Medical Examinations for Residence Permits
Applicants from certain countries must consent to undergo medical examination within two 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.
Purpose of medical examinations
The purpose of the medical examination is to screen for infectious diseases and provide appropriate medical treatment. If an applicant is diagnosed with a communicable disease, this does not mean their application for a residence permit will be denied, but it allows health authorities to take the necessary measures to prevent possible spread of an infectious disease and provide necessary medical treatment to the individual.
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 will not be activated. Furthermore, staying in Iceland becomes unlawful and the applicant may therefore expect denial of entry or expulsion.
Who covers the costs?
The employer or the person applying for a residence permit covers the costs for the medical examination. If special medical examination is required by the employer, they are responsible for covering the cost. You can read more about this here.