How to protect yourself against omicron? [8 pictograms]  Get booster vaccine. Restrict contacts. Wear a face mask. Ventilate indoor areas. Use self-tests. Keep your distance. Follow the rules on working from home. Follow quarantine and isolation rules.

Testing - when, how, where

You have symptoms

  • A cold
  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Loss of taste / smell
  • Pain
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Fatigue
  • Diarrhea

Go into isolation and evaluate your symptoms with the self-assessment tool via myhealth.be instead of contacting your general practitioner ( unless you have no cell phone or PC, if you are in doubt or you are at an increased risk e.g. pregnancy, heart, kidney, liver or lung disease, cancer patient)

Advice not to test

You can go out of isolation

Advice to test

Remain in isolation and request a test code via myhealth.be and make an appointment for a PCR test (via myhealth.be) or a rapid test (via specific pharmacists, see www.apotheek.be (NL) or www.pharmacie.be (FR ))

Test result can be obtained via myhealth.be, the CovidSafe App or you receive a text message

  • Negative: you are not infected - You can go out of isolation, but remain extra cautious for 1 week: limit your social contacts, avoid vulnerable people, respect distance, wear your face mask, keep on teleworking.
  • Positive: you are infected - 7 days of isolation.
    • Give your contact details to contact tracing via myhealth.be
    • Isolation ends on day 7 on condition of 3 days without fever and improvement of the symptoms.
    • After that, remain extra cautious for 3 days : limit the number of contacts to the strictly necessary.
    • Wear continuously a mask indoors (preferably FFP2).

High risk contact without symptoms

Have you been in contact with an infected person for more than 15 minutes and within a distance of less than 1.5 metres?

Vaccinated

Last vaccination <5 months or booster vaccination or you are between 12 and 17 years old and have received your basic vaccination

PCR test and quarantine not necessary, but remain cautious for 10 days after the high-risk contact: limit your social contacts, avoid vulnerable people, respect distance, wear a face mask (preferably FFP2) and keep on teleworking

Last vaccination> 5 months and no booster vaccin.

  • 7 days quarantine.
  • Can be terminated from day 4 on condition of a daily negative self-test from day 4 to day 7. In the meantime, remain extra cautious for 10 days after the high risk contact.
  • Positive self-test - you are probably infected
    • Request an activation code for a PCR test at the Contact Centre 02 214 19 19 and go into isolation until you get the result of the PCR test.
    • Positive: 7 days of isolation. Isolation ends on day 7 on condition of 3 days without fever and improvement of the symptoms. After that, remain extra cautious for 3 days: limit the number of contacts to the strictly necessary. Wear continuously a mask indoors (preferably FFP2).
    • Negative: Quarantine can be terminated

Anyone who took a positive PCR- or rapid test less than 5 months ago follows the same measures as the vaccinated people (see above), as long as he or she has no symptoms.

Not vaccinated

10 days quarantine. Can be terminated from day 7 on condition of a daily negative self-test from day 7 to day 10. In the meantime, remain extra cautious for 10 days after the high risk contact.

  • Negative self-test: you are probably not infected
  • Positive self-test: you are probably infected
    • Request an activation code for a PCR test at the Contact Centre 02 214 19 19 and go into isolation until you get the result of the PCR test.
    • Positive: days of isolation. Isolation ends on day 7 on condition of 3 days without fever and improvement of the symptoms. After that, remain extra cautious for 3 days: limit the number of contacts to the strictly necessary. Wear continuously a mask indoors (preferably FFP2).
    • Negative: Quarantine can be terminated.

Travelling

Departure from Belgium

See travel advice of the EU (https://reopen.europa.eu/) or of the Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs (https://diplomatie.belgium.be/)

Request your COVID certificates via the CovidSafe app or via myhealth.be.

  • Vaccination certificate
  • Recovery certificate
  • Test certificate: Request a payable testcode via myhealth.be. Make an appointment for a PCR test (via myhealth.be) or a rapid test (via specific pharmacists, see www.apotheek.be (NL) or www.pharmacie.be (FR). Test result can be obtained via myhealth.be, the CovidSafeApp, or you receive a text message
    • Negative - you are not infected: you can obtain a test certificate
    • Positive - you are infected: 7 days of isolation. Give your contact details to contact tracing via myhealth.be Isolation ends on day 7, on condition of 3 days without fever and improvement of the symptoms. After that, remain extra cautious for 3 days: limit the number of contacts to the strictly necessary. Wear continuously a mask indoors (preferably FFP2).

Return to Belgium

Fill in and submit your PLF. You can do this from 6 months before your arrival via the Covidsafe app (click on your most recent vaccine and scroll down) or via https://travel.info-coronavirus.be

  • You do not receive a text message.
  • You receive a text message with a code for a test. Make an appointment for a PCR test (via myhealth.be) or a rapid test (via specific pharmacists, see www.apotheek.be (NL) or www.pharmacie.be (FR). Test result can be obtained via myhealth.be, the CovidSafeApp, or you receive a text message
    • Negative - you are not infected
    • Positive - you are infected: 7 days of isolation. Give your contact details to contact tracing via myhealth.be Isolation ends on day 7, on condition of 3 days without fever and improvement of the symptoms. After that, remain extra cautious for 3 days: limit the number of contacts to the strictly necessary. Wear continuously a mask indoors (preferably FFP2).