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).
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.