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Long-term visa for remote workers

The world of work is changing fast. In October 2020, Iceland rolled out its long-term remote work visa for those who have flexibility and location independence with their work. Experience more of Iceland with a stay of up to 180 days! 

What are the conditions for the issuance of a long-term visa for remote work?

A long-term visa for remote work can be issued if:

  • The applicant is from a country outside the EU/EEA/EFTA.
  • The applicant does not need a visa to travel to Iceland.
  • The applicant has not been issued a long-term visa in the last 12 months by Icelandic authorities.
  • The purpose of the stay is to work remotely from Iceland for a foreign company.
  • The applicant does not intend to reside in Iceland for the long term.
  • The applicant can show their monthly income is equivalent to 1,000,000 ISK, or 1,300,000 ISK if applying for an accompanying spouse, cohabiting partner, and children under the age of 18. See the Central Bank of Iceland website for currency exchange rates.

Applicants must be permanently employed by foreign companies and meet additional health insurance requirements during their stay. 

Please see Iceland's COVID.is website for the most current regulations regarding entry into Iceland during the COIVD-19 pandemic. Restrictions are subject to change!

How do I apply? 

For all the details on the application process, forms, and requirements please see the Directorate of Immigration's remote work long-term visa page.  

For the answers to many of the most common questions, please check out our FAQ.

You will need to fill out the application form L-802 and gather all the required supporting documents.

A copy of applicable certificates must be submitted with your application(s). However, if necessary, the Directorate of Immigration may request originals and/or legal authentication, see information on document requirements. Translated versions are required of foreign certificates issued in languages other than English or a Scandinavian language. Such translated versions shall be submitted in the original format and must be prepared by authorized translators.

Applicants must pay the processing fee before submitting their application and send it in paper form by regular mail to the Directorate of Immigration or deliver it to the drop box in the Directorate's lobby. Applicants can also submit their applications at the offices of District Commissioners outside the capital area. 

The Directorate will contact the applicant by email upon approval if documents are missing or further information is required.