Certificates regarding previous COVID-19 infection or antibodies accepted in Iceland for exemption of border measures


Travellers that presents a certificate of previous infection (positive PCR test) or antibodies (as per criteria below) are exempt from certain border measures due to COVID-19.

Traveller with a valid certificate of previous COVID-19 infection/antibodies or full vaccination are required to also present a negative PCR- or antigen test at the border for exemption of quarantine. The negative test can be no more than 72 hours old at departure (boarding).

Travellers who are unable to present a certificate of a negative test upon arrival in the country will be required to undergo PCR-testing at the border and can expect refusal of entry or a fine. Icelandic citizens will not be refused entry. While waiting test results rules on quarantine must be followed.

Travellers with a recent COVID-19 infection who present a positive PCR-test that is more than 14 days old but less than 180 days old are exempt from presenting a negative test upon arrival.

Note regarding screening upon arrival:
Citizens and permanent residents of Iceland as well as certain other travellers with ties to Iceland are required to undergo a COVID-19 test within 2 days of arrival in the country despite presenting a certificate of full vaccination and despite of presenting a negative test upon arrival. Those with a recent infection are exempted as above regarding positive PCR-tests. For details see covid.is and travel pre-registration.

Children born 2005 and later are exempt from presenting a negative test. Children born 2016 and later are also exempt from pre-registration and testing. If the accompanying parent/guardian goes into quarantine the child quarantines as well but quarantine of the child is lifted with the adult, without testing for the child. If the parent/guardian presents a certificate for exemption, or a child travels alone, the child is exempt from quarantine.

All travellers need to pre-register at covid.is

Certificates accepted at the border:

  1. Certificates of full vaccination against COVID-19 that fulfil the Chief Epidemiologist´s requirements.
  2. Confirmation of previous COVID-19 infection/antibodies that fulfil the below requirements. See requirements here.

The following certificates are accepted as confirmation of a previous COVID-19 infection:

  • Positive PCR-test (RT-PCR) results for SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19 that is older than 14 days.
  • Presence of antibodies (IgG) against SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19 measured by ELISA or equivalent serologic assay* (see below).
  • Positive rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) are not accepted for previous infection (rapid PCR-tests or rapid antibody tests).

A certificate of previous COVID-19 infection is required to include the following details: Certificates that fulfill the criteria are accepted from all countries and may be in paper or electronic format including the European digital COVID certificate (EU DCC) (as per Regulation No. 777/2021 on EU Regulation 2021/953).

  • The certificate should be in Icelandic, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish or English. A document in another language can be accepted if the original document is accompanied by a certified stamped translation in one of the languages required.
  • First name and last name (as in travel documents).
  • Date of birth.
  • When test was performed (date).
  • Where test was performed (country/city/address).
  • Name of laboratory/issuer of certificate.
  • Date of certifcate.
  • Phone number of laboratory or responsible authority (or at least enough information, e.g. a website, to verify the results).
  • Type of test performed (PCR-test or antibody test). Not rapid PCR test or rapid antibody test.
  • Result of test
  • PCR-test positive for SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19
  • Antibodies (IgG) present with method included or a numerical result
      • IgM antibodies appear soon after an infection but IgG appear later. IgM only is not valid.

*EIA, ECLIA, ELFA, CMIA, CLIA, CLMIA are equivalent tests to ELISA

Border control will evaluate wether a certificate is accepted and will consult a representative of the Chief Epidemiologist (health care worker) as needed. The final decision of whether a certificate is accepted is at the discretion of the Chief Epidemiologist.

If a passenger presents a certificated of previous infection that is rejected, i.e. if any of the necessary requirements are missing, the passenger must, as other arrival passengers, undergo double testing with quarantine in between tests.

Please note that although we accept these certificates at the Icelandic border for exemption of border measures upon arrival due to COVID-19 that does not necessarily apply in general in other countries.

Travellers who do not present a certificate of full vaccination or previous infection/antibodies that is accepted at the border who have stayed more than 24 hours in a risk area in the last 14 days are required to:

  • Present a certificate of a negative PCR-test, no older than 72 hours at departure.
  • Undergo PCR testing at the border upon arrival
  • Quarantine for 5 days that ends with a second PCR-test.

Fyrst birt 29.11.2020
Síðast uppfært 04.09.2021

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