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Security control and rules

Once passengers have checked in, the next step is to go through the security screening. The best way to save time is making sure you do not have any prohibited items in your hand luggage.

How can I speed up the security screening?

Be ready to show the security staff your passport / boarding pass.

Be ready to place your hand luggage in plastic trays on the conveyor in front of the scanner.

We recommend that you have already:

  • placed cosmetics, perfumes and other liquids (each unit less than 100 ml) in clear plastic bags. The bags should be packed so that they are easily accessible, as they must be scanned separately.
  • removed laptops and other larger electronics from the bag.
  • taken off coats and jackets, removed belts and emptied pockets.
  • You may be requested to remove your shoes and have them scanned.

The security control is open most of the time, or from 03:30 to 01:00.


What happens if prohibited items are found in my hand luggage?

If prohibited items (e.g. sharp items, liquids in containers larger than 100 ml or more than 10 such units) are found during the security check, you will not be allowed to take them through the security gate.
Once you have reached the security screening, it is too late to put prohibited items in previously checked-in luggage. Facilities to store prohibited items are not available in airports in Iceland.

Can I buy liquids in the terminal’s departure area?

Passengers may, in any event, purchase any liquid and other goods within the waiting area of the airport terminals of the European Economic Area, as the goods that are sold in this area have undergone special checks.

Do I need a seal on the liquids that I purchase in the terminal’s departure area?

If flying direct to a destination from Iceland, all liquids purchased in the waiting area may be carried in hand luggage. If taking a connecting flight, please examine the following rules carefully:

Flights from Iceland to countries within the European Economic Area requiring transfer:

Liquids purchased in shops after passing through the security check or on board the aircraft must be kept in a bag that has been sealed in the shop until reaching the destination.
When going through the security check in the country where the connecting flight is taken, you must submit a receipt confirming the contents of the bag and that the goods have been purchased on that same date if so requested.
If you pick up your checked-in luggage before continuing onto your connecting flight, or if your luggage has not been checked in for the entire journey, it is best to pack the fluid in your checked-in luggage for the next flight.

Flights from Icelandto North America (USA and Canada)

Liquids purchased in shops after passing through the security check or on board the aircraft must be put in the checked-in luggage before continuing onto a connecting flight.

There will be an opportunity to do so after passengers have gone through a customs check on arrival to an airport in North America (USA and Canada).

Flights to Iceland from North America (USA and Canada) and other countries outside the European Economic Area.

Fluids purchased before the passenger checks in must be packed in the check-in luggage.

Fluids purchased in shops after passing through the security check in North America (USA and Canada) and other countries outside the European Economic Area may not be carried in hand luggage into an airport in Iceland even if it is in sealed packaging.

Fluids purchased on board an aircraft registered in a country within the European Economic Area may be brought into an airport in Iceland provided that it is in a sealed bag. The passenger must also be able to show a receipt confirming the contents of the bag and that the goods were purchased on that same date if so requested at the security gate.

Please note that when a fluid has been placed in a sealed bag by the shop in question, the seal may not be broken while the passenger is in the air terminal or travelling in the aircraft. If the passenger is subjected to a security check before leaving the terminal and the bag’s seal has been broken, the passenger will not be allowed to take the fluid through the security check.


What may not be carried when travelling?

Explosives, flammable gases, flammable liquids, corrosive substances, poisons and other hazardous materials, radioactive materials, destructive materials, electromagnetic items and anaesthetics.

For an exhaustive list of prohibited materials

Guidelines on Dangerous Objects

Checked Baggage

How can I speed up security screening

Equipment Disinfection