- Normal precautions
- High degree of caution
- Avoid non-essential travel
- Do not travel
- Safety and Security
- Local Laws and Customs
- Natural Disasters and Climate
- Embassy Contact
High Degree of Caution
Latest Travel Alert
Latest Travel Advice Update: Volcanic Eruption on the Reykjanes Peninsula
A volcanic eruption began on the 3rd of August near Fagradalsfjall. At present, there is no threat to population centres or air travel in Iceland.
Persons visiting the volcano should be aware that the eruption site is remote and not accessible via vehicle.
Children under 12 are not permitted on the trail or at the eruption site. Further information is available here.
Stay within the permitted trails and follow the guidance of local officials at all times. Volcanic activity can change or begin at different locations around the site at any time. The site is still seismically active and there is a threat from volcanic gas emissions in the local area. The eruption site is monitored by Icelandic authorities and may occasionally be closed to the public.
You can find out more information and familiarise yourself with the guidance from local authorities at Icelandic Association for Search and Rescue website. If you intend to travel in remote areas in Iceland, you can register your travel itinerary with the authorities: Eruption Information Site – Safetravel
Further updates on the situation are available here:
- Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management https://www.facebook.com/Almannavarnir/ (English and Icelandic)
- Safe Travel Iceland: Eruption Information Site – Safetravel (English)
- Icelandic Meteorological Office: Home-page - Icelandic Meteorological Office | Icelandic Meteorological office (vedur.is) (English and Icelandic)
Citizens should exercise caution in any decisions about international travel, taking account of their overall health, their vaccine status, and the risk of testing positive for COVID-19 while abroad. Anyone considering travelling abroad should be aware that restrictions are subject to change at short notice, and additional restrictions may be imposed by the country of your destination, including during your visit.
Travel to Iceland
There are no COVID-19 restrictions in place for travel to Iceland from Ireland. There is no requirement to present certificates of vaccination/testing for COVID-19.
However, airlines might continue to request proof of vaccination or recovery and we recommend having this information available.
Please refer to https://www.covid.is/english for information about any national and local restrictions in place in Iceland.
General Travel Advice
You can contact the emergency services in Iceland by dialling 112.
Safety and Security
Safety and Security
Safety and security
The political situation in Iceland is reasonably stable but there can be occasional outbreaks of social unrest.
Always keep yourself informed of what’s going on around you by monitoring local media and staying in contact with your hotel or tour organiser. Avoid demonstrations and public gatherings, which can sometimes turn confrontational.
Although the threat from terrorism in Iceland is low, there is still a global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks, which could be against civilian targets, including places frequented by tourists and expatriates.
Crime remains relatively low in Iceland but you should take sensible precautions:
- Don’t carry your credit card, travel tickets and money together - leave spare cash and valuables in a safe place.
- Don’t carry your passport unless absolutely necessary and leave a copy of your passport (and travel and insurance documents) with family or friends at home.
If you’re a victim of a crime while in Iceland, report it to the local police immediately. And you can contact us at the Irish Embassy in Copenhagen if you need help.
If you’re planning to drive in Iceland, you should exercise caution as road conditions may be hazardous, especially in winter when you should seek information on weather and road conditions before commencing your journey.
- Bring your full Irish driving licence and make sure you have adequate and appropriate insurance.
- Dimmed headlights are mandatory at all times.
- Note that it is illegal to drive off-road in Iceland.
Hiring a vehicle
If you’re hiring a vehicle, we advise you not to hand over your passport as a form of security. If you’re allowing your passport to be photocopied, keep it in your sight at all times.
Check that you have adequate insurance and read the small print of the vehicle hire contract (particularly any waiver that will come into effect if the vehicle is damaged).
Local Laws and Customs
Local Laws and Customs
Local laws and customs
Remember, the local laws apply to you as a visitor and it is your responsibility to follow them. Be sensitive to local customs, traditions and practices as your behaviour may be seen as improper, hostile or even illegal
You should carry personal identification at all times, for example either a passport or driving licence.
Illegal drug use (no matter what the drug) carries stiff penalties, including fines and long prison terms.
Natural Disasters and Climate
Natural Disasters and Climate
Natural disasters and climate
If you’re travelling to Iceland, make sure you know what to expect – then plan and pack so that you’re prepared. Get local advice on how to manage in the case of a serious incident or dangerous conditions and co-operate with local authorities and emergency services in the case of serious incidents.
Volcanoes & Earthquakes
Iceland is volcanically and seismically active. You should always follow local guidance and heed any warnings and instructions from local officials. If you’re travelling to or living in Iceland, make sure you know what to do in the event of an earthquake or volcanic eruption. If you are travelling to volcanic or geothermal sites in Iceland always follow local advice and instructions.
The latest information on volcanic and seismic activity from the Icelandic Meteorological office can be found here: www.vedur.is (English and Icelandic)
In recent years, there have been a series of eruptions on the Reykjanes Peninsula. While these eruption sites have been open to the public you should be aware that they are usually in remote locations with limited or no facilities. The sites are not accessible by car and involve long distance hikes over varying terrain. You should ensure that you have the appropriate equipment and clothing for your trip. Weather conditions in the remote areas can change rapidly, it is important that you carefully plan ahead.
If you are travelling in remote or volcanically active areas you can find out further information and register your trip with the Icelandic Association for Search and Rescue here: Safetravel – The official source for safe adventure in Iceland
The healthcare system in Iceland is of a very high standard, and in the case of serious injury emergency, medical treatment is free of charge, although you will be charged for follow-up care.
We can’t pay for emergency medical repatriation, repatriation of remains, or for expenses as a result of a personal emergency while you are abroad. If you buy an appropriate travel insurance policy, these costs will be covered, provided you haven’t broken the terms and conditions.
Buying comprehensive travel insurance can save you and your family a lot of money if something goes wrong. It will also ensure that you get the medical attention you need, when you need it. Hospital bills can quickly run into thousands of euro, and a medical evacuation back to Ireland can cost thousands more.
Not all policies are the same, and the cheapest one might be cheap for a reason. Make sure your policy covers all the activities you plan to do on your trip. Insurance Ireland recommend that you purchase a policy that provides a minimum medical cover of €1 million.
Your policy should cover:
- All medical care abroad, including evacuation by air ambulance, or other emergency procedures, and any other costs associated with an unexpected longer stay.
- Your entire trip, from departure to return. Consider an annual multi-trip policy if you’re making more than one trip in the year.
- 24-hour emergency service and assistance.
- Personal liability cover (in case you’re sued for causing injury or damaging property).
- Lost and stolen possessions.
- Cancellation and curtailment.
- Any extra activities you intend to do that are excluded from standard policies (e.g. water sport activities such as jet skiing or other extreme sports).
Exclusions: You should know most insurance policies will not cover drink or drug-related incidents.
Entry requirements (visa/passport)
Irish citizens don’t need a visa to enter Iceland.
The currency of Iceland is the Icelandic krona. Credit and debit cards are commonly used for payments, although foreign cards often attract a surcharge.
If you need emergency assistance outside normal working hours, please dial the Embassy switchboard at +47 2201 7200. The mobile telephone number of the officer on duty will be available on the answering machine. Alternatively, you can contact the 24-hour duty officer in Dublin at +353 1 478 0822.
Embassy of Ireland
Haakon VII's Gt.1
Monday to Friday 09:00-16:30
Honorary Consulate Contact
Jens Thordarson/Consulate of Ireland
Nautholsvegur 50 (Icelandair Office)
Email: Email us
Get travel and medical insurance
Before travelling, the Department strongly recommends that you obtain comprehensive travel insurance which will cover all overseas medical costs, including medical repatriation/evacuation, repatriation of remains and legal costs. You should check any exclusions and, in particular, that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake.