Information for Ukrainian Citizens

Due to the increase in requests for information regarding what options Ukrainian citizens have to seek residency here in Iceland, we would like to share the most current information from the Directorate of Immigration here in Iceland.


  • Ukrainian citizens staying in Iceland on temporary permits or visa-free visits that expire can continue to stay here until further notice.


  • If you have a valid biometric passport you can travel to Iceland without a visa. Unfortunately, however, the Multicultural Information Center cannot answer questions regarding how to leave Ukraine.



  • Regarding international protection, one must be in Iceland to apply for international protection. Each application is evaluated on an individual basis. The Directorate of Immigration no longer considers Ukraine a safe country of origin, which is a premise for international protection.


  • Again according to the Act on Foreigners, a person must be present in Iceland, either at or inside its borders, in order to apply for international protection in Iceland. The application must be submitted to the Directorate of Immigration or the police at any police station in Iceland. The application does not need to be in any specific format, in fact, an applicant may express his/her wish for asylum verbally.


  • Applications for international protection that are sent to Iceland from individuals who are abroad at the time are not accepted for procedure.


  • It is also possible to apply for a residence permit in Iceland from Ukraine. An application for a residence permit must be filled out and signed by the applicant. Furthermore, the original application must be sent to the Directorate of Immigration. Here is a link to all information regarding the application process for residence permits from the Directorate of Immigration.


Here also is a link with helpful information on our website regarding moving to Iceland.


We are monitoring all information regarding the situation as related to residency permits, whether it be temporary or for seeking asylum here in Iceland. If there should be any policy changes we will keep the information updated here on our website.


We would like to remind anyone seeking guidance or information to contact us through email at mcc@mcc.is or by telephone at +345-450-3090 additionally our partners at New In Iceland are also available to answer questions.

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