Close contact

Here you will find information about how to deal with testing and isolation if you are a close contact to someone infected with COVID-19

Updated: 12. January 2022

On Monday 20 December, new guidelines have been issued for testing and self-isolation if you are a close contact to someone infected with COVID-19. The guidelines mean that only the infected person's contacts in the household or equivalent must go into self-isolation.

If the close contact has been vaccinated with a third dose or has been infected within the last 12 weeks, self-isolation is not necessary, but it is recommended to be tested.

This page is being updated

New rules for self-isolation

The Danish Ministry of Health has announced new rules for when you can stop your self-isolation. This page is being updated.

Read more here (in danish).

Close contact guide

This guide is being updated

We are currently updating this guide, to help you navigate whether you need to get tested and self isolate after being in close contact with someone infected with COVID-19.

When are you in close contact?

You are considered a ‘close contact’ if you can say yes to at least one of the following options:

  • You live with a person who has been diagnosed with COVID-19.
  • You are in a relationship or dating dating a person who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 and with whom you do not live.
  • You are roommate (boarding schools etc.) with a person who has been diagnosed with COVID-19.
  • Overnight guests / playmates have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

You should immediately go into self-isolation.

It is recommended that you take a test on day 4 and day 6 after the last contact with the infected person. The 4th day test should be a PCR test, while the test on day 6 can be a rapid antigen test as there is currently a lot of pressure on PCR tests. You may end self-isolation after a negative answer to the test taken on day 4.

If you can not keep your distance from the infected person (eg because you are a parent taking care of an infected child), a rapid antigen test is recommended as soon as possible as well as a PCR test again 48 hours after the infected person no longer has symptoms. If the infected person has no symptoms, in addition to the rapid test as soon as possible, a PCR test 7 days after the infected persons positive test was taken is recommended. You may end the self-isolation when you have a negative answer to the last test.

In you have a positive test, self-isolation is maintained until 48 hours after symptom relief. In case of no symptoms, the self-isolation can be canceled 7 days after the positive test was taken.

You do not need to self-isolate, if the infected person is able to isolate from you, but it is recommended that you take a rapid antigen test as soon as possible and subsequently be tested on the 4th and 6th day after the last contact with the infected person. The test on day 4 should be a PCR test, while the test on day 6 can be a rapid antigen test, as there is currently a lot of pressure on PCR tests.

However, if you develop symptoms of COVID-19, immediate self-isolation and PCR testing is recommended as soon as possible.

In you have a positive test, self-isolation is maintained until 48 hours after symptom relief. In case of no symptoms, the self-isolation can be canceled 7 days after the positive test was taken.

Read more information about what to do if you have tested positive for COVID-19

You do not have to go into self-isolation nor are tests recommended. This is because the test during this period may be positive due to previous infection.

However, if you develop symptoms of covid-19, self-isolation and testing is recommended immediately.

If you are continuously exposed to infection because the infected person (eg. an infected child) cannot be isolated or kept at a distance, it is recommended that you go into self-isolation.

If you have been vaccinated with the 3rd dose, you are recommended to take a rapid antigen test as soon as possible as well as a PCR test again 48 hours after the infected person no longer has symptoms. If the infected person has no symptoms, a PCR test is recommended (in addition to the rapid test as soon as possible) 7 days after the infected persons positive test was taken. You may end the self-isolation when you have a negative answer to the last test.

If you have previously been infected within the last 12 weeks, you do not need to be tested, but you are still recommended to go into self-isolation.

Other contact

Other contacts are not recommended to self-isolate. If you get symptoms of COVID-19, it is always recommended that you go into isolation.

You are considered ‘other contact’ if you have been close to a person who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 (but not by self-test) and who is not in your household or the like.

For example, if you can say yes to one of these options:

  • You have been sitting next to or directly opposite the infected person at a meeting, at an educational institution or at a workplace.
  • You have been to dinner or similar with the infected person.
  • You have practiced contact sports or sat in a car with the infected person.
  • You have been notified in the Smitte|stop app.

Children in primary school and day care etc. are considered ‘other contact’ if there in case of infection among children in the same group/class/team.

If you are other contact, it is recommended that you take a rapid antigen test (or self-test) immediately and a quick test (or self-test) on the 4th day after the last contact with the infected person. If you have been notified about contact to an infected person in the app Smitte|stop, you only need one test as soon as possible (possibly self-test).

If you have been infected with COVID-19 within the last 12 weeks, you do not need to be tested. This is because the test may be positive because you have been infected recently and may have inactive virus in your body.

If you get symptoms of COVID-19, you are always advised to go into isolation and get tested.

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Test for COVID-19

Find test centre

Find a test centre near you. The map shows all PCR and rapid test sites in the country.

To reduce the queues at the PCR test sites, please make an appointment via coronaprover.dk. It is no longer possible to get a rapid test in the PCR test sites.

If you have tested positive for COVID-19, you must isolate yourself as soon as possible - also from those you live with. Also, you should:

  • Notify your close contacts so they can be tested. Give them your requisition number, which you will find together with your positive test result on sundhed.dk or in the app MinSundhed. By using the requisition number on coronaprover.dk, your close contacts can book tests by themselves without waiting in a telephone queue at the infection detection.
  • To inform about your infection situation via the digital infection detection, which you, together with your positive test result, will find a link to on sundhed.dk or in the app MinSundhed.

Find more information: Infected

If you need to talk to hotline for infection tracing and questions about COVID-19:

  • Infected with COVID-19 or close contact: Call +45 32 32 05 11. Opening hours: All days 8:00 - 22:00.
  • Questions about the treatment of your illness: Call your own doctor.
  • General questions about COVID-19: Call 70 20 02 33. Opening hours: All weekdays 6:45 - 20:15.

Recommendations for children

For children, who are in close contact with an infected person at school, leisure activities, day care etc. there are specific recommendations regarding testing and isolation. You can see them here:

Test recommendations for children

Download the smitte | stop app

With the app, you can easily notify other users of the app that you have been close to if you test positive for COVID-19.

You notify other app users without being able to see who you are or where and when they have been near you.

If you receive messages in the app because you have been in contact with an infected person the message will contain information on what you should do regarding test etc.

Download the smitte | stop app