Assisting Icelandic citizens
The Consular Affairs Unit of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs safeguards the interest and safety of Icelandic citizens abroad. The Unit can be reached all year round, 24 hours a day, via number + 354 545 0 112.
Information on travel to Iceland
People intending to travel to Iceland should inquire with the Directorate of Immigration whether they need to obtain a visa prior to arrival. The processing time of Schengen visas is 10 working days so be sure to file an application in good time.
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Apostille stamping / certification of documents
Apostille is an international certification of documents that are intended for use in a foreign country. The Apostille ensures that public documents issued in one signatory country of the Hague Apostille Convention will be accepted when presented in another member country. Each country grants an Apostille only for its own documents. The Ministry for Foreign Affairs is the designated authority competent to issue an Apostille certificate on behalf of Iceland.
Please note that an Apostille does not validate the content of a document, only its authenticity, by verifying the official competence of the person who signed the document, the seal or stamp.
Which documents can be confirmed by Apostille stamping?
- Original copies of documents issued and stamped by public authorities, e.g., documents from Registers Iceland, Iceland Revenue and Customs, Icelandic Medicines Agency etc.
- Other Icelandic documents that have been notarized by a District Commissioner (notarius publicus) with an official stamp and signature. Including, but not limited to documents such as power of attorney, purchase of real estate abroad, doctors’ notes, adoption papers, university diplomas, etc.
Process for Apostille stamping
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs receives the documents at the front desk on Rauðarárstígur 25. Processing time is usually two business days. The documents can also be mailed to the Ministry with a request for this service, that must include:
- Contact information, including name, phone number and e-mail address of applicant
- Receiving country where documents will be used
- Number of documents to be Apostille stamped
The process for documents that need to be translated from Icelandic is as follows:
- Have the document translated by a translator certified in Iceland (see island.is)
- Get the translation certified by a District Commissioner in Iceland
- Get the document Apostille stamped at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Reykjavík
Fee per Apostille stamp is ISK 2.500. Payment must be made in advance by:
- Bank transfer to account: 0303-26-269, kt: 670269-4779. Please send a receipt to [email protected].
- For international bank transfers:
IBAN IS80 0303 2600 0269 6702 6947 79 SWIFT ESJAISRE
Bank name: Arion Bank, Borgartún 19, 105 Reykjavík
Account of: Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Rauðarárstígur 25, 105 Reykjavík
- For international bank transfers:
- Credit card (by phone or in person at the front desk)
- Cash is not accepted
If requested, documents can be returned to applicant by mail. A service fee of ISK 2.000 must be pre-paid, and a precise return address is required.
 Pursuant to Article 9 of Act No. 88/1991 on supplementary State revenues.
Consular assistance is the assistance that Icelandic citizens who are in distress or other difficulties can obtain from the Icelandic Consular service in the Icelandic Foreign Ministry or Icelandic foreign missions (embassies and consulates).
Assistance can take the following form
- helping people to help themselves, i.e., advice and information
- the reissuing of lost or stolen Icelandic passports
- measures in connection with serious illness or death of an Icelandic citizen abroad
- measures in connection with major accidents and disasters involving Icelandic citizens abroad.
Contact the Consular service for further information about Consular assistance. tel + 354 545 0 112.