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Close contact

You have been told that you are a close contact. You must be tested twice. If the first test is negative, it is important that you get one more test done.

What to do as a close contact

  • 1

    Isolate yourself

    Go into self-isolation as if you were infected with the coronavirus. 

    Stay at home (Do not go to work or to stores). Avoid physical contact with others - preferably also avoid the people you live with.

    Fully vaccinated individuals identified as close contacts do not have to self-isolate if they meet the following criteria:

    • Have been fully vaccinated­ (i.e. 14 days after the second injection, regardless of vaccine).
    • Are asymptomatic (i.e. they have not developed symptoms of COVID-19 since they were exposed to the infected person).

    Read more about self-isolation and voluntary out-of-home stays

  • 2

    Call for guidance and referral for testing

    Call 00 45 32 32 05 11. Here you will get instructions on how to proceed, and you will be given a referral for testing. 

    You must be tested on the 4th and 6th days after the last contact with the infected person. Close contacts must be tested with PCR tests. Only when the PCR test from the 6th day is negative, the close contact may stop self-isolating.

  • 3

    Book a time for two tests

    Go to and book both the first and second test at the same time.
  • 4

    Get tested

    Take the first test that you have ordered. You are permitted to go out to be tested. 

    If the result of the first test is negative, you need to be tested again. If the result of the first test is positive, you do not need to be re-tested.

    Read more about how you should react if you are infected with COVID-19

  • 5

    Remain in self-isolation

    Remain in isolation as if you were infected with coronavirus. Do not break your self-isolation, even if the first test was negative.

  • 6

    Get retested if the first test was negative

    Take the second test that you have ordered. If the second test is negative, you can break your self-isolation.

A "close contact" is a person who ...

  • lives with a person infected with COVID-19
  • has had direct physical contact with an infected person
  • has been face to face within 2 metres for more than 15 minutes (e.g. having a conversation) with an infected person
  • has been with an infected person within a distance of 2 metres for more than 15 minutes in one of the following situations:
    • activities with heavy exhalation, such as singing, loud talking or shouting
    • activities involving physical exertion
    • being in an enclosed room with poor ventilation
  • has been in unprotected and direct contact with infectious secretions from an infected person
  • has participated in the care of a patient with COVID-19 and has not been protected by protective equipment in the prescribed ways.

Read more about what it means to be a close contact

A "secondary contact" is a person who ...

  • has received a message in the Smittestop contact tracking app about having been in close contact with someone who is infected.
  • has been in a situation where the distance requirements have generally been complied with, but where, due to risk factors such as prolonged contact in enclosed spaces or possible uncertainty about distance, etc., may have lead to an increased risk of the spread of infection.
  • has been in a situation where there are other risk factors, such as having attended an event where many people were infected (a suspected ‘super-spreader’ event) or where infection is found at a gathering with persons at increased risk of a serious case of COVID-19.

Read more about when to be tested