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Navigating Iceland Tourist Visa: Application, Documents & Fees

Last Update: 18-06-2024

Iceland Tourist Visa

Table of Contents


  1. Introduction
  2. What is an Iceland Tourist Visa?
  3. How to Apply for an Iceland Tourist Visa?
  4. Documents Required for Iceland Tourist Visa
  5. Photo Specification for Iceland Tourist Visa
  6. Where to Apply for an Iceland Tourist Visa
  7. Where to Apply for an Iceland Tourist Visa
  8. Iceland Tourist Visa Processing Time for Indians
  9. Validity and Extension of Iceland Tourist Visa
  10. Travel Insurance Requirement for Iceland Tourist Visa
  11. Final Thoughts
  12. FAQs

Introduction

Planning a trip to Iceland starts with getting a Iceland tourist visa. This guide is here to help you navigate the application process smoothly, explaining each step clearly from figuring out the right visa to submitting your application.


Getting a tourist visa not only opens up the beautiful landscapes of Iceland for you to explore but also lets you travel across other European countries in the Schengen zone. 

What is an Iceland Tourist Visa?

An Iceland tourist visa for Indians is a type of Schengen visa that allows Indian passport holders to enter Iceland for leisure or tourism purposes. This visa permits a stay of up to 90 days within a 180-day period in the Schengen area. 

How to Apply for an Iceland Tourist Visa?

Step 1: Visa Type and Eligibility

First determine the type of visa you need, which is a Schengen tourist visa. Check your eligibility to apply, understand the required documents, the application timeline and the fees involved. Ensure your documents are in English or have them translated. You can find general information for Schengen visa applicants from India here.


Step 2: Start Your Application

Fill in your visa application online at the government website. After applying, print and sign the cover letter and prepare to submit supporting documents and biometrics at a Visa Application Centre. 


Step 3: Book an Appointment

Book an appointment at a VFS Global Visa Application Centre to give your biometric information (fingerprints and photo). Each family or group member must book individual appointments. After booking you will receive a confirmation email along with an appointment letter.


Step 4: Pay Your Fees

You need to pay the visa application fee at the time of your appointment at the Visa Application Centre. Ensure you have the fee ready for payment as per the current rates.


Step 5: Visit a Visa Application Centre

Attend your scheduled appointment at the designated Visa Application Centre to submit your completed visa application form and necessary documents in person. Read what to expect during your visit here.


Step 6: Track Your Application

Stay updated on the status of your visa application. You will receive an email when your decision is returned to the Visa Application Centre. You can also opt for SMS updates if available or track your visa application status online using the Reference Number on the invoice/receipt and your date of birth.


Step 7: Collect Your Passport

Once a decision is made you can collect your documents and passport from the Visa Application Centre. Ensure you bring the original ICR and a copy of your Government ID Proof. Third-party collection is only allowed for immediate family members or an authorized representative with proper documentation.

Documents Required for Iceland Tourist Visa

Passport

  • Valid for at least 3 months after return.
  • Issued within the last 10 years
  • At least 2 blank pages.
  • Include old passports with visas (if any)

Application Forms

  • Complete the online form and
  • Harmonised Schengen visa form.
  • Both printed and signed.

Photograph

  • One recent photo
  • Dimensions: 3.5 x 4.5 cm
  • white background,
  • Maximum 6 months old.

Travel Medical Insurance

  • Valid for all Schengen countries
  • Minimum coverage of €30,000.
  • Covers all risks and entire trip duration.

Proof of Transportation

  • Flight reservations for round trip or intra-Schengen if visiting multiple states.
  • Only booking confirmation required.

Proof of Accommodation

  • Hotel bookings, rental agreements, or invitation/sponsorship from a host.
  • Proof for each Schengen state if visiting multiple

Cover Letter

Detailed introduction, purpose, duration, and day-to-day itinerary of the trip.

If Employed

  • Recent 3 months' payslips,
  • Employment contract,
  • Leave approval.

If Self-Employed

Business registration certificate

If a Student

Enrollment letter from college/university

If Sponsored

  • Sponsorship letter and
  • Sponsor’s ID (passport, residence card).

If Retired

  • Recent 3 months' pension statements,
  • Proof of other income.

Financial Means

  • Bank statements showing last 3 months' activity, duly stamped and signed.
  • Minimum funds of 4000 ISK per day (hotel) or 2000 ISK (hosted).

ITR

Income tax return acknowledgment for the last two assessment years.

For Minors (<18 years) Travelling

  • Copies of parents’ passports or photo IDs, child’s birth certificate
  • With one parent: Notarized consent of the other parent.
  • Alone: Notarized consent of both parents or legal guardians, with proof of custody if applicable.

Photo Specification for Iceland Tourist Visa

For an Iceland tourist visa, the photo requirements are very strict. Here are the photo requirements:


Size: 35mm x 45mm

Recent Photo: The photo must be recent, not more than 6 months old to ensure an accurate representation of the applicant’s current appearance.

Background: Plain, light-coloured background (white or off-white is preferred) with no shadows

Position: Head centred in the frame, facing forward, and covering 70-80% of the height of the photo (32-36mm from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head)

Expression: Neutral expression, both eyes open and mouth closed. No smiling, frowning or raised eyebrows

Eyes and Glasses:

  • Eyes must be visible and not covered by hair or glasses frames
  • Glasses are allowed if they don’t cause a reflection and don’t obscure the eyes. Tinted glasses and sunglasses are not allowed

Headgear: Only for religious reasons and must not cover any facial features.


It is essential that the photo meets all these criteria to avoid any delays or rejections in the visa application process.

Where to Apply for an Iceland Tourist Visa?

To apply for an Iceland tourist visa in India, you need to go through the designated Visa Application Centers managed by VFS Global. Here are the centres in major Indian cities:


New Delhi

  • Address: Delhi Shivaji Stadium Metro Station, Mezzanine Floor, Baba Kharak Singh Marg, Connaught Place, New Delhi – 110001

Mumbai

  • Address: Trade Centre, First Floor, ‘G’ Block, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra (East), Mumbai – 400 051

Chennai

  • Address: VFS Global Services Pvt. Ltd, Ramee Mall, 2nd Floor, No. 365, Anna Salai, Teynampet, Chennai - 600018

Bangalore

  • Address: 22, Gopalan Innovation Mall, Bannerghatta Main Rd, Sarakki Industrial Layout, 3rd Phase, J. P. Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560076.

Kolkata

  • Address: Kolkata VFS Global Services Pvt. Ltd. Rene Tower, Building No. 1842, Rajdanga Main Road, Rajdanga, Landmark: Near Geetanjali Stadium, Kolkata – 700107

Each of these centers will handle the visa submission and biometric collection. To start your application you need to:

  • Fill out the visa application form online at the Directorate of Immigration Iceland’s official website or through the VFS Global portal.
  • Book an appointment through the VFS Global website to visit your nearest Visa Application Centre.
  • Prepare and submit the required documents as per the checklist on the VFS Global website for Iceland.

Iceland Tourist Visa Fees for Indians

CategoryVisa Fee in INRVisa Fee in EUR

Adult (12+ years)

7,179

80

Children Between 6 – 12 Years

3,589

40

Additional Fees and Services:

ServiceFee in INRFee in EUR

Standard VFS Service Charge

2,243

25

Optional Courier Service

450

5

Optional SMS Service

300

3

Optional Premium Lounge Service

3,200

35

Optional Courier Assurance Service

650

7

Online Form Filling Service

2,500

28

Important Notes:

  • All visa and service fees can be paid either in cash or by card.
  • The visa and VFS service fees are non-refundable, regardless of the outcome of the application.
  • Visa fees are subject to change based on the current exchange rate without prior notice.

Iceland Tourist Visa Processing Time for Indians

Iceland tourist visa processing time is 15 calendar days from the date of the appointment at the Visa Application Centre. However this can vary depending on the VFS centre workload, time of year (peak season can be longer) and completeness of application.


Apply well in advance of your travel date, ideally 3 months before, to allow for any processing delays. This will make your travel planning smoother and all Iceland tourist visa requirements met within a reasonable time frame.

Validity and Extension of Iceland Tourist Visa

A Uniform Schengen Visa, issued by any Schengen state, allows travel across the entire Schengen area. If your main destination is within a specific Schengen state, you should apply for your visa through the embassy representing that state. While the validity of a Uniform Schengen Visa can extend up to 180 days, the allowed duration of stay is generally up to 90 days, with the exact period determined at the embassy's discretion. It's crucial to verify the validity and duration of stay on your visa sticker once approved.


Visa Extension Criteria

Visa extensions are possible under specific circumstances but cannot exceed 90 days within a 180-day period. Extensions may be granted if:

  • Force Majeure or Humanitarian Reasons: Unexpected events or emergencies prevent you from leaving the Schengen area within the authorised timeframe.
  • Significant Personal Circumstances: Justifiable personal reasons that warrant an extension of your stay.

Application Process

Visa extension applications must be submitted in paper form. You can either drop the application at the Directorate of Immigration's office or send it by regular mail to:


Directorate of Immigration Dalvegur 18 201 Kópavogur Iceland


Ensure the application form is completed in full and signed.


  • Extensions due to force majeure or humanitarian reasons are free of charge.
  • Extensions for significant personal reasons incur a fee of ISK 4,600.


  • Photocopy of your passport.
  • Photocopy of your current visa.
  • Proof of travel medical insurance.
  • A letter detailing the reasons for your extension request.
  • Medical certificate, if relevant.

Important

Before applying for an extension, it's essential to check the conditions and validity stated on your visa sticker. Always plan ahead and apply for an extension well before your current visa expires to avoid any legal complications.

Travel Insurance Requirement for Iceland Tourist Visa

For Indian citizens applying for tourist visas to Iceland, having valid travel medical insurance is a must. Here are the Iceland tourist visa requirements for the insurance:


  1. Coverage Area: The insurance should cover the entire Schengen area, not just Iceland.
  2. Minimum Coverage: The insurance should have a minimum coverage of €30,000. This amount is to cover expenses which may arise due to repatriation for medical reasons, urgent medical attention, and/or emergency hospital treatment or death.
  3. Validity: The insurance should be valid for the entire duration of the stay. The validity of the insurance should cover the entire period of the visa and also include extra days to cover any potential extended stay or travel disruptions.

Please check the details of the insurance coverage and make sure it meets the Schengen visa requirements. This will help in smooth visa processing and also gives you financial protection during your trip.

Final Thoughts

Getting your tourist visa is the first exciting step towards your Icelandic adventure. This guide aims to simplify the process, ensuring you understand each requirement and step thoroughly.


With careful preparation, you can look forward to a successful application. Iceland offers a stunning array of natural wonders and unique cultural experiences, all waiting for you once you have your visa. So, make sure to follow the guidelines, and soon you'll be on your way to an unforgettable journey in the land of fire and ice.


Enjoy your travels and the incredible experiences that Iceland has to offer!

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