Entry & Exit Formalities
Iceland is part of the Schengen Agreement, which eliminates border passport control between Schengen countries in Europe.
There is passport control when entering Iceland from a country outside the Schengen area. Some nationalities need a visa to enter Iceland.
For entry into the Schengen area, you must have a passport valid for three months beyond your proposed departure date.
As long as you are in possession of the right documentation, immigration control should be a quick formality.
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
- 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.
Generally not required for stays of up to 90 days.
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.
The visa situation for Iceland is as follows.
- Citizens of EU and Schengen countries – no visa required for stays of up to three months.
- Citizens or residents of Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand and the USA – no visa required for tourist visits of up to three months. Note that the total stay within the Schengen area must not exceed three months in any six-month period.
- Other countries – check online at www.utl.is.
- 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).