The Embassy provides Icelandic citizens with various consular services, such as voting, the renewal of passports and assistance in emergency situations, requiring official involvement.
Below information can be found on various topics related to Iceland and the US. Special attention is drawn to the FAQ´s that provide a clear overview of information and assistance that the Embassy is able to provide.
For Consular Emergency please call: 011-354-545-0112. Email: [email protected]
If you have further questions, please contact the Embassy.
In the United States, Icelandic citizens can apply or renew their passports at the Embassy of Iceland in Washington D.C. or the Consulate General of Iceland in New York City.
Visits are by appointment between 9:30am – 11:00am Monday through Friday.
The applicant does not need to bring a passport photo as one will be taken on location as well as fingerprints of individuals older than 12 years old. As of January 1st, 2021, the cost is 100 USD. For children under 18 and seniors over 66 the cost is 45 USD. Checks and credit/debit cards only.
Icelandic passports are issued in Iceland, and sent to the applicant by mail which can take up to 3 weeks.
For children both parents need to be present. If both parents cannot be present a certified consent form must be provided from the parent that is absent. Unless proof of sole custody is shown.
Note that Honorary Consuls can no longer accept applications for Icelandic passports, but they can issue emergency passports.
Emergency passports are only issued to Icelandic Citizens that are not able to apply for new passports in Iceland or at the Embassy in Washington D.C. or the Consulate in New York. It should be noted that emergency passports are not ideal travel documents. They are only issued for a travel back to Iceland since they are not machine readable. The cost for emergency passport is 55 USD. For children under 18 and seniors over 66 years old the cost is 20 USD.
NOTE ! Name changes. If the applicant has taken its spouse last name during marriage, you must report that to Registers Iceland. Name changes are not automatic during marriage. See Registers Iceland for further information.
For information on extended tourist visas, residence and employment permits, please visit the website of the Directorate of Immigration of Iceland.
Embassy of Iceland in Washington D.C.
2900 K Street N.W. #509
Washington D.C. 20007
Tel: 202-265-6653 / Email: [email protected]
Consulate General of Iceland in New York
733 Third Avenue, 18th Floor (between 45th and 46th Street)
New York, NY 10017
Tel: +1 646-282-9360 / Email: [email protected]
An Act amending the Icelandic Citizenship Act, No. 100/1952, enables Icelandic citizens to retain their Icelandic citizenship even if they apply for citizenship of a foreign state.
The amendments entered into effect July 1, 2003.
In main, the amendments are the following:
A. An Icelandic citizen will retain his citizenship when becoming a citizen of another state, provided that state allows double citizenship. This also applies to any children below the age of 18 years in that person's custody. The conditions set in Article 8 of the Icelandic Citizenship Act as regards residence or stay in Iceland prior to the age of 22 years must be fulfilled.
B. In order to acquire citizenship of a state not allowing double citizenship, an Icelandic citizen must apply for release from Icelandic citizenship before the new citizenship can be confirmed. An application for release from Icelandic citizenship shall be lodged with the Ministry of Justice. The application must be accompanied by a confirmation that the new citizenship will become effective when release is obtained from the Icelandic citizenship.
C. An Icelandic citizen who has accepted citizenship of another state and therefore has lost his Icelandic citizenship without the other state having made such a requirement, can apply for renewal of the Icelandic citizenship to the Ministry of Justice. The applicant must be a resident of Iceland or fulfill the requirements of Article 8 of the Act relating to stay in Iceland. Renewal can only be granted if confirmation is available to the effect that the applicant can accept Icelandic citizenship without loss of the present citizenship. Such applications must be lodged prior to 1 July 2007.
D. The provision of Article 8 of the Citizenship Act, to the effect that an Icelandic citizen who was born abroad and has never been domiciled in Iceland or resided in Iceland for any purpose indicating a desire to be an Icelandic citizen, shall lose his citizenship on reaching the age of 22 years, remains unchanged. Loss of Icelandic citizenship will however not occur if the person in question is not a citizen of any other state, and would therefore become stateless. Thus, double citizenship is not allowed for these citizens.