How to apply for a Iceland Visa from India ?
Do Indians need a visa to travel to Iceland?
Iceland is not a member of the European Union (EU) but is in the Schengen Area - meaning you will at least need a short-stay Schengen Iceland Visa to travel there.
How do I apply for an Iceland Visa from India?
You will first need to work out which Iceland Visa you need, depending on the purpose, length of your trip, and how many times you plan to visit. The standard Schengen Visa, for trips lasting up to 90 days, is a short-stay visa, with longer stays requiring a work, study or family reunion visa. Multiple-entry visas are also available if you plan on traveling to Iceland or other Schengen countries regularly.
You must apply for your visa no more than six months, and no fewer than 15 days, before your trip. Then you need to fill out your application, pay a fee of €80 for adults and €40 for minors, obtain all the documents you need for your Iceland Visa, and attend an interview at a consulate, embassy, or visa application center. Visa fees are waived for children under six years of age, and occasionally for those traveling to Iceland for study purposes, researchers, those working for charitable organizations, or those taking part in sporting or cultural events.
What documents do I need to apply for a short-stay Iceland Visa from India?
First of all, you need to download and complete a Schengen Visa application form.
You will also need two recently taken passport-style photos, an Indian passport or other travel documents that are no older than 10 years and are valid for at least three months after your departure date from Iceland, or the Schengen Area. Travel and medical insurance covering you up to costs of €30,000 is also required (available from AXA), as is evidence of legal residence in India (such as an ID card), a cover letter stating your itinerary and the purpose of your visit, as well as a flight itinerary and proof of accommodation during your stay, proof of your civil status, like a marriage certificate, and proof you have means of subsistence to support yourself.
According to Icelandic law, those applying for an Iceland Visa, must prove they have 4,000 Icelandic krona or €28.83 per day. You will also need to show you have 20,000 Icelandic krona or €144.13 each time you plan to enter Iceland.
What additional documents do I need to get an Iceland Visa to work or study?
Those planning to work or study in Iceland for fewer than 90 days need additional documents to obtain your visa. These include an employment contract, a current bank statement, a no-objection letter from your Indian employer, and an income tax return. The self-employed need an income tax return, and a company bank statement, as well as any licensing documentation. As a student, you will need proof of enrolment at an educational institution in Iceland, and, if applicable, a no-objection letter from your current Indian institution.
If you are planning to study in Iceland for more than 90 days, you will need to apply for a long-term study visa. While if you want to work in Iceland, you will need residence and work permits - and must have secured a job in Iceland and signed an employment contract. You must include your employment contract with your application.
Where do I apply for an Iceland Visa in India?
Officials in Iceland outsource visa applications to the company VFSGlobal, who deal with the initial applications before passing them to the embassy. You can apply online via the VFSGlobal website, and you will need to attend an interview at a VFSGlobal center, which are located in Mumbai, Pune, Puducherry, Chennai, Jalandhar, Jaipur, Hyderabad, Goa, New Delhi, Kochi, Chandigarh, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, and Bengaluru. Applications should take around 15 days but can take up to 30 days to process, especially during busy periods. However, in some cases, it may take up to 60 days - so apply as early as you can. Once you have made your application, you can track your application on the VFSGlobal website.
Why choose AXA Schengen insurance?
AXA’s Low Cost Travel Insurance costs only €0.99 ($1.11) per day of your trip, and will meet your visa requirements, while our AXA Schengen Europe Travel Insurance offers extended coverage up to costs of €100,000. Those seeking a multiple-entry visa can purchase our Multi Trip insurance from €298 per year, which again covers you for expenses up to €100,000.
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Frequently asked questions about Iceland Visas from India
What should I do if my Iceland Visa is refused?
If your visa is refused you have the right to appeal to the authorities in the Schengen member state where you applied.
Will I receive a refund if my Iceland Visa is refused?
No. The fee you pay for your visa covers the cost of processing - so it will not be refunded if your application is turned down.
Will my Iceland visa allow me to travel to countries in the European Union, even though it is outside of the EU?
Yes. Iceland is in the Schengen Area - even though it is not in the EU. This means you can travel to other states that fall within the Schengen Area after visiting Iceland.