All citizens of Iceland need a valid visa in order to enter Australia.
Fortunately, all Schengen member states, including Iceland, are eligible for the Australian eVisitor visa, one of the easiest and fastest Australian permits to obtain. The eVisitor visa was first launched in 2008 and can be requested online from anywhere in the world. The application only takes minutes.
Do Icelandic citizens need a visa for Australia?
At the moment, only New Zealand passport holders can cross the border visa-free. This means that Icelandic citizens need a visa in order to be allowed into Australia.
Australia does not grant visas on arrival meaning that all visitors must apply for and obtain their travel permit prior to departure.
Those travelling for tourism or business purposes are advised to apply for an eVisitor visa. This is the quickest visa to obtain available to Iceland passport holders.
The visa has an overall validity of 1 year however, it’s intended for short-term stays of up to 3 months at a time. The visa cannot be extended beyond its expiration date.
Each individual visitor must apply for their visa separately. However, minors on their parents’ passport are exempt from having to obtain a visa and can travel on their parent’s passport and permit.
The eVisitor visa does not allow its holder to undertake paid work or study in Australia for longer than 3 months. Those who wish to study for longer or work while in Australia should apply for the appropriate visa type. If in doubt about their eligibility or the type of visa they should request, Icelandic nationals should refer to their nearest Australian embassy or consulate.
How long does it take to get a visa for Australia from Iceland?
Processing times can vary depending on the type of visa the Icelandic applicant is requesting. As a rule of thumb, short-term visas that require minimum supporting documentation are processed quicker than long-term permits like work visas or residencies.
The eVisitor visa is by far the Australian travel authorisation with the shortest processing time. Most applications are reviewed and approved by the Australian authorities within 24 hours.
However, Icelanders are encouraged to apply at least 2 weeks before leaving their home country in case there is a mistake in the application and delays occur.
How to apply for an Australian visa from Iceland
The eVisitor visa online application for Icelandic citizens is very straightforward. Travellers can complete it from the comfort of their home or office as long as they have access to a reliable internet connection.
In order to complete the application, travellers must:
- Fill out the online application form as accurately as possible in all of its parts
- Upload copies of the relevant supporting documents such as a valid Icelandic passport (with at least 3 months validity after the intended date of arrival)
- Provide a current email address to receive notifications regarding the status of their application
- Pay the application fee via credit or debit card
After submitting their completed application and paying the processing fee, Icelandic nationals can expect to receive their granted eVisitor visa via email.
Further visa requirements may apply to foreigners and include:
Not all the above documents will be necessary for everyone. This may be decided on a case-by-case basis.
How to fill out the eVisitor visa application form for Australia
The online questionnaire is pretty easy to understand and everyone should be able to complete it independently. However, Icelandic travellers can help their family members fill out their application as long as they provide the personal, contact, and travel information of the person they are helping.
Questions appearing on the form may cover:
- The full name and date of birth of the applicant
- Their physical and email address
- Passport information (number, place and date of issue, expiration date)
- Travel plans
- Criminal and immigration history
It’s important that Icelandic travellers answer all questions as honestly and thoroughly as possible. Inaccurate or incomplete information may result in the visa being delayed or even denied.