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Last verified: Saturday, 11. July 2020 at 07:20 AM

Iceland Travel Advisory

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Warning Level Icon We advise caution when travelling to Iceland

Local Situation: 3.2 / 5

We advise caution when travelling to Iceland. We detected travel advisories from 6 sources for this specific country.

Regional Situation: 3.2 / 5

This country shares no land border with any other country. Thus, the region score is identical to the country risk rating.

Current informationen on Covid-19 in Iceland

There are currently 1,886 officially reported cases of infections with SARS-CoV-2 (or Coronavirus) in Iceland. As reported by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control this morning (~8:30am CET).

There are currently 10 officially reported deaths related to this disease in Iceland.

Source: www.ecdc.europa.eu

Advice scoring history for Iceland

Chart of the risk level over that last 200 days. This is the daily calculated travel risk for Iceland.

Chart of the number of sources over that last 200 days. This is the daily number of advisory sources (of any rating) that have been active on that day.

Note: Changes happening on the 28th/29th of July 2019 are related to a change in the software and number of sources processed.

Rating Details (single travel warnings)

These are the individual advisories published by other countries about the destination Iceland from a travellers perspective. The scoring of all messages combined is the foundation for the current rating 3.2 out of 5.0.

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 1 - Travel is usually safe.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: United States

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Global Health Advisory: Do Not Travel. Avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. Exercise normal precautions in Iceland.  Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. 

Source: http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories/iceland-travel-advisory.html

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 2 - Travel is usually safe.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Finland

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Iaktta normal försiktighet - Tryggt resmål. Naturförhållanden och växlande väderleksförhållanden förutsätter försiktighet från resenärer.

Source: https://um.fi/resemeddelande/-/c/IS

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 3 - Travel with high caution.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Denmark

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Hvis du rejser til Island, bør du være ekstra forsigtig for at minimere risikoen for at blive smittet med coronavirus/COVID-19. Du udviser ekstra forsigtighed ved bl.a. at følge vores rejseråd i en tid med COVID-19. Hvis du rejser til Island, bør du også orientere dig om lokale restriktioner forud for rejsen. Du skal bl.a. være opmærksom på, at du skal ...

Source: http://um.dk/da/rejse-og-ophold/rejse-til-udlandet/rejsevejledninger/island/

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 4 - Reconsider travelling.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Canada

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The Canadian goverment suggests: Avoid non-essential travel.

Source: https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/iceland

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 4 - Reconsider travelling.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Ireland

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Warning Level Icon Danger level: 5 - Do not travel.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Australia

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Iceland's borders are open to travellers from the EU and Schengen states, as well as the UK, provided they either have a COVID-19 test or quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. You'll have to pay for this test. Children born in 2005 or later are exempt from both testing and quarantine. All travellers to Iceland must complete a registration form before arrival. We advise: Do not travel to Iceland.

Source: https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/destinations/europe/iceland

Individual rating changes for Iceland

This is the recent history of individual changes of travel advices that affected the total asessment of Iceland. Most recent events first.

Changes from June 15th 2020

The total rating for Iceland changed from 3.3 to 3.2. Here are the influencing details:

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The Danish government decreased their existing warning for Iceland to 3.0 (of 5.0) from the previous rating of 4.0 (by -1.0).

Changes from March 22nd 2020

The total rating for Iceland changed from 3.2 to 3.3. Here are the influencing details:

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The Canadian government issued a new warning for Iceland with a rating of 4.0.

Changes from March 18th 2020

The total rating for Iceland changed from 2.4 to 3.2. Here are the influencing details:

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The Australian government increased their existing warning for Iceland to 5.0 (of 5.0) from the previous rating of 4.0 (by +1.0).

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The Irish government increased their existing warning for Iceland to 4.0 (of 5.0) from the previous rating of 1.0 (by +3.0).

Changes from March 15th 2020

The total rating for Iceland changed from 2.0 to 2.4. Here are the influencing details:

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The Australian government issued a new warning for Iceland with a rating of 4.0.

Changes from March 14th 2020

The total rating for Iceland changed from 1.8 to 2.0. Here are the influencing details:

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The Danish government increased their existing warning for Iceland to 4.0 (of 5.0) from the previous rating of 3.0 (by +1.0).

Changes from March 8th 2020

The total rating for Iceland changed from 1.5 to 1.8. Here are the influencing details:

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The Danish government increased their existing warning for Iceland to 3.0 (of 5.0) from the previous rating of 2.0 (by +1.0).

Changes from September 26th 2019

The total rating for Iceland changed from 0.0 to 1.5. Here are the influencing details:

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The Danish government issued a new warning for Iceland with a rating of 2.0.

Changes from September 25th 2019

The total rating for Iceland changed from 0.0 to 0.0. Here are the influencing details:

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The United States government issued a new warning for Iceland with a rating of 1.0.

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The Irish government issued a new warning for Iceland with a rating of 1.0.

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The Finnish government issued a new warning for Iceland with a rating of 2.0.

About Iceland

Iceland with its capital Reykjavík is a country in Europe (Northern Europe), slightly smaller than Kentucky (103,000 km²). The country is located Northern Europe, island between the Greenland Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, northwest of the United Kingdom. The climate can be described as temperate; moderated by North Atlantic Current; mild, windy winters; damp, cool summers. The landscape is mostly plateau interspersed with mountain peaks, icefields; coast deeply indented by bays and fiords. With a population of about 0.3 million citizens.

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Basic Statistics and Facts

Topic Value
Capital Reykjavík
Population less than one million
Size 103.000 km²
Size comparable to slightly smaller than Kentucky
Common languages Danish, German, English, Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish
Currency Krona (short: ISK)
Common voltage (electricity) 220V - 50Hz
Used GSM Frequencies 900/1800
International phone prefix +354
Internet Top Level Domain .is
Countrycode: ISO Alpha 2 IS
Countrycode: ISO Alpha 3 ISL
Countrycode: ISO Numeric 352

Environmental problems and natural hazzards

These are problems Iceland is facing. Environmental issues refer to damages of the nature due to industry and society. Natural hazzards refer to potential dangers originating in nature.

Environmental problems

  • inadequate wastewater treatment
  • water pollution from fertilizer runoff

Natural hazzards

  • earthquakes and volcanic activity
  • Iceland, situated on top of a hotspot, experiences severe volcanic activity; Eyjafjallajokull (1,666 m) erupted in 2010, sending ash high into the atmosphere and seriously disrupting European air traffic; scientists continue to monitor nearby Katla (1,512

Top Industries and Agricultural Products

These are the main product industries and agricultural products of Iceland. This list indicates what this country is good at producing.

Industries

  1. aluminum smelting
  2. fish processing
  3. geothermal power
  4. hydropower
  5. medical/pharmaceutical products
  6. tourism

Agriculture products

  1. beef
  2. carrots
  3. chicken
  4. cucumbers
  5. dairy products
  6. fish
  7. green vegetables
  8. mutton
  9. pork
  10. potatoes

Icelandic Imports and Exports

These are the main product categories of imports and exports to and from Iceland.

Export products

  1. agricultural products
  2. aluminum (38%)
  3. ferro-silicon
  4. fish
  5. fish products (42%)
  6. medical products
  7. medicinal

Import products

  1. equipment
  2. foodstuffs
  3. machinery
  4. petroleum products
  5. textiles

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the current travel advisory for Iceland?

Iceland is currently rated at 3,2 out of a possible 5.0. Collected from 6 official sources. We advise caution when travelling to Iceland.

Is it safe to travel Iceland in 2020?

Visiting the country Iceland is usually fine. The score is at 3,2 Just keep an eye open, obey local rules and you'll most likely be fine.

How many travel advisories do you know for Iceland?

We currently evaluate 11 official sources each morning. Today, we know of active advisories from 6 individual sources for Iceland.

What is the current Corona virus situation in Iceland?

There are currently 1,886 officially reported cases of infections with SARS-CoV-2 (or Coronavirus) in Iceland. As reported by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control this morning (~8:30am CET). There are currently 10 officially reported deaths related to this disease in Iceland.

What is the size of Iceland?

Iceland has a size of 103,000 km² or 39,769 mi² which is slightly smaller than Kentucky.

Common Frequently Asked Questions

For non-country specific questions, please check our global F.A.Q.