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Iceland customs regulations

It is important to know about customs regulations before traveling to Iceland to avoid legal issues and potential fines. As you know, customs regulations widely depend on the country. Before traveling to (or from) Iceland make sure to check the allowance and limits for the next things:

  • Alcohol and tobacco
  • Currency
  • Medicines (especially those containing drugs)
  • Animals
  • Cultural artifacts
  • Plants, fruits, vegetables and other agricultural products

Check the information below to be sure that you are complying with Iceland customs regulations.

Import regulations in Iceland

Duty-free allowance

Bringing alcohol

Restricted to travellers 20 years and over. One of the following combinations:

  • 1 litre of spirits, 0.75 litre of wine and 3 litres of beer;
  • 3 litres of wine and 6 litres of beer;
  • 1 litre of spirits and 6 litres of beer;
  • 1.5 litres of wine and 2 litres of beer;
  • or 18 litres of beer.

Tobacco limit

Restricted to travellers 18 years and over. One of the following:

  • 200 cigarettes;
  • or 250 grams other tobacco.

Cash limit

  • Any amount up to €10,000 (or foreign equivalent) can be freely imported or exported. Travellers must report anything over this amount to customs when they arrive or leave.

Other goods

  • Gifts up to 13,500kr in value. Gifts for special occasions, such as weddings and anniversaries, may have a higher value than 13,500kr.
  • Up to 3kg of food not exceeding 25,000kr in value.
  • 100 days' worth of medication for personal use may be imported; however a prescription may be requested.

Prohibited items

The following are goods which cannot be brought into the country.

  • Narcotics and dangerous drugs.
  • Uncooked and dry meats, such as salami and uncooked poultry.
  • Uncooked eggs and dairy products.
  • The following weapons: daggers with blades exceeding 12cm, switchblades, flick stilettos, knuckledusters, various truncheons, crossbows, and handcuffs.
  • Finely powdered snuff and moist snuff to be used orally.
  • Used horse riding gear, including saddles, halters, bridles, and whips of leather.
  • Hazardous or toxic substances.

Restricted items

These goods are strictly regulated, and in most cases require a permit to be obtained prior to arrival.

  • Angling gear and riding clothes may only be brought into Iceland if it is accompanied by a certificate of disinfection issued by an authorised veterinary officer.
  • Firearms and ammunition may only be imported with a permit from the police authorities. Travellers from Europe staying less than three months do not need this permit if they only intend to engage in hunting or practice sports shooting.
  • The import of live animals requires a permit from the Icelandic Food and Veterinary Authority.
  • Travellers may bring a bunch of flowers up to 25 plants, 2kg of bulbs, tubes, and roots from Europe in unbroken packaging, and up to 3 pot-plants from Europe. Any further amount will require a phytosanitary certificate issued by the relevant authorities in country of origin, endorsed by the Icelandic Food and Veterinary Authority.

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