The following goods may be imported into Iceland by persons over 18 years of age (tobacco products) or 20 years of age (alcoholic beverages) without incurring customs duty:
• 200 cigarettes or 250g of tobacco products.
• 1l of spirits, 1l of wine; or 1l of wine, 6l of beer; or 1.5l of spirits, 6l of beer; or 2.25l of wine
Note: Travellers may bring in up to 3kg (6.6lb) of food not exceeding kr18,500 and goods free of duty up to the value of kr65,000; the value of each single goods item must not exceed kr32,500. They may additionally bring a gift, the value of which must not exceed Kr10,000. There is a duty free store on arrival at Reykjavik airport as well as departure.
All fishing and riding equipment must be disinfected and a certificate of disinfection issued by an official veterinary authority presented on arrival.
Visitors may bring conventional medicines suitable for personal needs during their stay but may not exceed 100 days consumption. Customs officers can request a doctor's certificate if appropriate.
There are also restrictions on larger amounts of flowers and plants, and certain types of telephonic and communications equipments, which are subject to a permit from the Post and Telecom Administration (www.pta.is). A permit, however, is not required if a traveller imports one GSM mobile phone.
VAT refunds: Visitors leaving the country can claim their VAT back from the Icelandic Government. This refund offers a reduction of 15% of the retail price and must be claimed within 3 months of the date of purchase. The total purchase amount must be under kr4,000 per store. All goods that cost over kr5,000 have to be shown at customs before check in. You can claim the money back through the Landsbanki Islands branch in Keflavik airport’s departure hall. Complete customs information can be found at www.tollur.is.