Customs Rules in Iceland

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The following rules apply to imports of goods and household effects to Iceland.


Imports of household effects

To import household effects free of customs duties, the owner must have lived abroad for at least twelve months. The household effects must be used and have been owned by the person concerned for at least one year. No more than six months may elapse from the time the person moves to Iceland until his/her household effects arrive.

When the household effects undergo customs clearance the person importing them may need to demonstrate that the conditions for exemption from duties are satisfied. For instance, the person may be requested to demonstrate residence abroad for the required period. A certificate to this effect can be obtained from Registers Iceland. Similarly, a certificate from a school or workplace abroad may be requested.

Products to which special import conditions apply

Bear in mind that certain products are subject to special import conditions, e.g. the import of firearms is subject to permission from the Commissioner of Police, and specific rules apply to imports of animals and vehicles.


When a person moves to Iceland, any vehicle he/she owns is expected to arrive in Iceland no more than 30 days later. The Directorate of Customs issues a temporary license for one month, during which time the vehicle must be registered with the Icelandic Transport Authority (Samgöngustofa).

Persons intending to stay in Iceland for a year or less to work or travel may import a vehicle registered abroad without payment of import duties, subject to certain conditions.

The Icelandic Transport Authority is responsible for issuing permanent registration numbers of vehicles. The Directorate of Customs assesses other fees levied on vehicles. All further information is available on the website of the Directorate of Customs and the Icelandic Transport Authority


For any type of meat products, the general condition applies that they must be cooked or canned. Smoking, salting or drying without heating to boiling point is insufficient. Import e.g. of bacon, sausages (salami and any type of smoked, uncooked sausages), cured pork, poultry, unpasteurised milk and uncooked eggs is prohibited. 

All further information is available on the website of the Directorate of Customs.

Alcohol and tobacco 

Travellers may bring limited amounts of alcohol and tobacco to Iceland duty-free; information on these allowances can be found on the website of the Directorate of Customs. Note that the minimum age for importing alcohol is 20 years and 18 years for tobacco. 

All further information is available on the website of the Directorate of Customs.


Persons may bring with them medicines for their own use in quantities equivalent to their use for a maximum of 100 days, provided that it is clear what this amount is. Further information is available on the website of the Directorate of Customs.


Imports of weapons are subject to a permit from the Commissioner of Police.


Importation of flowers and other plants generally requires obtaining a health certificate from a public body controlling plant diseases in the country of origin, as well as the permission of the Icelandic Food and Veterinary Authority.


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