Self-isolation

Rules about when to self-isolate if you develop coronavirus, or if you might have had contact with someone who has coronavirus, are changing. The rules for each nation are given below.

The main symptoms of COVID-19 are recent onset of any of the following:

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia).

England
Scotland
Wales
Northern Ireland 

Test and tracing systems

In England, you're no longer required by law to stay at home (self-isolate). The NHS Test and Trace contact tracing service has now closed. If the NHS COVID-19 app advises you to self-isolate, please update the app to the latest version.

In Scotland the NHS has information what do do if you think you have COVID-19. Further information on testing is available from NHS Inform.

In Wales visit the Test, Trace, Protect website. If you have any of the main symptoms of COVID-19, you should self-isolate.

In Northern Ireland information on contacting tracing is available here.

Last updated 29th April 2022.