Visa and health insurance information
Whether you will need to apply for a visa to come to Iceland, depends on
your citizenship and the length of your intended stay. It is very
important that you read the following information carefully to
understand what, if any, actions you must take before entering Iceland
for your studies. The International Office provides information and assistance with applying for visas if you have any questions.
For stays of less than six months:
Citizens of EEA countries and Switzerland
intending to stay for less than three months do no not a residence permit. You can choose to register with the
national registry if you would like to receive a social security number
You may want to do this if:
- You would like to open an Icelandic bank account
- You plan to work in Iceland.
The International Office will assist you with applying for a social security number once you have arrived in Iceland if you need one.
For stays of more than six months:
Students who are planning to stay longer
than six months will have to apply for an extension of residence during their
stay in the country. During the
orientation day you will be given guidance on registering and receiving you KT
and how to apply for an extension. Please remember to bring your passport with
you on the orientation day. EU and EEA citizens do not need special work permit, only residence permit.
Students from EU/EEA countries should bring the European Health Insurance card with them. This must be presented on any visits to health care facilities and will allow you to receive access to health care at the same cost as Icelanders.
Non EU/EEA citizens
For stays of less than three months:
Some nationals from outside the EU and EEA, are exempt from the obligation to carry a visa on arrival in Iceland for a stay of up to three months. (please note this length of stay includes an other time spent in Schengen countries in the last six months).
- Please see the Directorate of Immigration website for a list of those who do not need a visa, for travel up to three months.
- For a list of those who require a travel visa for stays in Iceland, of less than three months, please see the Directorate of Immigration website.
For information on how to apply please click here.
Health insurance: Please ensure you take sufficient private health insurance for the duration of your stay.
For stays of three months and longer:
The University has produced a Student Visa guidance book, to guide students through the student residence permit application.
A person who is not insured in Iceland, or other EEA states must
obtain medical assistance before arriving in Iceland. Further information regarding health insurance can be found in the visa guidance book.