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FAQ regarding disease control measures at the border

As of April 9, 2021, new regulation no. 375/2021 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 equally to all passengers coming from countries identified as risk areas by the Chief Epidemiologist.
 

Passengers are provided with necessary information 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. 
 
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 stay in home-based quarantine 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. 
Those who cannot quarantine at home and/or prefer to stay at a quarantine facility may dwell there. The stay is free of charge. Those staying at a quarantine facility will be enabled to undertake outdoor activities and special consideration will be given to children in relation to outdoor activities and other conditions. Where an individual is found in breach of home quarantine the Chief Epidemiologist may decide that the quarantine shall be concluded at a quarantine facility.
 
Anyone who needs to be quarantined can stay in a quarantine in a private home as long as it meets the conditions and rules of conduct set out by the Chief Epidemiologist. This means that an individual 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. Those who are unable to stay in a home quarantine that fulfils the requirements, shall stay at a quarantine facility.
 
Yes. The Chief Epidemiologist has proposed increased surveillance of individuals in home quarantine in cooperation with the Police’s Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management.
 
Yes. Those found in breach of home quarantine will be fined. The Chief Epidemiologist has proposed significant increase of fines for breaching home quarantine. The Minister of Health has forwarded the proposals to the Public Prosecutor and the National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police.
No, those who need to be quarantined in a quarantine house will be instructed at the border where to go.

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 svl[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.
 

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