Iceland Visa and Passport Requirements

Passport required Return ticket required Visa required
Australian Yes Yes No
British Yes No No
Canadian Yes Yes No
Other EU Yes/1/2 No No
USA Yes Yes No

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Passports

A passport valid for three months beyond the length of stay and issued within the past 10 years is required by nationals referred to in the chart above. This does not apply to travellers from: 

1. Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, EstoniaFrance, Germany, Greece, HungaryItaly, LatviaLithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Romania, who a can enter Iceland with a national ID card.

2. Denmark, Finland or Sweden, who do not require a passport to enter Iceland if arriving directly from another Nordic country. Remember however that airlines may require a passport before allowing you to board the plane.

Visas

Visas are not required by nationals referred to in the chart above for stays of up to 90 days.

Visa note

Nationals not referred to in the chart are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements for Iceland.

Visit the Directorate of Immigration (www.utl.is) for up-to-date visa and passport information.

Types and cost

Schengen visa: €60/£50.

Validity

Schengen visas are valid for a maximum of 90 days in each six-month period.

Transit

Certain nationals (not those listed above) require a transit visa; check with the consulate.

Application to

Icelandic embassies and consulates (other than the embassy in Beijing) do not issue visas. Icelandic visas are usually issued by the embassies of Denmark, Norway or Sweden; check the Directorate of Immigration's website (www.utl.is) for a list of embassies representing Iceland abroad. The Danish Embassy issues Icelandic visas in the UK.

Schengen visas

Iceland is part of the Schengen area.

Working days

Visas typically take up to 15 days to process from the date received at the embassy; in some circumstances they can take up to 60 days.

Sufficient funds

Applicants for Schengen visas must provide proof of sufficient funds to cover their stay.

Extension of stay

You cannot usually extend a Schengen visa unless you have proof of force majeure or humanitarian reasons preventing you from leaving the territory. In these situations, you need to contact the Directorate of Immigration with a letter justifying the need for extending your visa.

EU/EEA nationals can stay in Iceland for three months without a permit and up to six months without if looking for employment. After this, you must register at the National Registry.

Entry with children

Any adult travelling with children may be required to show evidence of parental/custodial rights. You may need a letter of consent if the child is travelling with only one parent, depending on where you are travelling from.

Embassies and tourist offices

Embassy of Iceland in the UK
Telephone: (020) 7259 3999. Website: http://www.iceland.org/uk Opening times: Mon-Fri 0930-1600. There is currently no Icelandic tourist board in the UK, but the embassy can deal with all enquiries.
Embassy of Iceland in the USA
Telephone: (202) 265 6653. Website: http://www.iceland.org/us Opening times: Mon-Fri: 0900-1600
Edited by Jane Duru

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