Testing for COVID-19 in quarantine
You will get tested for COVID-19 at least five times during your hotel quarantine.
You will get tested within 24 hours of arrival (day 0), and on days 4, 8, 12 and 14 of your quarantine. If you develop symptoms of COVID-19, you will also get tested.
If you receive a positive test
If you receive a positive test for COVID-19 while in hotel quarantine, you will be transferred to a health hotel.
Your transfer from hotel quarantine to a Health Hotel will happen sometime between 7am and 9pm.
If you test positive for COVID-19, we strongly recommend you separate yourself from other room members who haven’t tested positive for COVID-19.
By separating from others, you reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 to them and could avoid further extending the quarantine period of other room members.
Health hotels are dedicated quarantine hotels for anyone in hotel quarantine who tests positive or has symptoms of COVID-19 on arrival at the airport. These are operated by Alfred Health.
Health hotels have a team of healthcare professionals that provide ongoing care.
Your health will be regularly monitored to ensure you are safe and comfortable. Most of the time, no further testing is required.
If a room member tests positive
You will be considered a primary close contact if a person you share your room with tests positive for COVID-19 and you do not.
Primary close contacts will be moved to a new hotel room and will remain in hotel quarantine for 14 days from the last day they were in contact with the person who tested positive for COVID-19.
For example, if a child tests positive on day 3 – and is assessed as no longer infectious on day 13 – the parent who stays with the child will need to remain in quarantine until day 27.
The extended quarantine period ensures primary close contacts are not infectious upon leaving quarantine.
This is because people with COVID-19 are considered infectious for 10 to 14 days from when they first develop symptoms or test positive.
Additional testing for COVID-19 will occur during the extended quarantine period.
I am a parent/guardian who has tested positive
If you have tested positive for COVID-19 and there is another parent or guardian staying in the room who has not tested positive, then you should be transferred to the health hotel promptly without the family members.
If you are the only parent or guardian staying in the room, then your children or dependants will be transferred to the health hotel with you.
My child has tested positive
If you are a parent, guardian or primary carer of someone sharing your room who tests positive for COVD-19, and there is another parent or guardian staying in the room who has not tested positive, then only one parent or guardian will transfer across to the Health Hotel with that person.
The parent or guardian who transfers with the person who tested positive will have their quarantine period extended 14 days from when the child or dependant is no longer infectious.
If there is another parent or guardian quarantining in the room, they and other family members will be moved to a separate room in the same hotel and the quarantine period extended for another 14 days.
If you are the only parent or guardian staying in the room, then the whole family group will be transferred to the health hotel.
Reviewed 01 November 2021