Iceland Digital Nomad Visa – How to apply?

Iceland Digital Nomad Visa

The world of work is changing rapidly. In October 2020, Iceland launched its long-term remote work visa for those who have flexibility and location independence with their work. Experience more of Iceland with a stay of up to 180 days.

Iceland joins other countries such as Croatia, Estonia, and Portugal in welcoming digital nomads with special visas.

The Work in Iceland program used to allow remote workers to stay for 90 days, but due to the successful launch of the program, it has now been extended to 180 days.

The benefits of this visa program apply to any foreign national who does not require a vis to enter Iceland.

Applicants must comply with the health insurance requirements and must be permanently employed by foreign companies.

How to apply for the digital nomad residence permit in Iceland?


What is Iceland digital nomad visa?

The Iceland Digital Nomad Visa is a work and residence permit that allows the applicant to live legally for 180 days while working remotely.


Who can apply for the Iceland Digital Visa?

  • Non – EU citizen
  • Work for a non – Icelandic company
  • Monthly income of at least 1.000.000 ISK (7.600 USD approx).


How long is the Digital Nomad Visa valid for?

The Nomad Visa is granted for up to six months (possibly even less) and it cannot be extended.


What are the requirements to apply for a visa in Iceland?

A long-term remote work visa can be issued if:

  • The applicant is from a country outside the EU/EEA/EFTA.
  • The applicant does not need a visa to travel to Iceland.
  • The applicant has not received a long-stay visa in the last 12 months from Iceland.
  • The purpose of the stay is to work remotely from Iceland for a foreign company.
  • The applicant can prove that their monthly income is equivalent to 1.000.000 ISK (7.600 USD), or 1.300.000 (9,900 USD) if applying for an accompanying spouse, common-law partner, and children under 18 years of age.
  • Applicants must be employed by foreign companies and must be covered by health insurance during their stay.


How to apply for the Digital Nomad Visa for Iceland?

Step 1: Pay the processing fee

Before starting the application process is necessary to pay the processing fee of 12.200 ISK (93 USD).


Step 2: Gather the required documentation

The required documentation is:

• Payment receipt. 

• Passport size photo. 

• Copies of passport. 

• Confirmation of health insurance. 

• Documents confirming the purpose of stay in Iceland. 

• Documents confirming applicant’s income.

• Documents confirming family relations, if applying as a family member. 

• Education documents, if applying as a child.

• If necessary, the Directorate of Immigration may ask for a criminal record check. 


Step 3: Complete the application form and send it.

The next step is filling out the Application form L-802.

The applicant must send a copy of the corresponding documents with their application (passport, proof of work, and income). All the documentation must be in English.


Step 4: Wait for the approval.

If the applicant fulfills all the conditions for the granting of a long-term visa for remote work, they will be notified by the Directorate of Immigration. 

The Icelandic Directorate of Immigration will contact the applicant by email after approval, or if documents are missing or more information is required.


What is the cost of the visa?

The application fee for processing the visa is 12.200 ISDK (Approximately 93 USD).


What are the benefits of the Iceland Digital Nomad Visa?

Iceland is a land of stunning natural scenery, with ice-capped volcanoes and glaciers. It has warm people, strong cultural life, and a literary heritage and is also a great place to see the Northern Lights.

If you are thinking of spending a season working outside your country, Iceland can be a lovely place to get to know and live for a couple of months.


Where do Expats live in Iceland?

  • Reykjavik
  • Seyðisfjörður
  • Hafnarfjörður

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