The Omicron variant of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 is dominant in the Netherlands. More and more people have had a booster vaccination or a SARS-CoV-2 infection. Even so, if you have symptoms, it is important to stay home and use a self-test. It is also important to properly follow the isolation guidelines. This helps to prevent the people around you from becoming infected.


If you test positive for COVID-19, you will be contagious for a number of days, even if you do not have any symptoms. This is why you go into isolation. This means that you stay separate to avoid infecting others. Stay in your own room. During that time, avoid all contact with your household members. 
If you know that you have COVID-19, immediately inform the people that you had contact with. This page explains how to inform your contacts.

Isolation: how long?

If you were tested for COVID-19 due to symptoms, then your isolation period lasts a maximum of 10 days, counting from the day on which your symptoms started. You may leave isolation sooner if it has been at least 5 days since your symptoms started (fever, coughing, sore throat and nasal cold) AND you have been symptom-free for 24 hours.

It is possible that you did not have any symptoms when you had the GGD test or used a self-test, and you may not have developed any symptoms at all. In that case, your isolation period lasts 5 days, counting from the day on which you tested positive. If you do develop symptoms that could indicate COVID-19 while you are isolating at home, a new isolation period starts, counting from the date on which your symptoms started. 

More information about isolation

What if complete isolation is impossible?

Staying alone in your own room during isolation is not feasible or desirable for everyone. Children may not be able to isolate completely, for example – especially if they are still very young.

Read more about children, COVID-19 and isolation on 


Video Isolation: what does it mean?

Video Isolation: what does it mean?


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Frequently asked questions about quarantine and COVID-19

Is it possible for people to develop symptoms even after testing negative for COVID-19 on day 5?

A few of the close contacts identified from source and contact tracing only developed symptoms 7 days after their last contact with a person who has COVID-19. You can stop quarantining if you test negative for COVID-19 on day 5. However, it is still important to keep track of whether you develop symptoms.

How can we isolate in a household with more than one infection?

You can leave isolation once you are no longer contagious. Are you just coming out of isolation, and did another household member test positive for COVID-19 at that time? Then you do not have to avoid contact with the household member who tested positive. The risk that you will be infected again is incredibly low. 
If several household members have COVID-19 at the same time, they can go into isolation together. Since they are already infected, they do not need to distance from each other.