Iceland is one of 26 member countries of the Schengen Convention, under which the EU countries (all but Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania, Cyprus, Ireland and the UK) plus Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Switzerland have abolished checks at common borders.

To work or study in Iceland a permit is usually required – check with an Icelandic embassy or consulate in person or online.

For questions on visa extensions or visas and permits in general, contact the Icelandic Directorate of Immigration, Útlendingastofnun (www.utl.is).

Customs Regulations

Iceland has quite strict import restrictions. For a full list of regulations, see www.customs.is.

Alcohol duty-free allowances for travellers over 20 years of age:

  • 1L spirits and 750mL wine and 3L beer, or
  • 3L wine and 6L beer, or
  • 1L spirits and 6L beer, or
  • 1.5L wine and 12L beer, or
  • 18L beer

Additionally:

  • Visitors over 18 years can bring in 200 cigarettes or 250g of other tobacco products.
  • You can import up to 3kg of food (except raw eggs, some meat and dairy products), provided it’s not worth more than 25,000kr. This may help self-caterers to reduce costs.
  • To prevent contamination, recreational fishing and horse-riding clothes require a veterinarian’s certificate stating that they have been disinfected. Otherwise officials will charge you for disinfecting clothing when you arrive. It is prohibited to bring used horse-riding equipment (saddles, bridles etc). See www.mast.is.
  • Many people bring their cars on the ferry from Europe. Special duty-waiver conditions apply for stays of up to one year.

Visas

Generally not required for stays of up to 90 days.

Further Information

The visa situation for Iceland is as follows:

  • Citizens of EU and Schengen countries – no visa required for stays of up to 90 days.
  • Citizens or residents of Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand and the USA – no visa required for tourist visits of up to 90 days.
  • Note that the total stay within the Schengen area must not exceed 90 days in any 180-day period.
  • Other countries – check online at www.utl.is.