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Iceland

If you’re travelling to Iceland, our travel advice and updates give you practical tips and useful information.

Get travel and medical insurance

Before travelling, the Department strongly recommends that you obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), available by contacting the Health Service Executive, and that you also obtain comprehensive travel insurance which will cover all overseas medical costs, including medical repatriation/evacuation, repatriation of remains and legal costs. You should check any exclusions and, in particular, that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake.

Security Status

  • Normal precautions
  • High degree of caution
  • Avoid non-essential travel
  • Do not travel
  • Overview
  • Safety and Security
  • Local Laws and Customs
  • Natural Disasters and Climate
  • Health
  • Embassy Contact

Overview

Ireland has adopted the EU Recommendation on a coordinated approach to travel restrictions in the context of COVID-19. Based on this, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) will publish a combined indicator map each week which will show COVID-19 risk levels across the EU and EEA. Regions will be green, orange, red or grey, on the basis of agreed criteria. In line with the EU Recommendation, there will be no entry restrictions on passengers travelling from green regions. Each Member State will decide what entry restrictions it will apply to passengers travelling from red, orange and grey regions.

Our TravelWise app has been suspended while we move to implement the new EU system. We apologise for this inconvenience. Updated information will continue to be provided on this website.

Overview

COVID-19 Status

Travel to Iceland from Ireland

Information about the new EU Recommendation (‘traffic lights’ system) which applies to EU / EEA countries is available here. Anyone considering travel to Iceland should check the latest information from the local authorities regarding requirements for international passengers arriving in the country.

Information about restrictions on passengers entering Iceland from green, orange, red and grey regions under the new EU Recommendation (‘traffic lights’ system) which applies to EU / EEA countries is available here: https://www.covid.is/categories/tourists-travelling-to-Iceland

For passengers travelling from countries outside the EU/EEA, entry into Iceland is only possible for Norwegian citizens, residents, EU/EEA citizens, for a limited number of essential workers, or for those transiting onwards. Further information is available at: https://www.covid.is/categories/tourists-travelling-to-Iceland

Travel from Iceland to Ireland

Public health guidelines continue to apply for anyone arriving in Ireland from a non-green region. For information on arriving in Ireland from abroad, please visit the website of the Irish Government (www.gov.ie) or the Health Service Executive (HSE) www.hse.ie

Security Status

High Degree of Caution

Security Status Last Updated: 21 October 2020 to take effect from 00.00 on 22 October 2020

LATEST TRAVEL ALERT

COVID-19

Restrictions are in place throughout Iceland, and you are advised to follow the guidance of national and local authorities. Please refer to https://www.covid.is/english for information about national and local restrictions.

Additional advice and information on COVID-19 can be found via the following links:

Icelandic Government Information on COVID-19 (English)

Icelandic Government Information on COVID-19 (Icelandic)

Icelandic Health Ministry information on COVID-19 (IS/EN)

Icelandic Public Health Institute notice on travel to Norway (NO/EN)

Iceland Keflavik International Airport

General Travel Advice

Given recent terrorist attacks in European cities, Irish citizens are advised to follow the advice of police and local authorities and to exercise increased vigilance, especially if attending large public gatherings or other crowded locations. Attacks could occur at any time and could target tourist attractions, restaurants, transport hubs or other public areas.

Emergency assistance

The best help is often close at hand so if you have problems, try talking to your local contacts, tour operator representative or hotel management.

Because there is no resident Irish Embassy in Iceland, we are limited in the help as can offer you in an emergency situation. However, if you need assistance, you can contact the Honorary Consul in Reykjavik or the Irish Embassy in Norway.

You can contact the emergency services in Iceland by dialling 112.

Our tips for Safe Travels:

  • Purchase comprehensive travel insurance which covers all your intended activities.
  • Get a European Health Insurance Card
  • Register your details with us so that we can contact you quickly if there’s an unforeseen crisis like a natural disaster or a family emergency.
  • Follow us on twitter @dfatravelwise for the latest travel updates.
  • Read our ‘Know Before You Go’ guide.

Entry requirements (visa/passport)

You need a valid passport to visit Iceland and we advise you to take a number of photocopies of your passport with you. During your stay, you should carry a photocopy of your passport at all times. 

 

Safety and Security

Safety and security

Political Stability/unrest

The political situation in Iceland is reasonably stable but there can be occasional outbreaks of social unrest.

Always keep yourself informed of what’s going on around you by monitoring local media and staying in contact with your hotel or tour organiser. Avoid demonstrations and public gatherings, which can sometimes turn confrontational.

Terrorism

Although the threat from terrorism in Iceland is low, there is still a global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks, which could be against civilian targets, including places frequented by tourists and expatriates. 

Crime

Crime remains relatively low in Iceland but you should take sensible precautions: 

  • Don’t carry your credit card, travel tickets and money together - leave spare cash and valuables in a safe place. 
  • Don’t carry your passport unless absolutely necessary and leave a copy of your passport (and travel and insurance documents) with family or friends at home.

Reporting crime

If you’re a victim of a crime while in Iceland, report it to the local police immediately. And you can contact us at the Irish Embassy in Copenhagen if you need help.

Driving

If you’re planning to drive in Iceland, you should exercise caution as road conditions may be hazardous, especially in winter when you should seek information on weather and road conditions before commencing your journey.

  • Bring your full Irish driving licence and make sure you have adequate and appropriate insurance.
  • Dimmed headlights are mandatory at all times.
  • Note that it is illegal to drive off-road in Iceland.

Hiring a vehicle

If you’re hiring a vehicle, we advise you not to hand over your passport as a form of security. If you’re allowing your passport to be photocopied, keep it in your sight at all times.

Check that you have adequate insurance and read the small print of the vehicle hire contract (particularly any waiver that will come into effect if the vehicle is damaged).

Local Laws and Customs

Local laws and customs

Practical advice

Remember, the local laws apply to you as a visitor and it is your responsibility to follow them. Be sensitive to local customs, traditions and practices as your behaviour may be seen as improper, hostile or even illegal

Personal identification

You should carry personal identification at all times, for example either a passport or driving licence.

Illegal drugs

Illegal drug use (no matter what the drug) carries stiff penalties, including fines and long prison terms.

Natural Disasters and Climate

Natural disasters and climate

If you’re travelling to Iceland, make sure you know what to expect – then plan and pack so that you’re prepared. Get local advice on how to manage in the case of a serious incident or dangerous conditions and co-operate with local authorities and emergency services in the case of serious incidents.

Volcanoes

Volcanic activity in Iceland has increased in recent years and you should always heed local warnings. If you’re travelling to or living in Iceland, make sure you know what to do in the event of a volcano erupting.

Iceland is volcanically and seismically active

Police in Iceland have declared a Civil Protection Uncertainty phase due to recent seismic activity at Katla volcano. The contingency plan for an eruption has been activated accordingly. The uncertainty phase means that there is the possibility of hazards in the near future.

You can monitor current meteorological developments at http://en.vedur.is.

Health

Health

 

The healthcare system in Iceland is of a very high standard, and in the case of serious injury emergency, medical treatment is free of charge, although you will be charged for follow-up care. 

Travel Insurance

We can’t pay for emergency medical repatriation, repatriation of remains, or for expenses as a result of a personal emergency while you are abroad. If you buy an appropriate travel insurance policy, these costs will be covered, provided you haven’t broken the terms and conditions.

Buying comprehensive travel insurance can save you and your family a lot of money if something goes wrong. It will also ensure that you get the medical attention you need, when you need it. Hospital bills can quickly run into thousands of euro, and a medical evacuation back to Ireland can cost thousands more.

Not all policies are the same, and the cheapest one might be cheap for a reason. Make sure your policy covers all the activities you plan to do on your trip. Insurance Ireland recommend that you purchase a policy that provides a minimum medical cover of €1 million.

Emergency expenses

Your policy should cover:

  • All medical care abroad, including evacuation by air ambulance, or other emergency procedures, and any other costs associated with an unexpected longer stay.
  • Your entire trip, from departure to return. Consider an annual multi-trip policy if you’re making more than one trip in the year.   
  • 24-hour emergency service and assistance.
  • Personal liability cover (in case you’re sued for causing injury or damaging property).
  • Lost and stolen possessions.
  • Cancellation and curtailment.
  • Any extra activities you intend to do that are excluded from standard policies (e.g. water sport activities such as jet skiing or other extreme sports).

Exclusions: You should know most insurance policies will not cover drink or drug-related incidents.

Additional information

Entry requirements (visa/passport)

Irish citizens don’t need a visa to enter Iceland.

Currency

The currency of Iceland is the Icelandic krona. Credit and debit cards are commonly used for payments, although foreign cards often attract a surcharge.

 

Embassy contact

Embassy Contact

If you need emergency assistance outside normal working hours, please dial the Embassy switchboard at +47 2201 7200. The mobile telephone number of the officer on duty will be available on the answering machine. Alternatively, you can contact the 24-hour duty officer in Dublin at +353 1 478 0822.

Embassy of Ireland
5th Floor
Haakon VII's Gt.1
0244 Oslo
Norway

Tel: +47 2201 7200
Fax: +47 2201 7201

Monday to Friday 09:00-16:30

Contact us

Honorary Consulate Contact

Jens Thordarson/Consulate of Ireland
Nautholsvegur 50 (Icelandair Office)
101 Reykjavik
Iceland

Tel: +354-840-7134

Email: Email us