Travelers who are residing abroad may import free of duty clothing and other travel gear which they bring into Iceland for their personal use, provided that these articles may be deemed to be suitable and normal relative to the purpose of the journey, the length of stay and circumstances in general.
Travelers may import duty-free up to 3 kg of food, not exceeding the value of ISK 25.000.
In addition to goods referred to above, travelers can import duty-free alcoholic beverages and tobacco products as follows:
Spirits comprise alcoholic beverages containing more than 21% alcohol; wines comprise alcoholic beverages, other than beer, containing 21% alcohol or less.
The minimum age for bringing alcoholic beverages into Iceland is 20 years and 18 years for tobaccos.
Travellers who live in Iceland may bring duty free the luggage they brought with them abroad furthermore they can bring one or more items of duty free goods worth in total up to 88,000 ISK according to the purchase price at the place of purchase, children younger than 12 years may carry duty free goods for half that amount.
The provisions of the regulations regarding duty-free imports by travelers do not give exemptions from import restrictions nor import prohibitions on various types of articles in accordance with law, regulations or other administrative instructions.
Among goods which are subject to import restrictions are the following types of products:
Among articles which are prohibited from importation are the following types of products:
If a traveler suspects that the importation of any item, which he is bringing to Iceland, might be restricted or prohibited, he should declare and produce it at customs at his own initiative.
Customs exemptions apply to goods which the traveler concerned has in his possession upon arrival to Iceland and is able to produce to customs for examination.
Duty-free importation may also be permitted for unaccompanied baggage if the traveler is able to prove that the baggage would have qualified for duty-free admission if he had brought it with him.
The goods must solely be intended for the personal use of the person concerned, his family or as gifts.
Goods intended for sale or other commercial purposes may not be imported free of duty.
On leaving Iceland travelers must take along the articles they imported duty-free in so far as they have not been expended in the country.
A traveler arriving in Iceland from abroad shall voluntarily declare to a customs officer and produce to him all goods in his possession which he cannot import duty free or are subject to import restrictions or import prohibitions.
If there are red and green channels where the customs clearance of travelers takes place, they are expected to choose channels and by doing so indicate whether they are carrying goods which can be freely imported or not.
The red channel is for those who have in their possession:
The green channel is for those who have nothing to declare.
If in doubt as to the rules of customs privileges for travelers, import restrictions etc., it is advisable to choose the red channel.
Customs officers can always request to examine those going through the green channel; the same applies in general at customs examination places that do not have separate customs clearance facilities. These persons must render all relevant assistance, e.g. by opening suitcases and containers, empty their content and to give such information about the luggage as may be requested. If such an inspection reveals goods which have not been declared in accordance with above instructions, the person in question may be liable to legal proceedings.
Special regulations apply concerning the temporary duty-free importation of motor vehicles cf. a special section for further information.
Travelers arriving to the country or departing from the country for abroad shall voluntary declare amounts of cash which they have in their possession exceeding an amount equal to EUR 10.000 based on the official adjustment rate of exchange as it is registered at any given time.
The Nature Conservation Act is intended to ensure the protection of the diversity of habitats and landscapes, flora and fauna. In the Icelandic flora there are now 31 protected species of higher plants and it is forbidden to collect specimens of these species or damage them in any way.
According to a legislation concerning bird-hunting and bird protection in Iceland the export of birds, birds' eggs, eggshells and nests is strictly prohibited. Law protects all stalactites and stalagmites in caves throughout the country and it is forbidden to break or damage these in any way.
Objects of historical or archaeological interest may not be taken out of the country without special permission from the Icelandic Museum of Natural History.
Customs authorities encourage visitors to Iceland to respect and understand that nature is an important, but delicate, resource of permanent value.
Updated march 2013