Guidelines for the public regarding lifting of COVID-19 restrictions


We have now reached a milestone in the fight against COVID-19 and all domestic and border restrictions were lifted at midnight on 25.2.2022. Despite the lifting of all restrictions, the COVID-19 pandemic is still ongoing domestically, although severe consequences are rare. Therefore, everyone is still advised to pay close attention to various aspects of testing, treatment and infection control to minimize, as much as possible, uncontrolled spread of the epidemic and any serious consequences.

Various guidelines and information regarding COVID-19 can be found at and and the public is requested to stay informed. This article will cover a few issues that are important to the public.


Testing for the diagnosis of COVID-19

PCR tests are now offered again for diagnosing COVID-19.

Those with symptoms indicating COVID-19 can continue to book a test from the primary health care service at Heilsuvera. At Heilsugaesla hofuðborgarsvaedisins, Alfabakki 16, 109 Reykjavik, only PCR tests will be offered. Other primary care centers will offer either PCR or rapid antigen tests. Doctors can also order PCR tests based upon indications. There is no need to confirm the results of rapid antigen tests with a PCR test. Tests due to symptoms are free of charge.

Self-tests are now commonly used in households and workplaces. A positive test result from a self-test suffices to diagnose COVID-19. However, for the diagnosis to be registered in public databases and the medical record, it must be confirmed by PCR or a rapid antigen test at a primary health care center.


Individual infection control  

Although all official COVID-19 measures have been lifted, the public is advised to exercise caution to avoid infection. This involves maintaining a one-meter distance from unrelated individuals, using face masks in crowded places and where you cannot keep a one-meter distance, washing and sanitising your hands and ensuring good ventilation in closed spaces.



With the removal of all restrictions due to COVID-19, there is no longer an obligation to isolate if diagnosed with COVID-19. Those diagnosed with COVID-19 who have respiratory symptoms and fever, are advised to avoid others for at least five days from diagnosis and to follow guidelines for isolation at home. Those diagnosed who have mild to no symptoms and are afebrile can follow guidelines on Special Precaution.

Those diagnosed with COVID-19 are asked to inform the individuals they were in close contact with for 1-2 days before the onset symptoms or a positive test, as others may be infected. These individuals are considered exposed (see below).


Quarantine and Special Precaution

The obligation to quarantine was abolished by an amendment to the regulations on 12 February 2022. Instead, exposed individuals were encouraged to exercise Special Precaution for five days.  Exposed individuals are still encouraged to follow Special Precaution and follow isolation guidelines or undergo a rapid antigen test if they develop symptoms suggesting COVID-19 in the week after exposure.


Guidelines for those diagnosed with COVID-19

Those diagnosed with COVID-19 are encouraged to follow guidelines for isolation referred to above. The primary health care service, in collaboration with the Chief Epidemiologist, will issue further instructions to those who are ill, including general advice for those isolating at home as well as instructions on when and how to seek medical care due to illness.


Medical Certificates for COVID-19

Results and certificates of a positive COVID-19 test are sent to individuals. Certificates for the period of illness and self-isolation due to COVID-19 e.g. because of absence from work or school must be obtained from a doctor as any medical certificate for any other illnesses. Employers and school administrators are asked to show understanding if individuals need to stay at home due to illness.  



Fyrst birt 25.02.2022
Síðast uppfært 31.03.2022

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