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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 follow the same guidance on preventing the spread of infection – you must 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 06 APR 2021