When do I need to self isolate?

You must self-isolate immediately if: 

  • You have symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste)  
  • You have tested positive for coronavirus. 
  • You live with someone who has symptoms or tested positive. 
  • Someone in your support bubble has symptoms or has tested positive. 
  • You have been informed to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace or the NHS Covid-19 app. 
  • You arrive in the UK from a country with a high coronavirus risk (i.e. from a country included on the UK Government’s ‘red’ and ‘amber’ lists). 

Even if you have previously tested positive for Covid-19, and somebody you live with develops symptoms or tests positive, you must still self-isolate. No matter whether you have already had the virus and recovered, you still need to isolate should somebody you live with show symptoms or test positive for Covid-19.  


Report : tell us that you are self-isolating through the Covid-19 reporting form, so that we can support you.

Urgent help: If you have an urgent need that cannot wait until the next working day you should call Security on 0191 208 6817 (available 24/7).

Covid support: If you have a Covid-19 related enquiry, you can contact us by email covidsupport@ncl.ac.uk or the Covid Enquiry Line on 0191 222 5101 

Covid Enquiry Line operating hours:

  • 9am - 5pm - Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays
  • 10am - 5pm - Wednesdays


Last updated: 12.05.2021