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Iceland Visa and Passport Requirements

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

Passports

A passport valid for three months beyond the length of stay and issued within the past 10 years is required by all nationals listed in the chart above except (1) EU nationals holding a passport or national ID card which is valid for the duration of stay. If travelling from one border-free Schengen country to another, EU nationals are not required to show a passport or national ID card, but it is still recommended that you travel with your passport or ID card to prove your identity if necessary. Also, EU nationals are not required to possess a return ticket or show sufficient funds.

Note that Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland, Romania and the UK are not part of the Schengen area, so a passport or ID card is required if travelling to/from these countries.

Visas

Visas for Iceland are not required by nationals of EU countries, regardless of the purpose and/or length of stay. However, EU nationals who plan to live in Iceland for an unlimited period must register with the local authorities after three months.

Australian, Canadian and US nationals may stay in Iceland without a visa for up to 90 days.

Iceland is part of the Schengen system, which allows visitors to travel to all participating countries without a visa. Please click here for information regarding the Schengen visa.

Apart from citizens listed in the chart above, citizens from the following countries can also visit without a visa for Iceland for up to 90 days within a six-month period: Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Holy See (Vatican State City), Honduras, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Macao, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Monaco, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Taiwan, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, USA, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela.

For Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia and Ukraine visa exemption only applies to holders of biometric passports.

Travellers who need a visa are advised to contact the nearest embassy to check the visa requirements for Iceland.

Visa Note

For visitors who are unsure, you are advised to contact the embassy to check requirements for Iceland visas.

Types and Cost

Schengen visa: €80. Nationals of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia pay €35.

Children under six years of age, family members of EU/ EEA nationals: no fee.

Validity

The Schengen short-stay visa is valid for up to 90 days within a six-month period.

Transit

Citizens of some countries need an airport transit visa when transiting through international parts of any airports within the Schengen states, whereas citizens of certain other countries only require a transit visa for some of the Schengen states. If you are not from a Schengen visa-exempt country, please check with your consulate.

Schengen Visas

Iceland is part of the Schengen visa scheme.

Temporary residence

Non-EU/ EEA citizens planning on staying in Iceland for more than three months must have a valid residence permit.

EU/ EEA citizens staying beyond 90 days do not require a residence permit but must register with Register Iceland.

Working days

Visa applications may take up to 14 days. However, in special cases or unusual political situations, it might take up to two months.

Sufficient Funds

Schengen visa applicants must be able to provide proof of funds to cover their stay.

Extension of stay

Schengen visa holders with a visa valid for less than 90 days can only extend their visas in exceptional circumstances, such as force majeure or for humanitarian reasons.

Entry with pets

When bringing a pet into Iceland, the animal must have an ISO 11784/11785 compliant 15-digit microchip. Depending on if your pet is from a high-rabies country or a rabies-controlled country, your pet might have to have received a rabies vaccination.

Dogs also have to be vaccinated against Leptospirosis no more than 6 months and no less than 30 days prior to entry. Additionally, they have to be vaccinated against Canine Distemper, contagious Hepatitis and Parvovirus no more than 1 year and no less than 30 days prior to the visit. A tapeworm treatment has to be administered 10 days before arrival for both dogs and cats.

A veterinary certificate issued by an authorised veterinarian is also required when entering Iceland with pets. An EU Pet Passport is not sufficient. You also need to obtain a permit from the Icelandic Food and Veterinary Authority.


Our visa and passport information is updated regularly and is correct at the time of publishing,
We strongly recommend that you verify critical information unique to your trip with the relevant embassy before travel.

Embassies and tourist offices

Embassy of Iceland in the UK


Telephone: +44 20 7259 3999.
Website: http://www.iceland.is/iceland-abroad/uk
Address: Knightsbridge, 2A Hans Street, London, SW1X 0JE,
Opening times:

Mon-Fri 0900-1630. 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: +1 202 265 6653
Website: http://www.iceland.is/iceland-abroad/us/wdc
Address: #509, 2900 K. Street NW, Washington, 20007,
Opening times:

Mon-Fri: 0900-1600.

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