The Department of Foreign Affairs strongly recommends that you obtain comprehensive travel insurance which will cover all overseas medical costs, including medical evacuation, before travelling to Iceland. You should check any exclusions, and that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake.
Irish Citizens should note that the Irish Government does not provide funds for emergency medical repatriation or for repatriation of remains.
You should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) free of charge which entitles you to emergency medical treatment. This card is NOT a substitute for travel insurance. See www.ehic.ie for further details. The EHIC replaces the Form E111, which is no longer valid.
Safety and Security
Along with other European countries there is potential for Iceland to experience international terrorism. Irish citizens travelling to Iceland are advised to take the usual, sensible precautions as when travelling to any country with which they are unfamiliar. Although Iceland’s crime rate is relatively low, care should be taken with your personal belongings and identification.
Local Laws and Customs
Drug possession, even in small amounts, is illegal and will lead to heavy fines and/or imprisonment.
You should carry personal identification at all times, for example either a passport or driving licence.
A valid full Irish driving licence is sufficient for driving in Iceland. It should be noted that road conditions may be hazardous in winter. The legal alcohol limits in Iceland are stricter than in Ireland, and penalties for driving above the limit are severe.
Natural Disasters and Climate
Volcano activity in Iceland has increased in recent years. Local warnings should be heeded.
DIPLOMATIC AND CONSULAR MISSIONS
The Irish Embassy in Copenhagen is responsible for relations with Iceland. Contact details are available here.Top