This advice is intended for people who are close contacts of a person with confirmed coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and do not have any symptoms. This guidance does not apply to people who have been asked to quarantine in a designated facility.
You have been in close contact with someone who has confirmed coronavirus disease but you do not have any symptoms yourself. Close contact means that you had face-to-face contact within 1 metre or were in a closed space for more than 15 minutes with a person with COVID-19. This contact happened while the person with COVID-19 was still “infectious”, i.e. from 2 days before to 10 days after their symptoms began. For example, you may be someone who:
- Lives in the same household as a person with COVID-19
- Works closely in the same environment as a person with COVID-19
- Sat in the same classroom as a person with COVID-19
- Attended the same gathering as a person with COVID-19
- Provided direct care for a person with COVID-19 in a healthcare setting without using the proper personal protective equipment
- Sat within two seats (1 metre) in any direction of a person with COVID-19 case in any kind of vehicle including buses, minibus taxis, etc.
- Served as a crew member in the section of an aircraft where a person with COVID-19 was seated
No, close contacts will not be tested for COVID-19. As per the updated Government regulations;
- Close contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases needn’t quarantine anymore.
- However, a 7-day isolation period is recommended for close contacts who develop symptoms. Should worrisome symptoms present during this period it is advised to seek medical attention.