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Emergency Message for U.S Citizens

Demonstration in Front of U.S. Embassy Reykjavik

Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens:

The State Department’s Consular Information Sheet with information for visitors to Iceland has been updated.  See the full document here.

U.S. Embassy Reykjavik

Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens

Demonstrations in Front of Harpa Concert Hall on April 20, 2012

The U.S. Embassy in Reykjavik informs U.S. citizens that the organization Vinir Tíbet (Friends of Tibet) announced plans to demonstrate in Reykjavik in front of the Harpa Concert Hall today, Friday, April 20, starting at 17:30, regarding the ongoing political situation in Tibet.  The Concert Hall is located at Austurbrakka 2, in downtown Reykjavik, approximately four blocks away from the U.S. Embassy. 

Although Icelandic authorities do not expect any violence, we urge U.S. citizens to avoid the area if possible, and to exercise caution near any demonstrations that may occur.  Monitor local media and be aware of your surroundings at all times. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational. 

Individuals needing consular assistance can contact the American Citizens Services Unit at the U.S. Embassy in Reykjavik by calling 354-562-9100 during office hours, or by e-mail at  The emergency after-hours telephone number is 354-693-9207.  The U.S. Embassy is located at Laufasvegur 21.

U.S. citizens traveling and residing abroad should enroll in the Smart Travelers Enrollment Program (STEP).  U.S. citizens without Internet access may enroll directly at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate overseas.  By enrolling, U.S. citizens make it easier for the Embassy to contact them in case of emergency.

Updated information on travel and security may be obtained from the Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or, for callers outside the United States and Canada, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.  For further information, please consult the Worldwide Caution and Country Specific Information for Iceland.  These products and the latest international travel information for U.S. citizens are available on the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs website.