Iceland: Remote Work Visa Introduced for Qualified Foreign Nationals

November 9, 2020 Lucy Halse

Key Points

  • A remote work visa is available for certain foreign nationals to legally work in Iceland
  • The remote visa allows foreign nationals to work in Iceland for six months
  • The visa bypasses typical residency requirements, such as an Icelandic identification number
  • The visa is available for visa-exempt foreign nationals
  • Proof of health insurance and minimum monthly salary is required
  • Visa applications and supporting documents must be delivered in person

Overview

A remote work visa is now available for eligible foreign nationals. The remote visa allows visa-exempt foreign nationals who are employed by foreign companies to work remotely in Iceland for six months.

What are the Changes?

The new remote visa allows eligible travelers to enter Iceland with a long-term visa while bypassing many of the usual requirements for residency, such as obtaining an Icelandic identification number. The visa also offers a legal pathway for remote work.

What are the Requirements?

The remote visa is available to visa-exempt foreign nationals. Additionally, applicants must confirm employment with an employer outside of Iceland. They must have proof of health insurance coverage during their stay in Iceland, and they must have a minimum monthly income of ISK 1,000,000 (ISK 1,300,000 for those with dependents).

What Should Employers and Applicants Know?

Applicants must submit the original application and supporting documents to the Immigration Directorate in person. The documents can be submitted by courier or through a representative.


Content in this publication is not intended as legal advice, nor should it be relied on as such. For additional information on the issues discussed, consult an Envoy-affiliated attorney or another qualified professional.

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