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

 Travel Information Update 

U.S. Embassy Reykjavik 


July 20, 2020 


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 travelersinvestorstreaty traders.

STUDENTS – F1, M1 and their dependents 

  • Must have a valid I-20 
  • SEVIS fee paid 
  • Students will need to self-quarantine subject to local requirements 
  • Students with a valid F1/F2 visa and a valid I-20 may travel to the U.S. and apply for admission.   

ACADEMICS – J1 and their dependents 

  • Must have a valid DS-2019 
  • Includes the following categories: 
  • Professors 
  • Research scholars 
  • Short term scholars
  • Specialists 

Does NOT include: 

  • Au Pairs 
  • Summer camp counselors 
  • Interns 
  • Trainees 
  • Teachers 
  • Summer work travel programs


  • Complete the online application – DS-160 
  • Appointments are available through the online scheduling service:   
  • Pay the MRV fee in cash only of $160 USD. Students also must pay the reciprocity fee of $163 USD or the equivalent in ISK. 
  • Once a visa has been issued, the applicant may travel to the U.S. 
  • Those with a valid F1/F2/M1/M2 visa and I-20 do not need to reapply. 

BUSINESS TRAVELERS (B1/B2) and their dependents 

  • Temporary travel to the U.S. includes: 
  • Technical experts and specialists 
  • Senior-level managers and executives 
  • Professional Athletes and essential staff who enter to participate in major sporting events 

Contact for more information or to request an appointment. 

  • The U.S. travel ban barring entry to all foreign citizens from EU/Schengen countries remains in effect for all other categories of travelers. 

Local Resources: 

Iceland COVID-19 Information Page 

Other links: 

Enroll in  Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) 

COVID-19 crisis page on 

Global Level 4 Health Advisory  

CDC page on COVID-19 

Iceland International Travel Country Information Pages