eVisa: Complete Guide for Icelanders Transiting via the USA

Traversing through the picturesque landscapes of the United States, even if only briefly while in transit, is an opportunity laden with excitement. If you are an Icelander with plans that require transiting through the U.S., understanding your visa requirements is essential. The smooth and lush expanses of the U.S. geography await you, and with the right documentation, your journey can be seamless and stress-free.

For Icelanders, embarking on a voyage that includes a stopover in the States necessitates adherence to the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) regulations, under which Iceland falls. Equipped with an Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA), the doors to hassle-free transit via the USA open wide for you. Let’s delve into the particulars of acquiring this travel authorization and how it streamlines your travel plans.

Understanding ESTA for Icelandic Travelers

The ESTA is not just a tourist visa; it’s a necessary travel authorization for those from VWP countries, including Iceland, intending to enter the United States whether it’s for transit, tourism or business for up to 90 days. It is an automated system that assesses a traveler’s eligibility for travel to the USA under the Visa Waiver Program.

For Icelandic citizens, having an ESTA means that you can board a plane or ship bound for the United States with the confidence that you’ve passed an initial layer of security screening. It’s essential to note that an approved ESTA does not guarantee entry into the U.S., as the final decision rests with the Customs and Border Protection officers at the port of entry, but it is a crucial step in your travel preparations.

The ESTA Application Process for Icelanders

To secure your travel authorization, you’ll need to go through the ESTA application form. Here’s a simplified guide:

  1. Fill out our easy-to-use online application form. The application takes about 10 minutes. Make sure to have your passport handy.
  2. Submit & Pay for your application. We accept all payment types. PayPal, Apple Pay, Google Pay & Credit Card.
  3. Get your ESTA emailed to you within 72hrs. We’ll email you your approved travel authorisation and that’s it, you’re ready to go!

If you’re pressed for time, we offer two expedited processing options. Simply select your add-on at checkout to receive your ESTA as fast as possible.

Transiting Through the USA: What You Need to Know

For Icelanders on transit, it’s important to understand that, despite not leaving the airport, you must obtain an ESTA. This authorization ensures that you can legally transit through the country. Once you have your ESTA, here’s what to expect and consider:

  • You will go through U.S. immigration, where you must declare your intention to transit.
  • Ensure that your transit time allows for sufficient window periods to pass through customs and immigration processes.
  • Having your onward flight details at hand is advisable to show proof of your intent to leave the U.S.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is my ESTA valid for?

An ESTA is valid for two years from the date of authorization, or until your passport expires, whichever comes first. During that period, you can enter the United States multiple times for transit, tourism, or business without having to reapply for another ESTA.

Is ESTA applicable for all types of U.S. visas?

No, the ESTA is specifically for travelers from VWP countries and is not a substitute for a U.S. visa. If you intend to stay longer than 90 days, or your purpose of visit is not covered under the VWP, you will need to apply for the appropriate U.S. visa.

Can I renew my ESTA?

Once your ESTA expires, you must reapply for a new one should you wish to travel to the U.S. again. Additionally, if your passport has been renewed or replaced, you must also reapply for a new ESTA.

What if my ESTA application is denied?

If your ESTA application is denied, you may be required to apply for a U.S. visa. Reasons for ESTA denial could include issues with past travel to the U.S., criminal records, or being denied entry previously. Refer to U.S. embassy resources for guidance on visa applications.


As an Icelander looking to traverse through the U.S., having an ESTA is your ticket to a smooth journey. By following the straightforward application process and adhering to U.S. protocols, you can look forward to enjoying your transit through this vast and diverse country. Safe travels, and we look forward to assisting you with your ESTA application to ensure your trip is as hassle-free as possible.

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