ICELAND

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Country Description: Iceland is a highly developed stable democracy with a modern economy.

Passport and/or Visa Requirements: For information concerning entry requirements for Iceland, contact the Embassy of Iceland at 1156 15th Street, N.W., Suite 1200, Washington, D.C. 20005, tel. (202) 265-6653, or the Icelandic Consulate General in New York.

Medical Facilities: Excellent medical facilities are available. U.S. medical insurance is not always valid outside the United States. Travelers have found that in some cases, supplemental medical insurance with specific overseas coverage has proved to be useful. Further information on health matters can be obtained from the Centers for Disease Control's international travelers' hotline at (404) 332-4559 or visit the CDC home page on the Internet at http://www.cdc.gov/.

Travel Warnings, Advisories and Areas of Instability: Iceland has a low crime rate. Tourists should be aware that downtown Reykjavik can become disorderly on late weekend evenings. The loss or theft abroad of a U.S. passport should be reported immediately to local police and the U.S. Embassy. Useful information on personal security while traveling abroad is provided in the Department of State pamphlet "A Safe Trip Abroad", available from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402.

Drug Penalties: U.S. citizens are subject to the laws of the country in which they are traveling. Penalties for possession, use, or dealing in illegal drugs are strict, and convicted offenders can expect jail sentences and fines.

Road Safety: Road safety standards are high. Driving under the influence of alcohol in Iceland is considered a serious matter, is measured by a stricter standard, and is generally penalized more severely than in the U.S.

Registration and Embassy Location: U.S. citizens who register with the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy may obtain updated information on travel and security in Iceland. The U.S. Embassy in Reykjavik is located at Laufasvegur 21, telephone (354) (5) 629100.

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