Passports & Visas: All visitors to Iceland must carry a passport, valid at least 3 months beyond the return date. If your trip to Iceland is under 90 days, no visa is required for U.S. or Canadian passport holders. 


Arriving in Iceland: All riding and angling gear must be disinfected, including gloves, boots, and waders. You’ll need proof of disinfection from an authorized vet, or the gear will be disinfected upon arrival at your expense. For more information, contact the Agricultural Authority (tel. 530-4800).

Visitors at least 20 years of age may bring 1 liter (33.8 oz.) of wine or 6 liters (6.5 qt.) of beer, plus 1 liter of spirits (33.8 oz.). If you’re not carrying spirits or beer, you can bring in 2.5 liters (2.5 qt.) of wine.

There are no limits on foreign currency.

You may bring up to 3kg of food into Iceland, but no raw eggs, raw meat, or milk.

All animals require a permit from the Agricultural Authority (above). Permits are hard to get, and the animal must undergo 4 weeks of quarantine, so traveling with pets is usually not an option.

Visitors 18 or older may bring up to 200 cigarettes or 250g (0.5 lb.) of tobacco, but no “moist snuff.”

For complete listings of permitted items, visit the Directorate of Customs website.

Leaving Iceland: Icelandic law forbids the export of birds, bird eggs, bird nests, eggshells, many rare minerals, all stalactites and stalagmites in caves, and 31 protected plant species. Objects of historical or archaeological interest may not be taken out of the country without special permission. U.S. Citizens: For specifics on what you can bring back, download Know Before You Go online at or contact the U.S. Customs & Border Protection (general inquiries: 1-877/CBP-5511; from outside the U.S.: 703/526-4200). Canadian Citizens: For a clear summary of Canadian rules, pick up the booklet I Declare, issued by the Canada Border Services Agency (tel. 800/461-9999 in Canada, or 204/983-3500).

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.