Testing for SARS-CoV-2 at the border

The test for the detection of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test where a respiratory sample is taken (nose and throat swab) in search for the virus's nucleic acid (genetic material). For passengers that choose testing, the first test is on arrival at the border and the second test is 5 days later and performed locally by the primary health care service.

Waiting time at the border before testing is expected to be less than one hour. Following the test, passengers should continue to their registered place of residence in Iceland. Passengers need to undergo quarantine until the result of the second test are reported, and they are advised to take the utmost care and consider their health and others.

A negative result from a PCR test means that the virus is not detectable and an exemption from quarantine is given if both tests are negative. A positive test means that viral substance has been detected and an individual is infected. Those who test positive will be invited to undergo an antibody test, which is a blood test that can answer whether an individual has an old infection or a new active infection. An individual with an active infection must undergo 14 days of isolation and will be followed by the health care service. Those who have been in close contact with a person with an active infection need to go into quarantine. The Contact Tracing team assesses and decides who needs to go into isolation or quarantine. An individual with antibodies that indicate that an infection is old does not need to be isolated.

Passengers are expected to receive information on the results of their test within 24 hours, usually the same day or, if arrival time is after 5 pm, the next day. Passengers will be notified of the result in the tracing app, Rakning C-19, through heilsuvera.is, or in a text message. Positive results will be announced by telephone to the phone number confirmed during pre-registration. It is necessary to be able to reach all travellers to report their test results so a functioning phone is required.

Samples will be discarded after analysis but depersonalized data may be used to compile statistics on the COVID-19 disease.

Fyrst birt 10.06.2020
Síðast uppfært 17.12.2020

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