Working in Iceland


Nurses that are citizens of a state that is a member of the Euroepan Union (EU) and/or European Economic Area (EEA ).

To be able to practice nursing in Iceland you are required to have an Icelandic nursing license. The Ministry of Health and Social Security needs to recognise your nursing license. Therefore you need to send the following papers to the Icelandic Ministry of Health and Social Security.

  • 1. Certified proof of your citizenship in an EEA country. A certified copy of your passport is sufficient.


  • 2. Certified copy of your diploma or nursing degree showing that you are registered as a nurse in your home country.


  • 3. Certified copy of your nursing license. This certificate must not be older than three months to ensure its up-to-date validity.


  • 4. Statement that your training for basic qualifications comply with the training standards laid down by EEA. (This includes and outline of the curriculum from the nursing program including description of the courses taught, the number of lectures, discussions and clinical work per week and the length of the nursing program).


All these copies must be certified by the respective authorities – photocopies of documents are not accepted. These documents should be written in English and any translation should be certified by a governmental authority of an official translator.

The address of the ministry of health
Heilbrigðis- og tryggingamálaráðuneytið
Fellsmúla 3
150 Reykjavík
Iceland


The Icelandic Nursing Association is a member of the International Council of Nursing and we use the same criteria as the ICN regarding job applications from nurses not coming from an EU and/or EEA country .

To be able to practice nursing in Iceland you are required to have an Icelandic nursing license. The Ministry of Health and Social Security needs to recognise your nursing license. Therefore you need to send the following papers to the Icelandic Ministry of Health and Social Security.

  • 1. Certified copy of your permanent address. A certified copy of your passport is sufficient.

  • 2. Certified copy of your diploma or nursing degree showing that you are registered as a nurse in your home country
.
  • 3. Certified copy of your nursing license. This certificate must not be older than three months to ensure its up-to-date validity
.
  • 4. Certified copy of full details of the programme of your nursing studies: an outline of the curriculum, the length of the program, a description of the courses with the number of lectures, discussion and clinical work.


All these copies must be certified by the respective authorities – photocopies of documents are not accepted. These documents should be written in English and any translation should be certified by a governmental authority of an official translator.

Before granted an Icelandic nursing license from the Ministry of Health you have to be able to speak Icelandic.



Please note, that prior to your arrival in Iceland you have to contact an Icelandic employer and conclude a contract of engagement with him. Foreign nationals coming to Iceland for the purpose of being engaged in work without a work permit having been obtained in advance shall be ordered to leave according to the Ministry of Social Affairs.

The address of the ministry of health
Heilbrigðis- og tryggingamálaráðuneytið
Fellsmúla 3
150 Reykjavík
Iceland



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