Visas & Customs
Since March 25, 2001, Iceland has been part of the Schengen agreement, an agreement of 26 countries to abolish border passport control between Schengen countries in Europe.
To visit Iceland all person, who do not hold a valid Schengen visa in their travel document, need to apply for a visa to enter Iceland.
No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days for citizens of EU and Schengen countries also, citizens of Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand and USA. The total stay within the Schengen area must not exceed 90 days in any period of 180 days.
Note that you must have a valid passport for three months beyond the proposed departure date, except for citizens of EEA/EFTA.
For more information about Visa and how to apply visit the Icelandic Directorate of Immigration.
What items are prohibited from bringing into Iceland
Iceland’s customs laws prevent you from bringing certain items into the country in order to protect Iceland and its environment, including narcotics and dangerous drugs, uncooked meat and various meat productions, uncooked milk and eggs, various weapons, finely powdered snuff and moist snuff to be used orally. Some items have restrictions or need to be declared, these can include telephones and other communications equipments, angling gear and riding clothing, firearms and ammunition, live animals, medicines and flowers and other plants.
For more detailed information, please visit directorate of customs.
Duty-free concession limits for visitors of Iceland
Alcoholic beverages for example:
- 1 liter spirits and 0.75 liter wine and 3 liters beer or
- 3 liters wine and 6 liters beer or
- 1 liter spirits and 6 liters beer or
- 1.5 liters wine and 12 liters beer or
- 18 liters beer
- 200 cigarettes or 250 g of other tobacco products
The minimum age for bringing alcoholic beverages into Iceland is 20 years and 18 years for tobaccos.
For more information about allowances and duty free concessions, please visit directorate of customs.