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Ministry of Health (MOH) Public Health Advisory

Travellers should refer to the ICA website for the latest information on travelling to/from or transiting through Singapore. For the latest updates on Singapore’s COVID-19 situation, please refer to the MOH website at https://www.moh.gov.sg/covid-19.


In view of the COVID-19 situation, travellers visiting Iceland should be prepared for updates to entry requirements. Please visit the website of the Official Travel Information for Iceland (https://www.covid.is/sub-categories/travel-to-and-within-iceland) for the latest information.


There is a threat of terrorism throughout the world and in Europe.  Terrorist attacks have occurred in a number of European cities, and there is a potential for other violent incidents.  We advise Singaporeans travelling or living in Iceland to take the necessary precautions and exercise personal responsibility at all times. While the Singapore High Commission in the United Kingdom is accredited to Iceland, Singapore has no physical diplomatic presence in Iceland.

Iceland is part of the Schengen Area and Singaporeans are allowed visa-free entry for short stays up to 90 days in any 180-day period, provided that no employment is sought.  Passports should be valid for at least three months from your planned date of departure from the Schengen Area. As visa requirements often change at short notice, we advise you to contact your travel agency, or nearest Embassy of Iceland for up-to-date information.

Driving in Iceland: Foreign driving licenses are valid for visitors in Iceland on a temporary basis. There is no need for an International Driving Permit. Drivers and passengers are required by law to wear seatbelts. Headlights are required to be on at all times, all year round. In general, the speed limits are as follow:

  1. Gravel roads: 80km/h

  2. Paved roads: 90km/h

  3. Urban: 50km/h

Driving on mountain roads should only be done in a 4x4/4WD vehicle. Off-road driving is forbidden and violators are subjected to substantial fines.

Travellers intending to drive are advised to check with the Icelandic Road Administration (Vegagerdinhttp://www.road.is/ on up-to-date road condition and weather information before departing. 

Petty crime: Iceland has a low crime rate but travellers should nevertheless exercise caution against petty crimes such as theft and pickpocketing, particularly in crowded areas.

Ensure that you have comprehensive travel insurance before you travel.

All visitors and residents are subjected to local laws and penalties.  Research on local laws prior to arrival, especially for extended stays. Do note the following laws that can affect your visit or stay:

  • When driving, vehicle headlights must be on at all times, both day and night.

  • Off-road driving is illegal in Iceland.  Keep to roads and marked trails

Public Transportation: Information on public bus service in Reykjavik can be found at https://straeto.is/en/upplysingar/spurt-svarad

Information on public transportation in Iceland can be found at http://www.publictransport.is/

Volcanic activity in the Reykjanes Peninsula
A volcanic eruption occurred on the Reykjanes Peninsula on 18 December 2023, south-west of Reykjavik. The Icelandic Meteorological Office has warned of an increased risk of further eruptions, and the nearest town, Grindavík, has been under an evacuation order since 10 November 2023.
Singaporeans planning to travel to or who are already in Iceland should monitor developments and adhere to advisories issued by the Icelandic Meteorological Office at en.vedur.is/ and the Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management at almannavarnir.is/english/. Singaporeans should stay vigilant and take the necessary precautions for their personal safety. They should also purchase comprehensive travel insurance and be familiar with the terms and coverage.
Singaporeans are strongly encouraged to eRegister with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs so that we can contact you should the need arise. Singaporeans in need of consular assistance may contact the Singapore High Commission in the United Kingdom at +44 (0) 207-235-8315 (during office hours) or +44 (0) 771-034-8335 (for emergencies after office hours), or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24-hour Duty office at: +65 6379-8800 / +65 6379-8855.


Overseas Travel – Be Informed & Be Safe [Updated on 14 October 2021]

Singaporeans planning overseas travel are reminded to take the necessary precautions, including being prepared to deal with accidents, natural disasters or terrorist attacks. Singaporeans are also reminded to be familiar with your destination’s local laws, customs, and COVID-19 regulations.

Demonstrations do occur in major cities across the world. Such demonstrations can sometimes escalate into violence. It is important for Singaporeans to keep abreast of local news, avoid any protests or demonstrations and heed the advice of the local authorities.

When participating in outdoor leisure activities overseas, Singaporeans should be mindful that certain sporting activities, especially in open seas, may carry risks. Besides ensuring that one has the physical competencies and appropriate condition to undertake the activity, every effort should be made to ascertain if the trip organiser or guide is reliable and competent, and that appropriate safety and contingency plans are in place. When in doubt, Singaporeans should consult the relevant professional bodies or sporting associations for specific advice.

For those planning to travel, here are some tips:

Before travelling

  • Familiarise yourself with our network of overseas missions.
  • Purchase comprehensive travel insurance and be familiar with the terms and coverage.
  • Equip yourself with research about your destination’s entry requirements, current situation, local laws and customs.
  • eRegister with us on our website (www.mfa.gov.sg) so that we may reach out to you during an emergency.

While travelling

  • Always take care of your personal safety, remain vigilant and monitor local weather news, advisories, and security developments.
  • Exercise caution around large gatherings and avoid locations known for demonstrations or disturbances.
  • Be prepared for possible delays and last-minute changes in travel plans especially during unforeseen events such as natural disasters, social unrests or terror attacks.
  • Stay connected with your friends and family. Inform them of your whereabouts and provide them with your overseas contact details.
  • In the event that you require consular assistance, please contact the nearest Singapore Overseas Mission or call the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Duty Office at +65 6379 8800/+65 6379 8855.

Advisory: Email Scams

There have been reports of individuals receiving scam emails/messages purportedly sent from friends in distress overseas.  These emails/messages typically originate from an email address/social media known to the receiver bearing claims of the sender getting into trouble overseas and urgently requesting financial assistance.  The sender would also claim to have approached a Singapore Embassy/Consulate and the local Police for help to no avail.

MFA takes the safety of all Singaporeans very seriously.  Singaporeans in distress approaching our Overseas Missions for assistance will be rendered with all necessary consular assistance.  If you receive such emails/messages from purported friends seeking funds transfers, we strongly advise you to call them first to verify the authenticity of the emails/messages before responding to their request.  It is also not advisable to give out any personal information such as NRIC/passport nos., address, telephone number, etc.  Any form of reply, even one of non-interest, could result in more unsolicited emails.  Members of the public who suspect that they have fallen prey to such scams should report the matter to the Police immediately.  Should Singaporeans abroad require consular assistance, they can contact the nearest Mission or call the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24-hr Duty Office at +65 6379 8800/+65 6379 8855.

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