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Transit Visa

General Information for Transit Visa (C1) Applicants

If you are an Icelandic citizen and have an approved ESTA, you generally do not require a visa to travel to the U.S. for transit purposes unless you have a negative criminal, medical or immigration history. For additional information go to the Visa Waiver page.

The "C1" Transit Visa is a non-immigrant visa for persons desiring to enter the United States temporarily, while transiting through the Unites States to another country.  Persons planning to travel to the U.S. for a different purpose such as tourism, students, temporary workers, crewmen, journalists, etc., must apply for a different visa in the appropriate category.


Transit Visa (C1) Checklist

  • Each applicant above the age of 14 must have his or her own appointment.
  • All applicants must present the following documents at their scheduled interview time. If you are missing required documentation it could delay processing of your visa application.
  1. Valid Passport: Your current passport is required and must have 6 months validity remaining.   You must also bring any old passports that contain valid or expired U.S. visas.
  2. One Photograph:  Color photo for each applicant, less than six months old, 5x5cm, against a white background, where you are facing the camera directly.  The face should be 25 to 35 mm from top of head to chin. The Embassy will reject any photographs that do not meet the specified requirements. Please note that Icelandic style passport photos, 4.5x3.5cm, are not accepted.  More details on visa photo requirements can be found here.   
  3. $160 Application Fee:   Payable in cash only with U.S. dollars or Icelandic kronur. Credit cards and debit cards are not accepted for this fee.  
  4. DS-160 Application Form:  Each applicant needs his or her own DS-160, including minor children.  This form can only be completed online. Once the form is completed you must print the confirmation page and bring it with you to your visa appointment.  Press this link for DS-160 Non-immigrant visa electronic application.  Allow yourself 45 to 60 minutes to complete the form.  Detailed instructions and frequently asked questions about the DS-160 application form can be found here
  5. Envelope: If you prefer to have your passport and visa returned to you by mail please include a self addressed pre-stamped envelope.  We will mail your passport to you when we have finished processing your visa. 
  6. Court and Police Records: Persons who have been arrested or convicted of any offense or crime must provide an original police record, copies of court records and any prison records, even if you are the subject of a pardon, amnesty, or other act of clemency.  These records must be submitted in English.  NOTE! If you have not been arrested you do not need to submit any of these records. 
  7. Children: Original or certified copy of birth certificates of any minor children applying.   
  8. Proof of Finances: A current bank statement or other evidence to show that you have sufficient funds to cover the costs of the trip.  If someone else will be financing your trip, that person should provide proof of their ability to finance your trip.
  9. After you have completed your DS-160 application and gathered all required documents it is time to BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT.  You must schedule your appointment online.  You need your passport and confirmation page from the DS-160 application form in front of you while you complete the online booking form. 


At the Interview

Please show up 5 minutes in advance of your scheduled interview to allow yourself time to get through security.  Phones and other electronic equipment are not allowed into the Embassy.  The entire interview process generally takes between 20 and 40 minutes.  You are welcome to bring reading material with you to pass the time while you wait for your interview with the Consular Officer.

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