Iceland Customs, Currency & Airport Tax regulations details

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Import regulations:

Free import of goods intended for personal use of the person concerned, family or as a gift:
- tobacco products, for passengers aged 18 years of age and older: 200 cigarettes or 250 grams of other tobacco products;
- alcoholic beverages for passengers aged 20 years of age and older, one of the examples of the following allowance (for more examples, see ):
1 liter of spirits and 0.75 liter of wine and 3 liters of beer; or
3 liters of wine and 6 liters of beer; or
1 liter of spirits and 6 liters of beer; or
1,5 liters of wine and 12 liters of beer; or
18 liters of beer.
- 3 kilograms of food, not exceeding the value of ISK 25,000.-;
- for residents outside Iceland: items such as clothing and travel gear that are for personal use and considered suitable and normal for the purpose of the visit, length of stay and general circumstances. Gifts, not exceeding ISK 10,000 per item;
- for residents of Iceland: articles obtained abroad or in the duty free shop in Iceland up to total value of ISK 88,000.-. Children below 12 years of age may import half of the value.

- narcotics and dangerous drugs;
- uncooked meat and meat products (incl. dried meat or uncooked smoked ham, bacon, sausages (incl. salami), poultry, etc.), uncooked milk and uncooked eggs;
- weapons such as daggers with blades exceeding 12 centimeter, switchblade knives, knuckles, truncheons, crossbows and handcuffs;
- snuff and chewing tobacco;
- used riding gear.

Arms and Ammunition regulations:

Firearms and ammunition brought for personal use require:
- a permit issued by the police authorities; or
- a European firearms permit.

Wild Fauna and Flora:

The import of flowers and other plants generally requires a phytosanitary certificate issued by the relevant authorities in the country of cultivation, endorsed by the Icelandic Food and Veterinary Authority (MAST). Without a certificate, a traveler may carry a bunch of flowers (up to 25 plants), bulbs, tubers and tuberous roots from Europe in unbroken packages (up to 2 kilograms) and up to 3 pot plants from Europe.

Additional Information on regulations:

Fishing equipment and riding clothing, including waders, rubber boots and gloves, must be accompanied by a certificate of disinfection issued by an authorized veterinary officer.
The import of communications equipment is subject to a permit from the Post & Telecom Administration. Equipment requiring such a permit includes: cordless phones, remote controls for toys and radio transmitters and receivers not intended for regular broadcasting reception. One GSM mobile phone is allowed without a permit.
Import of conventional medicines for personal needs during the stay is permitted, to an amount not exceeding 100 days of consumption.

Export regulations:

Free export of tobacco products, alcoholic beverages up to a reasonable value for personal use.


Cats and dogs: Import license must be obtained prior to arrival from the Icelandic Food and Veterinary Authority (MAST). Pets are subject to quarantine for 4 weeks.
For further information see

Baggage Clearance regulations:

Baggage is cleared at the first airport of entry in Iceland.


Currency Import regulations:

Local currency (Icelandic Krona-ISK): up to ISK 8,000.-; foreign currencies: unlimited.

Currency Export regulations:

Residents: local currency (Icelandic Krona-ISK): up to ISK 8,000.-; foreign currencies: unlimited. Non-residents: local currency: up to ISK 8,000.-; foreign currencies: up to the amount imported.

Airport Tax

No airport tax is levied on passengers upon embarkation at the airport.

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