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The Iceland Schengen visa process has two components takes about 70 minutes to finish:
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.
The application is split into 7 sections:
Country of Application [1 min]
Personal Details [10 min]
Journey [10 min]
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:
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.
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:
Make sure to sign the application after completion along with name of place (residence city usually) and date.
The photo requirements for a Iceland's Schengen visa follow ICAO standards.
Children require a Schengen visa to travel to Iceland. In addition to all the standard documents, you’ve to provide the following:
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.
A letter from your employer is required as proof of employment. The letter should state:
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.
Since Iceland provides public healthcare, travel insurance is required to obtain a Iceland's Schengen visa:
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.
Iceland is one of the few countries to lift border restrictions. All vaccinated travelers can travel to Iceland from May.
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.
Many qualify however showing a bank statement is the most straightforward. You can also use one of these:
Other types of visas and document requirements:
No, Iceland does not provide an e-visa.
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).
Only in exceptional cases. We do not recommend this path.
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