. Via Hansa and Borealis recommends the hotel to FITs, who are looking for luxurious accommodation directly in the center of the city. For more information, please contact: st.petersburg@viahansaborealis.com