Money and duty free for Iceland
Currency and Money
Icelandic króna (ISK; symbol kr) = 100 aurar. Notes are in denominations of króna 5,000, 2,000, 1,000, 500 and 10,000. Coins are in denominations of króna 100, 50, 10, 5 and 1 and feature Iceland’s many native fish species. It is often difficult to get Icelandic money abroad, though not impossible; there are several ATMs and banks at the airport on arrival.
MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted. American Express is not as common.
ATMs (known as Hraðbanki in Icelandic) are available throughout the country.
Accepted, although mainly in key urban areas. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travellers are advised to take traveller's cheques in US Dollars.
Travellers can import and export local currencies up to ISK 8,000 and unlimited foreign currencies. Travellers can export foreign currencies up to the amount imported.
Foreign currencies can be exchanged in all major banks in Iceland. Most hotels also provide their guests with exchange services, which may cost more.
Iceland duty free
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 other tobacco products.
• 1L of spirits and 0.75L of wine and 3L of beer; or 3L of wine and 6L of beer; or 1L of spirits and 6L of beer; or 1.5L of wine and 12L of beer; or 18L of beer.
• 3kg of food not exceeding ISK 25,000. Meat products are allowed as long as they’ve been canned or boiled. Salting, smoking or drying meats without boiling them is unacceptable. Bacon, sausages (including salami and any kind of smoked uncooked sausages), pork, poultry and uncooked eggs and milk is not permitted.
• Icelandic residents may bring goods up to the value of ISK 88,000, unless under 12, in which case they can bring goods for half that amount.
Visitors may bring conventional medicines suitable for personal needs during their stay to cover up to a maximum of 100 days. Customs officers can request a doctor's certificate if appropriate.
You can find complete customs information at www.tollur.is.
Prohibited imports include uncooked meats and meat products, uncooked milk and eggs, snuff, various weapons, narcotics and dangerous drugs.
Restricted imports include telecommunications equipment (other than your mobile phone), angling gear and riding clothing (which require disinfection certificates), used riding gear, firearms and ammunition (which require a police permit), live animals, plants, and medicines.
Protected plant species, birds, birds' eggs, eggshells and nests.
You must obtain permission from the Icelandic Museum of Natural History to export objects of historical or archaeological value.
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