The importance of tourism for Iceland has been increasing over the years, with the tourism industry contributing almost 8.6% of the total GDP of this unique island nation in 2017, according to an article on Statistics Iceland. There are myriad reasons to travel to this magical land, such as witnessing the dancing northern lights on a cold winter’s night or taking a bath in the age-defying waters of the Blue Lagoon.
To travel to this unique nation, you first need to apply for an Icelandic Schengen visa. A Schengen visa allows you to travel to all the countries bound by the Schengen agreement for a period of up to 90 days. To apply for an Icelandic Schengen visa, you need to fill the Schengen Visa Application Form.
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Iceland Visa Fee
After submitting the application form, along with all the necessary documents, you have to pay a visa processing fee. The visa fee is non-refundable and the amount depends on your age, nationality and nature of stay in Iceland. This fee can be paid in cash, via credit/debit card at the Icelandic embassy in your home country. However, not all embassies accept credit cards, so check with the embassy before attempting payment.
Here’s a look at the different visa fee amounts:
|Fee in EUR
|Children between the age of 6 to 12 years
|Children below 6 years of age
|Nationals from Georgia, Kosovo, Russia, and Ukraine
Who is Exempt from Paying Iceland Visa Fee?
The visa is waived for the following categories of travelers:
- Children below the age of six years.
- Holders of diplomatic or service passports, traveling for official purposes.
- Spouse or children of a citizen of an EU nation. The spouse or child should be traveling with the EU citizen and needs to prove sufficient financial means.
- Students and accompanying teachers, traveling to Iceland for educational training or a school trip.
- Representatives of non-profit organizations, traveling for the purposes of attending a sports, cultural or educational event. The representatives must be less than 25 years of age.
- Researchers traveling to Iceland for the purposes of conducting scientific research or study.
What to Do After Paying Visa Fee for Iceland Visa?
After you have submitted the documents and paid the appropriate visa fee, you need to schedule an appointment for your visa interview at the Icelandic embassy in your home country. The interview is meant to not just verify the information provided but also check your eligibility for traveling to Iceland, and whether you pose any threat to the nation. During the visa interview, you will be asked a variety of questions regarding your personal details, occupation and details of your visit to Iceland. The interview is generally 10-15 minutes long.
What if the Visa Application is Rejected?
In case your visa application is rejected, it is important to go through the reasons mentioned for the rejection, before reapplying. If you feel your application has been wrongly rejected, you can appeal against it.