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Strict isolation at home

Last update 31.03.2021

The most important public safety measure that can be taken by people who have Covid-19 is a complete isolation from healthy people. 

Strict isolation at home or hospital, complete distancing from healthy people. This is the most important safety measure for limiting the spread of COVID-19.

Persons with mild symptoms do not need inpatient treatment. Doctors may prescribe treatment in isolation at home to prevent the virus from spreading. Isolation at home means being at home or in any other place specially chosen for this purpose, in a separate, well-ventilated room and, if possible, with a separate toilet. Such precautions are recommended for as long as symptoms are present or for another specified period of time.

When isolating at home, a number of strict rules must be followed. 

  • Persons who have tested positive for Covid-19. 
  • Do not meet up with other people.
  • Do not leave the premises where you are under strict isolation (do not go on walks, shopping, etc.).
  • Contact your GP every day (if the situation becomes critical, call 113).
  • Do not have guests.
  • Use a face mask if you share the same household with other people.
  • Stay in well-ventilated rooms with a window that can be opened.
  • Use a separate towel, cutlery, drinking utensils, bed linen and other household utensils.

The treating physician decides to close the sick-leave certificate and discontinue isolation for the Covid-19 patient based on the following principles:

  • if no symptoms of the disease (asymptomatic infection) are observed for a person with a confirmed Covid-19 infection, isolation may be stopped on day 10 after laboratory confirmation of the infection;
  • if a person develops symptoms of Covid-19 infection, but the course of the illness is mild or medium, then isolation may be stopped on day 10 of the onset of the disease, provided that symptoms (fever, and other signs of acute infection) are not observed for at least 3 days;
  • if a person has a severe case of Covid-19 infection, isolation may be stopped on day 20 of the onset of the disease, provided that symptoms (fever, and other signs of acute infection) are not observed for at least 3 days.
  • Covid-19 patients are issued sick leave certificates until their recovery.
Can I spend time outside the home during the isolation or quarantine period in order not to put family members at risk?

For people who have been in contact with a Covid-19-positive person, Covid-19 patients with light symptoms, and Covid-19 patients who have been discharged from hospital but still have Covid-19 symptoms, the state offers support.

Amount and duration of support:

  • 80% of accommodation costs, but not more than 35 euros per day;
  • 80% of catering costs, but not more than 10 euros per day;
  • if a Covid-19 patient or a contact person who is accommodated is a minor, one accompanying adult may receive the same amount of support;
  • the person pays the tourist accommodation 20% of the amount for both accommodation and catering;
  • the duration of accommodation is 14 days or otherwise specified in a doctor’s statement. Based on the doctor’s statement, the duration of the stay might be extended to another 14 days.

How to apply for self-isolation or quarantine in a hotel?

  • Select a tourist accommodation on the LIAA website
  • Contact the tourist accommodation and make a reservation based on a doctor’s statement/extract or a note on the e-health portal (printout or screenshot)
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  • Observe the epidemiological requirements for contact persons and Covid-19 patients specified at



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