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Iceland - Visas

Visitors who do not need visas

Visitors from the following countries do not need a visa to travel to Iceland as visitors: Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong (applicable for those holding HKSAR passports), Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macao (applicable for those holding MSAR passports), Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Great Britain (incl. Bermuda, Turks and Caicos Islands, Cayman Islands, Anguilla, Montserrat, British Virgin Islands, St. Helena, Falkland Islands and Gibraltar), United States of America, Uruguay, Vatican and Venezuela. These visitors may stay up to 3 months (but not exceed 3 months) in any 6 month period in the Schengen area without a visa.

Visitors who require visas

Citizens who come from countries as listed on the Icelandic Directorate of Immigration site (unless you possess a diplomatic passport) must apply for a visa to travel to Iceland.

If you need any further information about requiring a visa or applying for a visa for Iceland contact your local Icelandic embassy and the Directorate of Immigration site. Icelandic Embassies do not issue visas themselves (only in Beijing) but the embassies for Denmark, Norway and Sweden do. Use this link to check your nearest embassy from which to apply for a visa.

Types of visa

Schengen visa

The Schengen visa means you can enter one country in the Schengen zone and travel without border control onto the next. The countries that participate in this are: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Greece, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Portugal and Sweden. The visas cost €60/£48 and usually take 15 days to process though it can take up to 60 days. Those seeking this specific visa must prove that they have the finances to provide for themselves during their stay in Iceland. The Schengen visa lasts up to 90 days.

Transit visa

Some countries require a transit visa which means the people from the following countries: Bangladesh, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lank and Somalia, The People's Republic of Congo and Afghanistan must have this visa to travel through a Schengen airport. Do check the official visa laws and regulations page to see if this applies to you.

Iceland Working Holiday Visa

Australians who are aged 18-30 can apply for the working holiday visa which entitles them to work and live legally in Iceland for one year.

Work permits/visas

These are arranged and applied for by your employer. The application by the employer is sent to The Directorate of Labour and if they grant it and issue a work permit this must then be processed by the Directorate of Immigration so that a residence permit (based on employment) can be granted. The application is submitted before the applicant travels to Iceland and will only be accepted as such.

Residence permits for qualified professionals (Article 12 of the Act on Foreigners)

Residence permits may be issued to foreign worked in a specific role with reference to the Foreign National's Right to Work Act. The worker must be qualified to work in a specific industry or field required by the employer.


When necessary resident permits may be issued for foreign coaches and athletes as sports clubs in the Olympic and Sports Association of Iceland.

Temporary Shortage of Labour Resident Permits

Residence permits may be issued in accordance with a temporary shortage of skilled labourers in the country and when workers cannot be found in the Faroe Islands or EEU to fill the roles. They can be renewed once only.

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