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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. .

You cannot receive a coronavirus vaccination if you are in quarantine.

Quarantine period

The duration of the quarantine period will be specified when you are quarantined. The typical quarantine period is 10 days from the last exposure.

Quarantine can be shortened by a negative coronavirus test from the last exposure. Get tested for coronavirus at the earliest on the sixth (6) day after the latest exposure. The day of exposure is counted as day 0.

You will get the result of the test by SMS. If necessary, you can also see it at My Kanta at

The quarantine ends if the test result is negative. In this case you get a new quarantine decision automatically. We will not contact you again from the Epidemiologic operations.

If an infected person lives in the same household as you and you cannot avoid close contact with them in view of getting infected with COVID-19, the quarantine period is 10 days. In this case, the infected person does not have the opportunity to stay in their own space or room and uses the same kitchen, toilet and bathroom facilities as the other persons living in the household.

If the test result is positive, meaning that you have a coronavirus infection, you will be put in isolation. You will be provided with separate instructions for this.

If you have even mild symptoms indicative of coronavirus, you must get tested again even if the previous test result was negative.

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.

You are primarily responsible for organising the food and medicine delivery that you need. If no one is able to get food or medicine for you, you can contact the Social Services’ Coronavirus Helpline at 09 310 21175.

If you are calling about concerns regarding coronavirus symptoms, please call the Coronavirus Helpline, tel. 09 310 10024 (daily 8–18).

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

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?

The easiest way to book a coronavirus test appointment is at When you book an appointment at Omaolo you will be asked if you have a mass screening code. Reply “yes” and fill in the code HEL1 in the field for a mass screening code.

You can also make an appointment by calling the Coronavirus Helpline, tel. 09 310 10024 (daily 8–18).

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. The person who is in quarantine can get ill and infect others before they have time to seek treatment. The illness caused by coronavirus can be serious for the elderly or people with underlying health conditions.

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

What you should do when you arrive in Finland and Helsinki from abroad 

Read more in frequently asked questions.

Information for flight passengers, see

Read more about Travel and coronavirus pandemic on THL's website. 

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

See also

Coronavirus updates from Helsinki

Read more about quarantie and isolation (THL)

Coronavirus information in different languages

Coronavirus information in different languages

06.10.2021 16:55