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I am a positive case

This page was last updated on 26 January 2022.

Am I required to self-isolate?

If you test positive for COVID-19 (with an LFT or PCR test) you will be legally required to self-isolate, irrespective of your vaccination status or age, to break onward chains of transmission. As a case it is strongly recommended that you separate yourself from other people in your home as you are able, and it is appropriate. Self-isolation | States of Guernsey - COVID-19 (

If you are parents caring for children who are negative and therefore still going to school please ensure you minimise physical contact with them where possible, wear a mask and practice good hand hygiene – particularly when preparing items for school, packed lunches etc.


Anyone receiving a positive LFT result:

  • You must immediately notify the States of Guernsey via either the clinical helpline (01481 220001 or 01481 220002) or the online form at
  • You will receive confirmation that you must now self-isolate for 10 days. This confirmation will include all the necessary legal requirements and advice, including the steps that must be followed if you are able to release yourself early, as long as certain criteria are met.
  • You will be asked to notify close contacts that they are requested to take an LFT daily for 10 days, while also limiting their social contacts during this time. 


If you are symptomatic and have a negative LFT then please contact the clinical helpline on (01481 220001 or 01481 220002) or complete the online form at, as you may still be referred for a PCR test depending on your symptoms.


How long do I need to self-isolate for?

The Civil Contingencies Authority has agreed to allow early release from the mandatory isolation period for people with Covid-19, as long as certain criteria are met.

A 10-day mandatory self-isolation period will remain for all positive cases, however they can be released early after seven days as long as the following criteria are met:

  • The positive case is symptom-free; AND
  • They have had two negative lateral flow tests 24 hours apart form Day 5 onwards. E.g. on Day 5 and Day 6 OR Day 6 and Day 7 OR Days 7 and 8 OR Days 8 and 9). If these are met, the individual can release themselves early and follow the guidelines below, up until Day 11 when restrictions are lifted.
  • If you are still positive on Day 9, you do not need to take an LFT on Days 10 or 11 in order to leave isolation on your Recovery Date. If you have no symptoms then you can leave isolation on Day 11 ( 00:01 Recovery Date).
  • We would also discourage you from doing LFTs between Day 10 and Day 17 as you may still test positive but are highly unlikely to be infectious after 10 days in self-isolation. If you do take an LFT and get a positive result you are still free to leave isolation on Day 11 ( 00:01 Recovery Date), although the risk is significantly reduced, we encourage you to think about those around you, continue all the good measures like washing your hands and wearing a face covering etc. 
  • If you have symptoms on your Recovery Day 11(00:01) other than a residual cough and/or loss of taste and smell please stay at home for another 48 hours (this is not a mandatory requirement, but a request). If you are still not well after 48 hours please speak to your GP.

The early release from isolation will be done on the basis of trust, and the positive case should follow the guidelines below.

The positive case is also advised to take a time-stamped photo of their negative LFT for their own records – these do not need to be submitted to the States of Guernsey.

You should not take any Lateral Flow Tests (LFT) prior to Day 5 of your isolation period.   If you were to take an LFT in this time and it were to result negative, this would not change your isolation requirements. 

Guidance for case between Days 6 & 11 (Recovery Date 00:01) if LFT negative and asymptomatic

You may be able to end your self-isolation period before Day 11. If you are asymptomatic and you take 2 consecutively negative LFT tests 24 hours apart from your day 5 onwards, you may end your self-isolation after the second negative test result( i.e. after negative day 5-6, day 6-7, day 7-8, day 8-9 or day 9-10)

If both your LFT results are negative, it is likely that you were not infectious at the time the tests were taken. To further reduce the chance of passing COVID-19 on to others, if you end your self-isolation period before Day 11, you must:

  • discuss with your employer before you attend work so that they may do an individual risk assessment before your return
  • not visit a hospital, care and residential home or other health and care facility without prior arrangements unless in an emergency

and you are strongly advised:

  • to limit close contact with other people outside your household, especially in crowded, enclosed or poorly ventilated spaces
  • to work from home if you are able to
  • to wear a face covering in crowded, enclosed or poorly ventilated spaces, on public transport and where you are in close contact with other people
  • to limit contact with anyone who is at higher risk of severe illness if infected with COVID-19

You should inform all individuals you meet with of your status, until your Day 11( 00:01 Recovery Date).  It is strongly advised to wear a facemask and practice social distancing when you are outside your home, including at work. You should also always observe good hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette. 

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