10 tips for enjoying a safe summer

How to stay safe while travelling abroad

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1. Check the measures in your destination country

  • Each country may impose different measures on travellers. Make sure to inform yourself about the measures that apply in the country of your destination, but also in the countries through which you will be travelling. Before your departure, consult the website www.reopen-eu.be or the website of the FPS Foreign Affairs www.diplomatie.belgium.be, where you will find the latest travel advice per country.
  • Register your trip at TravellersOnline. That way, we will be able to assist you more quickly if you need any help while abroad.

2. Apply for your COVID certificates

If you are travelling abroad, you can apply for a COVID certificate. This is mandatory in many countries. There are three types of certificates:

  • A vaccination certificate proves that you have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. You are fully vaccinated 2 weeks after your last vaccination dose.
  • A recovery certificate shows that you have recovered from COVID-19. You have a positive PCR test result no older than 180 days and you no longer need to quarantine.
  • A test certificate is proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result. Read here how you can request a test.

You can obtain your COVID certificate by:

At www.covidsafe.be, you can find more information, e.g. on how to apply for a paper vaccination certificate.

3. Request your (free) PCR tests

In some countries, you must be able to present a negative PCR test result. Anyone (6 years and older) who has not yet been fully vaccinated can apply for 2 free PCR tests.

  • You can request the test at www.mijngezondheid.belgie.be.
  • You will receive an activation code that is valid for 10 days.
  • You can use this code in all triage and test centres, but also in private or hospital labs, depending on availability.

Are you fully vaccinated and would you like to request a test?

Keep the validity period of the test codes in mind. For instance, don’t apply for your free tests if you’re not going to travel for another month. Also take into account the turnaround time for the analyses at our labs and count on 24 to 36 hours to receive your test result.

The 2 free tests do not apply to rapid antigen tests. Not all countries accept these tests and the testing possibilities in Belgium are more limited. However, if you do want to pay for a rapid antigen test, you should know that this kind of test is possible at certain labs and, from 12 July, also at nearly one thousand pharmacies.