Embassy of Iceland in Beijing processes Iceland Schengen Visa (short-stay visa) applications and Iceland Residence Permit (long-stay visa) applications.
Iceland at a glance
Iceland is a Nordic Island nation—resting at the edge of the Arctic Circle—characterized by its volcanoes, scenic landscape, geysers, lava fields and, hot springs. The country spans over an area of 103,000 kilometers-square. The sparsely populated country is inhabited by 358,780 people.
Due to active volcanoes, hot springs, fjords, and glaciers, Iceland is globally dubbed as the island of fire and ice. The seismic activity continues to shape the country’s landscape as not so long ago, a new Island called Surtsey emerged from the sea on the south coast. But the Nordic nation has turned this natural mayhem into a source of clean energy to run their homes and businesses. And because of usage of clean energy, Icelanders breathe absolutely fresh quality of air. Its unspoiled landscapes and rugged terrain entice hundreds of thousands of wanderlusts every year and the numbers continue to grow.
The tiny Nordic nation joined the Schengen bandwagon in 1996 by signing an agreement. However, the island annulled it later in 1999 only to sign a new one.
Therefore, to stay up to 90 days in Iceland, one needs to apply for Iceland Schengen Visa at the Embassy of Iceland in Beijing.
Jurisdiction of Embassy of Iceland in Beijing
The Embassy represents Iceland vis-a-vis China, as well as Mongolia, North Korea, South Korea, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam. The Embassy’s mission is to safeguard Icelandic interest and further develop good relations with the respective states.
Visa Application Process at Embassy of Iceland in Beijing
Below is your step-to-step absolute and updated guide [as of 7-11-2019] to get your hands on Iceland Schengen Visa:
Step 1: Official Version
To get a deep peep into the complex visa rules, one should visit the official website of the Iceland Embassy in Beijing. The government of Iceland updates the website every now and then to facilitate Schengen Visa aspirants.
In order to provide better services to its customers, the Embassy of Iceland has officially authorized VFS Global to run Iceland Visa application centers.
Step 2: Collect Mandatory and Supporting Visa Docs
Below is the list of all the supporting and mandatory visa docs for the Iceland Schengen Visa:
Application form: Fill the application with the utmost care and honestly. Avoid intentional or unintentional discrepancies.
Roundtrip flight reservation for visa application: For Iceland Schengen Visa or Iceland Short-Stay Visa, the applicant will attach a roundtrip flight reservation with his/her visa application. The document entails particulars about the proposed flight route, personal details, IATA codes accompanied by arrival and departure dates.
Buy an actual air ticket only when the visa is approved.
Travel Health Insurance for Schengen Visa application: A travel health insurance for Schengen Visa application providing financial coverage not less than EUR 30000 or USD 450000. It should be valid in the whole Schengen Area and should have validity during the whole course of the stay.
Hotel Bookings for Schengen Visa application: It is the evidence of accommodation for the whole trip in Iceland and (or) Schengen Area. It includes the name of hotels and their fax and telephone numbers as well as the duration of the stay in different hotels.
Travel Itinerary: A travel itinerary covering the whole stay in Iceland and (or) in the Schengen Area illustrating the planned dates and places of stay.
Photo: A passport photo, attached to Schengen Visa Application Form.
- In colour, 3 x 4 cm (approx. 1.2 x 1.6 inch)
- Facing forward, white background
Passport: A legal document with validity of at least 90 days after the intended date of return. The passport must have at least two blank pages to mark arrival and departure dates. A copy of the applicant’s passport identity page.
Copy of all pages with the content of the applicant’s Hukou (original to be shown).
Copy of the ID card (original to be shown).
Cover Letter: This document accompanies your visa application and briefly explains the key purpose of applying for Iceland Schengen Visa.
Means of subsistence for Iceland: As per instruction of the European Commission, the applicant is bound to attest to the Icelandic Consulate or Embassy that he possesses daily cash equivalent to 4,000 ISK or 28.83€.
On the other hand, the minimum cash required to enter the tiny Nordic state is 144.13€ or 20,000 ISK.
Proof of solvency: Documents showing that the applicant is financially able to support himself/herself during the course of his/her stay in the Schengen Area
- Evidence of solvency of the applicant’s company in case the company is covering the costs of living and travel;
- Evidence of the applicant’s solvency in case the applicant is personally covering the cost of his/her trip.
For minors (aging less than 18 years):
- Consent letter from the parents.
- In the case of divorced parents: Divorce certificate with proof of custody in the original.
- Notary certificate of family relation or proof of guardianship needs to be legalized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, one copy thereof.
- Student card and original letter of the school.
For retired persons
Proof of pension or evidence of other regular income.
For unemployed adults:
- If married: Evidence of employment stating the income of the spouse.
- If single/divorced/widow/widower: Any evidence illustrating sources of the income.
Documentation on former travels abroad (if any).
Visa fee: EUR 60 in accordance with the monthly exchange rate.
Step 3: Submit Application
After collecting all the aforementioned documents, submit them at the VFS Global or Embassy of Iceland in Beijing. Submit original ones with the photocopies.
Step 4: Appear for Interview
Appear for the interview on the scheduled date. Reach at least 30 minutes prior to interview timing at the Embassy of Iceland in Beijing. The visa officer might pose some extra questions before the applicant.
Step 5: Track Your Application
The VFS Global has given the facility to the applicants to track the progress on their application simply by entering relevant credentials.
Step 6: Receive Your Visa
If the visa officials are satisfied with the information submitted by the applicant, then the Embassy of Iceland in Beijing will approve the visa application. The itinerant can collect it either by appearing in the personal capacity or by through post.