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Iceland uses 230V, 50Hz with sockets and plugs Type C and Type F.
The languages that are typically spoken are Icelandic
Iceland uses the Icelandic króna (symbol: kr), code ISK.Banknotes come in denominations of 10000, 5000, 2000, 1000 and 500 krónur. Króna is subdivided into 100 eyrirs. Coins come in denominations of 100, 50, 10, 5 and 1 krónur.
Automatic teller machines are very common in Iceland. You can find them in both large & small cities, tourist areas etc.You do not need a chip & PIN card to use an ATM — your standard magnetic card will work fine.
Internet speed in Iceland is on average 15.4 Mbps. WiFi coverage in Iceland is very high. Most hotels, hostels, cafes, restaurants and bars have it.
You can buy a SIM card for about 1,183.92 ISK, which includes 1 GB of data plan. You can choose from 3 telecoms: Nova, Siminn or Vodafone. Iceland uses GSM mobile networks GSM 900 and GSM 1800. If you don't want to buy SIM card in Iceland upon arrival, make sure to check the roaming charges with your telecom provider before your departure so there are no surprises when you return home.
To call Iceland, dial +, then 354 (the country code for Iceland), then the area code and the local number. For local calls within Iceland, start with the area code. In the case above area code is 5 .
In Iceland you drive on the right side. Most cars have manual transmission (stick). Unless otherwise posted, the speed limits for cars and motorcycles are as follows: 50 km/h (31 mph) in all built-up areas, 90 km/h (55 mph) on undivided highways, 90 km/h (55 mph) on motorways and 90 km/h (55 mph) on expressways. Right turn on red lights is strictly forbidden unless an additional green semaphore arrow allows it. It is illegal to drive with blood alcohol content higher than 0.05%.
Import and export information
Birds, eggs, and nests require an exemption from theMinistry for the Environment.
The export of animals and animal products is regulated by theIcelandic Food and Veterinary Authority.
Plants may require a phytosanitary certificate.
Firearms, weapons, ammunition, explosives, and fireworks require an export permit fromThe Icelandic Police.
Protected species and products protected under CITES. A permit is required for export.
Objects of historical or archaeological interest may require a licence for export. For further information, please visit Icelandic Museum of Natural History.
Antiques may require an export licence fromThe Cultural Heritage Agency of Iceland.
Tobacco:200 cigarettes; or
Tobacco:250 grams other tobacco.
Alcohol:Any amount up to €10,000 (or foreign equivalent) can be freely imported or exported. Travellers must report anything over this amount to customs when they arrive or leave. For further information on this recommendation, please visitCash declaration.
Currency:Any amount up to €10,000 (or foreign equivalent) can be freely imported or exported. Travellers must report anything over this amount to customs when they arrive or leave. For further information on this recommendation, please visitCash declaration.
Other items:Gifts up to 13,500kr in value. Gifts for special occasions, such as weddings and anniversaries, may have a higher value than 13,500kr.
Other items:Up to 3kg of food not exceeding 25,000kr in value.
Other items:100 days' worth of medication for personal use may be imported; however a prescription may be requested.
Narcotics and dangerous drugs.
Uncooked and dry meats, such as salami and uncooked poultry.
Uncooked eggs and dairy products.
The following weapons: daggers with blades exceeding 12cm, switchblades, flick stilettos, knuckledusters, various truncheons, crossbows, and handcuffs.
Finely powdered snuff and moist snuff to be used orally.
Used horse riding gear, including saddles, halters, bridles, and whips of leather.
Hazardous or toxic substances.
Angling gear and riding clothes may only be brought into Iceland if it is accompanied by a certificate of disinfection issued by an authorised veterinary officer.
Firearms and ammunition may only be imported with a permit from the police authorities. Travellers from Europe staying less than three months do not need this permit if they only intend to engage in hunting or practice sports shooting. For further information, please visitThe Icelandic Police.
Various telephone and communications equipment is subject to a permit from the Post and Telecom Administration.
The import of live animals requires a permit from theIcelandic Food and Veterinary Authority.
Travellers may bring a bunch of flowers up to 25 plants, 2kg of bulbs, tubes, and roots from Europe in unbroken packaging, and up to 3 pot-plants from Europe. Any further amount will require a phytosanitary certificate issued by the relevant authorities in country of origin, endorsed by theIcelandic Food and Veterinary Authority.
It is recommended that travellers are up to date on routine vaccinations including measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus (DPT), varicella (chickenpox), polio, and yearly flu shots.
As hepatitis A outbreaks occur throughout the world and sometimes in countries with a low risk for hepatitis A, travellers should consult with their doctor prior to travel to see if the hepatitis A vaccine is necessary.
A hepatitis B vaccination is recommended for those who may have sexual contact with a new partner, who may get a tattoo or piercing, or have any medical procedures.
A rabies vaccination is recommended for those planning an outdoor holiday, for wildlife professionals and researchers, or for those who may come into contact with bats.