Quarantine and isolation

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 recently returned from overseas
  • People who have recently been to Victoria (unless granted a specific exemption from the need to quarantine)
  • People who have had close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19

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.

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Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the ACT, the Ngunnawal people. We acknowledge and respect their continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region.

Last Updated: October 06 2020