Quarantine in the ACT

Quarantine separates a person who may have been exposed to COVID-19 from the rest of the community.

This is to protect the community while waiting to see if the person has COVID-19.

Quarantine is used to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 from one person to another.

Quarantine means that you must stay at home or in your hotel room.

You cannot go to work, school, or public areas, such as shops, cafes, or restaurants.

You must tell people not to visit you while you are in quarantine.

Quarantine requirements

If you are already in the ACT under quarantine conditions and are seeking to leave quarantine for any reason, please complete this form.

Quarantine is mandatory in the ACT for people who have:

People who have been working, studying or living in a setting where a confirmed COVID-19 case or outbreak is detected may be asked to initially quarantine while ACT Health undertakes a detailed assessment to determine their risk of exposure. If this applies to you, please quarantine until you receive further advice from ACT Health.

Being quarantined means that you need to stay at home or in your hotel room. You cannot go to work, school, or public areas, such as shops, cafes, or restaurants. You cannot go into any communal areas, such as corridors or lifts, if you are in a hotel. You must tell people not to visit you while you are in quarantine.

If you are in quarantine you cannot go to get vaccinated. If you have an existing vaccination booking during your quarantine period you will need to reschedule it. If your booking is at an ACT Government COVID-19 vaccination clinic you can call the ACT Government COVID-19 Vaccination Line on 02 5124 7700 (7am to 7pm daily) to reschedule your appointment to a day shortly after your quarantine ends. If you do not have an existing booking we won’t be able to provide a priority booking for you.

If your booking is with a GP you should contact them to reschedule your appointment.

If you have not been vaccinated, do not have a booking, and are currently eligible, we encourage you to book in using the normal process. For more information on booking a vaccination visit the COVID-19 vaccine page.

The reason why you are in quarantine will dictate:

  • how long you must stay in quarantine
  • what other people in your household need to do
  • when and how you will need to get tested for COVID-19.

Further assistance for people in quarantine or isolation

If you have questions or need help while in quarantine or isolation at home, contact the COVID-19 Helpline on (02) 6207 7244 between 8 am and 8 pm daily.

For more contact options, see our contact us page.

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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: September 16 2021