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Getting released from Quarantine

*The information on this page does NOT relate to a confirmed positive case of COVID-19. For this information, click on the factsheet When can I leave isolation after testing positive for COVID-19?

As a result of high numbers of Victorians getting vaccinated, the process for primary close contacts has changed. You no longer need to quarantine if you are a social, workplace or education contact.

If you live with, or spent more than 4 hours in a household setting with a confirmed case of COVID-19 you are a close contact. Close contacts must quarantine for 7 or 14 days (based on their vaccination status) from the date the first person in the household tested positive for COVID-19.

If you are fully vaccinated, you will need to quarantine until you have a negative day 6 PCR test result.

If you not fully vaccinated, you will need to quarantine until you have a negative day 13 PCR test result.


This is a 3-Step Process:

Fully vaccinated close contact

Step 1. Get a test!

You need to get tested as soon as you are made aware that you are a close contact. You will need to be tested again on day 6 but this may change depending on advice from the Western Public Health Unit/Department of Health. If you do not get tested, your quarantine period will be extended.

Step 2. Check for symptoms.

If you develop COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed again to COVID-19 during your quarantine, get tested again as soon as possible. You will still need to return a negative day 6 test result to leave quarantine.

Step 3. Check your phone.

Once you have received a negative result from your day 6 test, you can stop quarantining immediately. Keep a copy of the test result SMS as this will act as proof that you have completed your quarantine period. Check exposure sites and get tested at the first sign of any symptoms of COVID-19.


Unvaccinated/partially vaccinated close contact

Step 1. Get a test!

You need to get tested as soon as you are made aware that you are a close contact. You will need to be tested again on day 13. If you do not get tested, your quarantine period will be extended for up to a total of 28 days.

Step 2. Check for symptoms

If you develop COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed again to COVID-19 during your quarantine, get tested again as soon as possible. You will still need to return a negative day 13 test result to leave quarantine.

Step 3. Check your phone

Once you have received a negative Day 13 test result, you can stop quarantining immediately. Keep a copy of the test result SMS as this will act as proof that you have completed your quarantine period.  Check exposure sites and get tested at the first sign of any symptoms of COVID-19.