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Iceland Wants to Restart Tourism—But Only for the Wealthy

If you don’t make near six figures, plan that extended vacation elsewhere.

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Photographer: Giorgio Possenti for the Retreat at Blue Lagoon Iceland

A new escape route has emerged for anyone looking to circumvent second-wave lockdowns. Earlier this month, Iceland quietly rolled out changes to its remote-work visa program for citizens beyond the European Schengen Area. Americans—and any foreign national not required to have a visa to enter Iceland—will be allowed to stay in the Land of Fire and Ice for six uninterrupted months, even while the country’s international borders remain largely shut.

But there’s some fine print: You have to be gainfully employed elsewhere, and earn nearly six figures.