Work quarantine – general instructions

Applicants for work quarantine for employees/contractors coming from overseas are responsible for ensuring that conditions in the workplace fulfil infection prevention rules and for ensuring that employees follow the requisite infection prevention rules.

General infection prevention in work quarantine

  1. An employee in work quarantine must undergo a PCR screening test on arrival in Iceland and download the infection tracking app of the Department of Civil Protection. The employee in question may not begin work before a negative result from the screening has been obtained.
  2. Effective social distancing rules must always be followed, both by employees in quarantine and co-workers.
  3. Employees in work quarantine and co-workers must familiarise themselves with the appropriate infection prevention rules as per the instructions of the Chief Epidemiologist.
  4. Everyone involved, such as co-workers and service providers must be provided with information on work quarantine.
  5. Facemasks are to be used in common areas where it is not possible to maintain social distancing, i.e. on the way to and from work, if the person in question needs to pass through public areas or take a taxi.
  6. The employee is to maintain hand sanitation in accordance with basic infection prevention measures and at a minimum before and after interaction in common areas, before and after use of equipment in the workplace, before and after the use of lavatories and before and after consumption of meals. If gloves are used while working (work gloves or disposable gloves), hand sanitisation must be employed before and after the use of gloves. See instructions on the intelligent use of gloves
  7. General rules on quarantine apply outside the workplace.

More detailed instructions on work quarantine

Employees in work quarantine are to have separate living quarters, i.e. stay in separate rooms, with separate hygiene facilities and separate facilities to eat and the employer must obtain and provide the necessary resources, such as hygiene materials and food. At the workplace, there must be separate facilities to eat as well as separate hygiene facilities.

  1. All property or equipment of employees in work quarantine must be stored in their living quarters and not in foyers or other shared areas in the building.
  2. Access to shared areas must be limited as far as possible and the person in work quarantine must make every effort to avoid touching what others use in shared areas unless such surfaces are disinfected immediately thereafter, i.e. door handles/knobs, light switches, etc.
  3. Employees in work quarantine shall remain in their pre-defined workstation while in work quarantine and not roam about the workplace while other employees are working. Unnecessary visits to other parts of the workplace are undesirable while in work quarantine.
  4. Holding meetings with persons in work quarantine is not recommended. If such meetings are unavoidable, all attendees must be informed about the person in work quarantine and permission must be obtained from their supervisors. Care must be taken to ensure that the location of the meeting is sufficiently large to enable attendees to maintain applicable social distance limits among themselves and that a distance of at least 2 metres is between the attendees in work quarantine and those not in quarantine. The location must be properly ventilated and have good acoustics so that attendees do not need to raise their voices. Face masks and disinfectant is to be used at the meeting. Care must be taken to ensure that those who are in work quarantine do not share cutlery with others and that they have access to a separate area for meals, to rest and separate hygiene facilities. In addition, service providers are to be informed of the quarantine.
  5. Employees in work quarantine may not interact with the general public or spend time in restaurants and cafés. Face masks and hand sanitiser must be used and contact surfaces disinfected if using public areas and the time spent therein must be as short as possible.
  6. Employees in work quarantine must be ensured safe modes of travel. Employees in work quarantine may not use public transport, such as scheduled domestic flights or buses. They may, however, use rental cars or taxis provided that the company in question is informed of the quarantine when the vehicle is booked. If travelling for long distances, efforts shall be made to keep stops where people congregate to a minimum. If travel by ferry is necessary, the company must be informed of the work quarantine.

In the event of the slightest suspicion of flu-like symptoms, the employee may not enter the workplace. The employee must notify his supervisor, remain in the quarantine living quarters and contact the health centre. Information on symptoms and responses thereto may be found on the website

In the event of an infection, the conditions for work quarantine will be cancelled and the infected person will enter isolation and any contacts will be placed in quarantine.

In the event of any violations of the rules on quarantine in these circumstances, the permit for work quarantine will be cancelled. Violations of quarantine laws and rules established thereunder are subject to fines or imprisonment for up to three months, as provided for in Article 19 of Act No. 19/1997.

Information on effective restrictions on gatherings and on social distancing may be found on

General rules on quarantine

Fyrst birt 09.11.2020

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