Appropriate housing while in quarantine

Persons in quarantine must remain in the same accommodations for the duration of quarantine. Upon arrival in Iceland, it is permitted to stay one night in appropriate accommodations near the point of entry prior to travelling directly to the quarantine accommodations used for the duration of quarantine. It is prohibited to move between locations unnecessarily, e.g. from hotel to hotel or between regions in Iceland. An example of a justifiable reason to change accommodation while in quarantine is illness when care in hospital is required. In such instances the travelling companions or family members who are also in quarantine may move to accommodation closer to the hospital. Such a transfer should be reported to the Chief Epidemiologist (

Accommodation that is used for quarantine must offer the following:

  • Single occupancy units or single-family units
  • Private hygiene facilities (lavatory, sink and shower or bathtub) per unit
  • One bed/mattress per occupant or space for occupants to lay down their own mattress
      • A family unit must be large enough to allow 1 metres distance between the beds.

As persons in quarantine may not visit restaurants or grocery stores, when choosing location and type of accommodations it is important to understand what options are available for obtaining necessities in the area while in quarantine and what arrangements can be made for meals or preparing meals while in quarantine.

It is not recommended that people who do not habitually live together use the same accommodations, hygiene facilities, cooking facilities etc. during quarantine. Cabins/lodges, hostels and camping facilities where multiple, unrelated individuals share a kitchen or hygiene facilities may not offer accommodation for people in quarantine and persons in quarantine may not use any such shared facilities while in quarantine. See also instructions for individuals in quarantine.

Each unit used for quarantine ideally has a private entrance, but if that is not the case the following applies when persons in quarantine enter or exit their unit:

  • 2 metre distance between unrelated persons should be carefully observed
  • hand hygiene should be attended to before and after moving through common spaces
  • persons in quarantine should avoid touching common surfaces as much as possible, but practice careful hand hygiene before and after touching any surface in common areas

Each unit that is used for quarantine should ideally have private laundry facilities. Alternately, those in quarantine must bring enough clothing to last the duration of quarantine without washing and consider their need for towels and linens. Hotels that offer accommodation for quarantine must provide access to sufficient linens to all guests in quarantine for the duration of quarantine. Hotels and other who offer accommodations during quarantine should use the instructions for employees in quarantine facilities on the website for the Directorate of Health when making arrangements for guests in quarantine.

Persons in quarantine may not linger in common areas such as the reception area or use any shared facilities or equipment such as sauna, swimming pool or exercise facilities during quarantine.

Communication with staff should be by phone or computer, not in person.

Persons in quarantine may use balconies or gardens/outside areas that are for the private use for their individual unit during quarantine. If no such facilities are present, persons in quarantine may take walks in public areas in the vicinity of their quarantine location, for health reasons, but must maintain 2 metres distance from other pedestrians while exiting the quarantine accommodation and during their walk. Persons in quarantine may not use facilities or equipment in public spaces, such as benches, tables, exercise equipment, public lavatories, public showers/pools or drinking fountains.

If quarantine is spent in a hotel or official quarantine facility where staff members are responsible for maintenance, supplies and janitorial services, the staff must have access to facilities that are reserved for use by staff (sink, lavatory, break facilities and workspace) and inaccessible to quarantined individuals.

Fyrst birt 24.04.2020
Síðast uppfært 17.12.2020

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