Quarantine and containment zones

Quarantine is used when a person is possibly infected with a disease but is not yet symptomatic. Isolation applies to patients with symptoms of an infectious disease.

You quarantine if:

You have been in contact with someone with COVID-19
Someone in your household goes into quarantine and you cannot stay elsewhere.
Your child is quarantined.
You come from hig-risk zones abroad.

You do not quarantine if

You have been in contact with someone that needs to go into quarantine
Your neighbour is infected, (f.eks. in the same building) unless you have been in contact with them.
You travel from a high-risk zone but have vaccination certificate. You still need to quarantine until you get a negative resault from screaning at the border.
You travel from a high-risk zone but have a certificate for a prior infection. You still need to quarantine until you get a negative resault from screaning at the border.
You travel from a country that is not a high risk zone. (Greenland).

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.

In quarantine

If one member of a household goes into quarantine, then everyone staying in that home needs to quarantine as well or stay elsewhere. People that for some reason cannot leave the household must be quarantined as well. All those that are quarantined in the home must register with a form found at Mínar síður on heilsuvera.is
Contact with other people is prohibited. Therefore, a quarantined individual may need assistance with necessities, etc.
If the home is quarantined, friends or relatives may take care of supplies and leave them at the front door but should not have direct contact with the quarantined person.
If the whole household is quarantined, friends or relatives can assist with necessities and leave at the front door. 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, he or she must be tested immediately (a private car or taxi may be used, and it must be stated that the individual is in quarantine).

Detailed instructions on quarantining at home.

Housing used for quarantine must, amongst other things, fulfil the following:

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

Those who are unable to stay in accommodation that meets the above requirements must stay in a public quarantine facility during their quarantine. However, people travelling from abroad can stay one night close to the border entry point at a suitable quarantine place before heading to the final place of residence after arriving in Iceland. It is not allowed to move between accommodation or between parts of Iceland unnecessarily, and it is important to report any movements to the Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management, e.g. on 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 are guidelines and suggestions for the parents/guardians of children on activities during quarantine and how to explain what a quarantine is to children. In addition, instructions have been prepared for the parents/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 and can be accessed on heilsuvera.is. Those who need to be quarantined can register information about it on the website heilsuvera.is and receive a certificate. The certificates are free of charge. An electronic ID is required to register into Heilsuvera.

Work quarantine

As before, the Chief Epidemiologist may authorise persons, individually or 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 such case, follow the instructions that apply to quarantines 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 and request that such employees remain at home while the matter is being investigated and 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.

If others in the household are quarantined but you are not

If someone in your home has been infected and is quarantined at home, but you are not, it is important that you do not stay in the same place. If you do not want to or cannot leave the home, you will also need to quarantine and follow all quarantine rules until a negative test result is obtained and everyone in the household is released from quarantine.

In Quarantine you may:

Go for a short walk close by your place of quarantine
Use the flybus from the airport
Drive a private car from the airport
Take a taxi from the airport
Go to the doctor, but call first

In Quarantine you may not:

Go to touristic places or go sightseeing
Go to the volcanic eruption site
Be in crowded places
Use the bus, domestic flights or public transportation
Go for a drive
Go shopping or to a restaurant
Stay in a mobile home
Stay in a hostel

Division into quarantine compartments

Division into quarantine compartments is a quarantine measure and one of the ways used to limit the spread of COVID-19 in Iceland. Instructions on divisions into quarantine compartments have been issued and apply to all compartment divisions outdoors and indoors. The main rules on divisions into quarantine compartments are:

Restrictions on the size of gatherings depend on the decision of the authorities at any given time.
The social distancing rule of 2 metres between individuals who do not share a home must be followed.
There should be no contact (mixing) between compartments.

In all areas, it is applicable that guests should not enter the area if they:

Are in quarantine.
Are in isolation (also while waiting for testing results).
Have symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, fever, sore throat, cold, headache, bone or muscle aches and fatigue).

Quarantine control

Everyone in home quarantine gets at least one phonecall from the quarantine control, run by the Chief Epidemiologist and Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management. The goal is for all quarantined people to get instructions and introduction of the rules, and for those who need more support and follow up to get that. The quarantine controls phone number is 444-2504.

Easily readable information on the coronavirus can be found here. The information was prepared by the National Association of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities.

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