Travel Advisory Update (August 13, 2020)

Travel Advisory U.S. Embassy Reykjavik (August 13, 2020) Location: Iceland This message is sent to inform U.S. citizens in Iceland that the Global Level 4 Travel Advisory was lifted by the Department of State on August 6.  Travel Advisories are once again country specific.  The Travel Advisory level for Iceland was changed to Level 3.  The text of the updated …

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Travel Information Update U.S. Embassy Reykjavik – July 20, 2020

 Travel Information Update  U.S. Embassy Reykjavik    July 20, 2020  TRAVELING TO THE UNITED STATES  Announcing Additions to the National Interest Exceptions:  Travel in the national interest of the United States includes travel on a temporary basis that provides a substantial benefit to the U.S. economy including certain categories of students, academics,  as well as certain business travelers, investors, treaty traders. STUDENTS – F1, M1 and their dependents  Must …

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Travel Information Update – July 14, 2020

 Travel Information Update  U.S. Embassy Reykjavik    July 14, 2020  TRAVELING TO THE UNITED STATES  Announcing Additions to the National Interest Exceptions:  Travel in the national interest of the United States includes travel on a temporary basis that provides a substantial benefit to the U.S. economy including certain categories of students, academics,  as well as certain business travelers, investors, treaty traders.   STUDENTS – F1, M1 and their dependents  …

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Travel Update – July 7, 2020

COVID-19 ICELAND  July 7, 2020 TRAVELING TO ICELAND Iceland has 1873 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 10 deaths. U.S. citizens with travel plans to Iceland in July must postpone their visits. Iceland is participating in the EU travel ban along with other Schengen states, and travelers from the Unites States are not permitted access into the …

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Travel Update – Traveling to Iceland (June 24, 2020)

Travel Update – Iceland June 24, 2020 TRAVELING TO ICELAND U.S. citizens with travel plans to Iceland in June must postpone their visits. Iceland is participating in the EU travel ban along with other Schengen states, and travelers from outside the Schengen area are not permitted access into the country.  U.S. citizens may be able to …

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Remarks by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at Virtual Copenhagen Democracy Summit

Europe and the China Challenge SPEECH MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE VIRTUAL COPENHAGEN DEMOCRACY SUMMIT COPENHAGEN DEMOCRACY SUMMIT JUNE 19, 2020   MR RASMUSSEN:  It’s a great pleasure for me to welcome our next speaker, the American Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo.  Good morning, Mr. Secretary.  I think it’s morning in your time zone. I know you’ve been traveling from …

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Remarks by U.S. Ambassador to Iceland Jeffrey Ross Gunter at Children’s Hospital

Remarks by U.S. Ambassador to Iceland Jeffrey Ross Gunter at Children’s Hospital June 9, 2020 A year ago, I was welcomed by the President to Iceland. I have been blessed by the entire community here in Iceland, especially the medical community. My first stop in coming here was to see my friend Pall, my friend …

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“A Thank You Note to the People of Iceland…”

By Ambassador Jeffrey Ross Gunter On behalf of the entire US Mission Reykjavik family, I would like to thank you, the people of Iceland. You have been gracious, resilient, brave and thoughtful through these challenging times. You, the Icelandic people, have welcomed us in the U.S. Embassy community, not only in good times, but also …

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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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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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U.S. Embassy Reykjavik Change in Operations due to COVID-19

The U.S. Embassy in Reykjavik will limit its operations as of March 12, 2020, in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations that working remotely can help reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Reduced levels of in-person staff will perform necessary diplomatic functions.  Emergency services for U.S. citizens will be available between the hours …

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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

U.S. Embassy Reykjavik, Iceland COVID-19 Information Last updated: 09/18/2020 Country-Specific Information: Iceland currently has 108 active cases, with 793 in quarantine and 10 fatalities. A travel ban is ongoing for multiple nations, including the US. Exemptions are available under certain circumstances, for example visiting family members and attending school. A minimum of 2 meters must …

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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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Suspension of Entry of Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting 2019 Novel Coronavirus

Entry of aliens who were present in China, excluding the Special Autonomous Regions of Hong Kong and Macau, within 14 days prior to their arrival at the port of entry in the United States is suspended, per Presidential Proclamation.  If you reside in China, have traveled to China recently, or intend to travel to China …

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Ambassador Gunter in U.S. Delegation to Liberation of Auschwitz Event

U.S. Ambassador to Iceland Jeffrey Ross Gunter has been named to the U.S. delegation that will attend the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz on January 27, 2020. Steven T. Mnuchin, Secretary of the Treasury, will lead the delegation traveling to Auschwitz, which will also include U.S. Ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher and U.S. …

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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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New Embassy Project Reaches Milestone

Ambassador Jeffrey Ross Gunter took part in a signing ceremony on Oct. 17, 2019, to officially transfer ownership of the future U.S. Embassy building from ISTAK to the U.S. government. The transfer signals that the project is entering its final stages before the new U.S. Embassy opens in 2020. “I’m grateful and honored to witness …

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Ambassador Gunter Highlights U.S. Arctic Engagement

Ambassador Jeffrey Ross Gunter highlighted U.S. leadership in Arctic science, including the important role of the National Science Foundation, in remarks to the Arctic Circle Assembly in Reykjavik on Oct. 10, 2019. “The NSF is a champion of Arctic science and a key part of the role the United States plays in advancing a sustainable …

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Presidential Proclamation on Leif Erikson Day, 2019

On Leif Erikson Day, we honor the spirit of exploration, courage, and faith that led this legendary Viking and his crew to sail across the Atlantic in search of new lands and opportunities more than a thousand years ago.  His dream — to venture beyond the known horizon and redefine the impossible ‑- still defines and …

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Joint Statement on the Inaugural U.S.-Iceland Economic Dialogue

The United States and Iceland held their inaugural Economic Dialogue in Reykjavik, Iceland, on June 7, 2019.  The Economic Dialogue was jointly announced by Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Iceland Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson following their meeting in Reykjavik on February 15, 2019. U.S. Acting Under Secretary of State …

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Visits Iceland

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo traveled to Reykjavik on February 15, 2019, where he met with Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir and Foreign Minister Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson. In their meetings, they discussed security issues in the North Atlantic, Iceland’s upcoming chairmanship of the Arctic Council, and growing economic relations. During the visit, Secretary Pompeo and Foreign …

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Secretary Pompeo Meets With Icelandic Foreign Minister Þórðarson

Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State of the United States, and Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Iceland, met in Washington, D.C. on January 7, 2019, and issued the following joint statement: The United States and Iceland have for decades enjoyed a very close relationship including in security and defense, Arctic affairs, trade …

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U.S.-Iceland Student Exchange Continues to Grow

The number of Americans studying in Iceland increased 52.9 percent from the previous year, according to the latest Open Doors Report from the Institute of International Education (IIE) and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational Affairs. More than 1,000 Americans studied in Iceland in 2017, nearly quadruple the total from 2011, according to …

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Arts Envoy Visits Iceland

The U.S. Embassy in Iceland recently had the pleasure of welcoming current Department of State Arts Envoy, and former U.S. Arctic Youth Ambassador, Byron Nicholai to Iceland.  Byron, a singer, dancer, and musician from Toksook Bay, Alaska, is a member of the Yup’ik indigenous community.  He has performed at the White House and at concerts …

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The SelectUSA Investment Summit is the premier event showcasing investment opportunities in the United States. The 2018 Summit will bring together companies from all over the world and economic development organizations from every corner of the United States. The world’s top investment event. The world’s top investment destination. Top 5 Reasons to Attend the 2018 …

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Now Accepting Applications for the 2018 Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellowship

The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce that it is now accepting applications for the 2018 Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellowship. The Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellowship is an intensive short-term exchange program, created to foster relationships among young Europeans and Americans to build strong linkages and awareness of shared values.  The four week program will enable …

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U.S.-Iceland Strategic Dialogue

December 6, 2017 Delegations representing the United States and Iceland met Dec. 5, 2017, in Washington, D.C., for the U.S.-Iceland Strategic Dialogue. Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Sharon Hudson-Dean and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for European and NATO Policy Tom Goffus led the U.S. delegation. Ministry of Foreign …

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Two Icelandic Entrepreneurs Selected to Attend 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Summit

Two Icelandic entrepreneurs have been chosen by the U.S. State Department and U.S. Embassy in Reykjavik to participate in the 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) to be held Nov. 28-30 in Hyderabad, India. Sandra Mjöll Jónsdóttir, Co-Founder and CEO of Platome, and Guðmundur Fertram Sigurjónsson, CEO, President and Chairman of Kerecis, will take part in …

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U.S. Navy Secretary Visits Iceland

October 12, 2017 U.S. Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer is visiting Iceland this week to discuss U.S.-Iceland security collaboration, both bilaterally and through the NATO alliance. Spencer is scheduled to meet with officials from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Justice and the Icelandic Coast Guard. Spencer also will participate in a forum on Arctic …

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U.S.C.G Honors Icelanders for Heroism

October 12, 2017 Admiral Charles Michel, Vice Commandant of the United States Coast Guard, was onboard the Icelandic Coast Guard vessel Þór this morning to honor the Icelandic Coast Guard, the crew of the Icelandic Marine Research Institute vessel the Árni Friðriksson, ISAVIA flight crew, and the Icelandic Joint Rescue Coordination Center for their heroism …

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Chargé d’Affaires Meets with Grammar School Students

Jill Esposito, chargé d’affaires, met with 6th and 7th grade students of the international program at Landakotsskoli to discuss and answer students’ questions about the structure of the U.S. government, the mission of the U.S. Embassy in Iceland, and U.S. passport and visa policy.  To learn more about the U.S. Embassy, visit our Facebook page .

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Update on U.S. Presidential Executive Order signed on January 27, 2017

UPDATE: The provisional revocation of January 27, 2017, which had revoked all valid visas of nationals of Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen in accordance with Executive Order 13769, “Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals,”  is now lifted, and those visas are now valid for holders otherwise eligible for their …

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