U.S. Citizen Services
Please Note: Marriage in Iceland
The Embassy has recently been informed that on February 1, 2013, laws regarding marriage in Iceland have changed. This may affect the ability of U.S. citizens to marry in Iceland. The new law requires that both partners submit a certificate of marital status issued by the relevant authority in their country, state or region. There is no Federal authority in the United States competent to issue such a statement. Although the government of Iceland recognizes that some countries do not issue these certificates, they still require a document issued by the relevant authorities in their country, confirming that there are no impediments to the planned marriage. In the United States, marriage laws are enacted by the governments of the individual states and there is neither a national marriage law, nor a national record of marriages. Some areas of the United States do recognize that certain foreign countries require such declarations and are able to issue negative records check letters, but not all areas do. If you are considering getting married in Iceland, check with your local authorities to see if they are able to issue such a declaration. If you are not able to produce documentation satisfactory to Icelandic authorities you may be denied permission to marry in Iceland.
The American Citizen Services (ACS) Unit of the U.S. Embassy Reykjavik provides a wide range of services to U.S. citizens visiting or residing in Iceland. The ACS Unit issues passports, registers U.S. citizens arrested in Iceland and to the families of Americans who pass away in our consular district.
Emergency in Iceland
For emergencies involving an American citizen in Iceland please call the American Citizen Services Unit at +354-595-2200 Monday through Friday between 8:00 and 17:00. For emergencies outside of regular business hours please contact the Embassy duty officer at +354-595-2248 (dial 011 first if calling from the U.S.)
From the United States, you can also reach us by calling area code (301) 985-8645 – (that is a U.S. number that rings to the U.S. Embassy here in Reykjavik.)
You may also come to the Embassy anytime during our working hours (8:00 to 17:00 Monday through Friday) if you are an American citizen with an emergency. The Embassy is located at Laufásvegur 21, 101 Reykjavik.
For non-emergency matters American citizens are welcome to email the U.S. Embassy in Reykjavik anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org. You will receive a response to your message within two business days. You may also reach the ACS Unit by phone between our public phone hours of 14:00 and 16:00 Monday to Friday at +354-595-2200.
*Indviduals calling from the U.S. can dial directly: (301) 985-8645.
Looking for More Information
Please visit Travel.state.gov for many useful tips and advice for American citizens traveling or living abroad.
The State Department’s Consular Information Sheet with information for visitors to Iceland has been updated. See the full document here.