Instructions for people in quarantine
What does it mean to be placed under quarantine?
In order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, people suspected of having been exposed to the coronavirus may be put into quarantine.
Quarantine means that a healthy person’s freedom of movement is restricted. Quarantining is used to prevent a possibly symptomless carrier from infecting other people. The quarantine decision is based on the Communicable Diseases Act.
On this page you will find information about quarantine ordered by a physician.
Self-quarantine is voluntary. Self-quarantine is recommended e.g. for people who are waiting for a coronavirus test result or who are arriving to Finland from a country with a high coronavirus incidence. Read more about self-quarantine and Travel and the coronavirus pandemic on THL's website.
You cannot receive a coronavirus vaccination if you are in quarantine or self-quarantine.
The duration of the quarantine period will be specified when you are quarantined. The typical quarantine period is 14 days from the last exposure.
All those who have been exposed to the coronavirus are instructed to get tested during their quarantine. Please book an appointment for a test 4–5 days after exposure. Even if your test result is negative, your quarantine will continue. If the test result is positive, meaning that you have a coronavirus infection, you will be put in self-isolation. You will be provided with separate instructions for this.
In addition to the test mentioned above, you should also immediately get tested if you develop any symptoms indicative of COVID-19 during your quarantine period.
Quarantine ordered by a physician cannot be shortened with a test.
What does quarantining mean in practice?
When quarantined, you must avoid close contact with people outside your household. You must spend the quarantine period in your home. You may go outside, if you do not approach other people. You may not go to your place of work, school, daycare, hobbies, the shop or pharmacy, because close contact is very difficult to avoid in these places. You may not see any visitors and you must have groceries delivered to you at home.
Your close friends and relatives who have not been in direct close contact with the infected person may lead normal lives. This means that your close friends and relatives are not quarantined, unlike the person who has been quarantined. People associated to a quarantined symptomless person do not infect others with coronavirus.
If no one is able to get food or medicine for you, you can contact the Social Services’ Coronavirus Helpline at 09 310 21175.
What to do if a person in quarantine develops symptoms?
If you are in quarantine, you must monitor for any symptoms. If you or your child develops even minor symptoms indicating a coronavirus infection, you should go for a test immediately.
Symptoms of a coronavirus infection
The time between the infection and the first symptoms is 1–14 days, most typically 5–6 days. Symptoms typical of the coronavirus disease include fever, cough, headache, nausea, diarrhoea, muscle pain, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, shortness of breath and loss of smell and taste.
How do I book a coronavirus test appointment if I am quarantined?
If you don’t have symptoms, book a test appointment by calling the Coronavirus helpline, tel. 09 310 10024 (daily 8–18). You can book a test appointment on omaolo.fi for yourself or as a guardian to a child under the age of 15 if you have received a message about exposure in Koronavilkku or a mass screening code.
If you have symptoms, book a test appointment by filling in the coronavirus symptom assessment at omaolo.fi or call the Coronavirus helpline. As a guardian, you can also book appointments for children under the age of 15.
If the Coronavirus helpline is closed and your matter is urgent, call the Medical helpline, tel. 116 117.
In the event of an emergency, please call 112.
Can quarantines be carried out at home?
Most people who have been told to quarantine can do so in the safety and comfort of their homes. However, if there are other people with underlying health issues or people over 60 years old living in the same household, some other arrangement may have to be made.
How will children under quarantine attend school?
Schools will arrange the appropriate instruction, should a child be put under quarantine.
Compensation for loss of income
Loss of income caused by the quarantine order will be reimbursed to you as sickness allowance on account of an infectious disease. You can apply for it at the Social Insurance Institution (Kela). You will receive a quarantine decision written by the infectious disease physician of the City of Helsinki, which must be attached to your application. The quarantine decision will be sent to you automatically by registered mail or encrypted e-mail. You must submit the application to Kela within two months from the quarantine order.
The infectious disease allowance is a full compensation for loss of income caused by absence from work due to a quarantine. The daily allowance of employees is determined based on the salary they would have received at work. An entrepreneur’s allowance is based on the valid annual earned income on which their YEL or MYEL insurance contributions are based. The guardian of a child under 16 years of age is entitled to an infectious disease allowance, if the child has been ordered into quarantine and the guardian is therefore unable to work.
Those citizens of EU Member States, EEC countries or Switzerland who are working in Finland, are eligible for communicable disease allowance even if they are not covered by Finnish health insurance.
Further information is available at www.kela.fi/web/en/sickness-allowances-infectious-disease.
Can the quarantine be shortened with a test?An obligatory quarantine ordered by a doctor cannot be shortened with a corona test.
A 14-day self-quarantine related to travel can be shortened with two voluntary corona tests. You can end the quarantine if both tests are negative. Read more: National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL)
What you should do when you arrive in Finland and Helsinki from abroad
Read more in frequently asked questions.
Information for flight passengers, see finavia.fi
The quarantine is mandatory
You must comply with the quarantine order issued by a communicable disease authority. According to Finnish law, breaching a quarantine order can be punished as an offence against health protection with a fine or imprisonment for a maximum of three months, even if you do not infect anyone else.
Further instructions for those in quarantine can be found at www.hel.fi/coronavirus.
See alsoCoronavirus updates from Helsinki
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