Icelandic Diplomatic Missions around the world have had to shorten their opening hours due to the coronavirus pandemic. Our staff continue to serve from home via phone, email and other electronic means. Icelandic citizens who need an Emergency Passport or intend to apply for a regular Passport are encouraged to contact the relevant Diplomatic Missions directly.
The Consular Affairs Unit of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs safeguards the interest and safety of Icelandic citizens abroad. The Unit carries out tasks around the clock in Reykjavík, and Diplomatic Missions in three continents. From 14 - 25 March the Unit assisted nearly three thousand Icelandic citizens via phone, email and Facebook. Since 25 February all Icelanders traveling abroad were encouraged to register with the Consular Unit because of Covid-19 and have received information regularly.
Nearly eleven thousand people registered in the data base. It´s estimated that about seven thousand have already returned to Iceland, while around four thousand Icelanders are still abroad. Out of those, 890 are scheduled to return home in the next two months. More than 2500 people have not identified a specific departure date, so it is estimated that many intend to stay abroad.