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Travel Advisory July 26, 2023

Iceland - level 1: exercise normal precautions.

Last Update: Reissued with updates to health information.

Exercise normal precautions in Iceland.

Read the country information page for additional information on travel to Iceland.

If you decide to travel to Iceland: 

  • Enroll in the  Smart Traveler Enrollment Program  ( STEP ) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. 
  • Follow the Department of State on  Facebook  and  Twitter .
  • Review the  Country Security Report  for Iceland. 
  • Visit the CDC page for the latest Travel Health Information related to your travel.
  • Prepare a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the  Traveler’s Checklist . 

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Three months required, six months recommended beyond your planned date of departure from the Schengen area.

Two pages required for entry stamp

Not required for stays less than 90 days

Any amount over 10,000 Euros or equivalent must be declared

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U.s. embassy reykjavik.

Engjateigur 7 105 Reykjavik Iceland Telephone: +(354) 595-2200 Emergency Telephone: +(354) 595-2248 Fax: +(354) 562-9118 Email:   [email protected]

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Entry, Exit and Visa Requirements

COVID-19 Requirements There are no COVID-related entry requirements for U.S. citizens. 

Visit the  Icelandic Directorate of Immigration  website for the most current visa information.

Traveling Through Europe: If you are planning to visit or travel through European countries, you should be familiar with the requirements of the Schengen Agreement. 

  • Your passport should be valid for at least three months beyond the period of stay if you plan on transiting a Schengen country review our U.S. Travelers in Europe page .  
  • You will need sufficient proof of funds and a return plane ticket. 
  • For additional information about visas for the Schengen area, see the Schengen Visa page.

The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Iceland.

Find information on  dual nationality ,  prevention of international child abduction  and  customs regulations  on our websites.

Safety and Security

Terrorism:  Terrorist groups and those inspired by such organizations are intent on attacking U.S. citizens abroad. Terrorists are increasingly using less sophisticated methods of attack – including knives, firearms, and vehicles – to more effectively target crowds. Frequently, their aim is unprotected or vulnerable targets, such as:

  • High-profile public events (sporting contests, political rallies, demonstrations, holiday events, celebratory gatherings, etc.)
  • Hotels, clubs, and restaurants frequented by tourists
  • Places of worship
  • Shopping malls and markets
  • Public transportation systems (including subways, buses, trains, and scheduled commercial flights) 

Crime:  Iceland has a low crime rate with rare instances of violent crime. Using common sense will go a long way in ensuring you do not become a victim.

  • Do not put bags containing valuables, such as your passport, on the floor in bars or nightclubs.
  • Do not leave your valuables in parked vehicles, even if the vehicle is locked.
  • Be aware that downtown Reykjavik can become disorderly in the late night to early morning hours as people are leaving bars and clubs.

International Financial Scams:  See the  Department of State  and the  FBI  pages for information on scams.

Victims of Crime:  Report crimes to the local police by dialing 112 and contact the U.S. Embassy at [email protected] . After working hours, call +(354)595-2248. Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting crime.

See our webpage on  help for U.S. victims of crime overseas .

  • Help you find appropriate medical care
  • Assist you in reporting a crime to the police
  • Contact relatives or friends with your written consent
  • Explain the local criminal justice process in general terms
  • Provide a list of local attorneys
  • Provide our information on  victim’s compensation programs in the U.S.
  • Provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical support in cases of destitution
  • Help you find accommodation and arrange flights home
  • Replace a stolen or lost passport

Domestic Violence : U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence should dial 112 for immediate emergency assistance and may contact the Embassy for non-emergency assistance.

The  Icelandic Red Cross  has a helpline that is open 24 hours a day, every day, for anyone needing assistance with grief, anxiety, fear, depression, or suicidal thoughts. Dial 1717 to reach Red Cross volunteers in Iceland.

Tourism:  The tourism industry is generally regulated, and rules are regularly enforced; and professional staff is typically on hand in support of organized activities. Hazardous areas/activities are not always identified with appropriate signage. In the event of an injury, appropriate medical treatment is sporadic due to limited hours and geographic distance from care. Outside of a major metropolitan center, it may take more time for first-responders and medical professionals to stabilize a patient and provide life-saving assistance. U.S. citizens are strongly encouraged to purchase medical evacuation insurance . 

Local Laws & Special Circumstances

Criminal Penalties:  You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned.  Individuals establishing a business or practicing a profession that requires additional permits or licensing should seek information from the competent local authorities, prior to practicing or operating a business.  

  • Importation of whale products to the United States: All persons are barred from importing whale products to the United States.
  • The  Marine Mammal Protection Act  makes it illegal to bring back whale products to the United States. 
  • Any importation of products containing whale to the United States will result in the seizure of the goods and possible criminal prosecution. Penalties include jail time and fines of up to $10,000.

Furthermore, some laws are also prosecutable in the U.S., regardless of local law. For examples, see our website on  crimes against minors abroad  and the  Department of Justice  website.

Arrest Notification:  If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our  webpage  for further information.

Counterfeit and Pirated Goods: Although counterfeit and pirated goods are prevalent in many countries, they may still be illegal according to local laws. You may also pay fines or have to give them up if you bring them back to the United States. See the U.S. Department of Justice website for more information.

Faith-Based Travelers:

 See the following webpages for details:

  • Faith-Based Travel Information
  • International Religious Freedom Report  – see country reports
  • Human Rights Report  – see country reports
  • Hajj Fact Sheet for Travelers
  • Best Practices for Volunteering Abroad

LGBTI Travelers:  There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBTI events in Iceland. 

See our  LGBTI Travel Information  page and section 6 of our  Human Rights report  for further details.

Travelers with Disabilities : The law in Iceland law prohibits discrimination against persons with disabilities and requires that public accommodations and government buildings, including elevators, be accessible to individuals with disabilities. All government buildings in Iceland are wheelchair accessible, as are most museums, malls, and large shopping centers in the capital area. The public bus system and taxis provide transportation services for individuals with disabilities.

  • Many stores in the old downtown area in Reykjavik, such as around the popular shopping street of Laugavegur, are not wheelchair accessible.
  • Many sidewalks in downtown Reykjavik lack curb ramps, and the streets are steep.
  • Hotels outside Reykjavik and smaller hotels in the capital are not all accessible to individuals with disabilities.
  • There are very few paths or marked trails at natural attractions found outside urban areas.

Students:  See our  Students Abroad  page and  FBI travel tips .

Women Travelers:  See our travel tips for  Women Travelers .

COVID-19 Testing:  COVID PCR and antigen tests are available for U.S. citizens in Iceland and results are available within 72 hours. PCR tests that are not conducted upon request are at the citizen’s expense and average 7000ISK or $54. Antigen rapid tests are provided by private companies and the price varies between them. Test results are provided via text message or via e-mail.

COVID-19 Vaccines:  The COVID-19 vaccine is available for U.S. citizens to receive in Iceland. Visit the FDA's website to  learn more about FDA-approved vaccines  in the United States.  

Medical care in Iceland is of high quality, but limited services are available outside large, urban areas. The Icelandic medical system offers coverage only for people who live in Iceland. Non-residents are expected to pay their own medical costs, and you should be prepared to pay your bill in full before leaving the hospital or clinic.

For  emergency services in Iceland,  dial 112 . For non-emergency medical assistance in the Reykjavik metropolitan area, dial 544-4114 during business hours. During non-business hours, dial 1770.

Ambulance services are: 

  • Not present throughout the country or have long response times  except in or near major population areas such as Reykjavik.  Iceland does have air ambulance services, but they are limited by weather and distance to the patient.
  • We do not pay medical bills . Be aware that U.S. Medicare does not apply overseas. Most hospitals and doctors overseas do not accept U.S. health insurance.

Medical Insurance : Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments, though most hospitals and clinics in Iceland do accept credit cards.  See our webpage for more information on insurance coverage overseas.  Visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for more information on type of insurance you should consider before you travel overseas.

We strongly recommend  supplemental insurance  to cover medical evacuation.

Always carry your prescription medication in original packaging, along with your doctor’s prescription.  Check with the  government of Iceland  to ensure the medication is legal in Iceland. Please review the CDC guidance on purchasing medicine overseas. 

Vaccinations:  Be up-to-date on all  vaccinations recommended  by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Further health information:

  • World Health Organization
  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  (CDC)

Air Quality: Visit AirNow Department of State for information on air quality at U.S. Embassies and Consulates. The U.S. Embassy maintains a list of doctors and hospitals.  We do not endorse or recommend any specific medical provider or clinic.

Health facilities in general:

  • Adequate health facilities are available in the Reykjavik area and other major cities but health care in rural areas may be limited or unavailable.
  • Patients bear all costs for transfer to or between hospitals if the patient is not a permanent resident or citizen of Iceland.
  • Psychological and psychiatric services are available but in-patient care is frequently operating at capacity, and patients may require a wait-time for admission. Hospital-based care is only available in larger cities.

Assisted Reproductive Technology and Surrogacy

Surrogacy is illegal in Iceland.

Adventure Travel

Visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for more information about Adventure Travel .

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Visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for more information about Resources for Travelers regarding specific issues in Icerland

Travel and Transportation

Road Conditions and Safety: Driving in Iceland is on the right side of the road, as in the United States.

  • All travelers in Iceland are strongly encouraged to monitor weather and road safety year-round through safetravel.is and road.is through the web or smart device applications.
  • While in Iceland, you may encounter road conditions that differ significantly from those in the United States . Less than one-third of Iceland’s total road network is paved , and many roads outside the capital, especially those that run through the center of the country, are impassable in winter  (October through April).
  • Many bridges are only one lane wide (marked with a sign “Enibreid bru”) so drivers must be alert to oncoming traffic. There are also one-lane tunnels with pullout zones to yield to oncoming traffic.
  • Extreme care  should be taken when driving in rural areas during the winter when daylight hours are limited and the weather and road conditions can change rapidly.
  • Many routes in the interior of the country are  impassable  until July due to muddy conditions and swollen rivers caused by snowmelt.
  • Always inform someone of your travel plans .

For information on current road conditions throughout the country please consult  The Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration (Vegagerdin) website. This website can show you in real time the status of most roads in Iceland, color-coded by status.

Traffic Laws: You can use a valid U.S. driver’s license for up to 90 days while visiting Iceland, but you must be at least 17 years old to drive.

  • Icelandic law requires drivers to keep  headlights on at all times .
  • Talking on cell phones while driving is prohibited , except when using a hands-free system, and is subject to a fine of 5,000 Icelandic Kronur (approximately $45).
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol is a serious offense in Iceland . Drivers can be charged with Driving Under the Influence with a blood alcohol level as low as .05%.
  • Unless otherwise posted, the speed limit is  50 km/h  in urban areas and  30 km/h  in residential areas.
  • In rural areas, the speed limit depends on the type of road: on dirt and gravel roads, the speed limit is  80 km/h (50 mph) ; on paved highways, the speed limit is  90 km/h (55 mph) .
  • It is  illegal  to turn right on a red light.
  • In  traffic circles , always yield to cars coming from the left/ the inside lane.
  • The use of seatbelts is mandatory  in both the front and rear seats.
  • Children under the age of six  must be secured in a size and weight appropriate car seat.
  • Drivers are held responsible for any passenger under the age of 15 not wearing a seatbelt.
  • No one shorter than 140 centimters, lighter than 40 kilograms (or 88 pounds), or younger than 12 years of age is allowed to ride in a front seat equipped with an airbag.

Public Transportation: Public transportation in Iceland is safe and reliable.

See our Road Safety page for more information.

Aviation Safety Oversight: The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed the government of Iceland’s Civil Aviation Authority as being in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards for oversight of Iceland’s air carrier operations. Further information may be found on the  FAA’s safety assessment page .

Maritime Travel: Mariners planning travel to Iceland should also check for U.S. maritime advisories and alerts on the  Maritime Administration  website. Information may also be posted to the websites of the  U.S. Coast Guard  and the  National Geospace Intelligence Agency  (select “broadcast warnings”).

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  • See the  State Department’s travel website  for the  Worldwide Caution  and  Travel Advisories .
  • Follow us on  Twitter  and  Facebook .
  • See  traveling safely abroad  for useful travel tips.

Review information about International Parental Child Abduction in Iceland . For additional IPCA-related information, please see the International Child Abduction Prevention and Return Act ( ICAPRA ) report.

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Who needs a visa to go to Iceland?

Eygló Svala Arnarsdóttir

Apr 6, 2024 • 3 min read

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A visit to Iceland can be the trip of the lifetime. Here’s all you need to know about entry requirements for the country © Matteo Colombo / Getty Images

Ever dreamed of auroras dancing in dark winter skies, or the sun bouncing off the horizon before rising again during bright subarctic summer nights?

Such are the otherworldly pleasures of intriguing Iceland . And if you’re planning – or just dreaming of – a trip here, you’re in luck: chances are that you can visit without a visa.

Here’s all you need to know about visa requirements for Iceland.

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Can I enter Iceland without a visa?

If you’re a citizen of a country within the European Union or the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), you don’t need a visa to enter Iceland.

Iceland is a member of the Schengen Area , which allows for the free movement of people across the national borders of most European states. If you have already received a visa to another Schengen country, you don’t need an additional visa for Iceland: a uniform Schengen visa is valid for travel throughout the bloc.

Citizens of the US, Canada, Australia, Japan and the UK (which is not a member of Schengen), along with many others, enjoy visa-free travel to the Schengen Area. Note that a European Travel and Authorization System (ETIAS) is in the works, which will require travelers to fill out an online form and pay a fee to be paid. The new system should be up and running by early 2025 .

Visit Digital Iceland (the Icelandic government’s internet portal) to check whether you need a visa.

Reflection of the cityscape in Lake Tjornin during a winter twilight, Reykjavík, Iceland

Besides a visa, what else do I need to visit Iceland?

For tourism or business purposes, visitors may stay in Iceland or the other Schengen states for up to 90 days total within a 180-day period. You need sufficient funds and a return airline ticket.

Your passport should be valid for at least three months after the date you intend to leave the Schengen area, and it must have been issued within the last 10 years. Children and minors must have their own passports.

You can read further details and Schengen requirements and obligations on the EU’s website .

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Where do I apply for a visa to Iceland?

Those who do need a visa – which includes citizens of India and China – can apply for one at Iceland’s embassies, such as those in London , New Delhi , Beijing and Washington, DC . In about 120 other cities around the world, the embassies of Schengen member states can issue visas on Iceland’s behalf.

Many embassies and consulates use service providers to receive applications. These third parties process all applications, before the embassy itself evaluates the application and issues the visa. This only applies to C-visas, issued for brief visits, business trips and short-term studies. Applications for D-visas, or residence permits, must be processed through the Directorate of Immigration .

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What is the visa-application process and how much does it cost?

It depends on where you apply; the website of the relevant embassy or application center will provide full guidance on the process. It usually takes at least 15 days, so make sure to get started with enough time. The fee for a visa application is €80 (€40 for 6- to 12-year-olds).

Visit Digital Iceland to get going on your visa application .

Can I extend my visa for Iceland? 

Yes. The period of validity and/or the duration of the authorized stay of an issued visa may be extended under certain circumstances if its period of validity is less than 90 days. Digital Iceland has more information about how to extend your visa .

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Can I take a working holiday in Iceland?

Per bilateral agreements, working-holiday and youth-mobility permits are available to citizens of Andorra, Canada, Japan and the UK. The application must be submitted on paper. The fee for processing the application is ISK16,000 – except for Japanese nationals, who can apply for free.  Here’s more information about how to apply .

This article was first published October 2021 and updated April 2024

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Iceland Travel is working within guidelines set forth by the Icelandic health, safety, and tourism authorities during the covid-19 pandemic. Information can be found on the  Directorate of Health  and on  Icelandic Tourist Board .

Information on traveling to and within Iceland, as well as rules at the border can be found on  covid.is .

Some countries may require a negative rapid antigen test or PCR test for travelers to return home. Please check if these rules apply for your home country. From 1st of April 2022 there is a charge for all asymptomatic tests.

For testing and results, It is necessary to have a smart phone (or tablet) and to be able to access your email account while in Iceland. You will receive a barcode for the test to be used at the testing locations and to receive the results of your test via SMS and/or email.

We strongly recommend that you / your clients have appropriate health and travel insurance and are aware of what is covered and included before traveling to Iceland. This is a good precaution in case you / your clients test positive for COVID 19 before traveling, upon arrival or during the trip in Iceland. 

We recommend that all our guests bring their own personal protective equipment they are most comfortable using, such as a mask, gloves and sanitizer.

Covid-19 Q&A

As always, we strongly recommend that our guests obtain appropriate health and travel insurance and are aware of what is covered and included in their policies before they depart home.

If a guest on a tour has any Covid-19 symptoms, it is important to notify the guide/staff on tour and think carefully of your own personal protection and that of your travel companions.

As of February 24, 2022, all COVID restrictions in Iceland will be lifted. However, if health authorities or government recommend or implement restrictions, we will make necessary alterations to the tour for the safety and enjoyment of our guests.

Some countries now require passengers to present a negative COVID-19 test on arrival. You can find more information about how to order a test in Iceland here in the section “Testing of Asymptomatic Individuals for Travel Abroad.” You should book your RAPID ANTIGEN COVID test in advance of your desired test date. Most authorities do not accept SMS results and will require a certificate of your COVID-19 test. You should check whether authorities in your home country will accept an electronic certificate or require a printed one.

Rapid Antigen COVID testing is available in Reykjavík, Akureyri, and the town of Keflavík on the way to the airport. Test results are available within 15 minutes. You can book a test here or here .

Applying for a Travel Visa to Visit Iceland - A Handy Guide

Applying for a Travel Visa to Visit Iceland - A Handy Guide

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The Icelandic South Coast is home to spectacular scenery.

When preparing for a trip to Iceland, navigating the maze of visa paperwork might not be as exciting as dreaming about soaking in the Blue Lagoon or chasing the northern lights . Even still, it might be the golden ticket between you and your Nordic adventure. 

This article aims to be your go-to guide in figuring out what paperwork you'll need before you can enter Iceland and begin exploring the land of ice and fire. Whether you want to rent a car , stay in the best hotels in Iceland  and explore the wonders of the Ring Road by yourself, or take one of many fantastic self-drive tours , getting your paperwork sorted is the first step.

Let's not waste any time and get right into it. Once you get through reading this article, the people at passport control will be standing vis-a-vis a visa wiz!

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The Schengen Area is not synonymous with the European Union. Some EU countries, like Ireland, are not part of the Schengen Area, while others, like Iceland and Norway, are non-EU members but are part of Schengen. If you're planning a trip to multiple European countries, a single Schengen Visa can grant you entry to all member states. However, conditions apply, and visas are generally given by the country that is your primary destination. For more information, see this list of all the countries within the Schengen area . 

If you do not have visa-free travel to Iceland, you will require a Schengen visa, casually referred to as a tourist visa, if you want to visit the country. This short-stay visa allows its holder to travel freely within the 26 countries of the Schengen Area for up to 90 days within 180 days. The visa is commonly used for tourism, business trips, or transit.

Citizens of certain countries outside of Schengen, such as the United States, do not require a Schengen Visa for short stays within the Schengen area. This is because visa-free arrangements between individual countries and the Schengen member states allow for reciprocal short-term travel.

Some countries outside of Schengen have visa free travel to the area.

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Before you delve into the application process, it's probably best to start by determining if you actually need a visa to visit Iceland. You wouldn't want to do unnecessary paperwork, would you? If you're unsure whether or not you have visa-free travel to Iceland, you can look at the list of countries that require a Schengen visa.  

You can apply for a visa to Iceland in the countries and cities listed on this site . Icelandic embassies issue visas in four cities: London, New Delhi, Beijing, and Washington D.C. In about 120 other cities, other Schengen member states issue visas on Iceland's behalf.

The Icelandic Government has an informative site detailing the process of applying for a visa to visit Iceland . Applications should not be filed more than 6 months before the start of the intended visit or 9 months in the case of seafarers. As a rule, the application should not be filed later than 15 days before the start of the visit.

Be sure to have all the necessary documents when applying for the visa.

There are several documents you will need before applying for the Schengen visa. The following are the basic requirements, but your embassy might require further documents:

  • A visa application form.
  • Two recently taken passport photos (35 x 45 mm). 
  • A valid passport that's no older than 10 years and should be valid for three months beyond your final stay in the Schengen Area.
  • Your round reservation or itinerary, including dates and flight numbers.
  • Your travel insurance policy.
  • Proof of accommodation, such as your hotel/guesthouse booking, a rental agreement, or a letter of invitation from the person hosting you .
  • Proof of financial means to show that you have enough money to support yourself through your stay in the Schengen Area. This can be a bank account statement, a sponsorship letter from another person who will support you financially during your stay , or a combination of both.

When applying, you must be ready to present biometric data such as fingerprints and pay the visa fee (€80 for adults and €45 for children from 6 to 12 years old.) After you finish your application, you should expect to get an answer in the following weeks. Once your visa arrives, you will be ready to travel to Iceland and get started on your adventures.

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There are many reasons why a Schengen visa could be denied.

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It's essential to follow the instructions carefully when filling out your Schengen visa application, as there are many instances where these applications get refused. Make sure that you start your application early so you have the option to amend any mistakes before you run out of time.

Several reasons can lead to the denial of a Schengen visa application. Here are some examples: 

  • A failure to provide all required documents, such as missing bank statements, travel insurance, or incomplete application forms.
  • The travel insurance does not cover the minimum required amount or the entire stay in the Schengen Area.
  • Failing to provide confirmed hotel bookings, invitation letters, or other forms of accommodation proof.
  • A lack of proof of financial sufficiency to support oneself during the stay.

If, for whatever reason, your application is refused, you will receive a refusal letter explaining the reason behind the decision. This refusal does not deny you the right to reapply for a Schengen visa at another time. 

If a Schengen visa application is refused by the Directorate of Immigration in Iceland, the applicant can appeal the decision to the Icelandic Immigration Appeals Board within 15 days of receiving the refusal letter. Along with appeals, the applicant can hand in supporting documents that could help grant the applicant the preferred outcome of the appeal.  

Paperwork is one of the annoying hurdles to overcome before embarking on your dream vacation in Iceland.

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The process of applying for a visa to visit Iceland will change a bit in 2025 as the European Union plans to introduce ETIAS (European Travel Information and Authorisation System). Once initiated, there will be a 180-day period of grace, after which all third-country nationals will require ETIAS approval. This electronic visa waiver will be mandatory for all visa-exempt travelers for the Schengen area and will allow them to travel to Iceland and other Schengen countries.

ETIAS will allow for a total stay of 90 consecutive days with each entry to Iceland and the Schengen Area, much like the current Schengen visa. ETIAS to Iceland will be valid for 3 years from the date of issue, meaning that you will not need to submit an application before every trip to Iceland.

Make sure to read all of the requirements to apply for ETIAS . They include: 

  • Basic information such as name, date and place of birth, nationality, sex, education, occupation, etc.
  • Contact information.
  • A €7 application fee. However, travelers under the age of 18 or over the age of 70 will not need to pay the fee. 
  • Further information (see the link above).

Applying for the Iceland ETIAS should only take a few minutes to fill out an application form. Upon arrival at European border control, you will be able to present your ETIAS-linked passport to immigration officers to gain entry to Iceland and the Schengen area. 

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Iceland is a phenomenal travel destination, full of natural wonders and spectacular activities. Whether you wish to go whale-watching by the charming town of Husavik , take on the wilderness of the Highlands by renting a 4x4 , or simply relax in one of the country's many geothermal hot springs , Iceland has something for everyone.

If you're not convinced, here are some of the best things to see in Iceland that might sway your mind.

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While the northern lights are beautiful, they can also be unpredictable. The highest chance of seeing them is by going on a northern lights tour alongside a guided expert who will not only know the best place to see the aurora borealis but will also impart you with plenty of knowledge and stories. 

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2 day ice cave tour with south coast waterfalls & jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, 3-day northern lights tour of iceland’s golden circle & south coast with ice caving & glacier hiking, 8-day guided northern lights winter tour of the complete ring road of iceland.

The Glacier Lagoon is a jaw-dropping location in southeast Iceland.

Given its stunning beauty, it is no surprise that the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon is one of Iceland's premier attractions and a great spot for photography. The best way to experience everything the location has to offer is on a 1-hour zodiac boat tour of the glacier lagoon , where you will get up close and personal with the colossal icebergs.

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The arrowhead-shaped mountain  Kirkjufell is one of Iceland's most iconic attractions. Located on the Snaefellsnes peninsula , a region famous for its natural diversity, Kirkjufell is accompanied by a quaint waterfall nearby that further enhances the location's charm.

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A fun way to take in the beauty of the location from an unusual vantage point is on a  guided 2-hour kayaking tour under Kirkjufell . The rest of the peninsula is definitely worth exploring as well, which you can do on the many Snaefellsnes tours available.

The Blue Lagoon is Iceland's most popular attraction.

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A dip in these warm waters offers relaxation, while the surrounding lava landscape provides a stark and beautiful contrast, making it an oasis of calm and rejuvenation. Getting a ticket to the Blue Lagoon  is something most people do when visiting Iceland, while some prefer extending their stay in the area by booking a hotel by the Blue Lagoon .

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There are plenty of things to see in Reykjavik, such as the views from the top of Hallgrimskirkja church or Perlan  or the vibrant nightlife in Laugavegur . Taking one of the many fantastic walking tours of Reykjavik with a local expert is a great way to get acquainted with Iceland's unique culture.  

Overall, Iceland is a fantastic travel destination, and you shouldn't let a visa application should not stand in your way of getting to enjoy the country's wonders. 

That's it for our guide on applying for a visa to visit Iceland. Did we leave any of your questions unanswered? Do you have any tips for would-be visitors? Let us know in the comments below!

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There are currently no travel restrictions due to COVID-19 in Iceland, neither domestically nor at the border.

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Finally the time has come that all travel restrictions have been lifted in Iceland, both domestically and at the border. Thereby all rules regarding limitations on social gatherings and school operations as well as the quarantine requirement for those infected by COVID-19 are removed.

Additionally, no disease prevention measures will be in place at the border, regardless of whether individuals are vaccinated or unvaccinated.

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Do you know which documents you'll need to travel to Iceland? Plan ahead and find out if you need your passport, visa, national ID or all of the above!

Passport or National ID

Although the country is not yet a member of the European Union, it does belong to the Schengen Area , so European citizens can enter Iceland with their passport (with at least four months validity from the planned departure date) or national identity card  to enter as tourists for a period of up to 90 days.

Citizens of EU and Schengen countries

As citizens of the European Union and European Economic Area, you will  not need a visa  to enter the country. A valid passport or national identity card is required.

EU member countries Germany, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Denmark, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, United Kingdom*, Czech Republic, Romania and Sweden.

EEA countries (Iceland,) Liechtenstein and Norway. 

*Please check the UK Government's Foreign Travel Advice website for up to date advice regarding travel, entry requirements and Brexit.

Citizens of Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand and the USA

Citizens of the above countries travelling to Iceland  for less than 90 days do not need a visa.  However, they will need a  valid passport  for at least six months beyond their stay.

Other countries

Citizens of other countries should check their entry requirements online with the Icelandic Directorate of Immigration , Útlendingastofnun ( www.utl.is ).

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This advice reflects the UK government’s understanding of current rules for people travelling on a full ‘British citizen’ passport from the UK, for the most common types of travel.

The authorities in Iceland set and enforce entry rules. If you’re not sure how these requirements apply to you, contact Iceland’s embassy in the UK .

COVID-19 rules

Countries may restrict travel or bring in rules at short notice. Check with your travel provider for changes.

If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to get treatment there.

Read TravelHealthPro’s general COVID-19 advice for travellers .

Entry to Iceland

There are no COVID-19 testing or vaccination requirements for travellers entering Iceland.

Passport validity requirements

To travel to Iceland, you must follow the Schengen area passport requirements .

To enter Iceland (and all Schengen countries) your passport must:

  • have a ‘date of issue’ less than 10 years before the date you arrive. Passports issued after 1 October 2018 are now valid for only 10 years, but for passports issued before 1 October 2018, extra months may have been added if you renewed a passport early
  • have an ‘expiry date’ at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave

Contact  Iceland’s embassy in the UK if your passport does not meet both these requirements.

Check with your travel provider that your passport and other travel documents meet requirements. Renew your passport if you need to.

You will be denied entry if you do not have a valid travel document or try to use a passport that has been reported lost or stolen.

Checks at border control

Make sure you get your passport stamped.

If you’re a visitor, your passport must be stamped when you enter or leave the Schengen area (which includes Iceland). Border guards will use passport stamps to check you have not overstayed the 90-day visa-free limit for stays in the Schengen area. If your passport was not stamped, border guards will presume you have overstayed the visa-free limit.

If your passport was not stamped, show evidence of when and where you entered or left the Schengen area (for example, boarding passes or tickets) and ask the border guards to add the date and location in your passport.

Read about passport stamping if you live in Iceland.

At Icelandic border control, you may also need to:

  • show a return or onward ticket
  • prove that you have enough money for your stay

Visa requirements

You can travel to countries in the Schengen area for up to 90 days in any 180-day period without a visa. This applies if you travel:

  • as a tourist
  • to visit family or friends
  • to attend business meetings, cultural or sports events
  • for short-term studies or training

If you are travelling to Iceland and other Schengen countries without a visa, make sure your whole visit is within the 90-day limit. Visits to Schengen countries within the previous 180 days before you travel count towards your 90 days.

To stay longer (to work or study, for business travel or for other reasons), you must meet the Icelandic entry requirements. Check what type of visa or work permit you may need with the Icelandic Directorate of Immigration .

If you stay in Iceland with a residence permit or long-stay visa, this does not count towards your 90-day visa-free limit.

Vaccination requirements (other than COVID-19)

At least 8 weeks before your trip, check the vaccinations and certificates you need in TravelHealthPro’s Iceland guide .

Customs rules

There are strict rules about goods that can be brought into and taken out of Iceland . You must declare anything that may be prohibited or subject to tax or duty.

Whale products

It is illegal to import whale products from Iceland into the UK or EU. You could be fined up to £5,000 or imprisoned.

Taking money into or out of Iceland

You must declare if you’re carrying more than 10,000 euros or the same amount in other currencies.

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Petty crime

Petty crime, such as pickpocketing and purse snatching, occurs.

Ensure that your belongings, including your passport and other travel documents, are secure at all times.

Violent crime

Although rare, violent crime has occurred in downtown Reykjavik, particularly inside and near nightlife venues including bars and clubs. Incidents include:

  • gang violence
  • knife attacks

Tourists are usually not targeted. However, you could be at the wrong place at the wrong time.


Demonstrations may occur. Even peaceful demonstrations can turn violent at any time. They can also lead to disruptions to traffic and public transportation.

  • Avoid areas where demonstrations and large gatherings are taking place
  • Follow the instructions of local authorities
  • Monitor local media for information on ongoing demonstrations

Mass gatherings (large-scale events)

There is a threat of terrorism in Europe. Terrorists have carried out attacks in several European cities. Terrorist attacks could occur at any time.

Targets could include:

  • government buildings, including schools
  • places of worship
  • airports and other transportation hubs and networks
  • public areas such as tourist attractions, restaurants, bars, coffee shops, shopping centres, markets, hotels and other sites frequented by foreigners

Always be aware of your surroundings when in public places. Be particularly vigilant if attending sporting events and during religious holidays and other public celebrations, as terrorists have used such occasions to mount attacks.

Coastal waters can be dangerous. Riptides, large waves, and strong ocean currents can catch even experienced swimmers off guard.

Inland waters may also be dangerous. Many of Iceland’s rivers have swift currents and waterfalls. Always check downstream before you swim in a river. Hot springs can be dangerously hot. Always check the water before going into a natural hot spring.

Sneaker waves

Large surges of water between waves known as “sneaker waves” can reach far up the shore and pull you into the ocean. Sneaker waves have killed five people since 2017 at the Reynisfjara and Kikjufjara black sand beaches in southern Iceland, including one in June 2022. 

Adventure tourism

If you plan on trekking, biking, visiting natural tourist attractions or remote areas:

  • never do so alone and do not leave your companions
  • buy travel insurance that includes helicopter rescue and medical evacuation
  • ensure that your physical condition is good enough to meet the challenges of your activity
  • make sure that you’re well-equipped and informed about weather and any hazardous conditions
  • inform a family member or friend of your itinerary, including when you expect to be back
  • register your itinerary and contact details with the Icelandic authorities
  • always bring a cell phone and keep emergency numbers on hand
  • bring an emergency position indicating radio beacon (EPIRB) if you are travelling to remote areas
  • always book accommodations or camp in officially authorized campsites

Useful links

  • Advice, alerts, and registration of itinerary  - Safe Travel Iceland
  • 112 Emergency app  - Government of Iceland

Natural hazards

The weather conditions, rough terrain, and presence of volcanic activity in Iceland can lead to safety concerns if you don’t adequately prepare for your trip.

The Icelandic authorities maintain a web portal to inform tourists of good practices and hazards. You can register your itinerary and receive safety alerts through SMS. Icelandic emergency services also offer a location-based emergency assistance app called 112 Iceland App.

In 2021 and 2022 the Fagradalsfjall volcano erupted in the Reykjanes Peninsula, around 40km from Reykjavik. While the volcano is no longer actively erupting, visitors are not allowed to walk on the lava for their safety and to protect the natural landscape.

Hiking trails

Trails and natural hazards are not always well-marked or signed.  Certain routes cross glaciers that are dangerous to navigate without proper equipment and training. Volcanic and geologically active areas pose a distinct risk to hikers and trekkers. Hazards can be hidden within the landscape.

  • Make sure you obtain detailed information on hiking trails or trekking routes before setting out
  • Always hire a reputable guide with local knowledge before visiting hazardous areas
  • Be particularly careful near volcanoes, geysers, hot springs, craters, and cliffs

Road safety

Road conditions and road safety can vary throughout the country. Most urban roads, as well as Iceland’s national Route 1, the “ring road,” are paved. Many inland roads are unpaved, narrow and lack shoulders.

Most bridges outside of Reykjavik are one-lane. Slow down when approaching bridges to ensure there is no traffic approaching from the other side. If cars are approaching from both sides, the closest car to the bridge has the right of way.

Roads in the highlands and other remote areas are only open during the summer.

Driving can be hazardous, particularly in winter. Wildlife road accidents can occur. Be particularly vigilant if driving at nighttime.

If you plan to drive in a remote area, including the highlands:

  • check road conditions
  • use a four-wheel-drive vehicle
  • share your travel itinerary with a third party
  • bring a cell phone and sufficient supplies of fuel , water and food
  • Information on road and weather conditions  - Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration
  • Road and Travel Conditions - Safe Travel Iceland
  • Important tips for driving in Iceland - Safe Travel Iceland

Public transportation

Municipal bus services are generally not available outside Reykjavik and the surrounding towns. Bus shuttle services from the international airport to the capital region are available. Long-distance buses also operate throughout the country.

There is no rail service.

Ferries connect the main island to certain remote islands.

Taxis are available in main cities and populated areas.

We do not make assessments on the compliance of foreign domestic airlines with international safety standards.

Information about foreign domestic airlines

Every country or territory decides who can enter or exit through its borders. The Government of Canada cannot intervene on your behalf if you do not meet your destination’s entry or exit requirements.

We have obtained the information on this page from the Icelandic authorities. It can, however, change at any time.

Verify this information with the  Foreign Representatives in Canada .

  • Schengen area

Iceland is a Schengen area country. Canadian citizens do not need a visa for travel to countries within the Schengen area. However, visa-free travel only applies to stays of up to 90 days in any 180-day period. Stays are cumulative and include visits to any Schengen area country.

If you plan to stay in the Schengen area for a longer period of time, you will need a visa. You must contact the high commission or embassy of the country or countries you are travelling to and obtain the appropriate visa(s) prior to travel.

  • Foreign Representatives in Canada

Entry requirements vary depending on the type of passport you use for travel.

Before you travel, check with your transportation company about passport requirements. Its rules on passport validity may be more stringent than the country’s entry rules.

Regular Canadian passport

Your passport must be valid for at least 3 months beyond the date you expect to leave the Schengen area.

Passport for official travel

Different entry rules may apply.

Official travel

Passport with “X” gender identifier

While the Government of Canada issues passports with an “X” gender identifier, it cannot guarantee your entry or transit through other countries. You might face entry restrictions in countries that do not recognize the “X” gender identifier. Before you leave, check with the closest foreign representative for your destination.

Other travel documents

Different entry rules may apply when travelling with a temporary passport or an emergency travel document. Before you leave, check with the closest foreign representative for your destination.

  • Foreign Representatives in Canada
  • Canadian passports

Tourist visa: not required for stays up to 90 days in any 180-day period Business visa: not required. Student visa: required Student visa: required Work visa: required

Certain workers in Iceland for short-term projects or contracts are exempt from work permit requirements for up to 90 days. This exemption does not apply to travel guides or tour operators. You should contact the Icelandic Directorate of Labour to confirm if you are eligible for exemption.

  • Visas and residence permits - Icelandic Directorate of Immigration
  • Exemptions of work permit requirement for short-term projects - Icelandic Directorate of Labour

Children and travel

Learn more about travelling with children .

Yellow fever

Learn about potential entry requirements related to yellow fever (vaccines section).

Relevant Travel Health Notices

  • Global Measles Notice - 13 March, 2024
  • COVID-19 and International Travel - 13 March, 2024

This section contains information on possible health risks and restrictions regularly found or ongoing in the destination. Follow this advice to lower your risk of becoming ill while travelling. Not all risks are listed below.

Consult a health care professional or visit a travel health clinic preferably 6 weeks before you travel to get personalized health advice and recommendations.

Routine vaccines

Be sure that your  routine vaccinations , as per your province or territory , are up-to-date before travelling, regardless of your destination.

Some of these vaccinations include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, varicella (chickenpox), influenza and others.

Pre-travel vaccines and medications

You may be at risk for preventable diseases while travelling in this destination. Talk to a travel health professional about which medications or vaccines may be right for you, based on your destination and itinerary. 

Yellow fever is a disease caused by a flavivirus from the bite of an infected mosquito.

Travellers get vaccinated either because it is required to enter a country or because it is recommended for their protection.

  • There is no risk of yellow fever in this country.

Country Entry Requirement*

  • Proof of vaccination is not required to enter this country.


  • Vaccination is not recommended.

* It is important to note that country entry requirements may not reflect your risk of yellow fever at your destination. It is recommended that you contact the nearest diplomatic or consular office of the destination(s) you will be visiting to verify any additional entry requirements.

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Measles is a highly contagious viral disease. It can spread quickly from person to person by direct contact and through droplets in the air.

Anyone who is not protected against measles is at risk of being infected with it when travelling internationally.

Regardless of where you are going, talk to a health care professional before travelling to make sure you are fully protected against measles.

  Hepatitis B is a risk in every destination. It is a viral liver disease that is easily transmitted from one person to another through exposure to blood and body fluids containing the hepatitis B virus.  Travellers who may be exposed to blood or other bodily fluids (e.g., through sexual contact, medical treatment, sharing needles, tattooing, acupuncture or occupational exposure) are at higher risk of getting hepatitis B.

Hepatitis B vaccination is recommended for all travellers. Prevent hepatitis B infection by practicing safe sex, only using new and sterile drug equipment, and only getting tattoos and piercings in settings that follow public health regulations and standards.

 The best way to protect yourself from seasonal influenza (flu) is to get vaccinated every year. Get the flu shot at least 2 weeks before travelling.  

 The flu occurs worldwide. 

  •  In the Northern Hemisphere, the flu season usually runs from November to   April.
  •  In the Southern Hemisphere, the flu season usually runs between April and   October.
  •  In the tropics, there is flu activity year round. 

The flu vaccine available in one hemisphere may only offer partial protection against the flu in the other hemisphere.

The flu virus spreads from person to person when they cough or sneeze or by touching objects and surfaces that have been contaminated with the virus. Clean your hands often and wear a mask if you have a fever or respiratory symptoms.

In this destination, rabies  may be present in some wildlife species, including bats. Rabies is a deadly disease that spreads to humans primarily through bites or scratches from an infected animal. 

If you are bitten or scratched by an animal while travelling, immediately wash the wound with soap and clean water and see a health care professional. 

Before travel, discuss rabies vaccination with a health care professional. It may be recommended for travellers who will be working directly with wildlife. 

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious viral disease. It can spread from person to person by direct contact and through droplets in the air.

It is recommended that all eligible travellers complete a COVID-19 vaccine series along with any additional recommended doses in Canada before travelling. Evidence shows that vaccines are very effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19. While vaccination provides better protection against serious illness, you may still be at risk of infection from the virus that causes COVID-19. Anyone who has not completed a vaccine series is at increased risk of being infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 and is at greater risk for severe disease when travelling internationally.

Before travelling, verify your destination’s COVID-19 vaccination entry/exit requirements. Regardless of where you are going, talk to a health care professional before travelling to make sure you are adequately protected against COVID-19.

Safe food and water precautions

Many illnesses can be caused by eating food or drinking beverages contaminated by bacteria, parasites, toxins, or viruses, or by swimming or bathing in contaminated water.

  • Learn more about food and water precautions to take to avoid getting sick by visiting our eat and drink safely abroad page. Remember: Boil it, cook it, peel it, or leave it!
  • Avoid getting water into your eyes, mouth or nose when swimming or participating in activities in freshwater (streams, canals, lakes), particularly after flooding or heavy rain. Water may look clean but could still be polluted or contaminated.
  • Avoid inhaling or swallowing water while bathing, showering, or swimming in pools or hot tubs. 

Insect bite prevention

Many diseases are spread by the bites of infected insects such as mosquitoes, ticks, fleas or flies. When travelling to areas where infected insects may be present:

  • Use insect repellent (bug spray) on exposed skin
  • Cover up with light-coloured, loose clothes made of tightly woven materials such as nylon or polyester
  • Minimize exposure to insects
  • Use mosquito netting when sleeping outdoors or in buildings that are not fully enclosed

To learn more about how you can reduce your risk of infection and disease caused by bites, both at home and abroad, visit our insect bite prevention page.

Find out what types of insects are present where you’re travelling, when they’re most active, and the symptoms of the diseases they spread.

Animal precautions

Some infections, such as rabies and influenza, can be shared between humans and animals. Certain types of activities may increase your chance of contact with animals, such as travelling in rural or forested areas, camping, hiking, and visiting wet markets (places where live animals are slaughtered and sold) or caves.

Travellers are cautioned to avoid contact with animals, including dogs, livestock (pigs, cows), monkeys, snakes, rodents, birds, and bats, and to avoid eating undercooked wild game.

Closely supervise children, as they are more likely to come in contact with animals.

Person-to-person infections

Stay home if you’re sick and practise proper cough and sneeze etiquette , which includes coughing or sneezing into a tissue or the bend of your arm, not your hand. Reduce your risk of colds, the flu and other illnesses by:

  •   washing your hands often
  • avoiding or limiting the amount of time spent in closed spaces, crowded places, or at large-scale events (concerts, sporting events, rallies)
  • avoiding close physical contact with people who may be showing symptoms of illness 

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) , HIV , and mpox are spread through blood and bodily fluids; use condoms, practise safe sex, and limit your number of sexual partners. Check with your local public health authority pre-travel to determine your eligibility for mpox vaccine.  

Medical services and facilities

Health care is excellent, but services can be limited outside of urban areas. Most doctors and medical staff will speak some English. Upfront payment may be required.

Make sure you get travel insurance that includes coverage for medical evacuation and hospital stays.

Travel health and safety

Keep in Mind...

The decision to travel is the sole responsibility of the traveller. The traveller is also responsible for his or her own personal safety.

Be prepared. Do not expect medical services to be the same as in Canada. Pack a   travel health kit , especially if you will be travelling away from major city centres.

You must abide by local laws.

Learn about what you should do and how we can help if you are arrested or detained abroad .

Transfer to a Canadian prison

Canada and Iceland are signatories to the Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons. This enables a Canadian imprisoned in Iceland to request a transfer to a Canadian prison to complete a sentence. The transfer requires the agreement of both Canadian and Iceland authorities.

This process can take a long time, and there is no guarantee that the transfer will be approved by either or both sides.

Penalties for possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs are severe. Convicted offenders can expect jail sentences or heavy fines.

Drugs, alcohol and travel


Local authorities may ask for your identification at any time. Keep a photocopy of your passport in case of loss or seizure. Keep your original passport in a safe, dry place.

The recreational and commercial flying of drones is strictly regulated.

You must have permission from the Environment Agency of Iceland to use a drone in several protected areas. If you don’t comply, you may be fined and have your drone confiscated.

It’s illegal to camp outside organized campsites or urban areas unless the landowner has explicitly granted permission.

By law, human waste must be properly disposed of when camping in Iceland. This includes travellers using camper vans or cars to visit remote areas. All human waste must be stored and disposed of at designated sites.

Natural artefacts

It’s illegal to remove and export fossils and certain types of rocks from their natural setting without a permit issued by the Icelandic Institute of Natural History.

  • Travel information  - Environment Agency of Iceland
  • Nature conservation  - Environment Agency of Iceland

Dual citizenship

Dual citizenship is legally recognized in Iceland.

If you are a Canadian citizen, but also a citizen of Iceland, our ability to offer you consular services may be limited while you're there. You may also be subject to different entry/exit requirements .

Travellers with dual citizenship

International Child Abduction

The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction is an international treaty. It can help parents with the return of children who have been removed to or retained in certain countries in violation of custody rights. The convention applies between Canada and Iceland.

If your child was wrongfully taken to, or is being held in Iceland, and if the applicable conditions are met, you may apply for the return of your child to the Icelandic court.

If you are in this situation:

  • act as quickly as you can
  • contact the Central Authority for your province or territory of residence for information on starting an application under The Hague Convention
  • consult a lawyer in Canada and in Iceland to explore all the legal options for the return of your child
  • report the situation to the nearest Canadian government office abroad or to the Vulnerable Children’s Consular Unit at Global Affairs Canada by calling the Emergency Watch and Response Centre

If your child was removed from a country other than Canada, consult a lawyer to determine if The Hague Convention applies.

Be aware that Canadian consular officials cannot interfere in private legal matters or in another country’s judicial affairs.

  • List of Canadian Central Authorities for the Hague Convention
  • International Child Abduction: A Guidebook for Left-Behind Parents
  • Travelling with children
  • The Hague Convention - Hague Conference on Private International Law
  • Canadian embassies and consulates by destination
  • Emergency Watch and Response Centre

You can drive in Iceland with your Canadian driver’s licence for up to 6 months. After that, you must apply for an Icelandic driver’s licence.

You should also carry an international driving permit.

It’s strictly forbidden to drive off-road and track in Iceland.

You must keep headlights on at all times.

Winter tires are mandatory between November and April. Exact dates are subject to change based on weather conditions. Tires with studs are commonly used in the winter in Iceland. Most car rental services providers outfit their vehicles with studded tires during the winter months.

  • Driving in Iceland - Visit Reykjavik
  • International Driving Permit

The currency of Iceland is the Icelandic krona (ISK).

If you are carrying €10,000 or more, or the equivalent in other currencies, you must make a declaration to customs when you enter or leave Iceland.

The sum can be in:

  • banknotes and coins
  • bearer negotiable instruments such as:
  • travellers’ cheques
  • promissory notes
  • money orders

Cash declaration - Iceland Revenue and Customs

Reykjanes Peninsula

On March 16, 2024, a volcanic eruption occurred on the Reykjanes Peninsula in southwest Iceland. The Icelandic authorities have evacuated the surrounding area, including the town of Grindavík and the Blue Lagoon. The eruption is ongoing and has created dangerous lava flows in the immediate area. Further eruptions could happen at any time and without warning.

The Icelandic authorities have closed roads near the eruption site. You should not approach or attempt to view an active eruption.

Clouds of volcanic gas could move across southern Iceland in the following days, which could bring potentially dangerous pollution levels to areas including Þorlákshöfn and Vestmannaeyjar.

If you are in an area affected by volcanic gas:

  • monitor the local air quality, particularly if you suffer from respiratory ailments
  • keep your windows closed and turn off ventilation systems
  • avoid low-lying ground and valleys

Keflavik International Airport has not been affected by the eruptions. Flights to and from the airport continue to run on schedule.

If you are in Iceland:

  • avoid areas close to mountains and steep slopes on the Reykjanes Peninsula due to danger of falling rocks and landslides
  • monitor local media to stay informed of the situation
  • follow the advice of local authorities, including evacuation orders
  • Ongoing volcanic unrest in the Reykjanes-Svartsengi volcanic system – Icelandic Meteorological Office
  • Ambient air quality – Icelandic Environment Agency
  • Safetravel: be safe in Iceland – Icelandic Association for Search and Rescue

Seismic activity

There are several active volcanoes in Iceland. Some have erupted in recent years. Further eruptions could occur at any time and without warning.

Dangerous lava flows can move slowly over land. The Icelandic authorities limit access near active eruption sites by closing roads and issuing evacuation orders. You should not approach an active eruption or walk on recently cooled lava.

Volcanic ash fall may damage vehicles, disrupt domestic and international flights, and cause the closure of roads and bridges. The air quality may deteriorate and affect your breathing, especially if you suffer from respiratory ailments.

Following an eruption, winds can blow clouds of poisonous volcanic gas far from the eruption site. This could bring potentially dangerous pollution levels to areas unaffected by the eruption, including Reykjavik.

There are several geysers around the country. Boiling water and steam from geysers can result in severe burns. Follow safety advice and stay a safe distance from active geological features.

During your stay in Iceland:

  • always obey safety rules and advice in the vicinity of volcanoes, geysers, and hot springs
  • follow the instructions of local authorities, including any evacuation orders
  • monitor local media sources for up-to-date information on volcanic activity
  • Map of Icelandic volcanoes  - State Volcano Observatory
  • Alerts and warnings  - Safe Travel Iceland
  • Volcanic eruptions  - Environment Agency of Iceland
  • Contact information  - Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management

Earthquakes and landslides

Iceland is located in an active seismic zone. Earthquakes commonly occur, especially around volcanoes before and during eruptions.

Landslides can occur with little warning following volcanic eruptions and earthquakes. Roads may become impassable.

  • Monitor local media for the latest updates, including those on road conditions
  • Stay away from flooded areas
  • Monitor weather reports

Earthquakes - What to Do?

Severe weather

Iceland’s geographical location makes it prone to severe weather. The climate can be unpredictable regardless of the time of year.

Monitor weather reports closely.

  • Climate information and warnings  - Icelandic Meteorological Office
  • Travel and Road Conditions  - Safe Travel Iceland

Local services

Dial 112 for emergency assistance.

Consular assistance

For emergency consular assistance, call the Embassy of Canada to Iceland, in Reykjavik, and follow the instructions. At any time, you may also contact the Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa.

The decision to travel is your choice and you are responsible for your personal safety abroad. We take the safety and security of Canadians abroad very seriously and provide credible and timely information in our Travel Advice to enable you to make well-informed decisions regarding your travel abroad.

The content on this page is provided for information only. While we make every effort to give you correct information, it is provided on an "as is" basis without warranty of any kind, expressed or implied. The Government of Canada does not assume responsibility and will not be liable for any damages in connection to the information provided.

If you need consular assistance while abroad, we will make every effort to help you. However, there may be constraints that will limit the ability of the Government of Canada to provide services.

Learn more about consular services .

Risk Levels

  take normal security precautions.

Take similar precautions to those you would take in Canada.

  Exercise a high degree of caution

There are certain safety and security concerns or the situation could change quickly. Be very cautious at all times, monitor local media and follow the instructions of local authorities.

IMPORTANT: The two levels below are official Government of Canada Travel Advisories and are issued when the safety and security of Canadians travelling or living in the country or region may be at risk.

  Avoid non-essential travel

Your safety and security could be at risk. You should think about your need to travel to this country, territory or region based on family or business requirements, knowledge of or familiarity with the region, and other factors. If you are already there, think about whether you really need to be there. If you do not need to be there, you should think about leaving.

  Avoid all travel

You should not travel to this country, territory or region. Your personal safety and security are at great risk. If you are already there, you should think about leaving if it is safe to do so.

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Local emergency contacts

Fire and rescue services, medical emergencies.

Call 112 or go to a hospital.

Call 112 or go to the local police station.

Advice levels

  • An ongoing volcanic eruption has occurred on the Reykjanes Peninsula north of Grindavík. Strong earthquakes could occur before and after an eruption, leading to further volcanic eruptions. Avoid areas near eruption sites and areas close to mountains with steep slopes on the Reykjanes peninsula   due to the danger of falling rocks. It's also in an active  earthquake  zone. Tsunamis are a threat in coastal areas. 
  • Due to increased seismic activity, there's currently an  'Emergency phase'  on the Reykjanes peninsula. Monitor the local media for reports on volcanic and seismic activity.
  • Clouds of volcanic gas could move across southern Iceland in the following days, which could bring potentially dangerous levels to areas including Þorlákshöfn and Vestmannaeyjar. If you're in areas affected by volcanic gas, monitor the media and follow the advice of local authorities.
  • Iceland's climate is unpredictable. Iceland experiences snow, sand and ash storms. Check local sources for weather and updates about road closures and other disruptions.
  • Some places in the Arctic are a long way from mobile phone coverage and help in an emergency. If you need help, you may have to wait a long time. Only book travel with companies that have onboard medical help. 
  • Petty theft can happen. Gang-related activity can also occur. Pay close attention to your belongings and surroundings. 

Full travel advice: Safety

  • The standard of health facilities and care is high. However, services can be limited in rural and remote areas.
  • Healthcare costs are the same as, or more expensive than, private treatment in Australia. You may need to be evacuated if you need treatment in remote areas. Make sure you have appropriate travel insurance.

Full travel advice: Health

Always carry an ID, such as your driver's licence or a copy of your passport.

  • Penalties for drug offences are severe. Even possession of a small amount of drugs can attract heavy fines or jail sentences.
  • Penalties for driving infringements are severe and include heavy fines, jail and deportation in serious cases.

Full travel advice: Local laws

  • The international airport remains open after the  volcanic eruption on the Reykjanes Peninsula . Monitor local media for updates and follow the advice of local authorities on exclusion zones and road closures 

Iceland is part of the  Schengen area . You may be able to enter Iceland without a visa in some cases.

Entry and exit conditions can change at short notice. Contact an  embassy  or  consulate  of Iceland for details about visas, currency, customs and quarantine rules.

Full travel advice: Travel

Local contacts

  • The  Consular Services Charter  tells you what the Australian government can and can't do to help when you're overseas.
  • Australia doesn't have an embassy or consulate in Iceland. You can seek consular help from the  Canadian Embassy in Reykjavik .
  • You can also seek full consular assistance from the  Australian Embassy in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • To stay up to date with local information, follow the Embassy's social media accounts.

Full travel advice: Local contacts

Full advice

Iceland has a low crime rate. However, you could face petty theft. This often occurs around bars late at night in downtown Reykjavik.

There have been rare instances of gang-related violent crime.

To protect yourself from crime:

  • watch your belongings on buses and taxis, especially at night
  • don't go out alone after dark or to isolated places, especially on foot
  • always keep your vehicle and accommodation locked
  • be alert to suspicious behaviour
  • Pay attention to your surroundings.

Cyber security 

You may be at risk of cyber-based threats during overseas travel to any country. Digital identity theft is a growing concern. Your devices and personal data can be compromised, especially if you're connecting to Wi-Fi, using or connecting to shared or public computers, or to Bluetooth. 

Social media can also be risky in destinations where there are social or political tensions or laws that may seem unreasonable by Australian standards. Travellers have been arrested for things they have said on social media. Don't comment on local or political events on your social media. 

More information:  

  • Cyber security when travelling overseas  

Civil unrest and political tension

Peaceful demonstrations sometimes occur.

  • monitor the media for news of protests
  • avoid affected areas
  • follow the advice of local authorities

More information:

Demonstrations and civil unrest

While there have been no recent terrorist attacks in Iceland, they can still happen.

There's an ongoing threat of terrorism in Europe.

Terrorists have attacked several European cities. Targets have included:

  • public transport
  • other transport hubs
  • cultural venues and markets
  • public places frequented by locals and foreigners

To reduce your risk of terrorism:

  • be alert to possible threats, especially in public places
  • report suspect actions or items to police
  • monitor the media for threats
  • take official warnings seriously

If there's an attack, leave the area as soon as it's safe. Avoid the affected area in case of secondary attacks.

Terrorism is a threat worldwide.

Tours and adventure activities

There are many adventure activities in Iceland, including mountaineering, trekking, skiing and glacier climbing.

Tour operators don't always follow safety and maintenance standards.

If you plan to do a tour or adventure activity:

  • check if your travel insurance policy covers it
  • ask about and insist on minimum safety requirements
  • always use available safety gear, such as life jackets or seatbelts. If proper safety equipment isn't available, use another provider.

If you want to do an  adventure activity  or go trekking:

  • get local advice on routes and the weather before setting out
  • use an experienced and well-known trekking company
  • always let someone know where you're going and when you expect to return
  • don't trek alone or off marked trails
  • keep a safe distance from seals
  • follow the advice of rangers in wilderness areas.

Climate and natural disasters

Iceland experiences  natural disasters  and  severe weather .

If there's a natural disaster:

  • keep your passport in a safe, waterproof place
  • contact friends and family with regular updates about your welfare
  • monitor the media, other local information and the  Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System

Volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis

Iceland has active  volcanoes . Monitor the local media for reports on volcanic activity.

Volcanic and seismic activity around Mt. Thorbjörn, 40km southwest of Reykjavik and near the Blue Lagoon and Keflavik International Airport, has increased. There's currently an  'Emergency phase'  on the Reykjanes peninsula.  

Clouds of volcanic gas could move across southern Iceland bringing potentially dangerous levels to areas including Þorlákshöfn and Vestmannaeyjar. If you're in an areas affected by volcanic gas:

  • monitor the local air quality, particularly if you suffer from respiratory ailments
  • keep your windows closed and turn off ventilation systems
  • avoid low-lying ground and valleys

If you're in Iceland:

  • stay away from areas near the eruption sites, particularly if you suffer from respiratory ailments due to the risk of harmful gases
  • avoid areas close to mountains and steep slopes on the Reykjanes peninsula   due to the danger of falling rocks
  • monitor local media to stay informed and
  • follow the advice of local authorities.

Volcanic eruptions have disrupted flights. Check with your airline for any flight changes due to ash releases.

The  Icelandic Meteorological Office  continues to monitor the situation.

Iceland is in an active  earthquake  zone.

Tsunamis  are a threat in coastal areas.

If you're near the coast, move to high ground straight away if advised, or if you:

  • feel a strong earthquake that makes it hard to stand up
  • feel a weak, rolling earthquake that lasts a minute or more
  • see a sudden rise or fall in sea level
  • hear loud and unusual noises from the sea

Don't wait for official warnings such as alarms or sirens. Once on high ground, monitor local media.

  • London Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre
  • Civic Protection and Emergency Management website
  • Civil Protection and Emergency Management Facebook (live updates)
  • News | Icelandic Meteorological office (vedur.is)  – Icelandic Meteorological Office
  • Air Quality Management System (loftgaedi.is)  – Icelandic Environment Agency

Severe weather

Iceland can experience severe weather. The climate can be unpredictable, with:

  • snow storms
  • sand storms

The  Icelandic Meteorological Office  gives weather reports.

For recorded weather information in English 24/7, call (+354) 522 6000 or (+354) 902 0600.

For reports on road closures and other disruptions, visit:

  • Safe Travel Iceland
  • Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration

Civil Protection in Iceland  advises on what to do in emergencies.

Travel in the Arctic

Some places in the Arctic are a long way from help, including:

  • search and rescue
  • medical facilities

Search and rescue teams in the region are highly skilled. However, help depends on the weather and sea conditions in an emergency. If you need help, you may have to wait a long time.

Before booking travel in the region, check your travel company's:

  • standard of onboard medical help
  • Going on a cruise

Travel insurance

Get comprehensive  travel insurance  before you leave. 

Your policy must cover all overseas medical costs, including medical evacuation. The Australian Government won't pay for these costs.

If you can't afford travel insurance, you can't afford to travel. This applies to everyone, no matter how healthy and fit you are.

If you're not insured, you may have to pay many thousands of dollars up-front for medical care.

  • what activities and care your policy covers
  • that your insurance covers you for the whole time you'll be away (including if stopovers on the way to your destination are covered) 

Physical and mental health

Consider your physical and mental health before you travel, especially if you have an existing medical condition. 

See your doctor or travel clinic to:

  • have a basic health check-up
  • ask if your travel plans may affect your health
  • plan any vaccinations you need

Do this at least 8 weeks before you leave.

If you have immediate concerns for your welfare or the welfare of another Australian, call the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on +61 2 6261 3305 or contact your  nearest Australian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate  to discuss counselling hotlines and services available in your location.

  • General health advice
  • Healthy holiday tips  (Healthdirect Australia)

Not all medication available over the counter or by prescription in Australia is available in other countries. Some may even be considered illegal or a controlled substance, even if prescribed by an Australian doctor.

If you plan to bring medication, check if it's legal in Iceland. Check if any rules or restrictions apply. Depending on your medication, you may need to apply for a permit to bring it into Iceland. Always bring a copy of your prescription and transport your medication in its original container. Take enough legal medication for your trip.

Ask an  embassy  or  consulate  of Iceland about any restrictions on amounts that may apply.

Take enough legal medication for your trip.

Carry a copy of your prescription or a letter from your doctor stating:

  • what the medication is
  • your required dosage
  • that it's for personal use

Health risks

Health risks are broadly similar to those in Australia.

Medical care

Medical facilities.

The standard of health facilities and care is high. Many people speak English. However, services can be limited in areas with fewer people. 

Australia doesn't have a reciprocal healthcare agreement with Iceland.

Healthcare costs are the same as, or more expensive than, private treatment in Australia.

Emergency hospital treatment is usually free. However, you'll have to cover any follow-up costs.

You're subject to all local laws and penalties, including those that may appear harsh by Australian standards. Research local laws before travelling.

If you're arrested or jailed, the Australian Government will do what it can to help you under our  Consular Services Charter . But we can't get you out of trouble or out of jail.

If you break the law in Iceland, you may be banned from the  Schengen area  for a limited time (up to 10 years) or permanently.

  • Arrested or jailed Overseas

Penalties for drug offences, even for possession of small amounts of recreational drugs or some prescription medications, include:

  • heavy fines
  • imprisonment
  • being removed from the Schengen area

If you intend to take medication, confirm it's legal in your destination. Check if any rules or restrictions apply. Depending on your medication, you may need to apply for a permit to bring it to your destination. Always carry a copy of your prescription and transport your medication in its original container.

  • Carrying or using drugs

Penalties for drink driving and speeding are severe and include the following:

  • jail sentences

Even minor offences can attract fines and jail sentences.

If you're found guilty of an offence:

  • you may face jail or deportation
  • you may be banned from the Schengen area

Australian laws

Some Australian criminal laws still apply when you're overseas. If you break these laws, you may face prosecution in Australia.

Staying within the law and respecting customs

Dual citizenship

Iceland recognises dual nationality.

Dual nationals

Visas and border measures

Every country or territory decides who can enter or leave through its borders. For specific information about the evidence you'll need to enter a foreign destination, check with the nearest embassy, consulate or immigration department of the destination you're entering. 

Visitor visas

Get an entry stamp in your passport from border control when you first enter the  Schengen area.

Passports of non-EEA nationals , including Australians, must have been issued in the last ten years and be valid for at least 3 months from the date of departure from Iceland.

Some foreign governments and airlines apply the rule inconsistently. Travellers can receive conflicting advice from different sources.

The Australian Government does not set these rules. Check your passport's expiry date before you travel. If you're not sure it'll be valid for long enough, consider getting  a new passport .

Always carry your passport when crossing borders, even within the  Schengen area.

Lost or stolen passport

Your passport is a valuable document. It's attractive to people who may try to use your identity to commit crimes.

Some people may try to trick you into giving them your passport. Always keep it in a safe place.

If your passport is lost or stolen, tell the Australian Government as soon as possible:

  • In Australia, contact the  Australian Passport Information Service .
  • If you're overseas, contact the nearest  Australian embassy or consulate .

Passport with 'X' gender identifier 

Although Australian passports comply with international standards for sex and gender, we can't guarantee that a passport showing 'X' in the sex field will be accepted for entry or transit by another country. Contact the nearest  embassy, high commission or consulate of your destination  before you arrive at the border to confirm if authorities will accept passports with 'X' gender markers. 

More information:   

  • LGBTI travellers  

Iceland's currency is the Icelandic Kroner (ISK). 

Declare cash of over 10,000 euros or equivalent if you're travelling between Iceland and any non-EU country. This covers all forms of currency, not only cash.

You'll have to pay a fine on entry or exit if you: 

  • don't declare your money
  • give incorrect information

You can use major credit cards in most places.

Local travel

Volcanic eruption.

A volcanic eruption has occurred on the Reykjanes Peninsula north of Grindavík (see Safety ) The international airport remains open. 

More information

  • Keflavik Airport
  • Civil Protection Department

Natural attractions

Hazards at natural attractions rarely have warning signs or safety barriers. Stay on marked paths and use common sense.

If you visit geysers, take care. The hot steam and water may cause injuries. Take extra care on windy days.

Road travel

Driving conditions can be hazardous. Check guidance from the  Icelandic Transport Authority  before driving.

Roads are narrow and can be impassable in winter when there's less daylight. Speed limits are low.

The weather and river levels can change quickly. Plan ahead.

The northern lights can distract drivers, making them lose control or stop without warning, creating a hazard for other road users.

If you want to drive, be aware that authorities:

  • impose heavy fines for speeding
  • strictly enforce drink driving laws with severe penalties
  • strictly control off-road driving

Always keep your headlights on (low beam during the day).

You need winter tyres from around November to April. The dates may vary each year. 

Driving permit

Australian driving licences are valid in Iceland if you have had your licence for a minimum of one year. However, some car rental companies require customers to present an International Driving Permit (IDP) if holding a licence issued outside Europe or North America.

If you need an IDP, get this before you leave Australia. An IDP does not replace the requirement for a regular driver's license.

If your driving licence is not written in Latin letters or doesn't include your licence number, a photograph or an issuing date, you'll also need an IDP to drive in Iceland.

Highland driving

Many highland tracks are only open for a short part of the summer.

If you plan to drive to the highland or other remote regions, check with the  Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration .

Call (+354) 522 1100 for updates on:

  • road hazards
  • weather conditions
  • off-road driving conditions

When driving through remote regions, take special care:

  • on loose surfaces
  • Driving or riding


Check if your travel insurance policy covers you when riding a motorbike or quad bike.

Always wear a helmet.

A range of authorised taxi and limousine services are available. You can book these through your hotel.

Public transport

Public transport options are limited outside Reykjavik.

Straeto  publishes bus timetables.

  • Transport and getting around safely

Several international cruise lines stopover in Iceland.

DFAT doesn't provide information on the safety of individual commercial airlines or flight paths.

Check  Iceland's air safety profile  with the Aviation Safety Network.


Depending on what you need, contact your:

  • family and friends
  • travel agent
  • insurance provider

Always get a police report when you report a crime.

Your insurer should have a 24-hour emergency number.

Emergency app

The 112 Iceland app  from the Icelandic Association for Search and Rescue (ICE-SAR) helps in an emergency.

To call for help, press the red 'Emergency' button. This will send your location by text message to the 112 response centre. The green 'Check In' button tells ICE-SAR your location.

For non-emergency medical help in the Reykjavik metropolitan area, call:

  • (+354) 544 4114 during business hours
  • (+354) 544 1770 outside of business hours

Consular contacts

Check the Consular Services Charter for what the Australian Government can and can't do to help you overseas.

Australia doesn't have an embassy or consulate in Iceland.

You can seek consular help from the Canadian Embassy in Reykjavik.

Canadian Embassy, Reykjavik

101 Reykjavik, Iceland

Phone: (+354) 575 6500

Email: [email protected]

You can also seek consular help from the Australian Embassy in Copenhagen, Denmark:

Australian Embassy, Copenhagen

Dampfaergevej 26

2100 Copenhagen Ø Denmark 

Phone: +45 7026 3676

Email:  [email protected]

Facebook: Australia in Denmark, Norway and Iceland

Twitter: @AusAmbDK

Check the Embassy website for details about opening hours and any temporary closures.

24-hour Consular Emergency Centre

In a consular emergency, if you can't contact an embassy, call the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on:

  • +61 2 6261 3305 from overseas
  • 1300 555 135 in Australia


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New Schengen Visa Rules for Indian Visitors: Key Questions Answered 

Peden Doma Bhutia , Skift

April 23rd, 2024 at 5:39 AM EDT

Destinations value Indian travelers, but lengthy visa processing times lasting months act as significant deterrents. The adoption of these new regulations by European authorities reflects a proactive effort to tackle these concerns, aiming to boost tourism flow.

Peden Doma Bhutia

The European Commission has introduced a new visa “cascade” regime for Indian nationals applying for Schengen visas in India. This regime looks to offer longer-term, multi-entry Schengen visas, based on the applicant’s travel history.

Indian travel agents had been complaining of Schengen visa delays as a major challenge to the summer travel rush from India.

  • How does one qualify for the longer duration visas?

The European Commission can issue a two-year multiple-entry visa after a traveler “has obtained and lawfully used two visas within the previous three years.” This demonstrates a positive travel history and compliance with previous visa regulations.

Subsequently, after granting the two-year visa, authorities may issue a five-year visa if the passport has has adequate validity remaining.

  • What benefits do holders of these extended visas enjoy?

During the validity period of these visas, holders can enjoy travel rights equivalent to visa-free nationals within the Schengen area, allowing for short stays of up to 90 days within a 180-day period.

  • Which countries are part of the Schengen area?

The Schengen area comprises 29 European countries, including 25 European Union member states: Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Greece, Spain, France, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Hungary, Malta, Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Finland, and Sweden. Additionally, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland are also part of the Schengen area.

  • Are there any restrictions or conditions to these visas?

Schengen visas do not grant the right to work within the Schengen area and are for short stays only. Additionally, the visas are not purpose-bound, providing flexibility for travel within the specified period.

Industry Take

Skift also spoke to players in the Indian outbound travel industry to understand what has changed in the new Schengen visa rules.

  • How is this different from the earlier visas that Schengen countries offered? Don’t they already offer multi-entry visas with longer duration to Indians?

Mahendra Vakharia, managing director of Pathfinders Holidays, said there was no standard policy of Schengen states for issuing these long-term visas earlier. Switzerland, France, Netherlands, Italy and Spain usually issued long-term visa, but it was all subjective. “With this new policy it should be a standard rule now,” Vakharia said.

  • Travelers mainly complain of longer processing times, has that changed?

Here too, there is no standard processing time as it varies from country to country, according to Vakharia. “France and Spain have been processing visas within four days, and then there’s Croatia, which takes 60 days,” he said.

Processing time will not change as of now, it will take time for the visa rules to be enforced, said an industry source, while highlighting that the visa would be especially useful for corporate travelers.

What Promoted The Move?

Speaking on the possible motivations, Vakharia acknowledged various reasons, including administrative capacity constraints at embassies to cater to the huge inflow of applications.

“As there is an overwhelming demand from Indian travelers, the process of securing visa appointments has posed significant challenges , especially for travelers residing in cities lacking VFS Global centers,” he said.

The European Commission said in an statement that the decision reflects the EU-India Common Agenda on Migration and Mobility, aimed at fostering comprehensive cooperation on migration policy. Facilitating people-to-people contacts is a key aspect of this agenda, acknowledging India’s importance as an EU partner.

The decision also reflects a realization of the strong economic benefits derived through the spending power of Indian tourists. As Vakharia aptly puts it, “Why let go of the Golden Indian Goodie Bag?”

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Photo credit: Park Guell in Spain. Unlike many Schengen countries, Spain has been processing visas within four days for Indian travelers. Mehmet Turgut Kirkgoz / Pexels


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