Obligation to stay in a quarantine facility upon arrival in Iceland from areas and countries that are considered very high-risk for COVID-19

Travellers who need to quarantine or isolate and come from or have stayed in certain high-risk areas for COVID-19 must stay in quarantine or isolation in an official quarantine facility according to Regulation No. 435/2021. This applies equally to citizens and residents of Iceland as well as others. High-risk areas are assessed based on infection indicence and testing information.

  • The Chief Epidemiologist regularly publishes a list of countries with areas that fall under the provision on high-risk areas (see tables below).
  • In general, the list is updated every two weeks, but earlier if needed.
  • Where a traveller comes from or has stayed is based on country of residence and country of departure (starting country of the trip) according to pre-registration and travel arrangements.
  • If countries are divided into more than one area where the incidence of infection is different, the assessment is according to the area where the incidence is highest.
  • If adequate information on the incidence of infection or test taking is not available for an area or country, it can be considered a high-risk area.
  • For countries with the highest risk (category II), an exemption from a stay in a quarantine facility cannot be granted, unless under certain defined circumstances. See details here.
  • For other high-risk areas (category I), the Chief Epidemiologist may grant an exemption from a stay in a quarantine facility, if it is demonstrated that all the conditions for quarantine in own premises are met.
    • An application for an exemption must be received by the Chief Epidemiologist no later than two days before arrival in the country.
    • An exemption request is submitted by checking the option in pre-registration on covid.is.
  • Travellers who come from countries that are not considered very high-risk (countries other than listed here) who do not have adequate accommodation will be obliged to stay in a quarantine facility.
  • The Chief Epidemiologist's decision to reject a request for an exemption may be submitted to the district court, and the Chief Epidemiologist shall be notified of this request by sending an e-mail to sottkvi@landlaeknir.is. Such cases are governed by Article 15 of Act no. 19/1997.
  • Also, a decision regarding a stay in a quarantine house may be submitted to a district court and such cases are dealt with under Article 15 of Act no. 19/1997.

 

High risk areas in category II. Highest risk. Mandate to stay in a quarantine facility.
Data from ECDC, 29 April 2021 (week 16).

Country

Incidence

Percent positive tests

Andorra

659

6,8

Argentina

725

29,2

Bahrain

876

6,8

Croatia

838

21,6

Cyprus

1231

1,4

France

1076

10,2

Hungary

527

11,9

Lithuania

927

6,1

Netherlands

806

10,0

Poland

622

15,2

Serbia

541

18,3

Spain, mainland

546

7,6

Sweden

1112

10,9

Turkey

939

16,6

Uruguay

1157

19,4

Cape Verde

603

No data

Seychelles

653

No data

 

High risk areas in category I. Mandate to stay in a quarantine facility but can apply for exemption.
Data from ECDC, 29 April 2021 (week 16).

Country

Incidence

Percent positive tests

Afghanistan

5

No data

Albania

75

5,7

Algeria

6

No data

Angola

7

No data

Antigua and Barbuda

35

No data

Armenia

342

17,2

Austria

355

No data

Azerbaijan

263

No data

Bahamas

155

No data

Bangladesh

37

14,3

Barbados

31

No data

Belarus

180

8,6

Belgium

479

8,0

Belize

24

No data

Benin

2

No data

Bolivia

125

13,2

Bosnia and Herzegovina

344

22,9

Botswana

126

No data

Brazil

401

No data

Brunei Darussalam

1

No data

Bulgaria

392

13,2

Burkina Faso

1

No data

Burundi

5

No data

Cambodia

33

No data

Cameroon

33

No data

Canada

310

6,3

Central African Republic

16

No data

Chad

1

No data

Chile

485

10,9

China

0

No data

Colombia

461

23,9

Comoros

5

No data

Costa Rica

367

22,9

Cuba

133

5,1

DR Congo

1

No data

Djibouti

94

No data

Dominican Republic

68

14,2

Ecuador

157

40,6

Egypt

12

No data

El Salvador

32

6,6

Equatorial Guinea

24

No data

Eritrea

5

No data

Estonia

423

8,4

Eswatini

92

No data

Ethiopia

20

19,5

Gabon

81

No data

Gambia

11

No data

Germany

494

11,2

Grenada

1

No data

Guatemala

104

15,3

Guinea

7

No data

Guinea Bissau

2

No data

Guyana

199

No data

Haiti

1

No data

Holy See (Vatican City)

0

No data

Honduras

110

No data

India

260

20,3

Indonesia

27

12,4

Iran

413

19,3

Iraq

281

17,6

Italy

527

4,6

Jamaica

80

12,9

Japan

46

6,5

Jordan

380

12,7

Kazakhstan

206

5,5

Kenya

21

11,4

Kosovo

337

No data

Kuwait

465

16,1

Kyrgyzstan

56

No data

Laos

4

No data

Lebanon

353

No data

Lesotho

1

No data

Liberia

0

No data

Libya

115

No data

Liechtenstein

348

5,8

Madagascar

26

35,3

Maldives

418

6,9

Mali

9

No data

Marshall Islands

0

No data

Mauritania

4

No data

Mauritius

2

No data

Mexico

31

17,6

Micronesia

No data

No data

Moldova

196

No data

Monaco

193

No data

Mongolia

476

9,6

Montenegro

360

No data

Morocco

20

6,5

Mozambique

3

6

Myanmar

0

No data

Namibia

97

11,1

Nepal

69

26

Nicaragua

2

No data

Niger

0

No data

North Macedonia

421

19,5

Oman

367

No data

Pakistan

34

9,9

Palestine

471

26,2

Papua New Guinea

23

No data

Paraguay

446

37,7

Peru

348

No data

Philippines

121

19,4

Qatar

447

18

Romania

368

8,2

Saint Kitts and Nevis

0

No data

Saint Lucia

80

No data

Saint Vincent

34

No data

San Marino

270

No data

Sao Tome and Principe

15

No data

Sierra Leone

1

No data

Slovenia

519

2,3

Solomon Islands

0

No data

Somalia

9

No data

Spain, not mainland*

117

7,6

Sri Lanka

29

6

Sudan

4

No data

Suriname

143

No data

Switzerland

299

8,6

Syria

11

No data

Tajikistan

0

No data

Timor Leste

61

No data

Trinidad and Tobago

97

14,3

Tunisia

252

28,3

Ukraine

387

26,3

Tanzania

0

No data

United States of America

259

6,2

Uzbekistan

13

No data

Vanuatu

0

No data

Venezuela

58

No data

Vietnam

0

No data

Yemen

2

No data

*Canary Islands not included.

 

About the list:

Countries are classified into three categories :

Category I: Incidence 500–699/100,000 inhabitants over 14 days, or incidence under 500 and the positive rate 5% or more or information about the country or region is insufficient. Exemption from stay in quarantine house can be requested in the pre-registration.

Category II: Highest risk: Incidence 700/100,000 inhabitants or higher over 14 days, or incidence 500–699 and the positive rate 5% or more or information about the country or region is insufficient. Exemption not granted unless under certain specific circumstances.

Category III: Incidence under 500 and the positive rate is under 5%. Not considered very high-risk and stay in quarantine facility is not required. These countries are not listed specifically.

More on methods:

  • Incidence: Reported new cases of COVID-19 over 14 days per 100.000 inhabitants. If incidence of infection is different in areas, the area with the highest incidence is used.
  • Positive rate - share of tests returning a positive result: (positive tests)/(total number of tests)*100%.

The incidence in regions/countries is obtained from ECDC as well as the positive rate within the EEA area. ECDC updates data weekly. ECDC divides the EEA countries into areas for the incidence of infections, but other countries are not regionalized. The positive rate outside the EEA is from ourworldindata.org, which updates data daily. No data are used for the classification of countries that is older than two weeks.

References:

  1. https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/covid-19/situation-updates/weekly-maps-coordinated-restriction-free-movement
  2. Data on 14-day notification rate of new COVID-19 cases and deaths (europa.eu)
  3. https://ourworldindata.org/coronavirus-testing

Next update planned 24 May, 2021, but earlier if indicated.


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