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Covid-19 testing

  1. When should you get tested?
  2. Where can you get tested?
  3. What do you need to get tested?
  4. How do I receive an activation code?
  5. How do I make an appointment?
  6. Where can I get my COVID-19 test result?
  7. Useful information

Flowchart testing & quarantaine

Exceptions to these general rules may be provided for by the competent authorities

When should you get tested?

In exceptional cases, you do not have to be tested and/or quarantined. An overview of the exceptions can be found here.

Procedure if you are feeling ill

Do you have any of the following symptoms? Stay home and contact your GP, even if your symptoms are mild.

  • Cough
  • Respiratory problems
  • Fever
  • Aches and pains
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of sense of smell or taste
  • Diarrhoea

If the GP suspects that you have Covid-19, they will test you or refer you to the local triage centre. The test will be sent to the lab for analysis that same day. This applies to everyone from the age of 6

While you wait for the results:

You always get the result of your test, regardless of whether it is positive or negative.

Is the test positive?

  • Isolate yourself.
  • Follow the advice of your GP’s advice.
  • Only leave your house after 10 days
    • If you have not had a fever for at least 3 days
    • If you no longer have respiratory problems (shortness of breath, problems with breathing).
  • Contact tracing will start. The people you live with or came into close contact with must quarantine.

More information on what to do when you test positive for the coronavirus

Procedure if you are not feeling ill

If you came into contact with someone who has the coronavirus:

  • You will receive a phone call or a text message from contact tracing.
  • Stay at home. Go into quarantine for 7 days. The quarantine period starts when you last had contact with the person who has coronavirus.
  • You will get a test
    • after receiving a contact tracing phone call. This only applies if you receive a phone call within 72 hours of your last contact with someone who has coronavirus.
    • on day 7 after your last contact with the person who has coronavirus.
  • Did you test negative on day 7? You no longer need to quarantine. Stay alert for another 7 days.
  • Did you test positive on day 7? Isolate yourself. Stay at home for at least 7 more days. Read more about what to do here.
  • Do you feel ill ? Contact your GP.

Children under the age of 6 will also get tested if they have had contact with a person who has coronavirus outside of their own family.

If you return from abroad

  • Fill in the Passenger Locator Form within 48 hours before your arrival in Belgium.
    • Did you receive a text message? You are at high risk from coronavirus. You must quarantine and get tested. You will receive a code by text message.
    • You did not receive a text message? You do not have to quarantine.
    • Did you complete the paper version of the Passenger Locator Form? You will be contacted by phone.
  • Stay at home for 7 days. The quarantine period starts from the last day you were abroad.
  • Get tested on day 1 and day 7 after you return from your trip. These two tests must be carried out in Belgium. A test taken abroad is not valid.
  • Did you test negative on day 7? You no longer need to quarantine. Stay alert for another 7 days.
  • Did you test positive on day 7? You must self-isolate. Stay at home for at least another 7 days. Read what you need to do here..

Where can you get tested?

You can get tested in the following places:

  • at your GP surgery
  • in a laboratory provided that a medical prescription is available; or
  • in a specialised sample collection centre set up specifically for the collection of COVID-19 samples.

Below is a list of test centres in Belgium:

What do you need to get tested?

To perform a COVID-19 test in a specialised sample collection centre or laboratory, it is necessary to have:

  • a 16-digit activation code received by text message or from your GP, or a prescription from your GP
  • your national register number - identity card
  • a mobile phone number to receive the result
  • the name of the GP who will receive your result (optional)

How do I receive an activation code?

When your doctor completes the electronic prescription, you will receive an activation code via text message. An activation code can also be sent to you by text message at the initiative of, for instance, an occupational physician, school doctor or doctor in charge of a nursing home.

This code is necessary to get tested. If you are not able to receive a text message, your GP will give you this activation code or a prescription.

Your GP will automatically submit the electronic prescription to the person who will take the sample.

How do I make an appointment?

There are more than a hundred specialised sample collection centres where you can get tested.

Where can I get my COVID-19 test result?

As soon as the result of your COVID-19 test is available, you will find it via the portal www.masanté.be.

  • Log into the portal, select “COVID-19” and click on “My COVID-19 Test Result” or one of the links below.
  • Providing a mobile phone number during the sampling allows you, in some cases, to receive the result immediately and very easily via a secure text message.
  • If you use the Coronalert application and you have generated and entered the 17-digit code, you can receive your result via this application.
  • If you cannot access www.masanté.be or do not have the Coronalert application (no ID card, no PC/mobile phone or internet connection), please contact your GP.

If you do not have a regular GP, or if he/she is not available, please be advised that all doctors can consult the results of the tests, as long as:

  • the doctor has your national register number
  • the doctor has a therapeutic relationship with you
  • your informed consent has been given for the sharing your health data (on the portal www.masanté.be > “Access Management”).

Other tests

Overview types of tests

More information on Covid-19 self-tests

I have to do a test to travel abroad to a country with measures that require a negative result. What is the procedure?

In such cases, it is best to contact your GP or a laboratory. These tests are not reimbursed by compulsory health insurance and can be charged to the person travelling at the rate of EUR 46.81.

I would like to have a serological test performed to see if I have developed antibodies to Covid-19. Under what conditions can I have this test carried out and what is the procedure?

You can contact your GP to find out if this test is useful in your case. These tests are still subject to considerable scientific uncertainty and constraints. On the prescription of a GP, reimbursement is envisaged for certain target groups if laboratory-approved test equipment is used. If the testing is done outside these target groups, EUR 9.60 may be charged for the identification of the antibodies. You can find more information about reimbursement on the website of the National Institute for Sickness and Invalidity Insurance. (French and Dutch only)

More information about testing and quarantine can be found on the websites of the competent authorities: