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. Such a transfer should be reported to the Department of Civil Protection and can be done at the web chat on covid.is.
Accommodation 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.
  • Private facility to prepare meals/dine
  • Individuals in the household who have not been exposed can be in the same place as a quarantined person but should adhere to strict hygiene and infection control. Those not in quarantine may attend work or school.

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

If staying in an apartment building or a hotel/guest house specia attention should be paid to the 2 metre distance between persons and to hand hygiene care when entering or exiting or moving through common spaces. Avoid touching common surfaces and do not dwell in common areas while in quarantine such as stairwells, laundry rooms, hotel reception, sauna, swimming pool etc.

Each unit that is used for quarantine should have a laundry facility. Alternately, those in quarantine must bring enough clothing to last the duration of quarantine and consider the need for towels and linens. Hotels that offer accommodation for quarantine must provide access to sufficient linens to guests for the duration of quarantine. See also instructions for employees in quarantine facilities on the website for the Directorate of Health.

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. 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. The norm is two 30 min. walks per day.

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.

It is allowed to go for your scheduled second COVID-19 test for those in travel related quarantine but you should return to your quarantine location after the test to await the result. A private car/rental car or taxi can be used, or you can walk if close by. Same applies for the 7th day testing during quarantine due to exposure to a case.

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.

Those whose accomodations are deemed not to meet the above requirements could be required to stay in an official quarantine facility/quarantine hotel.

See also instructions for individuals in quarantine.


Fyrst birt 24.04.2020
Síðast uppfært 28.08.2021

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