A new version of the Icelandic passport will be unveiled today. Registers Iceland has been working on this new version, which includes added security features, as well as new interior illustrations of landscapes around Iceland and the Golden Plover, for two years. The new changes will cost 200 million krónur to implement [$1.6 million/€1.45 million].
The traditional blue colour of the passport cover will stay the same and the expiration dates on older passports will also remain valid. However, anyone who applies for a new Icelandic passport will receive the new version.
Registers Iceland has also significantly cut down on the wait time for a new passport. Last year, there was a two-week wait for new passports, but now, says division head Júlía Þórhallsdóttir, applicants will only have to wait two days for their new passports.