SafeTravel information for the next few days

SafeTravel connects travelers in Iceland with essential resources to help reduce their exposure to risks and ensure a safe and comfortable travel experience. Here you find information for the next few days.
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Vatnajökull National Park added to UNESCO‘s World Heritage List

Vatnajökull National Park has been inscribed on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites. The decision, which was taken at a meeting of the World Heritage Committee in Baku, Azerbaijan last Friday, confirms that the natural environment of the Park and the Nature Reserve at Lónsöræfi have a unique value to humankind.
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16.7% decrease in June

Departures of foreign passengers from Iceland via Keflavik airport were about 195 thousand in June, according to figures from the Icelandic Tourist Board and Isavia, or about 39 thousand less than in June 2018. The decrease between years is 16.7%.
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Plan for Nordic tourism co-operation 2019-2023

In 2017, the Nordic business ministers (MR-Growth) decided that a Nordic plan for co-operation within tourism should becompiled. A working group was established to develop the plan, that has now been published.
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New legislation in the field of tourism

On January 1st 2019 two new acts of law in the field of tourism entered into force; Act on the Icelandic Tourist Board No. 96/2018 and Act on Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements No. 95/2018 .
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Safety plans must be compiled for all tours

Tourism service operators wanting to provide quality services must focus on safety. The compilation of safety plans is a key aspect in that regard. Anyone intending to perform organized tours within Icelandic territory must have safety plans for their tours. Agents that resell tours that are performed by others must verify that safety plans are in place for those tours.
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End of Operation of WOW AIR - Information for passengers

WOW AIR has ceased operation. All WOW AIR flights have been cancelled.
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Safety plans - Description and guidelines

According Icelandic laws, anyone intending to perform organized tours within Icelandic territory must have safety plans for their tours. Agents that resell tours that are performed by others must verify that safety plans are in place for those tours.
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2,2 million foreign passengers 2017

Departures of foreign passengers from Iceland through Keflavík International Airport were 2,195,271 in the year 2017. This is 427,545 more than 2016 or an increase of 24.2%, according to figures from the Icelandic Tourist Board and Isavia.
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UNWTO appoints First Lady of Iceland as Special Ambassador for Tourism and the Sustainable Development Goals

Ms. Eliza Jean Reid, First Lady of Iceland has been nominated as Special Ambassador for Tourism and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The appointment took place at the second UNWTO/UNESCO World Conference on Tourism and Culture, an official event of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017, being held in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman on 11 and 12 December.
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