Special precaution for COVID-19

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Special precaution is used when an individual has had possible exposure to COVID-19 but quarantine is not considered necessary. The individual may have had contact with or frequented the same place as someone subsequently diagnosed with COVID-19. The date of the contact with the infected person is called date of exposure. You can receive notification of possible exposure from:

  • The contact tracing team: contact with the infected person was minimal.
  • The Rakning C-19 app.

Special precaution is not a formal quarantine, but it is important to exercise caution and pay special attention to personal infection control:

  • Limit contact with vulnerable individuals and others as much as possible.
  • Be especially aware of any symptoms. If symptoms occur, go for a PCR-test immediately.

Main symptoms of COVID-19: Fever, cough, cold symptoms, sore throat, weakness, tiredness, headache, bone/muscle aches, sudden change of sense of smell or taste, abdominal pain and diarrhea.

Invidiuals with symptoms of COVID-19 should go immediately for PCR-testing. A test because of symptoms can be ordered on Heilsuvera:

  • If you have electronic ID you can order a test through Mínar síður at heilsuvera.is
  • If you do not have electronic ID, you can order a test from Heilsuvera web chat or a health center during daytime hours, or outside daytime hours at Læknavaktinn at 1700 (+354 544 4113).
  • In an emergency, call 112.

Note: A negative result from a test ordered because of symptoms does not come instead of restults from the rapid test scheduled on day 1 and day 4 after exposure. You still need to take the rapid tests as outlined here below.

Rapid antigen tests for individuals in Special Precaution:

You need to undergo a rapid antigen test on the first day of Special Precaution and again on the fourth day.

You will receive a barcode in a text message immediately after registering in Special Precaution. On day 3, you will be sent another barcode for the second rapid test.

You can choose where you go for the rapid test. Information on test centers and opening hours.

You need to present the barcode you received the day before. If you are unable to attend on the scheduled day, you can attend later.


If the rapid test results will be sent via text message. You can check the status of your test at visit.covid.is. If a result from a rapid test has not been received within one hour you can ask at Heilsuvera web chat. If the test on the fourth day is negative Special Precaution is lifted but please continue to be especially aware of any sympomts for 14 days after exposure.

If the rapid test is positive you are required to undergo a PCR-test and follow rules on isolationwhile waiting results of the PCR-test. A barcode for a PCR-test will be sent to you.

Information at covid.is including a web chat for questions.

Fyrst birt 02.07.2021
Síðast uppfært 06.09.2021

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