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Iceland Tourist and Visitors Visa - Visa Application and Requirements

Fact Checked By: Lamia Darwish

Jan 6, 2022

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The Iceland Schengen visa process has two components takes about 70 minutes to finish:

  1. Electronic Pre-registration
  2. Schengen visa application

Iceland Electronic Pre-registration

This speeds up your application process during the visa interview since the visa officers can retrieve your application digitally.

The first task is to select City of Application Office - Iceland has 5 processing offices in the United States thru VFS Global - Washington DC, Chicago, Houston, San Francisco, and New York.

Next enter personal and basic details such as name, email and passport information.

If you're confused what is _Description of Issuer, it is just your nationality (or the issuing country of your passport).

It is worth noting that this is just a pre-registration form so you can ignore filling in optional details.

Iceland Schengen Visa Process

The application is split into 7 sections:

  1. Country of Application [1 min]

  2. Personal Details [10 min]

  3. Journey [10 min]

  4. Destination

  5. Funding

  6. History

  7. Summary

Personal Details

This section includes your personal information such as name, date of birth (DD-MM-YYYY) and civil status. A national identity number is simply your passport number.

The next question is about your passport. For most people, the type of passport is Ordinary Passport. For those with an EU relative, include their information. You will be required to present a signed letter by them - in most cases, its best to leave this section blank!

For those applying from the United States, check Residence in a country other than the country of current nationality

The residence permit number or equivalent is the unique number associated with your Green Card or US visas.

Few things to keep in mind:

  1. Passports must have been issued within the past 10 years.
  2. Passport must be valid for at least 3 months after your departure date from the Schengen area.
  3. US Visa has to be valid. A valid I20 or i797 but an expired visa will not work.


Iceland requires information on your intended travel dates. Schgengen visa granted would be +/- 15 days of your intended arrival date. It's a good idea to opt for the multiple entry visa but know that it’s unlikely you’ll get one. The fee is the same so no downside! In most cases, a good travel history improves your chances significantly to get a long-term Schengen visa (1 year).

Iceland requires contact information of your hotel or details if staying with a friend or family member. The name has to match the name of the establishment in your itinerary and hotel reservation.



You’ve to present evidence to prove that you can support your stay in Iceland. You can select the option that works best for you, which has a balance equivalent to EUR 50 for every day. For example, a traveler visiting Iceland for five days should show a minimum balance of at least EUR 250.


If your trip is sponsored by a guardian or someone else, their bank statements should be accompanied by a signed sponsorship letter and a signed copy of the sponsor’s passport.

Previous Schengen Visas

All Schengen visa stamps after 2016 were only issued with fingerprints taken. This is asked so the embassy can fetch your biometrics from VIS. As per the EU:

Frequent travellers to the Schengen Area do not have to give new finger scans every time they apply for a new visa. Once finger scans are stored in VIS, they can be re-used for further visa applications over a 5-year period.

The visa sticker number is present on the Schengen visa stamp:

Visa application

Make sure to sign the application after completion along with name of place (residence city usually) and date.

Iceland Visa Photos

The photo requirements for a Iceland's Schengen visa follow ICAO standards.

  1. Two identical photos.
  2. Photo size: 2 in x 2 in.
  3. In color. No black and white
  4. Head should cover most of the photo.
  5. White background.
  6. No smiling.

Traveling to Iceland with Children

Children require a Schengen visa to travel to Iceland. In addition to all the standard documents, you’ve to provide the following:

  1. Application form signed by both parents
  2. Birth certificate of the child. If the document is not in English, a notarized copy must be provided.
  3. Proof of parent’s regular income (work contract with specified monthly income or a bank statement or business license)
  4. If a child is traveling alone, a notarized parental authorization is signed by both parents or guardians.
  5. All minors must be accompanied by both parents or legal guardians and sign the application form in front of a VFS officer. Except in cases where, the child is traveling with one parent to visit the other parent, who is residing in Iceland.

If the child travels with one of the parents, then there must be an official permission letter issued by a notary in English from the other parent. Additionally, copies of IDs of parents are also required.

The visa photos requirements for children vary slightly. Children aged 5 and under do not need to have a neutral expression or look directly at the camera, and their heads do not have to be centred in the photo. Babies under one year do not have to have their eyes open.

Proof of Employment for Iceland Visa

A letter from your employer is required as proof of employment. The letter should state:

  1. Date of the letter
  2. Employer name
  3. Position and title
  4. A declaration that you will continue to be employed during your Iceland visit
  5. Contact and address information of the supervisor along with their signature.

Use the tool above to generate a letter of employment, and send it to your manager for an e-signature.

This is a letter from the university for students, or from your academic advisor or from the Office of International Education. Please provide a letter of support from any individual/organization that is financing your livelihood for homemakers or those unemployed. This includes but is not limited to your spouse or parents.

Iceland Visa Travel Insurance

Since Iceland provides public healthcare, travel insurance is required to obtain a Iceland's Schengen visa:

  1. Coverage of at least EUR 30,000.
  2. Be valid in all 26 Schengen States: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland.
  3. Cover medical emergency expenses and anything connected with repatriation for medical reasons, urgent health attention, and/or emergency hospital treatment or death.
  4. For those hoping to get a longer-term Schengen visa, it is advisable to provide travel insurance that lasts the whole year as per the EU directive:
    “ Applicants for a uniform visa for more than two entries (multiple entries) shall prove that they are in possession of adequate and valid travel medical insurance covering the period of their first intended visit.In addition, such applicants shall sign the statement, set out in the application form, declaring that they are aware of the need to be in possession of travel medical insurance for subsequent stays.”

Pro Tip

Check if your employer provides mandatory travel insurance coverage. Often that works if you present a letter/insurance card along with coverage details highlighting the coverage amount.

How to Reach Iceland during COVID-19 as a tourist?

Iceland is one of the few countries to lift border restrictions. All vaccinated travelers can travel to Iceland from May.

Common Mistakes to Avoid

  1. Take color photocopies of your valid passport.
  2. Color photocopy of (any) Schengen visa.
  3. All documents should be in letter size.
  4. English translations must accompany the documents not originally in English.
Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to enter Iceland during COVID-19?

Anyone with a proof of vaccination or a negative RT-PCR test can now enter Iceland for recreational purposes. You still require a visa, and need to fill a pre-departure form.

Which income proofs can be submitted to show the ability to cover the travel and stay expenses?

Many qualify however showing a bank statement is the most straightforward. You can also use one of these:

  • invoices of prepaid travels and accommodations
  • Pay checks
  • attested documents showing spouse’s consent in covering the expenses, etc.

Other types of visas and document requirements:

  • Short-term work visa: Reference letter of the U.S. employer mentioning profile, salary, date of hiring, dates of vacation, and itinerary.
  • Self-employed: Your business' tax returns.
  • Foreign students on F-1 visa: A valid I-20, reference letter from an educational institution, education details, and expected date of the end of graduation course countersigned by the appropriate authority in your institution.
  • Retirees: proof of social security income, retirement savings or other financial support.
  • Unemployed: must provide unemployment benefits or other financial support.

Can I apply for an Iceland visa online?

No, Iceland does not provide an e-visa.

I have a double/triple nationality. Which one should I enter in my visa application?

You must enter the nationality of the passport with which you wish to travel.
When you complete your application form, you will need to indicate your nationality of origin and your current nationality (that of your passport).

Can I extend my visa while in Iceland?

Only in exceptional cases. We do not recommend this path.

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