Instructions for persons under home-based quarantine

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All travellers from risk areas for COVID-19 who enter Iceland are obligated to pre-register before arrival. Fully vaccinated individuals and those with a confirmed previous infection or antibodies as well as children born 2005 and later are exempt from quarantine after travel. Other travellers have to quarantine.

Those who have been in close contact with an individual infected with COVID-19 might need to quarantine according to regulations and as decided by the Contact Tracing Team of the Department of Civil Protection and the Chief Epidemiologist.

In this and other documents relating to quarantine in Iceland, the phrase “home-based quarantine” refers to quarantine outside of official quarantine facilities, whether in a home or hotel, or other accommodation fulfilling the requirements for quarantine housing. “Home” likewise refers to the base of quarantine, whether or not it is the permanent residence of the quarantined individual.

The word „traveller“ is used for all those who come to Iceland, regardless of residence, nationality or the purpose of their trip.

For those that need to quarantine, the same instructions for home quarantine apply for travellers and those who are exposed to an infected individual, except that travellers have to undergo testing upon arrival. Quarantine is lifted with a negative PCR-test after 5 days, but otherwise quarantine lasts for 14 days.

Specific instructions may apply in addition for public quarantine facilities/quarantine hotels.

Violations of infection control rules can result in fines. The authority of the Chief Epidemiologist to resort to quarantine and isolation is based on Act no. 19/1997. A request for justification for a decision on quarantine or isolation shall be directed to the Chief Epidemiologist. More information on the obligation of individuals to be quarantined or isolated or undergo testing for COVID-19 can be found here.

At the onset of home quarantine, the individual should read the following detailed information on the transmission routes and symptoms of COVID-19 infection, which can be found on the website of the Directorate of Health.


  • Individuals in the household who have not been exposed can be in the same place as the quarantined person but should adhere to strict hygiene and infection control. They may attend work or school.
  • Persons in the same household who share an exposure can be quarantined together in the same place.
  • Close contact with other people in the home is not recommended, e.g. hugging. Also, a quarantined individual may need assistance with necessities.
    • If the whole household is quarantined, friends or relatives can assist with necessities and leave at the front door but should not be in direct contact with those quarantined.
    • If delivery of food and other necessities is available in the area, this service can be utilized during quarantine. The quarantined individual should make clear upon ordering that he/she is in quarantine and the delivery should be left outside the front door.
  • If a quarantined individual becomes symptomatic with COVID-19, she/he should undergo a PCR-test immediately. A private car or taxi may be used and remember to note that the individual is in quarantine. Rules of isolation should be adhered to while awaiting results. Others residing in the home should go into quarantine while waiting for the results. If the test is positive then others in the same remain in quarantine according to instructions. The infected individual is in isolation and under care of the COVID outpatient unit of the hospital.
  • Also see instructions regarding children in quarantine.
  • See below special rules regardins quarantine of those with three vaccinations, or two vaccinations and previous COVID-19 infection.


A person under quarantine should stay in the home:

  • Accommodation for quarantine needs to fulfill the requirements for quarantine housing. This applies to private homes, rental apartments or hotel rooms.
  • Quarantined individuals may leave their home to seek necessary health care services, after consulting with a primary care clinic/1700 (+354 544 4113)/112.
  • Quarantined individual must not use public transport (such as domestic flights or bus) but they may use taxis, private car/rent-a-car to travel between border station and place of quarantine, to seek necessary health care or go for the second border screening. Travellers may use the Fly bus.
  • On arrival it may be necessary to travel to a base of quarantine remote from the point of entry into Iceland. It is permitted to stay one night near the border station before continuing to the base of quarantine. If quarantine duration is longer than the visit to Iceland, the same applies upon departure.
  • Quarantined individuals must not attend school or work where others attend.
  • Quarantined individual must not attend any gatherings, for work, family or social life.
  • Individuals who are in quarantine may attend funeral services, if they follow special instructions for conduct during the services. A negative result of border test should be confirmed before attending services. Individuals in quarantine in the same location as a COVID-19 patient cannot attend funeral services.
  • Quarantined individuals must not themselves go out for supplies, i.e. to the pharmacy, the grocery store, the post office, bank, etc.
  • Quarantined individuals must not visit restaurants, bars, fitness centers, swimming pools, theaters, cinemas, shopping malls, or other places where people come together.
  • Quarantined individuals must not stay in shared condominium space, i.e. stairwell, laundry rooms, or shared gardens/outdoor areas.
  • Quarantined individuals may not welcome guests in the home during quarantine.
  • Quarantined individuals can go out on a balcony or garden that is for their private use.
  • Quarantined individuals can go for a walk in the vicinity of their base of quarantine but need to keep at least 2 metre distance from other pedestrians but cannot visit places where many gather even if outdoors. The norm is two walks a day for a maximum of 30 minutes at a time.
  • Quarantined individuals may not go sightseeing and may not go out for a drive except between border station and base of quarantine upon arrival/departure, to seek necessary health care and for second border screening.


Special rules in quarantine for individuals with three vaccinations, or two vaccinations and previous COVID-19 infection:

Individuals in quarantine who have received three doses of COVID-19 vaccine, or who have been infected with COVID-19 vaccinated with two doses of COVID-19 vaccine do not need to completely separate from others while in quarantine.

Vaccines must be approved by the Icelandic Medicines Agency (Lyfjastofnun) and the third dose (or the second dose for those with previous COVID-19 infection) given at least 14 days ago.

The quarantine of these individuals includes restrictions for 5 days after exposure, as follows:

  • The individual may not attend events or go to places where more than 20 people gather.
  • The individual may attend work or school even if there are more than 20 people present.
  • The individual may seek the necessary services, e.g. health care, go for grocery shopping or to the drugstore and use public transportation.
  • The individual should wear a mask when around others who are not considered to be in close relations, even though it is possible to maintain a distance of two meters.
  • The individual is not allowed to visit health care facilities, including nursing homes, except with the special permission of the place in question. Furthermore, the individual should avoid contact with those who are at increased risk of serious illness if they are infected with COVID-19.
  • The individual should undergo PCR-test 5 days after exposure and be released from quarantine if the result is negative. Exposure day is day zero.
  • If an individual is in a quarantine without maintaining complete separation from an individual in isolation, the quarantine shall not be lifted until a day after the the isolation is lifted. A person in quarantine should then use the bar code he/she receives when the isolation of others in the same place ends (but not after 5 days).
  • An individual who does not undergo a PCR-test to lift quarantine should be subjected to quarantine for 14 days from exposure.
  • The individual must undergo PCR-testing without delay should he/she develop a suspicion of infection due to symptoms. However, a negative result from such a test does not shorten the quarantine.

Fyrst birt 04.11.2020
Síðast uppfært 12.01.2022

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