Iceland Entry Requirements

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General entry requirements

Changed travel regulations during and after the corona pandemic

Iceland has classified all countries except Greenland as high risk areas. Before leaving for Iceland, travelers must fill out a registration form, which asks for contact details, flight and stay details, as well as information on health status and previous stays.

All travelers who are unable to provide evidence of a completed vaccination against COVID-19 or of recovery are generally required to submit a negative PCR test upon arrival, which was carried out a maximum of 72 hours before departure. This does not apply to children born in 2005 or later.

From July 27, 2021, vaccinated and convalescent people must also present a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival, which was carried out a maximum of 72 hours before departure. As an alternative to the PCR test, a rapid antigen test is also recognized for this group of people. Children born in 2005 or later are also exempt from the test.

The Icelandic health authority provides information on the requirements for the certificate of recovery and / or proof of vaccination to be presented upon entry. Recognition depends on the final decision of the Icelandic border authority.

Travelers who cannot provide proof of a completed vaccination against COVID-19 or a survived COVID-19 infection must have a PCR test carried out upon arrival and then quarantine for five days before they can undergo another PCR -Take test.

Quarantine may only be ended after a negative test result has been received; in the event of a positive test result, isolation will be ordered. Placement in state quarantine accommodation will be ordered if no suitable home accommodation isproven via the registration form. Children who were born in 2005 or later are generally excluded from this.

Icelandic residents are advised to have a COVID-19 test within 24 hours of entry. Up-to-date information on entry requirements and quarantine rules can be obtained from the Icelandic Health Authority, the Icelandic Civil Protection and the Icelandic Police Authority.

Source: Federal Foreign Office on July 24th, 2021

General provisions for travel and residence (until the corona pandemic)

Like Germany, Austria and Switzerland, Iceland is a member of the Schengen Agreement. Therefore, travelers from these countries can travel to Iceland without a separate visa, provided that the trip does not exceed a total of three months.

Entry and residence requirements for German citizens

German citizens only need a valid passport, identity card or child ID. If children are entered in their parents’ passport, they can also enter Iceland with this document.

Minor children who travel to Iceland without their parents, but are accompanied by an adult escort, require an informal declaration of consent from their parents in English as well as copies of their parents’ passports.


… as tourist

EU citizens and citizens of Switzerland can stay here as tourists for up to three months without official registration. If you want to stay longer in the country, you have to register with the central register of residents (Þjóðskrá) and apply for a personal identification number.

… for the purpose of job search

If you are in Iceland looking for a job, you can stay for up to six months. However, you have to report to the employment office / Vinnumálastofnun immediately after entering the country and apply for a personal identification number(“Kennitala”).

As soon as you start working, you need a residence permit. This can be obtained from the Icelandic Immigration Office.

… to study

If you want to study, you can get more information about your stay at the matriculation office of the respective Icelandic university, the Icelandic immigration office or the Icelandic student union.

You can find out which proofs are required for the respective residence permit under the immigration regulations or on the homepage of the Icelandic immigration office

Iceland – Immigration Regulations

Entry into Iceland is quite straightforward. Germans, Austrians or Swiss require a valid passport or identity card. For entry with children, the entry of the child in the parents’ passport is sufficient or the child has its own child ID card or passport. Visit for the best of Iceland.

Anyone wishing to immigrate to Iceland needs a residence permit. You can also apply for this after entering the country. To do this, contact the Icelandic immigration authorities. You also have to register with the central register of residents (Þjóðskrá) and apply for a personal identification number.

The type of residence permit depends on the purpose of the stay. Below you will find an overview of the requirements for the most popular residence permits.

Long term stay

The residence permit is valid for up to 6 months and can be issued once within 12 months. As an applicant you do not receive an Icelandic identification number and you are not allowed to work in Iceland.

In addition to the application form, the following documents are required:

  • Copies of travel documents
  • Passport photo
  • Written declaration on the purpose of the stay, if available in the form of invitations, court documents, etc.
  • Proof of financial security for the duration of the stay
  • Health insurance for the duration of the stay
  • Return ticket or proof of solvency for the return journey

Work-related residence permit

  • Applicant is at least 18 years old
  • Signed employment contract or proof of sufficient financial resources during the job search
  • Health insurance for the duration of the stay
  • No foreign sentence served or convicted of a criminal offense in the last 5 years
  • passport


If you want to study full-time at an Icelandic university, are a doctoral candidate from a foreign university that works with an Icelandic university, are an exchange student or do an internship as part of your studies, then you have the option of obtaining a residence permit.

The following evidence is required for this:

  • University membership certificate
  • Sufficient financial means during the stay
  • Health insurance coverage
  • Impunity for the past 5 years
  • passport

In summary it can be said that anyone who can demonstrate that they can earn a living in Iceland through work, savings or a pension will receive a residence permit.

You can find more information on the Icelandic Immigration Office’s website at (the information is in Icelandic and English).

Iceland – addresses

Office Útlendingastofnun
Skógarhlíð 6
105 Reykjavík
Opening times:
Mon – Fri 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Tel.: 510 5400
E-Mail: [email protected]

Registration Office Þjóðskrá Íslands
Borgartún 21
105 Reykjavík
Opening times:
Mon – Fri 8.30 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.
Tel.: 515 5300
Fax: 515 5310
E-Mail: [email protected]

Iceland Entry Requirements

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