Iceland Visa Guide

Acquiring Iceland Visa

About Iceland

Iceland is an island in the North Atlantic Region and is home to both icebergs and volcanoes. The country has beautiful landscapes and even more beautiful people. There are many tourist attractions in the country that make it unique. Because there are abundant volcanoes and icebergs both, the country is popularly known as the land of fire and Ice. The country is a host to one of the most modern societies in the world and is ranked high regarding education, gender equality, and many such aspects.

All these aspects make Iceland a beautiful and safe country to visit. The history and heritage of the country are also worth experiencing with the parts of it that are still intact. There is a lot of area of Iceland that is inhabited, and hence there is many scopes for exploring and adventures. The mysterious geography of the country makes it a very interesting destination to explore. The traditions and culture of the country are very strong that include writing and music on a large scale. The culture is built through isolation and hence it is a country is made up of families with really strong ties.

Schengen Visa for Iceland

The Iceland visa is for the visitors that wish to visit the country for a short-term or for a long term. Iceland is a part of the Schengen Countries group. The visa that is required here is the Schengen short stay visa that is valid for staying in any of the Schengen countries. There are total 26 Schengen countries for which the visa is applicable for a period of 90 days among which 22 members are also the members of the European Union. The Schengen countries have a common framework legally, and hence they do not have any border checks among themselves. Thus, the Schengen visa is completely valid for a temporary stay in Iceland. The Schengen visa is valid for these countries, Liechtenstein, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Slovenia, Slovakia, Portugal, Poland, Norway, The Netherlands, Malta, Luxemburg, Lithuania.

If a person has a Schengen short-stay visa, the allowance is for a stay of 90 days or less in the countries mentioned above. The visa is offered for a single entry, multiple-entries and airport transit visa. If the visa is required just for Iceland, the Schengen short-stay visa is issued for limited territorial validity. In that case, the visa holder will not be able to visit other countries from Schengen and will only have access to Iceland.

The Eligibility for Iceland Visa

The applicants of Iceland visa have to be eligible as per the eligibility criteria for Schengen Visa. It is a very simple criterion, and the visa is granted if the documentation and application process is carried out efficiently. The eligibility for Indian citizens is:

  • The visa aspirant has to have a valid Indian passport to get the visa for the Schengen region.
  • The visa aspirant should be a third world country resident that is residing in India on a temporary or a permanent residence permit.
  • Required Documents

    For receiving a visa for Iceland, the embassy is to be provided with all the required documents to get a Schengen visa. The required documents are:

  • Passport:For a successful application, an individual has to possess a valid passport to get the visa application accepted. The date of issuing the passport should be within a period of 10 years before the application. The passport expiration date should be at least three months away from the applicant’s return from Iceland, and also there should be a minimum of two blank pages in the passport.
  • Passport Sized Photograph:It is mandatory to provide a passport sized photograph is to be provided to the embassy to get the visa application approved. The photograph should have the face and shoulders of the applicant constituting 80% of the photograph.
  • Application Form:The application form is the most basic and the most important requirement if you need a visa for Iceland. This form can be downloaded online and then it is to be duly filled by the applicant.
  • Cover Letter of the Applicant:The visa aspirant has to offer the cover letter that explains a detailed reason for the visit to Iceland. This document has to clarify not only the reason but also the itinerary of travel along with the details of the documents that are to be submitted.
  • Medical Insurance:It is mandatory for the visa aspirant to have medical insurance of minimum 30,000 € to get the application of the visa approved.
  • Income Tax Return CertificateThe aspirant has to submit the income tax return certificate of the previous year to get your visa application approved.
  • Flight Reservations:For getting a visa for Iceland, the details like the mode of travel, details of round-trip flight and the reason to travel. The dates and other required details with proofs are also to be provided for the visa.
  • Proof of Accommodation: The accommodation proofs are optional but can help the application approved easily. Many travel agents do not recommend getting the hotel bookings done before the approval of the visa because there are major costs involved if the bookings have to be cancelled due to the rejection of visa application.
  • Business License:The self-employed aspirants, the license of business and the income tax returns of the same are to be submitted for approval.
  • Proof of Income:The embassy is to be provided with the bank statements that show the last three months financial status of the visa aspirant. These statements are asked for in order to make sure that the applicant is capable of sustaining in Iceland while his or she stay there. In case the parents of the aspirant are sponsoring the trip, the bank statements of the parents are to be provided along with a letter of declaration that states that they will be sponsoring the trip. A signature of the parents on the bank statement is also required in this case.
  • No Objection Letter:This document clarifies that the company in which the applicant is working has approved for the required leaves and does not have a problem with the applicant visiting Iceland. This document is only applicable to the individuals that are employed.
  • Letter of Leave Approval:For aspirants that are students, a leave approval letter from the college/university is required for the visa application.
  • How to Get a Visa for Iceland?

    Iceland is one of the Schengen territories, and the visa application also has to fulfil the criteria and procedures as per the Schengen visa rules and regulations. To get a visa for entry in Iceland and other Schengen countries, the following procedure has to be followed:

    Know your Visa Type

    First of all, you have to be sure of which type of visa you need which will be decided as per the purpose of your visit. Knowing the type of visa needed can help you fill the right form for application.

    Fill the Application Form

    The application form for Iceland visa is to be filled after it is downloaded, you can download the form from here. After downloading the form, you have to make sure that it is precisely and accurately fulfilled by you.

    Collect the Documents

    The documents related to the visa are to be collected in order to make sure that the application is all set to be completed. In case any document is missed the application does not get approved.

    Get an Appointment with the Iceland Embassy

    You have to schedule an appointment with the Iceland embassy in order to submit your visa application. It is not a mandatory requirement as you can submit the application without an appointment also. The embassy encourages submission of applications after an appointment.

    Submitting the Application in the Visa Application Center

    The applicant has to visit the Visa Application Center for submitting the application along with the required documents. All the documents are to be submitted to the embassy along with the duly filled application form. The staff of the visa application centre helps out the applicant with the submission and makes sure that the application is reviewed properly. The information in the application is filed in the system.

    Track the Submitted Application

    Once the submission formalities for the application are completed, then the applicant just has to sit back and wait for the approval. The applicant can also track the application online to know what is the status of the application.

    Collection of Passport and Documents

    Once the application is approved or rejected, the applicant receives back the passport with or without the visa sticker. The passport can be personally collected from the embassy, or it can be couriered to the applicant. The documents are to be collected personally by the applicant only, and the third party is allowed to collect only in particular circumstances. The third-party collection is allowed only if the person collecting the document is either of the below:

  • Red carpet authority as per authorization on company letterhead
  • Immediate family member
  • Collection on behalf of government officials, as specified on government letterhead
  • Types of Visas for Iceland

    The bifurcation for the types of visas is done on the basis of the purpose for which an individual is willing to travel. The types of visas for the Schengen visa to Iceland are listed below:

    Uniform Schengen Visa (USV)

    The short-term visas in a limited validity and short durations are under the Uniform Schengen Visa or the USV category. This type of visa is for the residents of Non-Schengen residents to enter the territory for short-term visits. The time duration for the stay in this visa is 90 days and these 90 days have to be completed within the validity period of 6 months. There are further bifurcations in this category, and they are:

    The first category is Category A in which the resident is allowed to visit the Schengen area only until the airports. This visa is popularly called the Airport Transit Visa. This visa is mainly for those visitors that are looking forward to visiting the territory for a change of flights and nowhere beyond. The visit to anywhere other than the airport is considered invalid under this visa. It is mandatory criteria for those who have passed through the airports of Schengen territories even for a little while.

    Next is Category C, under which the holder is allowed a visit of 90 days to the Schengen territories. The validity for this visa is of 6 months, and the visitor can pay a visit of 90 days during the validity Period at any point in time. This visa gives access to the visitor for all the Schengen territories. There are further bifurcations in this category:

    Single Entry Visa:This visa is mostly for the visitors that are planning to visit the Schengen territories for tourist purpose. The holders are allowed to enter the territory only once under this category, once the holder has left the country, he or she is not allowed to re-visit the country even if the duration allowed in the visa is not completed. The allowed duration of stay in a single visit is of 90 days, which should be in the validity period of 180 days. The single-entry visa is mentioned in the number of entries section of the visa sticker that is put on his/her passport.

    Double Entry Visa: The Double entry and single-entry visa are same apart from minor differences. In this visa also, the individual is allowed with the same duration and validity of 3 months and 6 months respectively. The only difference here is of the number of entries that are allowed to the visitor in the Schengen area. This type of visa allows the visitors to visit the countries in the Schengen areas twice rather than just one entry in the single-entry visa.

    Multiple Entry Visa:Multiple visa option is the best for the individuals that are looking forward to multiple visits to the Schengen area. The visitor will be allowed to travel to and from the Schengen territories like Iceland multiple times during the validity period. The only condition here is that the total duration of stay in the visits should not exceed 90 days.

    individual is willing to travel. The types of visas for the Schengen visa to Iceland are listed below:

     

    Limited Territorial Visa (LTV)

    The Limited Territorial Visa is available for only one of the Schengen countries. This visa is not usually provided; there has to be a specific reason only the Limited Territorial Visa or LTV is provided to the applicant. The major reasons behind granting Limited Territorial Visa are those with emergencies.

    If an applicant is visiting Iceland only for a specific reason, then the visa can be availed by him/her. In the case of this type of visa, the visitor is not allowed to visit any other territory apart from the one that has been permitted.

    National Visa

    The above mentioned are visas for short-term stays, the national visa is provided in case of a long-term stay in the Schengen territories. The applicants for these visas are those looking forward to staying in the territory for a long duration or for permanent residence. The people are are applying for the national visa that is looking forward to work or study in the territory. People who are looking forward to moving for temporary projects also apply for this type of visa. They are single entry and, multiple entry variants available in this type of visa. If the immigrant has a multiple entry visa, he or she can travel in and out of the territory multiple times. This type of visa is given if the applicant qualifies the strict criteria. If the visitor is in the territory on a temporary basis, he or she has to return to the respective home country once the purpose of the visit is completed.

     

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    Can Iceland Visa Application Centre staff help me in completing my visa application form?

    No, Iceland Visa Application Centre staff cannot help you in completing your visa application form, and they cannot help in providing advice about immigration as well.

    Can Iceland Visa Application Centre staff help me in completing my visa application form?

    No, Iceland Visa Application Centre staff cannot help you in completing your visa application form, and they cannot help in providing advice about immigration as well.

    When can I apply for the visa?

    Applications for Schengen visas are accepted as early as 3 months before the travel date and latest before 10 working days from the planned departure date. The Visa Application Centre for submitting the application is open for the following hours: Mon-Fri, 08:00 – 15:00 (During normal working days, except for public holidays)

    Which type of passport is considered valid for the visit to Iceland for Indian Citizens?

    The Indian passports which are not considered valid by the Iceland Embassy are:

  • The passports issued after 1st January 2010 that are not readable by the machine or handwritten.
  • The passports in which there is a manual entry done after the date 1st January 2010 regarding any changes in the authentic data of the applicant are considered invalid.
  • Can I apply for an urgent visa?

    No, all the visa applicant is considered urgent. The application process takes 10 to 15 working days period for taking the decision after the Iceland Embassy has received the application. The embassy may also request additional documentation or arrange an interview during this time period.

    Which kind of visa is easiest to get?

    There are no criteria for the toughness of any visa. However, you should apply for the visa in the category that suits your purpose for a visit. Please take a note that your visa may get rejected if you apply under the wrong type of visa.

    Should I sign the application form for my child?

    A parent or any guardian can sign the application for their child. The applicant under the age of 18 cannot sign the application form. There needs to be a parent or guardian alongside him/her during the application process.

    What is the maximum time for which a visa is granted in case of any private visit/personal invitation?

    Depending on the type of invitation, the visa is issued for a maximum period of 90 days in 6 months for Schengen Visa.

    When should I pay my fees for the application form? Is it possible to pay for the visa and service fees in advance?

    The visa and service fees need to be paid in cash after submitting all your documents to the Visa Application Centre. There is no need to pay the fees for the visa and services in advance. Other payment methods such as bank cards are not accepted.

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