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Emergency planning for the COVID-19 epidemic

The University of Iceland has implemented various measures in response to the 4-week assembly ban which entered into effect in Iceland on 16 March due to the COVID-19 epidemic. The University is closed to students but open to staff and PhD students. Distance teaching has been adopted in all schools. Here you can find answers to various questions you might have about this unusual situation. We urge you to get in touch if you have any other questions, using the web chat service in the right hand corner of the page. 

A message from the University of Iceland’s Rector due to COVID-19

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A civil protection distress phase

As previously announced, the National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police has declared a civil protection distress phase in consultation with the Chief Epidemiologist and the Directorate of Health. Furthermore, the Minister of Health, Svandís Svavarsdóttir, declared a four-week assembly ban, which will take effect at midnight on 15 March. This action was taken at the recommendation of the Chief Epidemiologist in order to impede the spread of COVID-19. Further information on the general impact of the assembly ban can be found on the Department of Civil Protection website and staff and students are urged to read it carefully.

University of Iceland emergency  response plan for COVID-19 (Coronavirus) epidemic 2020

Do you have comments og questions concerning the COVID-epidemic and its effect on Universtiy of Iceland's operations? Please contact us through the University web chat on the lower right hand side on this page or by sending an e-mail to You can also contact us via the University Facebook page.