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No More HSO Quarantine For COVID-19 Close Contacts!

Close contacts of a COVID-19 infected person are NO LONGER be required to undergo the HSO quarantine!

Here is what you need to know…


No More HSO Quarantine For COVID-19 Close Contacts!

On 14 April 2022, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) announced that close contacts of COVID-19 positive persons won’t be required to undergo HSO quarantine!

From 22 April 2022 onwards, the Home Surveillance Order (HSO) quarantine requirement will be lifted for COVID-19 close contacts.

There won’t be any HSO quarantine for close contacts, irrespective of vaccination status. Even unvaccinated close contacts won’t be required to undergo HSO quarantine.

Asymptomatic (No Symptoms)

You are NO LONGER be subject to a Home Surveillance Order (HSO) quarantine.

However, for five (5) days from the last day of exposure to the COVID-19 positive individual, you must :

There is NO LONGER a need to conduct RTK self-test, unless you are symptomatic. See the next section.


You are NO LONGER be subject to a Home Surveillance Order (HSO) quarantine. However, you are advised to undergo a self-quarantine.

You are also encouraged to conduct a RTK-Ag self-test on the day you become symptomatic (Day 1), and on the third day (Day 3).

Once you obtain a negative test result and have improving symptoms, you can conduct outdoor activities. However, you must :

However, if your symptoms worsen, you should seek treatment at the nearest healthcare facility.

If you test positive for COVID-19, please follow the guidelines above for COVID-19 positive individuals.

22 April 2022
Quarantine Testing
Asymptomatic No HSO Quarantine
5 days of precautions
No Testing Required
Symptomatic No HSO Quarantine
Advised to self-quarantine
Encouraged to test on
– Day 1 (symptom onset)
– Day 3


Previous HSO Quarantine Requirements For Close Contacts!

For comparison, these were the previous close contact rules that were enforced until 21 April 2022 :

Adults 18 Years & Above

* Must conduct RTK self-test on Day 1 and Day 3, and if positive – report results in MySejahtera, and follow COVID-19 positive protocol. See above.

Children Below 18 Years Old

There is no longer a need to test for COVID-19, if you have no symptoms. However, you must finish the full quarantine period.

Those who become symptomatic during the quarantine, must either perform a RTK-Ag self-test, or go directly to a health facility if the symptoms worsen.

Read more : New Test + Isolation Rules To Fight Malaysia’s Omicron Surge!

1 March 2022
On Day 1 Quarantine
+ Booster Dose
No symptoms None RTK-Ag self-test
on Day 1 + 3
Symptomatic 5 Days RTK-Ag self-test
if symptomatic
Recovered in last 60 days None
Fully Vaccinated Asymptomatic / Symptomatic 5 Days *
Recovered in last 60 days None
Incomplete or
Asymptomatic / Symptomatic 7 Days *

* No test is required to be released from quarantine, if not symptomatic. However, you must complete the full quarantine period.


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