Pursuant to point 3 in order No. 336 issued by the Government of the Republic “Imposition of quarantine on persons diagnosed with the COVID-19 disease caused by the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 and on persons living with or permanently staying in the same place of residence as them and on persons who have otherwise had close contact with a person diagnosed with the disease”, all individuals who have been in close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19 are prohibited from leaving their place of residence or permanent place of stay for 10 calendar days after their most recent close contact.

After the 10-day quarantine period can do a test for coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 from the nasopharynx no earlier than on the 10th calendar day since the most recent close contact. In SYNLAB, the sample is analysed using the PCR method (read more about the method HERE).


You do not need to remain in quarantine for 10 days if you have had the COVID-19 disease in the last six months and your doctor has declared you to be healthy, or if you have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in the last year.

The test is free of charge for residents and non-residents alike.

A negative test ends the quarantine earlier.

Tests taken earlier than on the 10th day will not exempt a person from quarantine, and in no circumstances can close contacts return to work before the end of the quarantine period. This applies even if the test is negative and a mask is worn at work.

If you are a close contact:

  1. Stay at home and monitor your health
  2. You will receive an automatic message from the Health Board

The message specifies the start and end date of your self-isolation and calculates the 10th day from which time you are allowed to give a nasopharyngeal sample to test for coronavirus.

  1. Automated call from Health Board’s call robot

The Health Board’s call robot calls you and gives guidelines for all close contacts, including guidelines on taking the test on the 10th day.

  1. Contact your family doctor

Your family doctor can give you an incapacity certificate for work, if necessary. If you develop symptoms of the disease, contact your family doctor who will decide whether earlier testing or additional treatment is necessary.

  1. If you wish, you can give a sample on the 10th day

Close contacts can take the test and end their quarantine period on the 10th day since their most recent close contact at the earliest. Guidelines for receiving a referral letter and reserving a time at a suitable testing point will be sent to you via email by the Health Board. You do not need to contact the testing call centre earlier than on the day you call to reserve a test time (for example on the 8th or 9th day, to reserve a time for the 10th day). A sample given earlier than on the 10th day does not exempt you from the 10-day quarantine stipulation.

Read the instructions HERE.


If a child comes into contact with a person with COVID-19 at a nursery, kindergarten, or school, and does not develop any symptoms, they can continue to attend school or kindergarten, as well as hobby education institutions, provided that these are attended by children or youngsters from the same school or kindergarten. In addition, if a close contact occurs in these hobby education institutions, the child can continue attending school or kindergarten if they do not develop any symptoms.

In case of a close contact with a person with COVID at school or kindergarten, or at a hobby education event organised there, the child or youngster is required to refrain from attending hobby education events, youth centres, etc. outside of school for 10 days.

Additional information from the Crisis hotline 1247 (24/7) or Health Board information line 794 3500 (M-F 10 am-4 pm).