CANADIAN CITIZENS VISITING ICELAND
TRAVEL INFO AND ETIAS REQUIREMENTS
An ETIAS authorisation will be required for every Canadian citizen for short-stay period in Iceland starting from 2021.
A valid passport is required to enter Iceland. All tourists entering Icelandic territory from another (Schengen country) are exempted from presenting their passports to Icelandic authorities. In this case, a national identity card is the only document needed.
The passport and other travel documents accepted for entry must be valid for a minimum of 3 months beyond the period of intended stay. All the Passports (or equivalent travel documents) issued more than ten years before the date of travel, may not be accepted.
A Schengen visa is mandatory for all nationals of Canada who stay in the country for a period greater than 90 days.
For short stay visits (less than 90 days within a period of 180 days), the visitors are exempted from obtaining a valid Schengen visa.
An ETIAS authorisation will become a mandatory requirement for every Canadian citizen starting from 2021.
ETIAS will have a validity of five years, and it can be used for an unlimited number of entries.
Icelandic custom regulates and blocks the importing of several dangerous items such as weapons (the traveler must hold a valid European Firearm Pass), legal and illegal drugs.
Goods can be imported into Icelandic territory following the mandatory limits regulated by the government:
- Tobacco: Cigarettes (200), other tobacco products (250g).
- Alcohol: Spirits (1L), wine (0.75L), beer (3L)
- Food: 3kg of food not exceeding kr25,000
To protect the unicity of Icelandic eco-system the import of some goods like used riding gears, uncooked meats, milk, eggs, animals and plants, is strictly forbidden. Some items - for example, riding gears (saddles, bridles, halters and leather whips) requires disinfection certificate.
Other prohibited items are telecommunications equipment (other than your mobile phone), firearms and ammunition (which require a police permit) and of course drugs.
The government of Iceland applies no restrictions on import of foreign or local currency.
Canada and Iceland
Iceland and Canada had established the first contact when Icelander Leif Eriksson came to Newfoundland, over a thousand years ago. Since then, the two northern countries have held strong links through trade, investment, and exploration. Canada and Iceland also partner up in international relations, as both countries tend to have similar points of view on various global topics.
There is also a deep cultural relation between the two nations due to the large community of Icelandic descent in Canadian territory. Such relationship is represented by the Icelandic National League of North America, created in 1918 to promote cultural exchange between Iceland, Canada and the US.
Since the establishment of the CEFTA in 2009, bilateral trade relations have grown between Iceland and Canada. This proximity has also enticed more Canadians to visit Iceland, as well as more Icelandic travellers to explore Canada.
After the Canadian eTA was created in 2016, Iceland passport holders and other EU citizens are required to apply for an electronic authorization when visiting Canada for up to 90 days. The eTA application process is simple but necessary to all those eligible nationals who intend to be in Canada for a short-term tourist or business trip.
Although Canadians have long enjoyed a visa-waiver program with Iceland and other EU countries, this may change as of 2021 with the implementation of the ETIAS. The European Travel and Information Authorization System will be introduced as a means to identify potential threats to the security of European communities. However, travel regulations won’t change, and Canadians will still be able to travel in Europe for up to 3 months in each period of 6 months.
List of Canadian diplomatic offices in Iceland
List of Icelander diplomatic offices in Canada
Embassy of Iceland in Embassy
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Timezone: UTC/GMT +0 hours
Currency: Krona (ISK)
Calling Code: +354
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