Certificates of previous COVID-19 infection and recovery from other countries recognized for the issuance of a certificate of recovery in Iceland

[Icelandic]

Certificates a previous COVID-19 infection accepted in Iceland:

A.  Language: Icelandic, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish or English

a.  A document in another language can be accepted if the original document is accompanied by a certified translation in one of the languages required.

B.  Data to be included in the certificate of previous infection and recovery:

a.  Forename and surname (as in personal identification document)

b.  Date of birth (or kennitala)

c.  Disease or agent from which the holder has recovered: COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2 or one of its variants)

d.  Date of the holder’s positive NAAT (PCR) or rapid antigen test result. Not more than 180 days can have passed since the date of the test which produced a positive result.

e.  Country in which test was carried out

f.  Certificate issuer

 Those who present a certificate of previous COVID-19 / SARS-CoV-2 infection (positive PCR or rapid antigen test) that fulfils the above criteria can obtain a European certificate of recovery in Iceland according to European Union (EU) regulations.

  • Note. Self-tests and antibody tests are not accepted.
  • Note. Issuance of a certificate of recovery by the Chief Epidemiologist does not lead to a registration of an infection abroad in the medical record or the issuance of a certificate in Heilsuvera.

The European recovery certificate refers to the EU Digital COVID Certificate (EU DCC). Note that a recovery certificate can be issued the earliest 11 days after the date of the test which produced a positive result. Not more than 180 days can have passed since the date of the test which produced a positive result.

The person in question must apply for a certificate of recovery by sending documents electronically through the Directorate of Health website („Rafraen gagnaskil“). Icelandic electronic ID is required.

Attach with the application:

  • the certificate of previous infection and
  • the photo page from your passport, or another identification card, and
  • your email address

Make sure the attachments are clear and legible. The application must state (in message, “Skilabod med sendingu“) an email address. The issued certificate of recovery will be sent back electronically by email.

Those who do not have an electronic ID can submit documents (see paragraph above) to The Directorate of Health, Katrínartún 2, 6th floor, 105 Reykjavík; open weekdays 10 - 16. The envelope should be marked with: Certificate of previous COVID-19 infection. The issued certificate of recovery must then be picked up when ready. Remember to include an email address for notification.

The Chief Epidemiologist evaluates if the certificate of previous infection fulfils the required conditions (see above regarding language and content (items a to f). The issuance of a certificate of recovery in Iceland is the responsibility of the Chief Epidemiologist.

Applications are processed as soon as possible. Expect up to five working days for processing after all documents are received.

If there is any doubt as to the credibility of a certificate presented or it does not meet the conditions below, the application will be rejected.

Issuance of certifications of recovery is based on Icelandic Regulation no. 777/2021 which implements EU Regulation no. 2021/953 from 14 June 2021 and EU amendment no. 2022/256 from 22 February 2022.


Fyrst birt 28.03.2022
Síðast uppfært 07.04.2022

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