International Shipping and Removal to Iceland



Many companies are providing door to door shipping and removal services to Iceland. Most expats find this method convenient because they will take care of the whole moving process of your belongings. The average shipping time usually takes 3-7 business days, depending on your country of origin. Most containers arrive in the Port of Reykjavik where customs officers are going to conduct an inspection of the cargos.

All animals entering Icelandic territory are subject to quarantine for 4 weeks. You should secure several documents for customs purposes like the updated Pet Passport (dogs, cats and ferrets from EU states), a copy of their Rabies Certificate and the Veterinary Health Certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian from your originating country. You can read more about Iceland’s pet relocation policies here.

You need to be a resident of Iceland for at least one year before you can import your vehicle. The government will also prohibit you to sell or loan it once it enters the country. There are some important points that you should know when importing a car. First, you need to show your visa and passport to customs as early as the planning period, and you have to be present once it arrives in the port. You also need to secure important documents like:

  • Iceland Driver’s License
  • License from your originating country
  • Title and Registration of the car
  • International Car Insurance
  • Work Permit
  • Passport
  • Residence Visa (issued by the Directorate of Immigration)
  • Freight Invoice

Many things will make you fall in love with Iceland aside from its harmonious mixture of fire and ice. It is one of those countries where you can work, relax and live life to the fullest all at the same time.



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