Country Guide: Iceland

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Updated: November 25, 2015

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

Pets

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.

 

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.

 

Helpful Website(s):

http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1138.html

http://www.houseofsweden.com/en/Embassy-of-Iceland

http://www.pettravel.com/immigration/iceland.cfm

http://www.tollur.is/displayer.asp?cat_id=380

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.