A citizen of an EEA/EFTA country may stay and work in Iceland without a permit for up to three months from his arrival in the country, or stay up to six months if he/she is seeking employment. If the individual resides longer in Iceland, he shall register his right to residency with Registry Iceland, Þjóðskrá. Residency in another Nordic country is not deducted from the residency period.
Families (citizens outside of EEA) of EEA/EFTA citizens:
Immediate family members of EEA/EFTA citizens (who are citizens of countries outside EEA/EFTA), may reside in Iceland if their residence is based on the rights of a citizen of EEA/EFTA country residing in Iceland.
Immediate family members of an EEA/EFTA citizen are:
- Spouse or co-habiting partner
- Descendant (child/grandchild) of an EEA/EFTA citizen or his/her spouse, under the age of 21 or supported by them
- Relatives in direct line of ascent (parents, grandparents) of an EEA/EFTA citizen or his/her spouse, being supported by them
In order to gain legal residency for immediate family members, a residency card must be applied for and issued by the Directorate.
The family member shall submit a registration form and be photographed at the Directorate’s office or the nearest office of a District Magistrate (sýslumaður) and shall bring his passport.
- A photocopy of the applicant´s passport. The validity of the passport must be at least three months beyond the proposed permit.
- Documents confirming the grounds of residency of the EEA/EFTA citizen in Iceland (e.g. employment contract, school registration).
- Certificate of family relationship, as applicable (e.g. marriage certificate/birth certificate/death certificate/custody documents/divorce documents.
- Financial support. Documents proving the applicant’s financial capability.
- Medical Insurance. Confirmation from an insurance company authorized to provide services in Iceland that the applicant has purchased medical insurance covering at least 2.000.000 Icel.kr. valid for the first 6 months of stay in Iceland.
- Housing Certificate. The applicant must prove that he/she has secure housing for the period of time applied for. The certificate must be signed by the homeowner and witnessed by two adults.
All foreign documentation issued in languages other than English or one of the Scandinavian languages, must be translated by an accredited interpreter.
The Directorate may ask for authentication of foreign documents. Authentication can be either an „apostille“ from the applicant‘s home country, or a double authentication from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in the home country and the Embassy of that country in Iceland, or the embassy accredited to Iceland if the country does not have an embassy in Iceland. Further information on apostille can be found on the website http://www.hcch.net/index_en.php?act=text.display&tid=37
A residence card is issued free of charge.