Leaving isolation after having COVID-19

Last Updated: 03 May 2022 2:30pm

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When you test positive to COVID-19, it is important to complete a minimum of 7 days isolation to prevent you infecting others.

View Leaving isolation after having COVID-19 factsheet and Recovering from COVID-19 and leaving isolation.

Requirements to leave isolation

You can leave isolation 7 days after the date your positive test was taken if you are no longer experiencing symptoms such as temperature, fever, runny nose and cough. If you are still experiencing any of these symptoms, you should isolate for an extra 3 days, for a total of 10 days in isolation.

Some symptoms, such as a cough and tiredness, can last for some time after you have left isolation. These symptoms do not mean you are infectious. You should see your GP if these symptoms continue.

Public Health will send you an email during your isolation period. This email will contain an official letter of release from isolation and can be used as proof of release or as a medical certificate.

Returning to work and other activities

Once you have completed your isolation requirements, you are able to return to work.

There is not a Public Health requirement to provide a negative test before returning to the workplace once you have completed your 7 or 10 day isolation requirement.

Although you are able to return to normal activities after you have completed your isolation requirement, be aware of some minor lingering symptoms you may experience.

Your body has been exposed to a virus and everyone recovers differently. Speak to your healthcare provider if you are concerned about any ongoing symptoms.

Re-exposure to COVID-19

Within twelve weeks of your release from isolation

If you become a close contact of a confirmed case within twelve weeks of your release from isolation, you will not need to follow the close contact rules.

After twelve weeks from your release from isolation

If you become a close contact of a confirmed case after twelve weeks from your release from isolation, you will need to follow the close contact rules.

Testing after having COVID-19

If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 less than 12 weeks after your release from isolation, you do not need to get tested for COVID-19, unless you are immunocompromised or at risk of severe disease.

If you have COVID-19 symptoms and it has been more than 12 weeks since your release from isolation, you should get tested for COVID-19 because your immunity may have decreased. Unfortunately, people can become unwell with COVID-19 more than once.

If it has been 12 weeks since the date you were released from isolation and you test positive to COVID-19 on a rapid antigen test (RAT), you need to have a PCR test to confirm if you have a new infection of COVID-19.

Vaccination and boosters

People who have had COVID-19 can be vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine. Current advice is to wait three months after your confirmed COVID-19 infection before receiving your next COVID-19 vaccine. It is recommended that you still receive all of your COVID-19 vaccines.

If you are concerned about any symptoms you are still experiencing after having COVID-19 speak to your health care provider or GP prior to your vaccination.

See Vaccination for more information.