Self-quarantining and self-isolating due to coronavirus

The information on this website may change following the most recent press conference, held on 26 November 2021 at 7 pm.

There are some circumstances in which you must self-quarantine for 10 days. If you get tested for coronavirus on day 5 and the result is negative, you can end your self-quarantine. You must self-isolate if it has been confirmed that you have coronavirus.

Protected against coronavirus

You count as optimally protected if:

  • you have had COVID-19 in the last 6 months; or
  • you are fully vaccinated.

You are fully vaccinated:

  • 14 days after you received your second dose of a two-dose vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) or on the Emergency Use Listing of the World Health Organization (WHO); or 
  • 14 days after you received one dose of one of these vaccines if you had COVID-19 less than 6 months before you were vaccinated; or
  • 28 days after you received one dose of the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine.

You must self-quarantine in the following situations

Self-quarantine rules

The following rules apply to everyone during self-quarantine:

  • Only family members or other people that you live with may be at home with you. You must stay 1.5 metres away from them as much as possible. This means no hugging, kissing or sex.
  • Nobody may visit you, except for medical purposes (for example, a doctor or a GGD official).
  • If you need medical assistance, do not go to the doctor or the hospital, but phone the doctor instead.
  • Ask other people to do grocery shopping for you or order your groceries online.
  • You can sit outside if you have a garden or balcony.
  • Do not go to your place of work, but work from home. If you are a healthcare professional you may, only in exceptional cases and if you don’t have any symptoms of COVID-19, go to work. Discuss this with the municipal health service (GGD) or your company doctor.
  • Do not use public transport or taxis.
  • Avoid contact with people in at-risk groups until day 10 after your last high-risk contact. And continue to follow the basic rules. If you develop symptoms, stay at home and make an appointment to get tested again.

Self-quarantine check

Find out if you need to self-quarantine and when you should get tested at

Self-isolating if you have coronavirus

If you test positive for coronavirus , you must self-isolate at home. Even if you are protected against coronavirus. The municipal health service (GGD) will tell you how long to isolate for and what rules apply. Stay apart from the people you live with as much as possible.

Read the letter for people who have tested positive for coronavirus on the RIVM website.

People you live with and close contacts may have to self-quarantine

If you live with other people or you had close contact with anyone they may need to self-quarantine. How long for and when they should get tested depends on whether they are protected against coronavirus. Two letters are available on the RIVM website:

Help and support during quarantine

If there is no-one nearby who can help you with shopping or collecting your children from school, for example, you can contact your municipality for support. You can also call the Red Cross national helpline (+31 (0)70 4455 888) to find out if help is available in your neighbourhood.

Brochure on self-quarantining

The brochure Help and support when self-quarantining contains information about where you can get help if you’re self-quarantining because of coronavirus. 

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