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Information for visiting Radio Amateurs

1. Visitors with a valid Amateur Radio license from CEPT countries

(A) A Radio Amateur from a CEPT country who has a licence that equals the requirements of the CEPT license as is layed out in ECC Recommendation T/R 61-01 does not need to have a special license issued by the Icelandic government if he/she comes to Iceland for a short visit. As long as the visitors license in his home country does not run out, the person can operate when in Iceland for a period of up to 3 months. Should the period of stay exceed 3 months, the licensee can apply for an Icelandic callsign. In such a case, his home country needs to have ratified ECC Recommendation T/R 61-02. A special application form needs to be used and there is a fee.

(B) If the radio amateur holds a valid novice license and comes from a CEPT country, his country needs to have ratified ECC/REC 05-06 in order for the licensee in question to be able to operate in Iceland.

(C) In all cases, CEPT licensees should only use the TF prefix in front of their call signs, but not the TF prefix with an Icelandic call area number. For example: TF/HB9XXX would thus be correct; but TF6/HB9XXX incorrect.

2. Visitors with a valid Amateur Radio license from countries which have implemented the T/R 61-01

(A) Radio Amateurs with a valid license from any of the following countries can operate in Iceland if the license in question equals the requirements for the CEPT license. They need not have a special license issued by the Icelandic government if he/she comes to Iceland for a short visit. As long as the visitors license in his home country does not run out, the person can operate when in Iceland for a period of up to 3 months. Should the period of stay exceed 3 months, the licensee can apply for an Icelandic callsign. In such a case, his home country needs to have ratified ECC Recommendation T/R 61-02. A special application form needs to be used and there is a fee.

The Radio Amateur from any of the following countries needs to be sure that his/her license meets the standard of equivalence as is set out in Annex IV of "ECC Recommendation T/R 61-01".

  • Australia.
  • Canada.
  • Israel.
  • Netherlands Antilles (i.e. Bonaire, Curacao, St. Eustatius, Saba and St. Maarten).
  • New Zealand.
  • Peru.
  • South Africa.
  • United States.

(B) If the radio amateur comes from one of the countries mentioned above and holds a valid "novice license" (or equivalent), his country needs to have ratified ECC/REC 05-06 in order for the licensee in question to be able to operate in Iceland. In the case of The United States, this license is "General class license".

(C): Licensees from these countries should only use the TF prefix in front of their call signs, but not the TF prefix with an Icelandic call area number. For example: TF/W1XXX would thus be correct; but TF6/W1XXX incorrect.

3. Visitors with a valid Amateur Radio license from other countries

Radio Amateurs with a valid license from a country that has neither adopted the CEPT Agreement or with which there is nor a reciprocal agreement, need to obtain a special permit from the authorities to operate in Iceland. To be able to obtain a special permit from the authorities, the licensee needs to demonstrate that his/her license fulfills the minimum requirements deemed satisfactory by the Icelandic PTA. Applicants should allow ample time for the processing of requests of this nature and follow these steps:

  1. Fill out the relevant application forms from the Post and Telecom Administration.
  2. Include an unequivocal confirmation of the validity and class of your licence together with power and bands allowed.
  3. A copy of your licence and licensing conditions certified by a notary public (clear copies).
  4. A statement by your licensing authority.
  5. A statement by your national IARU society.

Kindly return your application to the PTA with the stipulated licensing fee, as instructed by the authority.

4. Importing Amateur Radio equipment to Iceland

Customs should not be a problem. However, if there is as problem, you can ask the customs officer to contact Mr. Hordur R. Hardarson at the Icelandic PTA (In Icelandic: Póst- og fjarskiptastofnun). Please note that the ECC Recommendation T/R 61-01 does not cover custom regulations pertaining to Amateur Radio equipment in any way.

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