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Immigrating to Iceland

Do you need a visa?

Airport Transit Visa

According to the Schengen rules, transit means only

a transit from a flight from a non-Schengen member state through an airport in Iceland and onwards to another non-Schengen member state.

Example, in transit:

A person travelling from New York to Iceland and onwards to London needs Airport Transit Visa in accordance to the conditions stated below (part II and III). Such passengers (also those who do not require Airport Transit Visa) should ensure that their luggage is checked through to the final destination.

Example, not in transit:

A person travelling from New York to Iceland and onwards to Berlin (or any other airport in the Schengen area) is not considered to be in transit for the purpose of Schengen rules. Such persons will be entering the Schengen area in Iceland and therefore need a [Uniform) Schengen Visa before arriving in Iceland.

Citizens of the following states need a valid Airport Transit Visa

This applies with or without changing the airplane.

  • Afghanistan

  • Bangladesh

  • The People's Republic of Congo

  • Eritrea

  • Ethiopia

  • Ghana

  • Iran

  • Iraq

  • Nigeria

  • Pakistan

  • Somalia

  • Sri Lanka

Citizens of the states listed above are exempt from needing Airport Transit Visa if they are:

  • Holders of residence permits issued by a Schengen member state.

  • Holders of the following residence permits issued in:

    • Great Britain

      • Leave to remain in the United Kingdom for an indefinite period

      • Certificate of entitlement to the right of abode

    • Ireland

      • Residence Permit and re-entry visa

    • Liechtenstein

      • Livret pour étranger B

      • Livret pour étranger C

  • Holders of the following residence permits issued in the following states and the holder has the right to return to the country of residence:

    • Andorra

      • Tarjeta provisional de estancia y de trabajo 

      • Tarjeta provisional de estancia y de trabajo 

      • Tarjeta de estancia 

      • Tarjeta temporal de residencia 

      • Tarjeta ordinaria de residencia 

      • Tarjeta privilegiada de residencia 

      • Autorización de residencia 

      • Autorización temporal de residencia y de trabajo 

      • Autorización ordinaria de residencia y de trabajo 

      • Autorización privilegiada de residencia y de trabajo

    • Canada

      • Permanent resident card 

    • Japan

      • Re-entry permit to Japan

    • San Marino

      • Permesso di soggiorno ordinario (validità illimitata)

      • Permesso di soggiorno continuativo speciale (validità illimitata)

      • Carta d’identità de San Marino (validità illimitata)

    • United States of America

      • Form I-551 Alien registration receipt card

      • Form I-551 Alien registration receipt card

      • Form I-327 Re-entry document

      • Resident alien card (valid 2 or 10 years or unlimited. Only sufficient if the holder has not resided outside of USA for longer than one year).

      • Permit to re-enter (valid 2 years. Only permits holders return if he/she has not resided outside of USA for longer than two years).

      • Valid temporary residence stamp in a valid passport (valid for one year from date of issuance).

Please note that holders of refugee travel documents from the USA and Canada are exempted from the requirement for a visa in some Schengen member states, but not all.

Holders of such documents need a Schengen visa when travelling through Iceland (even if they do not leave the airport), if their country of citizenship is on the list of countries whose citizens need a visa to visit Iceland

The information provided on this page is in accordance with Annexes 4 and 5 of Regulation No. 1160/2010 regarding visa.