Volcano Alert: U.S. Embassy Reykjavik, Iceland February 8, 2024

Location:  Grindavik, Reykjanes Peninsula, southwest Iceland Event:  The Icelandic Meteorological (Met) Office reported a new volcanic eruption started on February 8 at 6:02 a.m. north of Grindavik, which is 26 miles (42 km) due southwest of Reykjavik, on the Reykjanes Peninsula.  The eruption is in the same area as the December 18, 2023, eruption. There …

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Volcano Alert:  U.S. Embassy Reykjavik, Iceland January 14, 2024 

Location:  Grindavik, Reykjanes Peninsula, southwest Iceland  Event:  The Icelandic Meteorological (Met) Office and news media reported a new volcanic eruption started at 7:57 a.m., north of Grindavik, which is 26 miles (42 km) due southwest of Reykjavik, on the Reykjanes Peninsula, on January 14, 2024.  Iceland Civil Protection is asking the public not to go to the site while responders assess the situation.  Authorities have evacuated the …

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Volcano Alert:  U.S. Embassy Reykjavik, Iceland December 19, 2023

Location:  Grindavik, Reykjanes Peninsula, southwest Iceland Event:  The Icelandic Meteorological (Met) Office and news media reported a volcanic eruption started at 10:17 p.m., north of Sundhnúkur on Sundhnúkagýgaröðin about 2 miles (4 km) north of Grindavik, which is 26 miles (42 km) due southwest of Reykjavik, on the Reykjanes Peninsula, on December 18, 2023.  Iceland …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Reykjavik Iceland

Location: U.S. Embassy, Reykjavik, Iceland Event:  A demonstration is planned on December 12, 2023, beginning at 17:00 outside of the U.S. Embassy at Engjateigur 7 in Reykjavik.  The Iceland-Palestine Organization is protesting U.S. support of Israel following the Hamas terror attack on October 7, 2023.  The U.S. Embassy plans an early closure on December 12 …

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Volcano Alert: U.S. Embassy Reykjavik, Iceland November 13, 2023

Location:  Grindavik, Reykjanes Peninsula, southwest Iceland Event:  The Icelandic Meteorological (Met) Office warned of the high probability of a volcanic eruption in the next few days in or near Grindavik, 26 miles (42 km) due southwest of Reykjavik, on the Reykjanes Peninsula.  The National Police Commissioner of Iceland raised the Civil Protection Service Level from …

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Volcano Alert:  U.S. Embassy Reykjavik, Iceland November 10, 2023

Location:  Grindavik, Reykjanes Peninsula, southwest Iceland Event:  Earthquakes and indications of volcanic activity have increased in the Reykjanes Peninsula southwest of Reykjavik.  The National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police declared a Civil Protection Alert Phase following an intense earthquake wave on November 10 at Sundhnúki, north of Grindavik.  This activity could indicate magma movement and a …

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Geologic Activity Alert: U.S. Embassy Reykjavik, Iceland November 6, 2023

Location:  Reykjanes Peninsula, southwest Iceland Event:  Earthquakes and indications of volcanic activity have increased in the Reykjanes Peninsula southwest of Reykjavik since late October.  Icelandic authorities continue to monitor earthquake frequency and location as well as the potential for a near-term volcanic eruption.  One area of specific observation is northwest of Mt. Thorbjörn near the …

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Alert: Worldwide Caution – October 19, 2023

Due to increased tensions in various locations around the world, the potential for terrorist attacks, demonstrations or violent actions against U.S. citizens and interests, the Department of State advises U.S. citizens overseas to exercise increased caution.  U.S. citizens should: Stay alert in locations frequented by tourists. Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program  ( STEP ) to receive information and …

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Volcanic Alert: U.S. Embassy Reykjavik, Iceland

Location:  Reykjanes Peninsula, southwest Iceland Event:  Icelandic authorities continue to monitor the ongoing volcanic eruption near Fagradalsfjall on the Reykjanes Peninsula southwest of Reykjavik and southeast of Keflavik, which began on July 10.  Flight operations at Keflavik International Airport have not been affected. The Icelandic Meteorological Office notes that the eruption site is not a …

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Seismic Alert: U.S. Embassy Reykjavik, Iceland

Location:  Reykjanes peninsula, southwest Iceland Event:  Since July 4, more than 9,300 earthquakes associated with the movement of volcanic magma have been detected between Fagradalsfjall and Keilir on the Reykjanes peninsula southwest of Reykjavik and southeast of Keflavik.  Flight operations at Keflavik International Airport have not been affected. Icelandic authorities advised people to stay away …

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Traffic Alert – U.S. Embassy Reykjavik, Iceland from May 16-17

Location: Harpa, located at Austurbakka 2, 101 Reykjavík, and downtown Reykjavik, Iceland  Event:  Iceland is hosting European leaders at the Council of Europe Summit on May 16 and 17 at the Harpa.  Consequently, traffic in the downtown area will be severely restricted, including vehicle access to the area around the Harpa.  Officials recommend avoiding the …

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Weather Alert: Significant Flight Disruptions & Road closed between Reykjavik and Keflavik International Airport

Event:   The Keflavik International Airport has limited flight operations primarily because of staff’s limited ability to reach the airport due to local weather conditions. The closure of Highway 41 between Reykjavik and Keflavik International Airport because of high winds and deep snow drifts has stranded passengers at the airport and in the Keflavik city area.  The Icelandic …

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American Citizens Encouraged to Remain Vigilant in Downtown Reykjavik November 25-27

Event:  Icelandic Police confirmed that they are investigating rumors of planned criminal violence in downtown Reykjavik the weekend of November 25-27.  The rumors appear to be linked to a conflict between two gangs that led to a stabbing attack at a Reykjavik nightclub on November 17.  Icelandic Police plan to maintain an increased presence in …

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Natural Disaster Alert – U.S. Embassy Reykjavik, Iceland (August 4, 2022)

Location: Iceland; volcanic eruption in Reykjanes peninsula, southwest Iceland Event:  The Icelandic Met Office has confirmed that a volcanic eruption has started in the area around Fagradalsfjall on the Reykjanes Peninsula in southwest Iceland.  The Keflavik International Airport is currently open. The Icelandic Civil Protection authorities have closed the area around the eruption to vehicles …

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Worldwide Caution: Al-Qa’ida Leader’s Death

On July 31, 2022, the United States conducted a precision counterterrorism strike in Afghanistan that killed Ayman al-Zawahiri, Osama bin Laden’s deputy and successor as leader of al-Qa’ida. Al- Zawahiri was one of the masterminds of the attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001, and had continued to urge his followers to attack …

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Severe Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy Reykjavik, Iceland (February 6, 2022) 

Severe Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy Reykjavik, Iceland (February 6, 2022)   Location: All of Iceland    Event: A severe weather alert has been issued for all of Iceland from midnight tonight through the evening Monday, February 7, 2022.  Icelandic civil defense authorities categorize this weather event as likely to cause severe property damage due to high winds and blizzard-like conditions.  Windspeeds are expected to reach 70-110 km/H and snow will …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Reykjavik (06 December 2021)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Reykjavik (06 December 2021) Location: Iceland Event:  On December 6, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will implement a one-day COVID-19 testing requirement for travelers over age two coming to the United States.  Regardless of vaccination status or nationality, any individual coming to the United States must show a negative pre-departure COVID-19 viral test taken the day before …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Reykjavik, Iceland (November 3, 2021)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Reykjavik, Iceland (November 3, 2021) Location: Worldwide Event: On October 25, President Biden announced the United States will adopt a global air travel policy.  This policy prioritizes public health, protecting U.S. citizens and residents as well as those who come to visit us.  Effective November 8 all non-citizen, nonimmigrant (not a U.S. citizen, …

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Natural Disaster Alert – U.S. Embassy Reykjavik, Iceland (March 19, 2021)

Location: Iceland; volcanic eruption in Reykjanes peninsula, southwest Iceland Event: The Icelandic Met Office has confirmed that volcanic eruption has started in Fagradalsfjall just before 22:00 tonight. The NCO Civil Protection Joint Rescue and Coordination Center has been activated. The Keflavik International Airport has been put on Code RED, which means that the airport is …

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Natural Disaster Alert – U.S. Embassy Reykjavik, Iceland

Location: Iceland; active seismic activity and signs of potential volcanic eruption in Reykjanes peninsula, southwest Iceland Event:  The Icelandic Civil Protection authorities had raised the risk level for Reykjanes and the greater Reykjavik capital area to “alert phase” due to the ongoing seismic activity.  Now there are signs of a possible volcanic eruption in the …

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Natural Disaster Alert – U.S. Embassy Reykjavik, Iceland

Natural Disaster Alert – U.S. Embassy Reykjavik, Iceland (February 24, 2021) Location: Iceland; very active seismic activity in southwest Iceland Event:  The Icelandic Civil Protection authorities have raised the risk level for Reykjanes and the greater Reykjavik capital area to “alert phase.” This is due to the ongoing seismic activity. A M5.7 earthquake occurred on …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Reykjavik Travel to and from Iceland U.S. Embassy Reykjavik (July 2, 2020)

Location:  Iceland Event:  On July 1, 2020, Iceland eased its travel ban to allow entry for citizens of some countries, but the U.S. is not included. U.S citizens are not able to enter Iceland until further notice.  Please see the Government of Iceland announcement here:   https://www.government.is/news/article/2020/06/30/Travel-restrictions-for-residents-of-15-countries-to-be-lifted-soon/ U.S. citizens with travel plans to Iceland in July must …

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Health Alert – Icelandair Flights on May 30, June 4, and June 6

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Reykjavik Commercial Flight Availability on May 30, June 4, June 6. U.S. Embassy Reykjavik (May 29, 2020) Location: Iceland The is an Icelandair flight to the U.S., Boston, on May 30, June 4, and June 6 (with the Boston to Reykjavik return flight later the same days). There are currently no …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Reykjavik Commercial Flight Availability on May 16 and Travel Ban Extended Through June 15

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Reykjavik Commercial Flight Availability on May 16 and Travel Ban Extended Through June 15. U.S. Embassy Reykjavik (May 14, 2020) Location: Iceland Event: International commercial flight options currently exist in Iceland. U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Reykjavik Commercial Flight Availability on May 14 and 16 U.S. Embassy Reykjavik (May 11, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Reykjavik Commercial Flight Availability on May 14 and 16. U.S. Embassy Reykjavik (May 11, 2020) Location: Iceland Event: International commercial flight options currently exist in Iceland. U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Reykjavik Commercial Flight Availability on May 7, 9, 14, and 16 U.S. Embassy Reykjavik (May 5, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Reykjavik Commercial Flight Availability on May 7, 9, 14, and 16. U.S. Embassy Reykjavik (April 29, 2020) Location: Iceland Event: International commercial flight options currently exist in Iceland. U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Reykjavik Commercial Flight Availability on April 30 and May 2 U.S. Embassy Reykjavik (April 29, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Reykjavik Commercial Flight Availability on April 30, and May 2 U.S. Embassy Reykjavik (April 29, 2020) Location: Iceland Event: International commercial flight options currently exist in Iceland. U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Reykjavik Commercial Flight Availability on April 23, 25, 30, and May 2

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Reykjavik Commercial Flight Availability on April 23, 25, 30, and May 2 U.S. Embassy Reykjavik (April 20, 2020) Location: Iceland Event: International commercial flight options currently exist in Iceland. U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Reykjavik Commercial Flight Availability on April 15, 16, and 18

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Reykjavik Commercial Flight Availability on April 15, 16, and 18 U.S. Embassy Reykjavik (April 14, 2020) Location: Iceland Event: International commercial flight options currently exist in Iceland. U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to …

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Health Alert – Two Confirmed Flights on Icelandair April 8 and 15 only

Health Alert – Two Confirmed Flights on Icelandair April 8 and 15 only  U.S. Embassy Reykjavik (April 7, 2020)     Location:  Iceland  Event:  Very limited International commercial flight options currently exist in Iceland.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements now unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government does not anticipate …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Reykjavik Commercial Flight Availability

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Reykjavik Commercial Flight Availability U.S. Embassy Reykjavik (April 3, 2020) Location: Iceland Event: International commercial flight options currently exist in Iceland. U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period. …

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Health Alert – U.S. Citizen Tourists in Iceland Return to U.S. Now – Icelandair Flying to Boston on Specific Days Only

Health Alert – U.S. Citizen Tourists in Iceland Return to U.S. Now – Icelandair Flying to Boston on Specific Days Only     U.S. Embassy Reykjavik (April 1, 2020)   Location:  Iceland   Event:  U.S. citizen tourists currently in Iceland are instructed to return to the U.S. as soon as possible. Icelandair is only offering flights to Boston on April …

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Health Alert – U.S. Citizen Tourists in Iceland Must Return to U.S. Now – Icelandair Flying Only to Boston

Health Alert – U.S. Citizen Tourists in Iceland Must Return to U.S. Now – Icelandair Flying Only to Boston     U.S. Embassy Reykjavik (March 31, 2020)   Location:  Iceland  Event:  U.S. citizen tourists currently in Iceland are instructed to return to the U.S. as soon as possible. Icelandair is offering flights only to Boston at this time.  Please …

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Health Alert – U.S. Citizens (Tourists) Encouraged to Return to U.S. Now – Icelandair Drastically Reducing Service

Health Alert – U.S. Citizens (Tourists) in Iceland Encouraged to Return to U.S. Now – Icelandair Drastically Reducing Service    U.S. Embassy Reykjavik (March 27, 2020) Location:  Iceland Event:  U.S. citizens currently in Iceland are advised to return to the U.S. as soon as possible. One commercial flight per day is still available. Please contact your airline …

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Global Level 4 Health Advisory-Do Not Travel

The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.  In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  …

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Health  Alert

Health Alert – Travel Ban of Non-EU Citizens U.S. Embassy Reykjavik (March 25, 2020)     Location:  Iceland  Event:   There is an ongoing outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) first identified in Wuhan, China.  The global public health threat posed by COVID-19 is high, with more than 340,000 reported cases worldwide.  On March 16 the President of the European Union outlined the Commission’s proposal to implement temporary 30-day restrictions on …

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Update on Travel Restrictions to the United States

A Presidential Proclamation issued on March 11, 2020, sets certain temporary restrictions and limitations on entry into the United States of persons who have been in the Schengen Area, including Iceland, during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States. The restrictions do not apply to U.S. citizens and lawful …

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COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information – ICELAND Last updated:   May 11, 2023 TRAVEL FROM ICELAND    As of May 11, 2023, Nonimmigrant air passengers no longer need to show proof of being fully vaccinated with an accepted COVID-19 vaccine to board a flight to the United States.  CDC’s Amended Order Implementing Presidential Proclamation on Safe Resumption of Global Travel …

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Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy Reykjavik, Iceland (February 13, 2020)

Location: Iceland; severe winter storm conditions countrywide. The U.S. Embassy Reykjavik will be closed Friday, February 14, 2020 and will reopen on Tuesday, February 18 (Monday, February 17th is a federal holiday and all U.S. embassies/consulates will be closed.) Event:  The Icelandic Meteorological Office has issued a weather alert for February 14 for all of Iceland …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Reykjavik (January 8, 2020)

Location: Iceland Event: Heightened Middle East Tensions There is heightened tension in the Middle East that may result in security risks to U.S. citizens abroad. The Embassy will continue to review the security situation and will provide additional information as needed.   Actions to Take: Keep a low profile. Be aware of your surroundings. Stay alert …

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Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy Reykjavik, Iceland (December 9, 2019)

Location: Iceland; severe winter storm conditions countrywide. Event:  The Icelandic Meteorological Office has issued an orange weather alert for December 10 for most parts of Iceland due to a severe winter storm that will bring rain, snow, ice, hurricane-force winds, and avalanche conditions across the country. The alert is expected to be raised to red …

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