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Traveling to another country means you have to check if you need a valid visa to be able to enter that country. When it comes to a visa for Iceland, there are a couple of different situations to decide whether you need a visa or not.
Visa Iceland: Do you need one?
- Schengen states
- Nationalities that do not need a visa to enter Iceland
- Nationalities that do need a visa to enter Iceland
- Costs and processing time
The Schengen area is an area within Europe that has put an end to passport and other border controls on their mutual borders. The core part of the Schengen agreement is to adopt the free movement of people within this area.
Currently, 26 countries have signed the Schengen agreement. So within the area of these 26 countries, people can cross borders freely. Iceland joined the Schengen States on March 25, 2001.
The following countries are a member of the Schengen states: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.
Nationalities that do not need a visa for Iceland
As the Schengen states agreed to free movement of people, travelers that have a nationality of one of the Schengen states can travel to Iceland without a Visa.
There are a couple of more nationalities that do not require a visa to enter Iceland. But then the total stay within the Schengen Area must not exceed 90 days in any period of 180 days.
In the table above you can see the nationalities that do not require a visa. For more information about visa requirements for these nationalities, for longer stays, you can have a look at the website from the Icelandic government.
Besides a valid visa, you need a valid passport to enter Iceland. For travelers from the EU a passport valid for the duration of the stay is required. Travelers with a nationality outside the EU, a passport valid for three months after the intended departure date is required.
When you are a traveler with a nationality from a Schengen State, only a valid ID card is enough to enter Iceland. Denmark, Norway and Sweden do not require a passport at all to enter Iceland, if they come directly from one of these countries.
NOTE: The airline might ask for a passport before allowing you to get on board of the plane.
Return ticket required
If you are a visitor from outside one of the Schengen states, a return ticket is required to show that you are going to leave the country again.
TIP: If your travel plans are unsure, check out an onward ticket. This is a valid ticket that you can show at arrival but will expire within 48 hours. So, you can enter Iceland without paying for an expensive outbound ticket you might not even going to use and make up the rest of your travel plans later on.
Nationalities that do need a visa to enter Iceland
All travelers with other nationalities than mentioned above need to apply for a visa to be able to enter Iceland.
Besides a visa, it is also required to have a valid passport until at least three months after the intended departure date. When you enter Iceland you also need to show a return ticket, which is proof that you will leave the country again before your visa ends.
Where to apply for a visa?
Icelandic embassies and consulates do not issue visas. You can apply for a visa to enter Iceland at the embassies of Norway, Denmark or Sweden.
Costs and processing time
If you applied for a visa for Iceland it normally takes around 15 business days to process your information from the date it arrived at the embassy. In some circumstances, it can even take up to 60 business days.
The costs for a Schengen visa depend on the age of the applicant:
- Children up to 6 years old: Free
- Children between 6 and 12 years old: €40
- People over 12 years old: €60
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