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Schengen Visa for Iceland

Iceland is a member of the Schengen cooperation which exempts travelers from border controls travelling between 26 EU and EFTA states (Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Switzerland). A uniform Schengen visa issued by one of the Schengen states is valid for travel within the whole Schengen area. Schengen visa should be applied for at an Embassy representing the state where the main destination is within the Schengen area.

All persons requiring visas, must apply for a visa at the applicable embassy/consulate before travelling to the Schengen area. See a list of embassies/consulates which handle applications for Iceland.

The validity of a uniform Schengen visa is up to 90 days.

Who needs a visa to travel to Iceland?

Follow this link to the Directorate of Immigration Visa Checker to see if you need a visa to travel to Iceland. 

How to apply for a visa to Iceland

The Icelandic Embassy in London has authorized VFS Global to run the Icelandic Visa Application Centres in the UK. Applicants should hand in their applications at the VFS visa application centres. See detailed information on how to apply for a visa to Iceland.

Transit visa

The citizens of the following countries need a transit visa when passing through an airport in Iceland*:

  • Afghanistan
  • Bangladesh
  • The People's Republic of Congo
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • Ghana
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Somalia
  • Sri Lanka

* This does not apply if the above-mentioned citizens have a residence permit in a Schengen country or if they have "Leave to remain in the United Kingdom for an indefinite period" or "Certificate of entitlement to the right of abode", and the permits are valid three months longer than the intended transiting through an airport in Iceland.

For further information on airport transit visas, follow this link to the Directorate of Immigration.

UK passport holders do not need a visa to visit Iceland. UK passports must be valid for at least three months from the date of departure from Iceland.

Passport validity:

  • Passports and ID cards of EEA nationals (EU/EFTA) must be valid for at least the proposed stay in Iceland.
  • Passports of non-EEA nationals must be valid at least three months from the date of departure from Iceland.
  • Passports of non-EEA nationals must have been issued within the last 10 years at the moment of entry to Iceland.

Entering Iceland with a national ID card:

Citizens of the some countries may enter Iceland presenting, instead of passports, national identity cards issued by the competent authorities in their countries of origin. For further information follow this link to the Directorate of Immigration website.

Getting married in Iceland

Information on getting married in Iceland can be found by following this link to Ísland.is about marriage.

 

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