New U.S. Travel Policy Begins November 8, 2021

On October 25, 2021, President Biden issued A Proclamation on Advancing the Safe Resumption of Global Travel During the COVID-⁠19 Pandemic which takes effect at 12:01 am EST on November 8.  The proclamation requires foreign nationals traveling to the United States to demonstrate proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.  The new policy will end the travel restrictions under Presidential Proclamation 10143 and the need for National Interest Exceptions (NIE).  All travelers, regardless of vaccination status, are still required to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test before travel.

More information about the vaccination and testing requirements is available on the CDC page Non-U.S. citizen, Non-U.S. immigrants: Air Travel to the United States.  Answers to frequently asked questions about the new requirements for international travel to the United States are available at Travel.State.Gov.  

Details of the new travel policy will be posted on our Embassy website and Travel.State.Gov as they become available.

Schengen Travel Restrictions Remain in Place until the New Travel Policy
Presidential Proclamation 10143, which suspended travel from the 26 Schengen Area countries, including Iceland, remains in force until replaced by the new travel policy.  These restrictions apply regardless if you have a valid U.S. visa, ESTA, or have been fully vaccinated.

The proclamation does not apply to U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, spouses of U.S. citizens, minor children of U.S. citizens, diplomatic and official travelers, air and sea crew members, members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their spouses and children, and certain other categories of travelers.


The U.S. Embassy in Reykjavik is not currently accepting visa applications from individuals who do not normally reside in Iceland. Please contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in the country in which you reside to schedule a visa appointment.