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Long-term visa for remote workers

The world of work is changing fast. Iceland has just rolled out its long-term visa for those with flexibility and location independence with their work. Experience more of Iceland with a stay of up to 180 days! 

What are the conditions for issuing 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.
  • You can be issued a long-term visa for remote work if you do not need a visa to enter the Schengen area.
  • Icelandic authorities have not issued the applicant a long-term visa in the last 12 months.
  • 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 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. 

How do I apply? 

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

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

You must complete the application form L-802 and gather all the required supporting documents.

A copy of the applicable certificates must be submitted with your application(s). However, the Directorate of Immigration may request originals and legal authentication if necessary. See Supporting documents for remote workers on this page. 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, Dalvegur 18, 201 Kópavogur, Iceland 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 require further information.

Coworking spaces

How, when, and where we work has changed dramatically over the past decade. Iceland's communications and technology infrastructure is top-notch. Practically wherever you are in the country, fiber-optic connections and 5G networks are widespread. Digital nomads can set up shop almost anywhere they want in the country. Here is a list of offices and coworking spaces available:

Westfjords: Ísafjörður, Thingeyri, Flateyri (Icelandic only)