New rules on self-isolation

New rules on self-isolation

As from 00:01 on Thursday 23rd December, close contacts who have had two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine or more will not need to self-isolate. This is regardless of the variant of the COVID-19 positive case.

Confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 are required to self-isolate for 7 – 10 days (read more here).

New rules for COVID-19 self-isolation for close contacts:

  • If you are double vaccinated and had a booster more than 14 days ago you do not need to self-isolate. You are required to wear a mask in public, limit your social mixing for 10 days and must report any symptoms to 111 as soon as they develop.
  • If you are double vaccinated and had a booster less than 14 days ago or haven’t had a booster you do not need to self-isolate but if you choose not to do so you are required to take a daily lateral flow test. Please report to the Mid Town drive through during opening hours every day to take a test. You can otherwise go about your normal day but must wear a mask in public, limit your social mixing for 10 days and report any symptoms to 111 as soon as they develop.

Cross-frontier workers in this category should only report for daily testing if they are working on that day.

  • If you are not vaccinated or have only had 1 dose you are required to self-isolate for 10 days. You will only need to take a test if you develop symptoms. If you notice any symptoms, even mild ones, call 111 immediately to arrange a test appointment.
  • Health or social care workers will be risk assessed on an individual basis.
  • If you have been positive for COVID-19 in the 90 days before becoming a close contact you are not required to self-isolate, regardless of your vaccination status. This is because you will have natural immunity to the virus.
  • If you are under 18 years old and in full time education in Gibraltar you do not need to self-isolate, regardless of your vaccination status.

Individuals who have been granted vaccination exemption by the Director of Public Health may be required to self isolate depending on level of contact with a positive case. Each case will be assessed individually by the CTB.

This guidance is under continuous review and is subject to change on the advice of Public Health professionals based on emerging evidence.