Certificates regarding previous COVID-19 infection that are accepted at the border in Iceland for exemption of border measures

Requirement for testing and quarantine after travel:

  • Current rules require all travellers arriving in Iceland from risk areas for COVID-19 to present a certificate of a negative PCR-test and undergo screening at the border. Those without exemption undergo screening again 5 days later and quarantine in between tests. If the second test is negative then quarantine is lifted. Currently, all countries and territories except Greenland are defined as risk areas.
  • All arriving travellers need to pre-register at covid.is.
  • All arriving passengers must undergo at least one COVID-19 screening, wherever they are coming from and at any age, including those with a vaccination certificate or a certificate of previous infection.
  • While awaiting screening results instructions for quarantine must be followed.
  • Children born 2005 and later are exempt from presenting a certficate of a negative PCR-test upon arrival. All children need to undergo one screening test at the border. Testing for children can be from the nasopharynx, throat or mouth. Children are not exempt if they have had previous COVID-19 or are vaccinated. If the parent/guardian goes into quarantine the child quarantines as well but quarantine of the child is lifted with the adult, without a second screening test. If the parent/guardian presents a certificate for exemption of quarantine, the quarantine is lifted when a negative test result is received after arrival.
  • See details at covid.is

The following certificates are accepted at the border for exemption of presenting a negative PCR-test and quarantine:

  1. Confirmation of vaccination against COVID-19 that fulfil certain requirements: See repuirements here.
  2. Certificates of previous COVID-19 infection that fulfil the requirements set forth by the Chief Epidemiologist. These requirements are stated below in this document.

A valid certificate of a prior COVID-19 infection means documented results from a laboratory (or a confirmation from the Chief Epidemiologist in Iceland). Certificates that fulfil the requirements are accepted from all countries. Clinical diagnoses are not 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 tests and stay in designed quarantine facility if applicable.

The following certificates are considered a valid confirmation of a previous COVID-19 infection. Certificates are accepted whether they originate from countries within or outside the EEA-area:

  • 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 serologic assay*.

Rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) are not accepted (antigen or antibody tests).

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

  • The certificate should be in Icelandic, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish or English. A document in another language can be valid 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 (at least enough information, such as a website, to be able to verify the results).
  • Type of test performed (PCR-test or antibody test with ELISA/serologic assay*).
  • Result of test (PCR-test positive for SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 or antibodies (IgG) present).

*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 border measures upon arrival due to COVID-19 that does not necessarily apply in general in other countries.


Fyrst birt 29.11.2020
Síðast uppfært 06.04.2021

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