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

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 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. This applies to adults and children.
  • 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 borders for exemption of presenting a negative PCR-test and quarantine:

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

  • Certificates of vaccination with a vaccine authorized by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), that are listed here (this list is updated as needed). Certificates that fulfil the criteria are accepted from all countries:
    1. Comirnaty; Pfizer-BioNTech
    2. COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna
    3. Vaxzevria; COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca
    4. COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen
  • Certificates from the the World Health Organization (WHO) (the International Certificate of Vaccination or the Carte Jaune/Yellow Card) is also accepted for vaccines the WHO has validated from all countries. The following is a list of vaccines validated by the WHO (this list is updated as needed):
    1. Tozinameran-COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine (Comirnaty®) Pfizer/BioNTech Manufacturing GmbH.
    2. COVID-19 Vaccine (ChAdOx1-S) AstraZeneca/SK Bio (SK Bioscience Co. Ltd).
    3. COVID-19 (ChAdOx1-S) Vaccine AstraZeneca (Covishield™ Serum Institute of India Pvt. Ltd).
    4. COVID-19 Vaccine (Ad26.COV2-S) Janssen-Cilag International NV.

Certificates may be in paper or electronic format. Border control will evaluate whether 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 a designed quarantine facility if applicable.

A vaccine certificate is required to include the following:

  • Be 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 and when vaccination(s) was/were performed (date(s)).
      • Vaccination must be complete; see below the required doses for full vaccination for each vaccine.
  • Issuer of the certificate (supervising clinician/administering centre), with signature and stamp if the International Certificate of Vaccination.
  • Vaccine or vaccines administered.
  • Manufacturer and batch/lot no. of vaccine for each dose.

Details regarding vaccines authorized by the European Medicines Agency: (Name of vaccine, authorization holder/manufacturer; number and interval between doses for vaccination to be complete)

  • Comirnaty; COVID-19 mRNA vaccine; Pfizer/BioNTech Manufacturing GmbH; 2 doses at least 19 days apart.
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna; Moderna Biotech Spain S.L.; 2 doses at least 28 days apart.
  • Vaxzevria; COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca (ChAdOx1-S); AstraZeneca AB; 2 doses at least 4 weeks apart.
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen (Ad26.COV2-S); Janssen-Cilag International NV; 1 dose.
  • 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.

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.


Fyrst birt 14.01.2021
Síðast uppfært 08.04.2021

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