Medical examinations for residence permits

Applicants from certain countries must consent to undergo medical examination within two (2) weeks from the date of their arrival in Iceland as provided for by law and the instructions of the Directorate of Health.


A residence permit will not be issued to an applicant who does not undergo medical examination when this is required by the Directorate of Health, and the applicant’s access to the social security system, etc., will not become active. Furthermore, staying in Iceland becomes unlawful and the applicant may therefore expect denial of entry or expulsion.


The purpose of the medical examination is to screen for certain diseases. Even though an applicant may be diagnosed with certain diseases, this does not mean a denial of a residence permit; instead, the medical examination is intended to fulfil the requirements of the health authorities in order to enable them take the necessary measures and provide necessary medical treatment.


The medical examination is paid for either by the employer or the person applying for a residence permit. If the employer specifically requests a medical examination, then they must pay for it.


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Health certificates are issued upon completion of a medical examination. If the person applying for a work/residence permit has an overseas health certificate issued within the last three months and which an Icelandic doctor deems to be valid, they do not have to undergo a medical examination in Iceland.


The purpose of the medical examination is to rule out certain contagious diseases, such as tuberculosis and hepatitis, and diseases caused by gastrointestinal parasites, which are common in some parts of the world but rare in Iceland.


On top of the medical examination, it is usual to conduct blood and urine tests, take x-rays of the lungs, test for tuberculosis and take a stool sample.


It is very important for people to be diagnosed and treated if a disease exists. If a diseased is diagnosed, the hospital will provide treatment and medication.


The medical examination is paid for by the employer or the person applying for a residence permit. If the employer specifically requests a medical examination, then they must pay for it themselves.


Once the medical examination is completed, the doctor sends a confirmation letter to the Directorate of Immigration.


Medical examinations for adults take place at the Disease Prevention Outpatients Unit of the Greater Reykjavik Health Clinic at Þönglabakki 16, while medical examinations for children take place at the Hringur Children’s Hospital on Hringbraut. You can also apply to Heilsuvernd at Álfheimar 74, Reykjavík.


In exceptional cases, medical examinations for residence permits may be conducted at other healthcare centres.

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