Quarantine

Quarantine is used when an individual has possibly been infected with a disease but is not yet symptomatic. Isolation is for those who have a confirmed COVID-19 infection but do not need a hospital stay.

You will be quarantined if you are not vaccinated and

You have come into contact with someone who turned out to be infected.
Someone in the house where you are staying is quarantined and you can’t leave the house.
A child in your care is quarantined.
You are arriving from a risk area abroad.

You will be quarantined, even if you are vaccinated, if

You are in significant contact with an infected individual, for example a child in your care who needs to be cared for.

You will not be quarantined if

You have come into contact with someone who was later sent to quarantine.
Your neighbour is infected (for example, in the same stairwell) unless you have had significant contact.
You are arriving from a risk area but are vaccinated.
You are arriving from a risk area but have a certificate of previous COVID-19 infection.
You are arriving from a country that is not defined as a risk area (Greenland).
You are vaccinated, unless contact with an infected individual has been significant, according to the tracing team’s assessment.
If exposure to infection is minimal, in the tracing team’s assessment, a vaccinated individual can exercise infection prevention measures for 14 days instead of quarantine. Infection prevention measures means monitoring symptoms and not having contact with sensitive individuals.

Home quarantine

It is important to follow the Guidelines for quarantining at home. The quarantine site must be suitable for quarantine, and individuals in quarantine must stay there for the duration of the quarantine. Guidelines on infection control and quarantine for individuals vaccinated against COVID-19.

In quarantine

The following rules apply to individuals that have not been vaccinated.

If one member of the household has to go into quarantine, everyone who is staying in the home must be quarantined. Other members of the household should not be in the home. If people are unwilling or unable to leave the home, they too must be quarantined. The registration form for their quarantine can be found at My pages on heilsuvera.is.
Contact with other people is prohibited. Therefore, quarantined individuals may need assistance with supplies, etc.
If the home is quarantined, friends or relatives may take care of supplies and leave them at the front door, but they should not have direct contact with the quarantined person.
If delivery of food and other necessities is available in the area, this service can be utilised during quarantine. The quarantined individual should make clear upon ordering that he/she is in quarantine and the delivery should be left outside the front door.
If a person in quarantine develops symptoms of COVID-19 infection, they must be tested immediately (a private car or taxi may be used, and it must be stated that the individual is in quarantine).

Please note that fully vaccinated individuals can stay in the home with a quarantined individual without having to quarantine themselves.

Detailed instructions on quarantining at home.

Accommodation used for quarantine must, among other things, meet the following:

Single room or single family unit.
Separate toilet for each room/unit.
There must be a bed/mattress for each individual, or they must bring one with them. A family unit must be large enough that it is possible to have at least 1 metre between beds.
Separate facilities for cooking/dining.
Others may not stay in the same unit/apartment/room unless they are subject to the same quarantine rules or are fully vaccinated.

Those who are unable to stay in accommodation that meets the above requirements must stay in a public quarantine facility during their quarantine. However, it is possible to stay one night close to the border entry point at a suitable quarantine accommodation before heading to the final destination after arriving in Iceland. It is not permitted to move between accommodation or between parts of Iceland without cause, and it is important to report any movements to the Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management, e.g. via the online chat at covid.is.

Children in quarantine

It has been difficult for many of us to be separated from friends and relatives while in quarantine. It is even more difficult for children, particularly young children, who do not really understand why we need these measures. There areguidelines and suggestions for the guardians of children on activities during quarantine and how to explain what quarantine is to children. Furthermore, instructions have been prepared for the guardians of children with special care needs in quarantine.

Confirmation/certification of quarantine

Individuals must be registered as being in quarantine so that a confirmation/certificate can be issued. The individuals have either entered quarantine due to travel or been registered in quarantine by their local healthcare centre or the tracing team according to the instructions of the Chief Epidemiologist. A video has been prepared showing how to apply for a certificate on heilsuvera.is. Those who need to be quarantined can go onto heilsuvera.is and receive a certificate. The certificates are free of charge. An electronic ID is required to sign into Heilsuvera.

You can obtain a certificate for absence from work due to:

Quarantine due to proximity to cases, quarantine instructed by the Chief Epidemiologist’s and Civil Protection Agency’s tracing teams.
Parents of a child placed in quarantine receive a certificate due to the child.
Self-registered quarantine due to a quarantined individual in the home where separation is not possible. ATTN: May not entitle you to compensation for loss of employment.

Work quarantine

As before, the Chief Epidemiologist may authorise persons, individually or in groups, who are obliged to quarantine and have come to Iceland to work or to conduct specific projects to go into work quarantine instead of home quarantine. Work quarantine means that the person in question may travel to and from their workplace during the quarantine period. The provisions on the arrangements of work quarantines have not been changed.

Assessment quarantine

An assessment quarantine is a quarantine period that is in effect while efforts are made to trace the contagion. In this case, follow the guidelines on quarantine until you know whether you need to remain in quarantine. Sometimes companies or organisations make the decision to send their employees home if an infection is discovered while the matter is being assessed, while sometimes the request is made by the contagion tracing team. No certificates are issued in regards to absences from work due to assessment quarantines.

In quarantine, you may:

Take a short walk around your quarantine accommodation
Use the flybus, private car and taxi when travelling from the airport
Go to the doctor, but call first

In quarantine, you may not:

Have contact with other people unless they are vaccinated
Be in a crowded place
Use buses, domestic flights or public transport
Go for a drive
Go shopping or to a restaurant
Stay in a motorhome/caravan
Stay at a hostel
Visit tourist destinations
Go to the site of the volcanic eruption

Rules on quarantine upon arrival in Iceland.

Everyone should quarantine, except passengers who present a vaccination certificate or a certificate of previous infection.

Those who do not present a certificate at the border must quarantine for five days and go for another test at the end of quarantine.

Passengers are permitted to quarantine at home provided that their accommodation meets certain requirements.

Quarantine control

Everyone in quarantine who is not in a quarantine hotel will receive at least one telephone call from the quarantine control team of the Chief Epidemiologist and Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management. The goal is to ensure that everyone is given information and instructions on the rules that apply. Those who need further support will be given such support and further assistance. The police will be informed of possible violations of quarantine rules as appropriate. The telephone number of the quarantine control team is 444-2504.

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