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FAQ regarding disease control measures at the border

As of April 27, 2021, new regulation  is in effect about quarantine and isolation and testing at the Icelandic border due to COVID-19.  With regards to inquiries made about quarantine houses and other novelties related to this regulatory change, Icelandic authorities have compiled the main questions and answers to them:

Tourist/passenger refers to any individual who travels between countries, whether they reside in this country or abroad. The following information therefore applies to everyone who arrives in the country.
Measures to contain the spread of infections at the borders apply eo all passengers coming from countries identified as risk areas by the Chief Epidemiologist. As of June 2, 2021, all countries are defined as risk areas, except Greenland.

Passengers are provided with necessary information by their airline on departure to Iceland. Upon arrival in Iceland, all passengers must be tested at the border. Following the testing, passengers receive information from border guards about the next steps. Testing at the border is free of charge. 

If you have a stopover on your way to Iceland, it only affects the definition of where you are considered coming from if you have stayed there for more than 24 hours.

Everyone who arrives in the country from defined risk areas must be tested at the border, regardless of age, also those who have a vaccination certificate or a certificate of a prior infection. Those who have the aforementioned certificates must follow quarantine rules until a negative result is obtained from testing. Testing at the border is free of charge. 
Everyone who arrives in the country from defined risk areas must undergo quarantine after testing at the border and another testing at the end of quarantine unless they have a valid vaccination certificate or a certificate of a prior infection.
Children born 2005 or later are tested at the border. If a child is travelling with an individual who is obligated to undergo quarantine, the child will stay there with them and is released from quarantine if the latter test from the fellow traveller is negative. If the fellow traveller is exempt from quarantine, the child is as well. A child travelling alone does not have to undergo quarantine. 

Yes, but you must list that hotel as your address during your quarantine in Iceland when you fill out the pre-registration form before arrival.

A person who is in a quarantine shall be isolated at the place of stay and if more individuals reside at the same location, they are subject to the same requirements that apply to quarantine, including not go to work, school or shops. The Chief Epidemiologist should also be notified. When pre-registering before arrival, you must register the place of stay where you will quarantine.

Further information here.


Those passengers, whether they are tourists or not, who do not have a place to stay in Iceland or otherwise cannot, or do not want to, go to a home quarantine must undergo quarantine at a quarantine facility. The same applies to individuals with a confirmed COVID-19 infection.
Those who are unable to stay in a home quarantine that fulfils the requirements can stay at a quarantine facility.
Yes, staying at a quaratine facility is free of charge. Those who stay at a quarantine facility will have the chance of going outdoors. Special consideration will be taken to children, e.g. regarding going outdoors and other amenities. 
The Chief Epidemiologist can oblige people breaking quarantine to finish it at a quarantine facility.
Yes, a complaint can be filed in the District Court. Persons who must undergo a quarantine, either at home or in a quarantine facility, can express their objections to the Chief Epidemiologist by sending an email to sottkvi[at]landlaeknir.is. The email must include the name, personal identification number and address of the person, as well as the date and time of their arrival in Iceland and, as the case may be, the reasons why the person does not want to undergo quarantine. In such cases the Chief Epidemiologist will make a formal decision to quarantine the person, in keeping with Article 14 of the Act on Health Security and Communicable Diseases No 19/1997. The Chief Epidemiologist will then refer the decision to the District court, which will appoint a counsel for the person in question, in keeping with Article 15 of the Act on Health Security and Communicable Diseases. Such legal proceedings are free of charge for the quarantined person.
Yes, the Icelandic authorities monitor compliance with the disease control measures.
Yes. Those found in breach of quarantine rules will be fined.

No, those who arrived in Iceland from high-risk areas on the 29th and 30th of May can apply for authorisation to stay in home quarantine during the entire compulsory quarantine period. However, they must be able to demonstrate that their place of stay fulfils the requirements for quarantine. Those who arrived in Iceland from high-risk areas on the 27th or 28th May must finish their quarantine at a quarantine facility. 

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