Quarantine payments

Applications for payments have been closed as of April 1st 2023. Applicants that have pending applications for payments will still be able to access their applications and their status online via My pages for jobseekers (Mínar síður fyrir atvinnuleitenda) and My pages for employers (Mínar síður atvinnurekendur).

Employers and employees will still be able to confirm/approve the contents of active applications via My pages.

Any questions related to quarantine payments may be sent to sottkvi@vmst.is

Payment conditions

The conditions for the payments, according to the bill, are amongst others, that the employee has been truly quarantined prior to the health authorities’ recommendation and has not been able to perform duties either fully or partially from the location of the quarantine. Comparable conditions apply to self-employed individuals.

According to the bill, it is expected that a certain maximum amount will be paid for each day that a person in quarantined, and is generally expected that the quarantine will last for 14 days. The bill’s maximum amounts, in its current form, are based on the maximum payments to employees from the Wage Guarantee Fund for an entire calendar month.

As the bill is still pending before Parliament, The Directorate of Labour is unable to provide exact or definitive answers to queries regarding quarantine payments. Additionally, the directorate has still to prepare digital solutions required to implement the Act.

In the meantime, The Directorate of Labour particularly encourages employers to obtain an Ice-key (Íslykill) or electronic ID (Rafræn skilríki) for their company. This will simplify and ensure the security of the information that employers will be required to send to The Directorate of Labour. Full information regarding obtaining an Ice-key is available at https://vefur.island.is/islykill/, and information regarding obtaining electronic ID is available at sjá https://www.skilriki.is

The Directorate of Labour thanks you for your patience while final procedures are being implemented and we encourage the general public to monitor announcements on the directorate’s website.

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