Certificates regarding previous COVID-19 infection that are accepted at the border in Iceland

Current rules require all travellers arriving in Iceland from risk areas for COVID-19 to present a certificate of negative PCR-test and undergo screening at the border and again 5 days later and quarantine in between tests. If the second test is negative then quarantine is lifted. Currently, all countries and territories are defined as risk areas. All arriving travellers need to pre-register at covid.is. Children born 2005 and later need to quarantine with their parent/guardian but are exempt from screening. If they are travelling alone, or if parent/guardian has an exemption, they need to undergo testing after 5 days of quarantine after arrival. See details at covid.is. Children 2 years old and younger are exempt from testing but not from quarantine. Children are exempt from presenting a certficate of a negative PCR-test.

If an individual presents upon arrival in Iceland a valid certificate of a prior COVID-19 infection in Iceland or in the EEA/EFTA-area* (positive PCR test and/or presence of antibodies) he/she is exempted from testing based on presumed immunity for SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 according to Act No. 161/2021.

A certificate here means documented results from a laboratory within the EEA/EFTA-area* or a confirmation from the Chief Epidemiologist in Iceland. Clinical diagnoses are not deemed valid.

Certificates may be in paper or electronic format. Border control will evaluate wether a certificate is valid and will consult a representative of the Chief Epidemiologist (health care worker) as needed. The final decision of whether a certificate is valid is at the discretion of the Chief Epidemiologist. If a passenger presents a document that is deemed invalid, i.e. if any of the necessary requirements are missing, the passenger must, as other arrival passengers, undergo double testing with quarantine in between.

The following certificates are considered a valid confirmation of a previous COVID-19 infection:

  • Positive PCR-test result for SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 that is older than 14 days.
  • Presence of antibodies against SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 measured by ELISA serologic assay**.
  • Rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs are not accepted (antigen or antibody tests).

Certificates may be in paper or electronic format. Border control will evaluate wether a certificate is valid and will consult a representative of the Chief Epidemiologist (health care worker) as needed. The final decision of whether a certificate is valid is at the discretion of the Chief Epidemiologist. If a passenger presents a document that is deemed invalid, i.e. if any of the necessary requirements are missing, the passenger must, as other arrival passengers, undergo double testing with quarantine in between.

A certificate of previous COVID-19 infection is required to include the following details:

  • The certificate should be in the Icelandic, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish or English language. A document in another language can be valid if 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.
  • Type of test performed (PCR-test or antibody test with ELISA/serologic assay**).
  • Result of test (PCR-test positive for SARS-CoV-2 or antibodies present).

*and Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican.
**EIA, ECLIA, ELFA, CMIA, CLIA, CLMIA are equivalent tests to ELISA

Please note that although we accept these certificates at the Icelandic border for exemption of quarantine that does not necessarily apply in general in other countries.


Fyrst birt 29.11.2020
Síðast uppfært 24.02.2021

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