Russian citizen, US permanent resident is planning a trip to Russia and back on the following itinerary: US -- (flight) --> Iceland (Reykjavik) 1 day stay --(flight)--> Finland (Helsinki) 1 day stay --(train)--> Russia and back.
- Since Iceland is in Schengen, the immigration should be cleared in Reykjavik, Reykjavik->Helsinki is a "domestic" flight. Is this correct?
- In order to be admitted to Iceland, Icelandic short term single entry Schengen visa must be procured. Is it correct?
- In order to be admitted to Finland on the way back, Finnish short term single entry Schengen visa must be procured. Is it correct?
- So, 2 applications have to be filed to 2 separate consulates at the same time. Is it frowned upon? Should one visa be applied then the other one?
- My own research shows that "when you spend equal time in multiple countries you should procure a visa to the first country you enter". However it will be a different country for the forward and for the backward trip. Can the said Russian citizen avoid getting separate visas? Can just a double-entry visa from just one country be procured? If so from which one? Iceland or Finland?
Suggestions and comments with links to appropriate laws and regulations are welcome.
Update: in this particular case both Finland and Iceland are represented by the same third-country consulate. As a result a visa bearing "R/FI" (i.e. Finnish visa) was given.