Welcome to Iceland, dear traveller. What happens next?

All arriving passengers can choose between a 14-day quarantine or a double testing procedure along with a quarantine for 5-6 days in between testing.

The first test is at the border and the second test is 5 days after arrival. Quarantine is lifted if the second test is negative. Day 1 is the day after arrival, e.g. if the first test is on a Wednesday the second test is scheduled for Monday.

Awaiting results from the first screening test:

  1. 1. The rules of quarantine apply once you leave the border point. Once the sample for the PCR test is collected, you must go directly to your place of quarantine. You are not allowed to use public transportation (such as public bus or domestic flights) but use of taxi is allowed as well as private or rental car. If necessary, you are permitted to spend one night in appropriate quarantine accommodation near the point of entry, before travelling to the final place of quarantine.
  2. 2. Please make sure to download the app Rakning C-19, available through www.covid.is/app. The app delivers negative test results and assists in tracing infection if necessary. Furthermore, the app contains information about the healthcare system in Iceland and important tips about COVID-19 for your safety. Additional information about the app is available on www.covid.is/app/en.
  3. 3. If your test result is positive, you will receive a phone call from the COVID out-patient ward of the National Hospital (Landspitali) and additional measures to confirm an active infection will be explained. Negative results are communicated via the Rakning C-19 app or by SMS message to the phone number verified at pre-registration. If you do not receive your results within 24 hours please send an e-mail to testc19@landlaeknir.is and include your barcode in the email.

Quarantine between tests:

While in quarantine, you must stay at your registered location and avoid contact with other people. Pay attention to personal hygiene, especially hand hygiene. Please have your phone switched on at all times, to be able to receive calls or messages on the results of the COVID-19 test and for the function of the tracing app Rakning C-19.


During quarantine, you:

  • may seek necessary health care services by contacting the nearest primary care clinic, on-call services (1700 or +354 544 4113) or emergency services (112) by phone.
  • may use taxis, rental cars or private cars when leaving the base of quarantine is necessary
  • may take a walk in areas where few other people are present, but must stay at least 1 meter away from any other pedestrians.
  • must not go for a drive, unless when going from point of entry to your final place of quarantine, or when going to the second screening.
  • must not have direct contact with persons not part of your own household; regarding contact with persons in your household you should pay careful attention to hygiene and attempt to remain at least 1 meter distant at all times.
  • must not use public transport (but may use taxi if necessary to leave the place of quarantine).
  • must not visit restaurants, bars, gyms, swimming pools, cinemas, theatres, attend public or private gatherings of any kind or size, or visit any place where crowds may be encountered.
  • must not enter grocery stores, pharmacies or other stores. Delivery services are available in some but not all towns.
  • must not attend school or work.
  • may not go sightseeing.

Please note: If your first test was positive, whether or not you are isolated with active infection or released from quarantine due to recovered infection, you should not attend the second screening.

Awaiting results from the second screening test:


After the second test, you must return to the site of quarantine and remain there until you receive the results. If the results are negative, you are released from quarantine. A positive result, however, will always require isolation.

Symptoms: If you develop symptoms that may be due to COVID-19, either during the quarantine or afterwards, you should contact (by phone) the nearest primary care clinic or the on-call service (Laeknavaktin at 1700 or +354 544 4113). Symptoms may include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Body aches, fatigue
  • Runny or stuffy nose, sore throat
  • Sudden changes in sense of taste and/or smell
  • Vomiting, diarrhoea (more common in children)

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 you must not visit a health care facility or a screening site, but should call first and notify them so that providers can be prepared to help you while keeping themselves and others safe.


Fyrst birt 17.08.2020

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