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Quarantine

Quarantine is used when an individual has possibly been infected with COVID-19 but is not yet symptomatic. Isolation is for those who have a confirmed COVID-19 infection but do not need a hospital stay. Special precaution is used when an individual has possibly been exposed to COVID-19 but quarantine is not considered necessary. The Tracing Team assesses the risk each time, often in collaboration with school administrators or employers.

It’s important that people take action themselves if they know that they have been exposed to an infection (i.e. have met someone infected), because then there is a chance that people will get sick and infect others. They should then go into quarantine immediately and wait for a message from the Tracing Team, which formally registers people in quarantine.

You will be quarantined if:

You have come into contact with someone who turned out to be infected.
You are travelling from abroad and do not have a certificate of vaccination or previous COVID-19 infection.

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.

Quarantine ends

Quarantine can be shortened to 5 days if you get tested; otherwise, quarantine is 14 days.
You will automatically receive a bar code for the test; you do not need to register specifically for it.
A quarantine that takes place in a home where someone is in isolation ends with a negative result from the test after isolation has been lifted. The household members can then expect quarantine for a day longer than isolation lasts. In order to fulfill the conditions for shortening the quarantine to 5 days, there must be a complete separation between the individual in isolation and the individual in quarantine.

Amended rules for people with triple vaccination or a former COVID-19 infection and double vaccination.

Amended rules for:

People with triple vaccination who recived the last dose more than 14 days prior to exposure.  
People with a former COVID-19 infection and double vaccination given they recived the last dose more than 14 days prior to exposure.

The altered rules include that the person in question is in fact still in quarantine with the following exceptions:

may attend work or school and obtain necessary services, such as health care, go to grocery stores and pharmacies and use public transport.
is not permitted to attend gatherings or places where more than 20 people gather, except in the context mentioned above.
is obliged to wear a mask when in contact with everyone except those who are considered to be closely related, and the obligation to wear a mask also applies even if it is possible to keep a distance of two meters.
is not permitted to visit health care institutions, including nursing homes, except with the special permission of the relevant institution.
is obliged to avoid contact with vulnerable individuals who are at increased risk of serious illness if they become infected with Covid-19.

Home quarantine

It’s 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

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 that 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) and follow the rules on isolation while waiting for the test results. Members of the same household must immediately quarantine and await the test results.
It should be kept in mind that people are in quarantine because it is possible that they have been infected with COVID-19. If they get sick, all those who have been in contact with the individual in question will be quarantined. Therefore, close contact with individuals in quarantine is undesirable.
It is permitted to stay in one’s own home even if another household member is quarantined there.

Detailed instructions on quarantining at home.

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:

Be around other people.
Be in a crowded place.
Use buses, domestic flights or public transport.
Go for a drive.
Use equipment in public spaces such as for sports or in playgrounds.
Go shopping or to a restaurant.
Stay in a motorhome/caravan.
Stay at a hostel.
Visit tourist destinations.

Housing in quarantine

The Directorate of Health has issued guidelines on suitable housing in quarantine.

Here you can see a list of accommodations that accommodate guests in quarantine.

The Chief Epidemiologist may, in exceptional cases, decide that an individual who is quarantined should stay in a public quarantine facility, such as if the person in question cannot isolate themselves in their own housing or if it is shown that they will not comply with quarantine rules. 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 are guidelines 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.

A parent with a child in quarantine does not need to be registered as being in quarantine and does not need to be tested in order to shorten their quarantine from 14 days to 5. It is sufficient that the child is registered in quarantine and gets tested.

Confirmation/certification of quarantine

In order to be able to issue a confirmation/certificate, individuals must be registered in quarantine. This is done by the Chief Epidemiologist and Department of Civil Protection’s Tracing Team. A video has been prepared showing how to apply for a certificate on heilsuvera.is. 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 and quarantine instructed by the Chief Epidemiologist and the Department of Civil Protection’s Tracing Team.
Parents of a child placed in quarantine receive a certificate due to the child.

Work quarantine

The Chief Epidemiologist may authorise individuals, 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.

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 get tested at the border, 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.

The protection of personal information is subject to Act No. 90/2018. Information is shared with responders, i.e. fire brigades and others in charge of ambulance transport and the police, who enforce compliance with infection prevention rules.

Breaches of infection prevention rules may be punishable by a fine.

A request for justification for a quarantine decision shall be directed to the Chief Epidemiologist.

Right of complaint: Those who are made to undergo quarantine can appeal the decision that they are obliged to be quarantined in court, cf. Article 15 of Act No. 19/1997. An appeal will not postpone implementation of the decision.

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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