Fire and rescue services
Call 112 or go to a hospital.
Call 112 or go to the local police station.
Exercise normal safety precautions in Iceland.
Exercise normal safety precautions in Iceland.
Health advice due to COVID-19 is continually changing. Rules and restrictions to prevent outbreaks can change quickly. It’s important to regularly check the rules in the destinations you’re travelling to and transiting through.
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Iceland has a low crime rate. However, you could face petty theft. This often occurs around bars late at night in downtown Reykjavik.
To protect yourself against theft, look after your belongings.
Gang-related activity can also occur. Pay attention to your surroundings.
Peaceful demonstrations sometimes occur.
While there have been no recent terrorist attacks in Iceland, they can still happen.
There's an ongoing threat of terrorism in Europe.
Terrorists have attacked several European cities. Targets have included:
To reduce your risk of terrorism:
If there's an attack, leave the area as soon as it's safe. Avoid the affected area in case of secondary attacks.
Terrorism is a threat worldwide.
If you want to do an adventure activity or go trekking:
If there's a natural disaster:
Iceland can experience severe weather. The climate can be unpredictable, with:
The Icelandic Meteorological Office gives weather reports.
For recorded weather information in English 24/7, call (+354) 522 6000 or (+354) 902 0600.
For reports on road closures and other disruptions, visit:
Civil Protection in Iceland gives advice about what to do in emergencies.
Iceland has active volcanoes. Monitor the local media for reports on volcanic activity.
A volcano erupted in August in Meradalur, 30 km southwest of Reykjavik. There's been an increase in seismic activity on the Reykjanes Peninsula. Strong earthquakes could occur in the area and lead to further volcanic eruptions.
If you're in Iceland:
Volcanic eruptions have disrupted flights. Check with your airline for any flight changes due to ash releases.
Iceland is in an active earthquake zone.
Tsunamis are a threat in coastal areas.
If you're near the coast, move to high ground straight away if advised, or if you:
Don't wait for official warnings such as alarms or sirens. Once on high ground, monitor local media.
Some places in the Arctic are a long way from help, including:
Search and rescue teams in the region are highly skilled. However, in an emergency, help depends on the weather and sea conditions. If you need help, you may have to wait a long time.
Before booking travel in the region, check your travel company's:
Get comprehensive travel insurance before you leave.
Your policy must cover all overseas medical costs, including COVID-19 and medical evacuation. The Australian Government won't pay for these costs.
If you can't afford travel insurance, you can't afford to travel. This applies to everyone, no matter how healthy and fit you are.
If you're not insured, you may have to pay many 1000s of dollars up-front for medical care.
Consider your physical and mental health before you travel, especially if you have an existing medical condition. Consider whether you may be in a vulnerable category for COVID-19.
See your doctor or travel clinic to:
Do this at least 8 weeks before you leave.
If you have immediate concerns for your welfare, or the welfare of another Australian, call the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on +61 2 6261 3305 or contact your nearest Australian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate to discuss counselling hotlines and services available in your location.
Not all medication available over the counter or by prescription in Australia is available in other countries. Some may even be considered illegal or a controlled substance, even if prescribed by an Australian doctor.
If you plan to bring medication, check if it's legal in Iceland. Check if any rules or restrictions apply. Depending on your medication, you may need to apply for a permit to bring it into Iceland. Always bring a copy of your prescription and transport your medication in its original container. Take enough legal medication for your trip.
Take enough legal medication for your trip.
Carry a copy of your prescription or a letter from your doctor stating:
COVID-19 remains a risk in Iceland. The Icelandic Directorate of Health (Landlæknir) website has a dedicated English language page providing updates and guidance. There is also a coronavirus hotline on +354 544-4113 if you believe you have been infected. Follow the advice of local authorities.
More information can also be found on: https://www.covid.is/english
You should consult your local health professional for advice on vaccine options, including assistance that may be available locally. The Australian Government cannot provide advice on the safety, quality and efficacy of vaccines that have been approved for use outside of Australia's regulatory process.
Local doctors can prescribe a test for Monkeypox if you're experiencing symptoms or have been in close contact with an infected individual. Iceland provides vaccinations for people who've been in close contact with an infected person and people in high-risk groups.
Other health risks
Other health risks are broadly similar to those in Australia.
The standard of health facilities and care is high. Many people speak English. However, services can be limited in areas with fewer people.
Australia doesn't have a reciprocal healthcare agreement with Iceland.
Healthcare costs are the same as, or more expensive than, private treatment in Australia.
Emergency hospital treatment is usually free. However, you'll have to cover any follow-up costs.
You're subject to all local laws and penalties, including those that may appear harsh by Australian standards. Research local laws before travelling.
If you're arrested or jailed, the Australian Government will do what it can to help you under our Consular Services Charter. But we can't get you out of trouble or out of jail.
Penalties for drug offences, even for small amounts of drugs, are severe. Even small amounts of recreational drugs or some prescription medications can get you arrested or jailed. They include heavy fines, jail and deportation.
Always carry an ID, such as your driver's licence or a copy of your passport.
Penalties for drink driving and speeding are severe and include:
Even minor offences can attract fines and jail sentences.
If you're found guilty of an offence, you could also face:
Some Australian criminal laws still apply when you're overseas. If you break these laws, you may face prosecution in Australia.
Iceland recognises dual nationality.
Every country or territory decides who can enter or leave through its borders. For specific information about the evidence you'll need to enter a foreign destination, including COVID-19 vaccinations and tests, check with the nearest embassy, consulate or immigration department of the destination you're entering.
Iceland is part of the Schengen area. This means you can enter Iceland without a visa in some cases.
Get an entry stamp in your passport from border control when you first enter the Schengen area.
Always carry a valid passport even if you're travelling from another Schengen country.
Entry to Iceland
All COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted in Iceland.
Global travel continues to be impacted by COVID-19 and remains unpredictable. Your plans may be disrupted at short notice. Be aware of the risks of travelling at this time.
Passports of non-EEA nationals, including Australians, must have been issued in the last ten years and be valid at least three months from the date of departure from Iceland.
Some foreign governments and airlines apply the rule inconsistently. Travellers can receive conflicting advice from different sources.
The Australian Government does not set these rules. Check your passport's expiry date before you travel. If you're not sure it'll be valid for long enough, consider getting a new passport.
Always carry your passport when crossing borders, even within the Schengen area.
Your passport is a valuable document. It's attractive to people who may try to use your identity to commit crimes.
Some people may try to trick you into giving them your passport. Always keep it in a safe place.
If your passport is lost or stolen, tell the Australian Government as soon as possible:
Iceland's currency is the Icelandic Kroner (ISK).
Declare cash of over 10,000 euros or equivalent if you're travelling between Iceland and any non-EU country. This covers all forms of currency, not only cash.
You'll have to pay a fine on entry or exit if you:
You can use major credit cards in most places.
Rapid antigen tests are available at certified test centres. If you require an antigen or PCR test when leaving Iceland, you need to book it in advance. For advice on COVID-19 tests, vaccination certificates, and what to do if you test positive for COVID-19, see Iceland’s COVID-19 website. You can also call the COVID-19 hotline on +354 544 4113.
Ensure you follow the advice of local authorities while you're in Iceland and take care to protect yourself from exposure to COVID-19.
Hazards at natural attractions rarely have warning signs or safety barriers. Stay on marked paths and use common sense.
If you visit geysers, take care. The hot steam and water may cause injuries. Take extra care on windy days.
Australian driving licences are valid in Iceland if you have had your licence for a minimum of one year. However, some car rental companies require customers to present an International Driving Permit (IDP) if holding a licence issued outside Europe or North America.
If you need an IDP, get this before you leave Australia. An IDP does not replace the requirement for a regular driver's license.
If your driving licence is not written with Latin letters or doesn't include your licence number, a photograph or an issuing date, you'll also need an IDP to drive in Iceland.
Roads are narrow and winding. Speed limits are low.
Driving conditions can be hazardous. Roads can be impassable in winter when there's less daylight.
The weather and river levels can change quickly. Plan ahead.
The northern lights can distract drivers, making them lose control or stop without warning. This can create a hazard for other road users.
If you want to drive, be aware that authorities:
Always keep your headlights on low beam.
You need winter tyres from around November to April. The dates may vary each year. Check with the Icelandic Transport Authority for more information.
Many highland tracks are only open for a short part of the summer.
If you plan to drive to the highland or other remote regions, check with the Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration.
Call (+354) 522 1000 for updates on:
When driving through remote regions, take special care:
Check if your travel insurance policy covers you when riding a motorbike or quad bike.
Always wear a helmet.
A range of authorised taxi and limousine services are available. You can book these through your hotel.
Public transport options are limited outside Reykjavik.
Straeto publishes bus timetables.
Several international cruise lines stop over in Iceland.
DFAT doesn't provide information on the safety of individual commercial airlines or flight paths.
Check Iceland's air safety profile with the Aviation Safety Network.
Depending on what you need, contact your:
Call 112 or go to a hospital.
Call 112 or go to the local police station.
Always get a police report when you report a crime.
Your insurer should have a 24-hour emergency number.
The 112 Iceland app from the Icelandic Association for Search and Rescue (ICE-SAR) helps in an emergency.
To call for help, press the red 'Emergency' button. This will send your location by text message to the 112 response centre. The green 'Check In' button tells ICE-SAR your location.
For non-emergency medical help in the Reykjavik metropolitan area, call:
Contact your provider with any complaints about tourist products or services.
Check the Consular Services Charter for what the Australian Government can and can't do to help you overseas.
Australia doesn't have an embassy or consulate in Iceland.
You can seek consular help from the Canadian Embassy in Reykjavik.
101 Reykjavik, Iceland
Phone: (+354) 575 6500
You can also seek consular help from the Australian Embassy in Copenhagen, Denmark:
2100 Copenhagen Ø Denmark
Phone: +45 7026 3676
Facebook: Australia in Denmark, Norway and Iceland
Check the Embassy website for details about opening hours and any temporary closures.
In a consular emergency, if you can't contact an embassy, call the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on:
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