Country Guide: Iceland

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Updated: November 25, 2015

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Used Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required

  • Copy of Passport
  • Detailed inventory, dated and signed by shipper
  • Original Bill of Lading (OBL) / Air Waybill (AWB)


Specific Information

  • Used household goods may be imported duty free if owned for longer than 12 months abroad, the shipper is moving their principal residence to Iceland, and items arrive within 6 months from the shipper’s arrival date.
  • The shipment must be imported within 12 months of the date of a transfer of residence.
  • If a second shipment is anticipated, it must be stated at the time of the first importation.
  • A delivery address must be known at the time of Customs clearance.

Motor Vehicles

Documents Required

  • Copy of Passport
  • Original certificate of title showing customer's name and vehicle serial number
  • Original registration card of origin country
  • Original Purchase Invoice / Bill of Sale
  • Insurance certificate
  • Inventory
  • Letter of Employment


Specific Information

  • Persons entering Iceland intending to live in the country for a year or less for employment, study or travel may import a vehicle registered abroad without paying duty or import charges, provided that the following conditions are met:
    • The importer is or has been domiciled abroad.
    • The vehicle is intended for personal use of the importer and his family members and others traveling with him and are domiciled abroad.
    • The vehicle is imported or purchased new and unregistered within 1 month from the arrival of the shipper to the country for a temporary stay.
    • The vehicle will not be used for any kind of transportation of people or goods in return for payment.
    • The vehicle is exported when the importer leaves the country within 1 year from his arrival here.
  • Customs may request the Letter of Employment or other documentation proving that the shipper is intending to stay is Iceland temporarily.
  • Vehicles other than automobiles may also be imported such as motorcycles, caravans, campers and trailers.
  • If the shipper takes up permanent residence or residence longer than a period of 1 year, the conditions for temporary duty-free import no longer apply; the shipper may be required to pay duties or taxes or the vehicle be exported out of the country


Documents Required

  •  Vaccination Record
  • Veterinary Health Certificate
  • Pet Passport


Specific Information

  • All pets are subject to examination upon arrival and a quarantine period of 4 weeks.
  • The importation of dogs and cats is prohibited unless a special Import Permit is obtained by the Ministry of Agriculture, which is valid for 1 year.
  • Pets must be microchipped with a 15-digit ISO pet microchip and vaccinated at least 30 days but not more than 12 months prior to entry.
  • The Veterinary Health Certificate must be issued within 10 days of travel.
  • Dogs are required to be tested for tapeworm within 10 days of arrival.
  • Some breeds of dogs are prohibited from import; contact the destination agent for specific information.
  • There are certain exemptions regarding vaccination requirements for cats and dogs; contact the destination agent for specific information.

Restricted/Dutiable Items

  • Alcohol / wine (must be inventoried separately with brand name, type, amount, number of bottles, and value); a person importing wine or alcohol in a shipment of household goods must pay duties and taxes.
  • Tobacco (is subject to duty and tax)
  • New items (items less than 12 months old)
  • Telephones and communications equipment
  • Angling gear (clothing used abroad must be disinfected prior to importation)
  • Riding gear (leather items are prohibited, including saddles, bridles, muzzles, reins, etc.)
  • Weapons and ammunition (contact the destination agent for exceptions)
  • Meat products (must be boiled or canned)
  • Knives (cannot have blades exceeding 12 cm)

Prohibited Items

  • Paints, polishes, and cleaning solvents
  • Drugs and narcotics
  • Natural plants
  • Food items
  • Chewing tobacco and finely powdered snuff
  • Explosives

Consignment Instructions

Recommended: Contact the destination agent to ensure all requirements have been met prior to import, especially for differences regarding air / sea shipments.


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IAM Note: Customs regulations can change at any time with or without notice. This document is provided as a guide and for information only. While IAM has exercised reasonable care in publishing this document, IAM makes no representation, either expressed or implied, as to its accuracy or applicability.