Quarantine and isolation
Quarantine is used to separate a person who may have been exposed to a communicable disease (such as COVID-19) from the rest of the community. This is to protect the community while waiting to see if the person becomes unwell.
In the ACT, quarantine is currently mandatory for:
- People who have been in a COVID-19 affected area as defined in a Public Health Direction.
- People who have recently returned from overseas. Find information on quarantine fees here.
- People who are close contacts of a confirmed case of COVID-19, as determined by a public health authority (such as ACT Health or NSW Health).
Please note that if you are not an ACT resident, and have been in a COVID-affected area in the last 14 days, you may not enter the ACT unless you are granted an exemption. For more information, please visit the NSW travel page.
Isolation is used to separate a person who is unwell with a communicable disease (such as COVID-19) from other people, to prevent them from spreading the disease to others.
In the ACT, isolation is mandatory for people with confirmed COVID-19.
People who have been tested for COVID-19 need to stay at home until they get their test result, and until their symptoms have resolved.