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ETIAS Iceland

Will I need an ETIAS to visit Iceland?

Iceland, like Norway and Switzerland, is a part of the Schengen area but is not a member of the E.U. The Schengen Area was set up to make visa requirements and immigration standard across all member countries.

In 2021 a new travel authorization system across Europe will come into effect. Known as the ETIAS, this will replace the current situation where citizens of America, Canada, Australia, and other listed nations do not need a visa to enter the Schengen zone.
Europe is increasing its border security following unprecedented waves of refugees and an increasing number of terrorist attacks.

To apply for an ETIAS when the system is unveiled, travelers will be required to fill in an online application form. The system will require personal information from all applicants. Once the application is completed a fee will need to be paid by all over eighteen’s, under eighteen’s ETIAS are free. Applicants will then need to wait up to ninety-six hours before they will know if their application has been successful. Successful applicants will automatically have the ETIAS electronically attached to their passport. Unsuccessful applicants may need to submit further information.

Iceland is a dream destination for many people and for many people it is just one stop on a multi-destination vacation. Providing all of the other destinations are part of the Schengen area, your ETIAS will cover all travel.

About Iceland

Iceland, officially known as the Republic of Iceland is a Nordic Island nation in the North Atlantic between Europe and North America.
With an area of 103,000kms, it has a population of 348,580 people, making it the most sparsely populated country in Europe.
The closest bodies of land in Europe are the Faroe Islands.

The primary language is Icelandic which is one of the North Germanic languages.
The major religion is Christianity. The currency in Iceland is the Krona.
The capital and largest city is Reykjavik.

Iceland is not a member of the E.U. but is a member of the Schengen Area. All countries within the Schengen zone have the same rules regarding travelers entry, once the ETIAS comes into effect, Iceland will also be a part of that system.

Iceland is famous for its active volcanoes, icefields, and hot springs and geysers.
Lava fields cover a large part of the land and hot water, used for much of the country’s heating, is pumped from under the ground.

The whale watching capital of Iceland is the village of Húsavík, overlooking stunning Skjálfandi Bay. Over the summer months, boats sail hourly.
For bird watchers, keen to see puffins, razorbills and other seabirds, Látrabjarg Peninsula in the Westfjords is one of the largest bird cliffs in Europe.

Iceland at a glance

Capital: Reykjavik

Area: 103,000 KM2

Population: 308,910

Timezone: UTC/GMT +0 hours

Currency: Krona (ISK)

Calling Code: +354

Languages: Icelandic, English, Nordic languages, German

Travel in Iceland

Contrary to the what the name may make you think, only 10% of Iceland is covered by glaciers. Volcanic activity keeps the country warm, and the climate is mild.
Iceland produces almost all of its own energy. Some 70% comes from hydroelectricity and 20% from geothermal sources.

There are 15 hydroelectric power stations on the island, three use water from the River Sóg to provide electricity in the immediate area. One of these power stations, Ljósafoss, is open to interested visitors. Built in 1937, you can see the original turbines and take a tour of the museum.

The Golden Circle, the most popular tourist attraction after Reykjavik, comprising three sites, Þingvellir, Geysir and Gullfoss. Visitors are encouraged to venture into the wilderness for quiet hiking routes.
The silica filled Blue Lagoon is another favorite destination.

For animal spotting the easiest to see are sheep. The first settlers of Iceland brought sheep to the island and sheep now outnumber people.
Icelandic horses are another common site, and opportunities exist for visitors to go on guided rides.
Reindeer, of which there is a herd of about 600 running wild, are only found in North Iceland.

The US and Iceland

The U.S. and Iceland are allies. They share many common interests and objectives, such as a respect for human rights, arms control, economic development, and the fight against narcotics, human trafficking and the fight against terrorism.

Iceland and the U.S belong to the same following organizations

  • The United Nations
  • NATO
  • The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe
  • Arctic Council
  • Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
  • International Monetary Fund
  • World Bank
  • World Trade Organization

Direct flight times from the U.S. to Reykjavik, are just under six hours, one stop flights may be closer to nine hours, although the duration of stopovers is a determining factor.
Iceland experienced a financial crisis in 2008 and, thanks in large part to the tourist industry, is slowly regaining its financial footing.

Iceland is famous for some rather unusual food. Whale meat is served in restaurants that cater to tourists and in some establishments smoked Puffin is served, despite the IUCN classing puffins as endangered.

Other dishes include hrútspungar (pickled ram’s testicles), hákarl (putrefied shark cubes), Lundabaggi (Sheep’s fat) and Sviðasulta(brawn [head cheese] made from svið)

When the ETIAS comes into effect, travelers from the U.S. will no longer be able to travel in the Schengen zone without pre-authorization.

Applying for an ETIAS will take minutes, with the scheme guaranteeing safer travel for nationals and visitors alike to Europe.

List of US diplomatic offices in Iceland

The Embassy of USA in Reykjavík, Iceland

Address: Laufásvegur 21 101 Reykjavík
Phone: (354) 595 2200
Facts: Jill Esposito – Ambassador

List of Icelandic diplomatic offices in USA

The Embassy of Iceland in Washington, USA

Address: House of Sweden, 2900 K Street N.W. #509 Washington DC 20007-1704
Phone: +1 (202) 265 6653
Fax: +1 (202) 265 6656
Facts: Geir H. Haarde – Ambassador

Consulate of Iceland in New York, USA

Address: 800 Third Avenue, 36th floor New York, NY 10022
Phone: 1 6462829360
Email: [email protected]

Consulate of Iceland in Los Angeles, USA

Address: 7420 W. 85th Street Los Angeles, CA 90045
Phone: 1 (310) 641 7444
Email: [email protected]

Consulate of Iceland in Miami, USA

Address: 2661 NE 22nd Street Pompano Beach, FL 33062
Phone: 1 (954) 788 2450
Email: [email protected]

Consulate of Iceland in Chicago, USA

Address: c/o KarenZupko & Associates, Inc. 625 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 525 Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: 1 (312) 642 5616
Email: [email protected]

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