When you can stop self-isolating

Most people can stop self-isolating when both of these apply:

  • You have had no fever for 5 days.
  • It has been 10 days since you first developed symptoms.

If you tested positive because you are a close contact, you may have no symptoms. In this case, you can stop self-isolating 10 days from the date of your test.

You do not need to be tested again unless you develop symptoms in the future or become a close contact.


If you are caring for someone who has COVID-19, you need to restrict your movements for 17 days

The difference between self-isolating and restricted movements

Negative test result

You may have been tested because you have symptoms of COVID-19 and your test was negative (virus not detected). If so, continue to self-isolate until you have no symptoms for 48 hours.

If the test was because you were a close contact, continue to follow advice for close contacts. You should restrict your movements for 14 days even if your test comes back negative.

If you are in long-term residential care or were treated in hospital for COVID-19

You need to self-isolate for longer if you:

  • are in long-term residential care
  • were recently discharged from hospital after having treatment for COVID-19

Continue to self-isolate until both of these apply:

  • No fever for 5 days.
  • It has been 14 days since you first developed symptoms.

Follow this advice to protect yourself and others from COVID-19

Get urgent medical help for non-COVID-19 symptoms

Last updated: 20 November at 12.45pm