If you are an Icelandic citizen and have an approved Electronic System for Travel Authorization, better known as ESTA, you do not require a visa to travel to the U.S. for holiday and business trips of 90 days or less.
If the purpose of your travel to the United States is to study, work, perform or if you plan to stay in the United States for longer than 90 days, then you must apply for a visa.
The Visa Process
YOU SHOULD NOT BUY NON-REFUNDABLE PLANE TICKETS UNTIL YOU HAVE RECEIVED YOUR VISA. PROCESSING DELAYS OCCASIONALLY OCCUR AND THE EMBASSY CANNOT GUARANTEE NEXT DAY VISA ISSUANCE.
Please note that our waiting room is very small and only contains four chairs. If you are applying for a non-immigrant visa for a child under 14 years old, or a relative over the age of 80, the person will need an appointment, but does not need to come to the Embassy.
First, determine the type of visa you are applying for. Different categories of visa are described on the left hand side of this page, and you can link from there to detailed instructions on how to apply each.
Note: Please plan ahead and schedule your visa appointment well in advance of your intended date of travel.
If you are not an Icelandic Citizen
Applications from Third Country Nationals: Third Country Nationals who neither work nor have permanent residence status is Iceland should be aware that it may not be possible to qualify for a non-immigrant visa here, as it is difficult for us to assess your permanent ties to your home country. In such cases, you may wish to consider submitting your application in your home country or at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate with responsibility for processing applications from your home country.
Visa Reciprocity Fees
Applicants from certain countries that charge U.S. citizens special fees for visas may be required to pay an additional visa issuance/reciprocity fee. Please note that this issuance fee, unlike the processing fee, is not to be paid in advance. If you qualify for the visa, you will be asked to pay the visa reciprocity fee to the Consular Cashier after your interview. Applicants may consult the U.S. Department of State's Visa Reciprocity Fee table for more information..There is no reciprocity fee for Icelandic passport holders.
YOU SHOULD NOT BUY NON-REFUNDABLE PLANE TICKETS UNTIL YOU HAVE RECEIVED YOUR VISA. PROCESSING DELAYS OCCASIONALLY OCCUR AND THE EMBASSY CANNOT GUARANTEE NEXT DAY ISSUANCE.
Inquiries regarding the visa process and requests for expedited appointment scheduling can be directed to ReykjavikConsular@state.gov. Expedited appointments are generally reserved for student applicants, tourists with urgent humanitarian need to travel (for example, urgent medical or bereavement travel), and business travelers with imminent commitments in the United States.