Health Alert – Travel Ban of Non-EU Citizens U.S. Embassy Reykjavik (March 25, 2020)
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 all non-essential foreign travel to all EU member states and Schengen associated States.
Iceland is a member of the Schengen area but is not an EU member state. Iceland is participating in the EU travel ban along with other Schengen states, and travelers from outside the Schengen area are no longer granted access into the country. U.S. citizens currently in Iceland are advised to return to the U.S. as soon as possible. Commercial flights, while limited, are currently available. Please contact your airline for more information. https://www.icelandair.com/support/covid-19/safe-travels/
On March 22, 2020, the Minister of Health for Iceland announced there were 568 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Iceland.
On March 6, 2020, the National Police Commissioner raised Iceland’s Civil Protection Emergency level from Alert to Emergency/Distress. The Alert is available on the website https://www.landlaeknir.is/koronaveira/english/.
All travelers entering Iceland, including Icelandic citizens and residents must self-quarantine for 14 days.
As of March 23, the consular section at the U.S. Embassy in Reykjavik has suspended all routine visa and passport appointments. The Consular Section is open on an ad hoc basis for emergency appointments only on Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m. Email ReykjavikConsular@state.gov to request an emergency appointment.
Actions to Take:
- Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.
- For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19 please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.
- Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.
- Check with your airlines or cruise lines regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.
- Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Iceland.
- Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States
- U.S. Embassy Reykjavik, Iceland: +354-595-2200; +354-595-2248 (after hours)
- State Department – Consular Affairs 888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
- Iceland Country Information
- Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)