Charge d’Affaires Michelle Yerkin Remarks at the Independence Day Celebration

Charge d’Affaires Michelle Yerkin Remarks at the Independence Day Celebration U.S. Embassy Reykjavik July 1, 2022   Góðan daginn!  Good Afternoon! Kæru vinir.  Velkomin og takk fyrir að fagna sjálfstæði Bandaríkjanna með okkur í dag. Thank you very much for joining us and welcome to the celebration — the 246th anniversary of the signing of ... Read More»

Chargé d’Affaires Michelle Yerkin Speaks at “NATO School 2022”

On March 5, 2022, Varðberg, Samtök um Vestræna Samvinnu og Alþjóðamál hosted day-long NATO School 2022 program with expert speakers including Ministers, Ambassadors, Defense, and Military representatives. “This crisis has produced unity across NATO Allies and partners because it has demonstrated the importance of solidarity. The United States and Iceland, and our Allies and partners, have ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

Passport Fee to Increase on December 27, 2021

Message to U.S. Citizens:  U.S. Embassy Reykjavik (December 15, 2021) Location:  Reykjavik, Iceland Event:  Passport Fee to Increase on December 27, 2021  Effective December 27, 2021, the passport security surcharge fee will increase by $20. For minor passport applicants who use Form DS-11, the new fee is $135. For adults renewing their passports using Form ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

Preventing and responding to all forms of gender-based violence is a cornerstone of the U.S. government’s commitment to promoting democracy, advancing human rights, and furthering gender equality.  Since assuming leadership of the U.S. Embassy in Reykjavik in June, I have sought to build upon and deepen the United States’ and Iceland’s shared commitment to human ... Read More»

Thanksgiving Message to U.S. Citizens in Iceland 

The Embassy of the United States of America Reykjavik, Iceland Chargé d’Affaires Michelle M. Yerkin  Thanksgiving Message to U.S. Citizens in Iceland November 2021 On behalf of the entire U.S. Embassy Reykjavik community, I extend the warmest greetings and best wishes to everyone celebrating Thanksgiving in Iceland.  This year’s Thanksgiving is particularly significant to all ... Read More»

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, ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Reykjavik Sponsors Art Talk Series

The US Embassy in Iceland provided significant support to the Reykjavík Art Museum, Iceland University of the Arts, and the Icelandic Art Center for the collaborative project Talk Series. Michelle Yerkin, Chargé D´Affaires a.i., Ólöf Kristín Sigurðardóttir (Director of Reykjavík Art Museum), Auður Jörundsdóttir (Director of the Icelandic Art Center), and Margrét Elísabet Ólafsdóttir (professor ... Read More»

Are you an American Citizen or Legal Permanent Resident (LPR) Traveling to Iceland?

What you should know before you go:   U.S. CITIZENS & LPRs RETURNING TO THE U.S.: For U.S. citizens and LPRs, there is no problem returning to the U.S. as long as you present a negative PCR test or a negative rapid test taken within 1 day of your flight home. Returning to the United ... Read More»

COVID-19 TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS: Updated 20 November 2020

COVID-19 TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS  Updated 20 November 2020 Like much of the world, Embassy Reykjavik’s Consular Section is operating at reduced capacity due to Covid-19 precautions and restrictions. We anticipate that demand for Consular services during the winter holiday period will far exceed available resources. As such, the Consular Section cannot guarantee a particular appointment date. ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

“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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»
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