Customs Regulations and Rules for Travelers Arriving in Iceland

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Customs regulations in Iceland are controlled by the Iceland Directorate of Customs. To make sure your arrival to Iceland goes smoothly, here is everything you need to know about the current customs regulations.

Typical travel items like clothes, cameras, and similar personal goods considered normal for the purpose of your visit can be taken through customs in Iceland duty-free, without having to be declared. If you do not have anything to declare you can walk through the green customs line, but be aware that you might be selected for a random check. If you think some of the items you are carrying might need to be declared, err on the safe side and go through the good to declare line. It's better to have been overly cautious than to get selected for a random check and be in violation of customs regulations.

Cash

Iceland allows travelers to bring as much currency as they would like, but they must declare if they are carrying more than 10,000 euros, or the equivalent to that amount in another currency, in cash, travelers' checks, or another form. Declaration forms are available at the RED customs gate, but they can also be filled out online.

Gifts can be taken to or from Iceland up to a value of 10,000 Icelandic Krona (ISK), which is equivalent to about $81 U.S. Dollars (USD).

Alcohol and Tobacco

The minimum age for bringing alcohol into Iceland is 20. However, it is a little complicated in terms of how much alcohol you are allowed to bring in.

Generally, you can bring up to 4.5 liters of wine, 1.5 liters of spirits (anything with 22 percent alcohol by volume), or 18 units (bottles or cans) of beer, however, these can be brought in a number of different combinations. Sample combinations are available online. For example, an acceptable combination of alcohol would be 1 bottle of vodka and 6 cans of beer or 3 bottles of wine and 6 cans of beer.

Tobacco products are allowed if you are 18 years or older, but are limited to 200 cigarettes per adult or 250 grams of loose tobacco.

Gifts

If you are arriving in Iceland with a gift for a resident of the country, you will not have to pay duties on that gift so long as it is worth 13,500 krona or less. For items worth more 13,500 krona, duties are only applied to the amount that goes over that limit. Wedding gifts are exempt from this price constraint so long as they are considered an appropriate wedding gift. Import duties are also waived for gifts intended for multiple (with proof), if it is sent from abroad and there is evidence of a relationship between sender and recipient, or if the recipient can prove that gift if for a special occasion.

Medicine

Iceland allows travelers to bring personal prescription medicines (up to a 100 day supply) without a customs declaration. A formal doctor’s note may be requested by Icelandic customs officials.

Pets

If you want to bring your pet to Iceland, familiarize yourself with the import requirements imposed by the Icelandic Food & Veterinary Authority. Iceland heavily restricts the import of any animals and requires several medical treatments as well as animal quarantine upon arrival. There is a pet entrance application form you'll need to fill out. If you bring your pet without permission, it may be denied entry or euthanized. Only bring your pet if you absolutely have to, following the guidelines for bringing dogs and cats to Iceland.

Restricted Items

Don’t bring illegal drugs and narcotics, prescription medicines not for personal use or in large quantities, weapons and ammunition, telephones (except mobile cell phones), plants, customized radioing and remote control items, fireworks, exotic animals, fishing gear, riding gear (includes clothing and gloves), or snuff tobacco. Additionally, weapons with blades exceeding 12 centimeters, switchblades, stiletto knives, knuckles, batons, crossbows, and handcuffs will not be permitted. In terms of bringing food, note that uncooked milk, eggs, and meat, including dried meat, will be confiscated by customs authorities.

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