At its 45th session held on 22 April 2020, the Government adopted a Decree with force of law for mandatory self-isolation when testing for the presence of coronavirus COVID-19.

According to this Decree, all domestic and foreign natural persons, symptomatic and asymptomatic, which have been tested for the presence of coronavirus COVID-19 in their body, are placed in a mandatory self-isolation from the moment of taking the sample for testing (mouth swab, throat swab, nasal swab, blood etc.), until negative result is obtained.

The decree provides that if taking sample for testing is done outside the home, that is to say, the place of potential self-isolation of the natural person that is tested, the person is obliged without delay, in the shortest possible time and in the fastest way, to go to the place of self-isolation while reducing to minimum contact with other persons on his way to self-isolation until they arrive at the place of self-isolation.

The Decree stipulates that the self-isolation shall last until negative result from the testing is obtained.

Self-isolation is carried out in the person’s home or in an apartment or a house where they can be fully isolated from the people they live with (a holiday home, an apartment in which they don’t live etc.)

During the period of self-isolation, the person who is self-isolated must not go out at all, they should minimize the contacts with the people they live with (if they cannot be entirely separated) and they should obey the recommendations of the Ministry of Health regarding self-isolation.

Self-isolation can turn into home isolation based on the Decision for health supervision by the State Sanitary and Health Inspectorate in accordance with the protocols for reduction of the importation, spread and dealing with coronavirus COVID-19.