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

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

Travellers that presents a certificate of full vaccination that are accepted at the border are exempt from certain measures due to COVID-19 according to Icelandic Regulations.

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

Fully vaccinated and 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 or less than 14 days have passed since the second vaccination shot (or less than 14 days from a single vaccination with the Janssen/J&J vaccine), one PCR-test is required upon arrival at the border and rules on quarantine must be followed until results are received.

Fully vaccinated and 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 of full vaccination against COVID-19  that are accepted at the border in Iceland:

  • Language: Icelandic, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, English or French
      • 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
  • 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/Carte Jaune) must have a signature and stamp.
  • Name of vaccine or vaccines administered.
      • Manufacturer
  • In paper or electronic format
  • Accepted from all countries and territories

List of accepted vaccines and interval between shots:
The vaccine needs to be authorized by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) or the World Health Organization (WHO). This list is updated as needed. 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:

  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.

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 14.01.2021
Síðast uppfært 11.10.2021

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