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COVID-19 Iceland

-News from kuku crew  -  14/08/2020

 Kuku Campers is standing strong during those uncertain times, and will continue to do so!

We are open as normal 8am till 6pm Monday to Sunday, Woop woop !

Also we are here to update you on all the information regarding COVID-19 and travel in Iceland.

Most recent news: 

14/08/2020 - All arriving passengers undergo double screening and 4-5 days quarantine

The government decided that from Wednesday 19 August, all arriving passengers will be tested twice when arriving to Iceland. The first sampling will take place at the border, after which the arriving passengers will be quarantined for 4-5 days until a result is obtained from the second sampling. Click here for more information. 

14/08/2020 - Appropriate housing while in quarantine

Persons in quarantine must remain in the same accommodations for the duration of quarantine. At your arrival in Iceland, it is permitted to stay one night in an appropriate accommodation before going directly to a hotel used for the duration of quarantine. It is prohibited to move from hotel to hotel or between regions in Iceland unnecessarily. An example of a justifiable reason to change accommodation while in quarantine is illness when care in hospital is required. In such instances the travelling companions or family members who are also in quarantine may move to accommodation closer to the hospital. People in quarantine are not permitted to quarantine in camper vans or at campsites. 

Accommodation that is used for quarantine must offer the following:

  • Single occupancy units or single-family units
  • Private hygiene facilities (lavatory, sink and shower or bathtub) per unit
  • One bed/mattress per occupant or space for occupants to lay down their own mattress
  • A family unit must be large enough to allow 1 metres distance between the beds, ideally 2 metres.

    Click here to find the list of hotels for quarantine.

    Restrictions: 

    Persons in quarantine may not visit restaurants or grocery stores

    Persons in quarantine may not linger in common areas such as the reception area or use any shared facilities or equipment such as sauna, swimming pool or exercise facilities during quarantine.

    Communication with staff should be by phone or computer and not in person.

    12/08/2020 - Rules from July 31st are extended until August 27th: 

    Health minister Svandís Svavarsdóttir has confirmed that the current set of rules in place (including the two-metre rule and hundred-person assembly limit), that are due to expire tomorrow, will now be extended almost unchanged until 27th August. The only rule change will be a one-metre rule at further education colleges and universities, where the two-metre rule would be impractical. 

    10/08/2020 - Special measures for covid in Campsites: 

    As of July 31 the maximum number of people that can gather is 100 individuals in any given area and people will have to respect the 2 meter physical distancing at all times. Interaction between different tour/tourist groups should be limited as much as possible and a minimum of 4 meters distance should be between tents, campers, travel trailers, camper vans, motorhomes. If the two-metre distance rule cannot be fulfilled you will have wear a mask. 

    Some restrictions : 

    Visitors are not allowed on camping grounds, mountain huts or on organized tours if they: 

    • Are in quarantine
    • Are in isolation 
    • Wait for covid test results
    • Have undergone quarantine for COVID-19 with less than 14 days from discharge.
    • Have flue like symptoms (cold, cough, fever, head ace, bone ace, fatigue, abdominal pain, diarrhoea etc.).

    31/07/2020 - For foreigners who plan to visit Iceland for at least 10 days : 

    From July 31st, Double border testing procedures will be mandatory from foreign residents who plan to stay for ten days or more. 

    The 2nd test is free of charge under those circumstances.

    In the Reykjavik area testing is performed at Suðurlandsbraut 34, 108 Reykjavík, ground floor, between 10:00 and 15:00 Monday to Friday, and between 12:00 til 15:00 on weekends and holidays.

    No appointments are made. An ID such as a passport needs to be presented. 

    Registration is linked to the 1st test and those that are automatically notified will receive a barcode by email but others will be registered on-site.

    Outside the Reykjavik area an appointment needs to be made with the primary health care service at a center that perform border testing and can register travellers for the 2nd test :

    - Suðurnes (HSS)

    - Selfoss (HSU)

    - Vestmannaeyjar (HSU)

    - Höfn í Hornafirði (HSU)

    - Egilsstaðir (HSA)

    - Akureyri (HSN)

    - Ísafjörður (HVEST)

    - Borgarnes (HVE)

    - Stykkishólmur (HVE)

    People entering the country need to take extra personal responsibility for public safety. Tourists must remain careful, have to wear mask, respect social distancing and avoid public places until their second negative test around five days after entering the country. 

    31/07/2020 - New restrictions in Iceland : 

    As you guys may know, the second wave has started in Iceland and new rules will came into force since Friday July 31th

    - The assembly limit will go down from 500 people to 100 people

    - The two-metre rule will return and no longer be a recommendation

    Bars and nightclubs that cannot maintain the two-metre rule may have to close again if they cannot maintain the assembly limit and two-metre rule, but they will be allowed to stay open if they can. So keep distance from Viking girls and boys and try to drink as fast as you can since they all close by 11pm! (I know it's hard...) ;)

    31/07/2020 - Allowed Activities: 

    All the shops are not asked to close, however, as long as they can maintain the rules 

    - Swimming pools, gyms, restauraunts and bars are open but you have to keep the 2m rule! 

    - Gyms are open and allowing half the maximum permitted number to enter the facility 

    - Healthcare services are all open 

    - Museums, beauty salons and any other similar services are all open.

    15/06/2020 - Travelling to Iceland : 

    As you already know the Government of Iceland has decided to start easing travel restrictions for travelers from EU & Schengen area 

    The following states are now exempt from travel restrictions to Iceland:

    Algeria

    Australia

    Canada

    Georgia

    Japan

    Montenegro

    Morocco

    New Zealand

    Rwanda

    Serbia

    South Korea

    Thailand

    Tunisia

    Uruguay

    The list of countries will be reviewed at least every 2 weeks, we just have to be patients ;)

    15/06/2020 - What does it mean for you ? 

    It means you will be able to come to Iceland and do your dream camper trip !

    However, it is true you will be presented with 2 options when you arrive on the land of fire and ice:

    1. Go into quarantine for 14days – you do not want that...
    2. Get tested at the airport by a PCR-test for COVID-19 

    15/07/2020 -  Before Departure from your country: 

    Before you leave your country and get on the plane to us you have to go on covid.is page . You will be required to fill up a pre-registration form, where you will provide some personal data and contact information, flight information. The form also requires you to state your health and which country you are coming from and if you have been sick. 

    You will be asked to download  App Rakning C-19 for the duration of your stay in Iceland as it contains all the information you need !

    Also you will be asked to take precautionary measures to protect yourself and others, like handwashing, use of sanitiser, and the two meter distancing guidelines :)

    Here is a little workout for you!  We all have been doing it past few months....

    Exempted countries:

    Since July 16th - If you're coming from, Denmark, Finland, Germany or Norway, you won't have to do any quarantine or being tested. Iceland have considered these countries as "safe countries". 

    But that's not all, if you are not citizens of one of these countries but stayed for at least 14 consecutive days in one of them, you will also be exempt of covid testing or quarantine.

    This was already the case before for Greenland and Faroe Islands, there is now 6 countries on the list!

    15/06/2020 - How will the testing look like at the airport? 

    The COVID-19 test at the airport will be free of charge until the end of June. And it has been estimated that a maximum of 2000 samples can be analysed per day. Impressive !

    From the 1st of July, unfortunately you will need to pay for the test. The cost will be 9,000 ISK which is around €58, but only if you pre book the test. you can do that when you are filling up the registration form ! If the test is not pre paid the price is 11,000 ISK which is around €70.

    Good news for anyone who is 15 years old or below, you don't need to be tested at the airport !

    15/06/2020 - Where will the test be done & how long do I have to wait for result : 

    The test will be done at Keflavik airport :) After the test is done and you have your bags, you are allowed to leave!

    We have noted that the testing at the airport is going smoothly and no major delays have been caused by it, which is great news !

    The results will be given within 24h. You will receive the result through the app ( Rakning C-19) or via sms. If you will be tested positive you will receive a phone call. The lovely people on the other line will notify you of the next step you need to take.