Quarantine: what does it mean?
During the pandemic, quarantine rules have been updated several times.
Due to the Omicron variant, they need to be updated again.
This animated video explains the new quarantine rules for household members and close contacts.
There are no quarantine rules for other contacts.
You are a close contact if you were less than 1.5 metres apart from an infected person for longer than 15 minutes on one day.
Or if you had a high-risk contact within 1.5 metres, such as coughing or kissing, even if it was for less than 15 minutes.
If you are a household member or close contact of someone who has COVID-19, you must go into quarantine immediately.
You should also use a self-test or get tested by the Municipal Public Health Service (GGD) as soon as possible.
If the self-test is positive, get a confirmation test from the GGD.
If your GGD test is positive too, then start isolating immediately.
Is the GGD test result negative? You should still stay in quarantine for now, because you may be infected and could still become ill.
There are two exceptions:
If you do not have any symptoms now AND you had COVID-19 in 2022.
And if you do not have any symptoms now and had a booster vaccination more than 1 week ago.
In these cases, testing is not necessary and you do not need to go into quarantine.
During the quarantine period, stay indoors, do not receive visitors, and distance from your household members as much as possible.
The quarantine period lasts 10 days, counting from your last contact with the infected person.
If you did not develop symptoms during the quarantine, get tested by the GGD five days after your last contact with the infected person.
If that test result is negative for COVID-19, you may be released from quarantine.
If you leave quarantine after testing negative, you should still take precautions for 10 days after the infected person.
That means: stay 1.5 metres from others, do not have any contact with vulnerable people, and avoid large groups and crowded places.
For all the rules to follow during quarantine, go to https://lci.rivm.nl/covid-19-leefregels-isolatie-quarantaine-EN.
For more information, go to RIVM.nl/en/COVID-19.