Certificates of vaccination accepted at the border in Iceland for exemption of border measures due to COVID-19

Travellers that presents a certificate of full vaccination (as per criteria below) are exempt from certain border measures due to COVID-19.

Traveller with a valid certificate of previous COVID-19 infection or full vaccination are required to 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). 

If a negative test is not presented or less than 14 days have passed since the second vaccination shot (or less than 14 days from single vaccination with the Janssen vaccine), one PCR-test upon arrival in Iceland is required and rules on quarantine need to be followed until the results are received.

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.

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. 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. Confirmation of previous COVID-19 infection/antibodies that fulfil certain requirements. See requirements here
  2. Certificates of full vaccination against COVID-19 that fulfil the following requirements:
  • In Icelandic, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, English or French. A document in another language can be valid if the original document accompanied by a certified stamped translation in one of the languages required.
  • First name and last name (as in travel documents).
  • Date of birth.
  • Name of disease vaccinated against (COVID-19).
  • Where vaccination(s) was/were performed (country or city).
  • Date(s) of vaccination(s).
      • Vaccination must be complete; see above the required doses and interval for each vaccine. The date of the last dose is sufficient.
      • If different vaccines are used for the first and second dose, the minimum interval for the first vaccine administered must be observed for the vaccination to be considered complete.
  • Issuer of the certificate (supervising clinician/administering centre/facility).
      • The International Certificate of Vaccination (WHO yellow card) must have a signature and stamp.
  • Name of vaccine or vaccines administered.
      • Manufacturer


Vaccine certificates accepted:
Certificates that fulfilll the above requirements from all countries, either in paper or electronic format, including the European digital COVID certificate (EU DCC) (as per Regulation No. 777/2021 on EU Regulation 2021/953) and the international Certificate of Vaccination (the WHO Carte Jaune/Yellow Card) for vaccines the WHO has validated.

List of accepted vaccines and interval between shots (this list is updated as needed):

Vaccine authorized by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) or the World Health Organization (WHO).

  1. Tozinameran-COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine (Comirnaty; BNT162b2) Pfizer/BioNTech Manufacturing GmbH, 2 doses at least 19 days apart.
  2. COVID-19 Vaccine (Vaxzevria; ChAdOx1-S) AstraZeneca AB, 2 doses at least 4 weeks apart.
  3. COVID-19 Vaccine (ChAdOx1-S) AstraZeneca/SK Bio, SK Bioscience Co. Ltd, 2 doses at least 4 weeks apart.
  4. COVID-19 (ChAdOx1-S) Vaccine AstraZeneca (Covishield), Serum Institute of India Pvt. Ltd, 2 doses at least 4 weeks apart.
  5. COVID-19 Vaccine (Ad26.COV2-S) Janssen-Cilag International NV, 1 dose.
  6. COVID-19 Vaccine (Spikevax; mRNA-1273), Moderna Biotech, 2 doses at least 25 days apart.
  7. SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine BIBP (Vero Cell), Sinopharm/Bejing Institute of Biological Products Co., Ltd, 2 doses with at least 3 weeks apart.
  8. COVID-19 Vaccine Sinovac-CoronaVac (Vero Cell), Sinovac Life Sciences Co., Ltd, 2 doses with at least 3 weeks apart.

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.

If a passenger presents a document that is rejected, i.e. if any of the necessary requirements are missing, the passenger must, as other arrival passengers, undergo double testing with a 5 day quarantine in between tests. If less than 14 days have passed since the second shot (or from single vaccination with the Janssen vaccine), one test upon arrival in Iceland is required and rules on quarantine need to be followed until the results are received.

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 that is accepted at the border and 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

See details at covid.is

Fyrst birt 14.01.2021
Síðast uppfært 04.09.2021

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