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


Travellers need to pre-register at covid.is. There is also a web chat for questions.

Travellers that presents a certificate of previous infection or antibodies that are accepted at the border are exempt from certain measures due to COVID-19 accoring to Icelandic Regulations.

An airline can refuse a passenger boarding if they are not pre-registered or do not have the required certificate. See here. However, Icelandic citizens should not be denied boarding.

No specific ties to Iceland:

  • Need to present a negative COVID-19 test at the border that is no more than 72 hours old at boarding. See details in link.
  • If a negative test is not presented, one PCR-test is required upon arrival at the border and rules on quarantine must be followed until results are received.

With specific ties to Iceland:

  • Need to undergo a COVID-19 test within 2 days of arrival. For details see covid.is and travel pre-registration. Can be a PCR-test or an antigen test.
  • Do not need to present a negative COVID-19 test at boarding.
  • Ties to Iceland: Icelandic citizens or permanent residents, people living or working in Iceland (including applicants for such permits), those coming to work or study for more than 7 days. Asylum seekers. Families and relatives of any of these groups are also cosidered to have ties to Iceland.

Exemptions from presenting a negative COVID-19 test and testing upon arrival:

  • Travellers who present a positive PCR-test that is more than 14 days old but less than 180.
  • Transit passengers who do not leave the airport.
  • Airline crew with ties to Iceland on a work trip abroad for 48 hours or less.
  • Children born 2005 and later.

If there is the slightest doubt as to the credibility of a certificate or certificate is considered invalid according to the instructions from the Chief Epidemiologist (see criteria below), the traveller is must go for PCR testing on arrival and follow rules of quarantine until results are received from the second sampling 5 days after arrival.

An individual who cannot or refused to undergo testing must be in quarantine for 14 days.

Violators of the Regulations can expect financial penalties or jail according to Article 19 of Act no. 19/1997 or Article 175 of Act no. 19/1940.

Certificates a previous COVID-19 infection or antibodies accepted at the border in Iceland:

  • Languaage: 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
  • Date when test was performed
  • Where test was performed (country/city/address)
  • Name of laboratory/issuer of certificate (at least enough information to verify the results if needed).
  • Type of test performed (PCR-test or antibody test). No rapid tests.
  • Results of test
    • PCR-test positive for SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19 that is older than 14 days
    • Antibodies present with ELISA method* or a numerical result included
      • IgG or IgG and IgM antibodies. IgM only is not valid.

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

Border control will evaluate whether a vaccination 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.

Please note that although these certificates are accepted at the Icelandic border for exemption of border measures on arrival due to COVID-19 the same does not necessarily apply in general in other countries/territories.

Travellers who do not present a certificate of full vaccination or previous infection or antibodies that is accepted at the border are required to:

  • Present a certificate of a negative COVID-19 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 06.10.2021

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