Canadian citizens carrying a valid Canadian passport do not need visas when visiting Iceland or the Schengen countries as tourists for less than three (3) months. Also, the passport has to be valid at least three (3) months beyond intended stay.
Canadian citizens wanting to stay longer or reside in Iceland must apply for a residence permit at the Directorate of Immigrations.
All travelers to Iceland must be in possession of a passport, valid at least for three months beyond their intended stay. In addition to that, nationals of many countries are required to obtain a visa prior to entering Iceland.
Iceland became a part of the Schengen Area on March 25, 2001. The Schengen Area includes the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Sweden and Spain.
The main effect of the Scengen Agreement for travelers is that people wishing to enter any country in the Schengen Area apply for a Schengen visa which is valid for all Schengen countries. Over a period of six months, travelers are not permitted to spend more than a total of three months in the Schengen Area. For more information on the Schengen Agreement please see "Travel and Leisure" above.
To these rules, however, are several exceptions:
Citizens of the Nordic countries need not have a passport to enter Iceland
Citizens of several European countries may enter Iceland carrying, instead of their passports, national identity cards, issued by their governments. List of countries and permitted identity cards
Citizens of these countries do not need a visa to enter Iceland
People with a valid residence permit in another Schengen country do not need a visa to enter Iceland
For further information on passport regulations, please see "Travel and Leisure" above.
The citizens of the following countries are subject to Airport Visa Requirements when transiting Icelandic airports:
Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Congo (Democratic Republic), Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Somalia and Sri Lanka.
These citizens, however, do not need a transit visa if they hold a residence permit in one of the following countries:
EEA countries, Andorra, Canada, Japan, Monaco, San Marino, Switzerland, the United States.
Since Iceland became a member of the Schengen Agreement on March 25, 2001, Danish authorities issue tourist visas on behalf of Iceland, with some exceptions.
For information on extended tourist visas, residence and employment permits, please visit the website of the Directorate of Immigrations of Iceland.
Students wishing to study in Iceland, should contact the Directorate of Immigration. The following must be included in the application:
- residence permit application
- photocopy of photo page of passport
- 2 passport-sized photos in colour
- letter of acceptance from the Icelandic School
- plane reservation
- proof of financial status
- criminal record check
- health insurance issued by an insurance company licensed to operate in Iceland (*see below)
Please mail your applications to:
The application is processed in Iceland. The Icelandic Directorate of Immigration then sends the Royal Danish Embassy an email authorizing the Embassy to issue a D-visa. The applicant is contacted, and couriers his/her passport, $45 CAD (fee is subject to change, no personal cheques please), and a prepaid, self-addressed courier envelope to the Royal Danish Embassy, 47 Clarence Stree, Suite 450, Ottawa, ON K1N 9K1. The D-visa is inserted into the passport and returned to the applicant.
After arriving in Iceland, the applicant shall apply for a national identification number with the Statistical Bureau of Iceland, Skuggasund 3, and shall also undergo medical examination. Children may receive medical certificates at the Children’s Ward of the University Hospital at Hringbraut, whereas others may obtain them at the Reykjavik Healthcare Services, Baronsstigur 47. The Directorate of Immigration issues the residence permit after receiving an applicant’s national identification number and a medical certificate.
*Iceland insurance companies:
For further information please visit the website of the Royal Danish Embassy in Ottawa www.danish-embassy-canada.com