Importation of Alien Species

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It is forbidden to import or disperse a living alien species in Iceland, except with a permission from the Environment Agency. However, this does not apply to livestock or alien plant species that are historically known for being used in gardening, agricultural grasslands, land reclamation or forestry, expect the import is forbidden according to regulation. 

To apply for import license for an alien species, applicants must log into the Environmental Agency’s service gateway and fill out the required form. Furthermore, the applicant must hand in a risk assessment (see risk assessment instructions below) that covers the risk for the species to get invasive or have any other negative affect on biodiversity. If the aim of the importation is to disperse the organism, the application must include detailed overview that covers both the import and plans of dispersion and possible effects on wildlife. 

The Environmental Agency charges fee for processing and dispatching application for the import of alien species. The fee is 98.000 ISK (Gjaldskrá 535/2015). The Environmental Agency can add surcharge (hourly rate) for applications or license processes that for some reason exceeds time limits according to the agency’s tariff (535/2015). When it is clear an application process will include additional effort and work, the agency must contact the applicant and inform him about the magnitude and get his approval for continuing the process. 


Application Procedure

Supporting documents

According to Article 63(1) of the Icelandic law of nature conservation No 60/2013, all applications need to be supported by a risk assessment. Furthermore, applicants are allowed to file other related documents, including veterinary certificate, certificate of origin or other information’s that are likely to elucidate if the importation is likely to have negative effect on biodiversity.

Instruction for risk assessment