Isolation rules are to evolve from Monday January 3, in France, and be evened, no matter the variant concerned, health minister Olivier Véran announced. So far, isolation could last up to 17 days, but to face the increase in the Omicron variant, and the risk of disturbing the society, modalities are changing. From now on, people who tested positive to Covid-19 – with a complete vaccination scheme – will have to self-isolate for seven days. This isolation could be lifted after five days if the antigen or PCR test comes back negative and if they have not been having symptoms for the past 48 hours.
But when it comes to non-vaccinated people, they will have to self-isolate for ten days, and be allowed to get out after seven days, on the same conditions. As for contact-cases fully vaccinated, they no longer have to stay in quarantine, on the condition they strictly comply with health guidelines and “regularly take tests”. Yet, they need to take a PCR or antigen test the first then, they take self-tests at D+2 and D+4, provided for free upon proof of the first test.
Non-vaccinated contact cases or without booster shot will have to self-isolate for seven days and test negative before they can resume normal life again. For the record, the third dose is compulsory from January 15, to keep your vaccinal scheme complete and your pass valid. Other countries have decided to shorten the isolation period such as the United Kingdom, badly impacted by the Omicron variant.