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Covid-19 testing

When should you get tested?

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

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 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”).

How can I receive an activation code for a free or paid test? 

When your GP fills in the electronic prescription, you will receive an activation code via SMS. An activation code can also be sent by SMS at the initiative of, for example, a company doctor, a school doctor or a nursing home doctor. This code is needed to be able to do a test. If you cannot receive an SMS, the doctor will give you this activation code or a prescription. The electronic prescription is automatically sent by your doctor to the person who will take the test. 

From 28 June 2021, you can also apply for an activation code to have a free or paid PCR test taken at a collection centre.

Anyone residing in Belgium who has not yet had the opportunity to be fully vaccinated can obtain 2 free tests from the age of 6.

You can also request a paid test, for example if you have already used the 2 free tests or are not entitled to them.

  • An activation code for a free PCR test is valid for 10 days.
  • An activation code for a paid test is valid for 30 days
  • The proposed maximum price for a paid test is 55 €.
  • You must be tested during the period that the vaccination code is valid, outside this period you cannot book a test and the code also loses its value.

An activation code can be obtained 2 times for free if the person who is having the test meets the following conditions:

  • be 6 years of age or older and
  • have his/her main residence in Belgium according to the data in the National Register and
  • have not yet obtained 2 free activation codes and
  • are in one of the following situations at the time of applying for an activation code for a free trial
    • have not yet been invited for vaccination
    • have been invited for vaccination less than 30 days ago
    • have received the first of two required doses less than
      • 84 or 70 days for AstraZeneca, depending on whether the first dose was given before or after 25 May
      • 49 days ago for Moderna or Pfizer
    • have received a dose of Johnson & Johnson less than 14 days ago. 

How do I best request an activation code for a free or paid PCR test? 

Requesting an activation code for a free PCR test only makes sense if you can get tested in the next 10 days. If you wait longer than 10 days to use the code, it loses its value and cannot be replaced. You will then be obliged to request a new activation code and, as of the 3rd activation code, the PCR test will become payable. An activation code for a paid PCR test is valid for 30 days. 

How to request an activation code for a free or paid PCR test as a resident of Belgium:

  1. Log on to https://www.myhealth.belgium.be/ (with your eID, Itsme, …)
  2. Click on the link to request the activation code for a free PCR test: ‘Request a code for a free or paid PCR test *’ and follow the step
  3. To book a test moment at a test center, click on the link “Make an appointment for a code test” and follow the steps.

How to request an activation code for a payable PCR test as a non-resident of Belgium:

  1. Go to https://www.myhealth.belgium.be/ . You do not need to register.
  2. Click on the link to request the activation code for a paid PCR test: ' Request a code for a paid PCR test (non-residents of Belgium)' and follow the steps
  3. To book a test moment at a test center, click on the link “Make an appointment for a code test” and follow the steps.

How do I make an appointment for a test with a valid activation code? 

If you have not used the activation code immediately, you can use it again at a later time (maximum 10 days for a free PCR test, maximum 30 days for a paid PCR test).

Please go to:

  1. Go to https://www.myhealth.belgium.be/ . You do not need to register.
  2. Click on the link “Make an appointment for a code test” and follow the steps 

The test centre knows whether the PCR test is free or paid.

Can I replace a paid or other activation code with a free or other activation code? 

If you have registered a test in a test center, you can ask in the test center to change the activation code used. Take your new activation code with you to the test center.

Frequently asked question about free PCR tests

    1. What is the difference between code/CTPC code/activation code/CTP code?
    There is no difference, they are synonyms. The activation code = CTPC code = CTP code = a code with 16 digits and letters. CTPC stands for Coronavirus Test Prescription Code.
    2. What are the conditions to obtain a code for a free PCR test?

    You can only get a CTPC for a free PCR test if you meet the following conditions:

    • the person to be tested is 6 years of age or older;
    • has his/her main residence in Belgium according to the data in the National Register;
    • has not yet twice obtained a CTP code for a free test

    You must also meet the following conditions:

    • You have not yet been invited for vaccination;

    • You were invited to be vaccinated, once, less than 35 days ago, and have not yet received your second vaccination invitation;

    • You received the first dose less than 35 days after the first invitation AND you received the first dose:

      • less than 98 (if first dose before May 25) or 70 (if first dose from May 25) days ago for the AstraZeneca vaccine ;
      • less than 49 (if first dose before July 13) or 35 (if first dose from July 13) days ago for the vaccine Pfizer ;
      • less than 49 days ago for the vaccine Moderna ;
      • less than 28 days ago for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
    • Please note: if you received the first dose more than 35 days after receiving your first invitation, you are not entitled to free PCR testing.

    • Please note: after requesting the code, regardless of whether you have taken the free PCR test or not, the code will not be cancelled and will therefore count as a code received for a free PCR test.

    3. What are the conditions of use for a code for a free PCR test?
    • An activation code for a free PCR test is valid for 10 days, so the test must be taken within 10 days. Example: you request your code for a free PCR test on 4 July => your test must be done by 14 July at the latest. By 15 July, it will be too late. • An activation code for a paid PCR test is valid for 30 days, so the test must be taken within 30 days.
    4. How do I request a code for a free PCR test?

    Are you a resident of Belgium?

    • Click on this link: Request a code for a free or paid PCR test, identify yourself and follow the steps.
    • To book a test time at a test centre click on this link: Book an appointment for a code-based test and follow the steps.

    Are you a non-resident of Belgium?

    • Click on this link: Request a code for a paid PCR test (non-resident of Belgium) and follow the steps.
    • To book a test time at a test centre click on this link: Book an appointment for a code-based test and follow the steps.
    5. How do I request a code for a free PCR test for a minor?
    • Log in to MaSanté.be and select your child by clicking on the arrow when you log in (yellow circle in the image below).
    • In the COVID 19 - Personal data section, click on the link: “Request a code for a free or paid PCR test” and follow the steps.
    6. How long does a code for a PCR test remain valid?

    The validity period of the code varies depending on the type of PCR test, whether it is free or paid.

    • Code for a free PCR test: the validity is 10 days after requesting the code, so the PCR test must be performed within 10 days. Example: you request your code for a free PCR test on 4 July => your test must be done by 14 July at the latest. By 15 July, it will be too late.
    • Code for a paid PCR test: the validity is 30 days after requesting the code, so the PCR test must be performed within 30 days.
    7. Where do I find a code for a PCR test?
    The list of codes required for a PCR test can be found under “COVID 19 - Personal data” / Overview of my CTPC codes*
    8. How do I cancel my code for a free PCR test?
    Unfortunately, the code cannot be cancelled. It is not possible to request a 3rd code for a free PCR test.
    9. How do I replace my code for a paid PCR test with a code for a free PCR test?
    • If you have booked an appointment for a paid PCR test, you can ask the test centre to change the code used to the code for a free PCR test.
    • On the day of the test, have your valid activation code for the free PCR test with you (validity = 10 days).
    • The test centre knows from the code whether it is a free or paid test and whether it is still valid or not.
    10. How do I book an appointment for a PCR test with a code?
    • An appointment can be booked from the MaSanté.be portal via “COVID 19 - Personal data” / Book an appointment for a code-based test
    • To book an appointment, you must have a valid free or paid PCR test code.
    • For a free PCR test, you have 10 days between requesting the code and taking the PCR test. For a paid PCR test, you have 30 days between requesting the code and taking the PCR test.
    • The test centre knows from the code whether it is a free or paid test and whether it is still valid or not.
    11. How much does a PCR test cost?
    • The maximum price for a paid test is €55.
    • In the case of paid tests, a rapid PCR test (result within 3 hours) can be obtained at the citizen’s request. The maximum price for this test is €120.
    12. Why haven't I received a code for a free PCR test?
    It appears you do not qualify for free PCR testing. Please refer to the conditions for obtaining a code for a free PCR test listed above.
    13. How do I get a code for a PCR test without internet?
    • It is not possible to send a code for a PCR test by post.
    • Find out if you can call on someone who has an internet connection (family, friend, neighbour, etc.) or what possibilities your municipality offers to access the internet (e.g. via the local library).
    14. Are CTPC codes personal?
    Yes, CTPC codes are personal and can only be used by the person who requests them. The person concerned is identified based on their national register number (via their electronic identity card, itsme, etc.). However, you can also apply for a code on behalf of your child by logging in under your child’s name.
    15. Can I use someone else's CTPC code?
    No, CTPC codes are personal and can only be used by the person who requests them and identifies themselves as such with their electronic identity card.
    16. How do I apply for a CTPC code for one of my children?

    There are two possibilities:

    • either you identify yourself (with your identity card, itsme, etc.) and, on the screen that asks you to choose your profile, choose to log in on behalf of your child; this option is possible for a child who lives with you, but also for a child who lives elsewhere but for whom you share parental authority; if (one of) your children does not appear in the list, please contact your municipality and report that the registration of your children has not been carried out correctly (the technical procedure is “TI 114 - Descending parentage”).
    • or you can use your child’s electronic identity card (available for all children aged 12 and over) and with its own PIN code.
    17. I applied for a CTPC code for myself and my child and received 2 codes on my mobile. How do I know which code is mine and which is my child's?
    The message you receive on your mobile phone includes the code granted, but also the first name and the first letter of the surname of the person for whom it is intended.
    18. How do I apply for a CTPC code for my foster child or someone under guardianship?
    You must apply using the identity card belonging to the child (available from the age of 12) or the person under guardianship. If you do not know the PIN and the child or person concerned cannot help you, a new PIN can be requested from their local authority. However, such a request may take one to two weeks.
    19. Can I cancel a free CTPC code and reapply later (for example if my trip is cancelled)?

    Unfortunately, it is not possible to cancel a CTPC code that has been assigned to you. However, please note:

    • any free code allocated allows you to have a free test carried out during the next 10 days; if your trip is delayed by a few days, you can therefore schedule a test at another time during this 10-day period
    • if you qualify for a free test, you can get a second code for a free test; each person who qualifies can request a code for a free test twice.
    20. I received two codes on my mobile phone at the same time, even though I only requested one. How is this possible?
    You have probably validated your request twice in the application, which generated two different codes that reached you via your mobile phone.
    21. I requested a free test but was asked to pay when I went to the testing centre (or lab).
    When you requested the free test, you may not have been eligible to receive one. In this case, the application offered you a code for a paid test, which you presumably confirmed. If you are satisfied that you meet all the requirements for a free test, you can submit a new application or ask the testing centre to submit a new application for a free test code. The number of codes that can be generated for a free test is, in any case, limited to a maximum of two per person.

Other tests

Overview types of tests

More information on Covid-19 self-tests

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