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Apply for health insurance

Apply for health insurance

When you are moving to Iceland from another country in the European Union/Economic Area (EU/EEA), Greenland or the Faroe Islands you may be entitled to health insurance without a six month waiting period. To receive health insurance without a waiting period, apply here.

To apply

  1. You need to have registered your legal residence with Registers Iceland

  2. Have an Electronic ID to sign in with

  3. Move to Iceland from an EU/EEA country, Greenland or the Faroe Islands

Waiting period

If one of the following cases is true for you, there is no need to apply for health insurance. You will instead receive national health insurance automatically after the six month waiting period or directly, if the first case is true for you.

  • You are moving back to Iceland from a Nordic country within 12 months. You will be automatically covered by the national health insurance upon registration of your legal residence with Registers Iceland.

  • You are moving to Iceland from a country outside the EEA, Greenland or the Faroe Islands. You will be automatically covered by the national health insurance six months after registering your legal residence with Registers Iceland.

  • You were not insured in your previous country of insurance or had only private health insurance. You will be automatically covered by the national health insurance six months after registering your legal residence with Registers Iceland.

  • You are a citizen from a country outside of the EEA and are moving to Iceland from a country outside the Nordic countries. You will be automatically covered by the national health insurance six months after registering your legal residence with Registers Iceland.

We advise you to buy private health insurance until you are covered by the national health insurance.

Medical exceptions

There are some medical exceptions where you might have the right to receive health insurance even though you do not fullfill all of the requirements. Some of the medical exceptions is listed below.

  • Necessary medical treatment due to sudden illnesses.

  • Diagnosis and treatment for serious infectious diseases.

  • Treatment for renal patients requiring regular dialysis or a patient requiring oxygen.

  • Life-threatening diseases. The person must have lived here previously for at least 20 years and have close relatives living in Iceland. Same goes for persons under the age of 20 who move here with their parents who fullfil the conditions of 20 years of previous residency.

If you believe this applies to you, contact the Icelandic Health Insurance for further assistance. A medical certificate must be submitted with the application justifying the exemption.

Apply for health insurance