- What is Institutional quarantine?
This is a transparent restriction of persons’ activities when they are not ill with COVID-19 for the purpose of protecting unexposed members of the communities from contracting the disease should any person at risk become sick.
This is particularly important for persons who may have been in contact with a person who has signs and symptoms of COVID-19 or is suffering from the disease or has travelled from one of the areas with high transmission of COVID-19.
This means one will stay at a facility identified by the Government without mixing with family members or the general public for the mandatory period of 14 days. However, individuals will be required to interact only with surveillance officers dressed in appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) who will come daily to carry out a medical check-up.
Institutional quarantine is intended to facilitate early detection of ill health due to COVID-19 and to prevent its spread in the communities, to loved ones and/or other countries or areas.
Please note that travelers from high risk countries will be institutionally quarantined at their own cost.
- Who should undergo institutional quarantine?
- Travellers coming from countries/territories/areas with active transmission of COVID-19 as analysed and designated by the Ministry of Health (refer to the list of Category 1 countries) shall be quarantined for 14 days at a facility identified by Government.
- Any individual who has been in close contact with a person confirmed to be having Coronavirus disease will be quarantined for 14 days.
- How will I travel from the Point of Entry to the place of quarantine?
- Government is providing transport to all travellers from the high risk countries from the point of entry to the designated facility
- Ensure adequate ventilation throughout your trip
- Avoid contact with the driver or any other support staff.
Please see Downloads for detailed COVID-19 Guidelines on Institutional Quarantine
If you develop symptoms of acute respiratory infection, including fever, cough, sore throat and difficulty in breathing, please call the Ministry of Health toll free lines on 0800-100-066 or 0800-203-033 or any other contact provided by the surveillance team for immediate help.