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Self-isolation and voluntary out-of-home stays

If you are infected with novel coronavirus – or there is a chance that you might have become infected – you must isolate yourself from others, including the people you live with. If you cannot self-isolate, please contact your local municipality to see if you might be eligible for a voluntary out-of-home stay.

To self-isolate means:

  • To stay at home and not have contact with anyone else other than the people you live with.
  • To avoid close physical contact with other members of your household.
  • To pay particular attention to hygiene and cleaning.


When can I stop self-isolating?


If you have symptoms

You are no longer contagious and can break your self-isolation 48 hours after your symptoms are gone. You can also stop self-isolating when you have been ill for 10 days - but only if you feel significantly better and the only remaining symptoms you have are loss of taste or sense of smell, a slight cough, headache, fatigue, etc. However, you must have been fever-free for 48 hours (without using fever-suppressing medicine, such as paracetamol).

No symptoms

If you have not had any symptoms, you can stop self-isolating 7 days after taking the test.

Voluntary out-of-home stays

If you cannot self-isolate at home, for example if your home is very small or if you live with someone who is at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19, your local municipality might offer you an out-of-home stay at a suitable facility.


You have to have tested positive for novel coronavirus or be the close contact of an infected person before you may be granted a voluntary out-of-home stay. Please call your municipality to learn more about your options.

Once you have been fully vaccinated, you must continue to self-isolate if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or test positive.

If you have already been vaccinated and learn that you are a close contact, please turn to the section:

Close contact and 'Secondary contact'


Further information

What to do if you test positive for novel coronavirus

What to do if a rapid test shows that  you are positive for COVID-19?

What to do if you are a close contact of a person who has tested positive for novel coronavirus

What to do if you are infected with novel coronavirus and have been offered voluntary out-of-home quarantine

Updated 17 MAJ 2021