Raid Iceland 2008 - Douane -
Duty free imports
Travel gear and other luggage
Travellers 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.
Travellers may import duty-free up to 3 kg
of food, not exceeding the value of ISK
Alcoholic beverages and tobaccos
In addition to goods referred to above,
travellers can import duty-free alcoholic
beverages and tobacco products as follows:
1 litre spirits and 1 litre wine or
1 litre spirits and 6 litres beer or
1 litre wines and 6 litres beer or
2,25 litres wines
Spirits comprise alcoholic beverages
having 22% alcoholic content or more; wines
comprise alcoholic beverages, other than
beer, having less alcohol content.
200 cigarettes or 250 g of other
The minimum age for bringing alcoholic
beverages into Iceland is 20 years and 18
years for tobaccos.
Import restrictions and prohibitions
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
Telephones and other communications
The importation of various types of
telephonic and communications equipment is
subject to a permit from the Post and
Telecom Administration. Equipment requiring
such permit includes cordless phones, remote
control devices for toys and radio
transmitters and receivers not intended for
regular broadcasting reception. However, a
permit is not required if a traveller
imports one GSM mobile phone.
Angling gear, riding gear and riding
Angling gear, riding gear and riding
clothing which has been used outside Iceland,
including gloves, boots and waders, may be
brought into the country if it has been
disinfected according to valid regulations.
A certificate of disinfection, issued by an
authorized veterinary officer, will be
acceptable, if presented to customs. If such
a certificate is not presented, the gear has
to be disinfected at the possessors' own
cost on arrival.
Firearms and Ammunition
For firearms and ammunition, which a
traveller brings in for own use, a permit is
required from the police authorities.
Live animals may be imported only with a
permit from the Ministry of Agriculture.
Travelers may import conventional medicines
suitable for personal needs during their
stay in Iceland. There is a criterion: the
medicines may not exceed 100 days
consumption. Customs officers can request a
doctor΄s certificate if appropriate.
Flowers and other plants
A phytosanitary certificate issued by the
relevant authorities in the country of
cultivation, endorsed by the Icelandic
Agricultural Research Institute, is
generally required. Without a certificate a
traveler may bring along a bunch of flowers
(up to 25 plants), bulbs, tubers and
tuberous roots from Europe in unbroken
packaging (up to 2 kg) and pot-plants from
Europe (up to 3 pcs).
Among articles which are prohibited from
importation are the following types of
Narcotics and dangerous drugs.
Uncooked meat and various meat products,
e.g. dried meat, uncooked smoked ham, bacon,
saddle of pork, smoked uncooked sausages (e.g.
salami), uncooked poultry etc.
Meat and meat products have to be fully
cooked in order to be allowed into the
Uncooked milk and uncooked eggs.
Various weapons, e.g. daggers with blades
exceeding 12 cm, switchblade knives and
flick stilettos, knuckles and various
truncheons, crossbows and handcuffs.
Finely powdered snuff.
Moist snuff to be used orally, also
available in bags.
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.
General conditions of duty-free admission
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
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 can not import duty free
or are subject to import restrictions or
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
The red channel is for those who have in
dutiable goods or
goods which are subject to import
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
Special regulations apply concerning the
temporary duty-free importation of motor
vehicles, cf. a special section for further
When entering Iceland a tourist may bring
with him an unlimited amount of domestic or
foreign currency which he has legally in his
possession. The same applies when leaving
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
protexts all stalactites and stalagmites in
caves throughout the country and it is
forbidden to break or damage these in any
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.