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Covid-19 testing

When should you get tested?

  • If you are older than 6 years and have COVID-19-related symptoms Read more
  • If you came into contact with someone who has the coronavirus. Read more
  • When you have been abroad. Read more
  • If you wish to have a COVID test certificate (or CST). This CST proves that you had a negative test. This can be a PCR test up to 72 hours old or a rapid test (also called RAT test) up to 48 hours old. See further below (Where can you get tested?)

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Procedure if you are feeling ill

Do you have any of the symptoms on the list? Stay home and do NOT call your GP, but complete the online questionnaire. If it turns out that you are best tested, you will receive a test code which you can use this to make an appointment at a testing center or lab, or at a pharmacist. On this list you will find the pharmacists where you can have yourselve tested.

  • If you run a higher risk of serious COVID-19 (eg pregnancy, diabetes, heart-renal, liver or lung diseases, cancer , etc.), you should consult a doctor.

  • Cough

  • Respiratory problems

  • Fever

  • Aches and pains

  • Fatigue

  • Loss of sense of smell or taste

  • Diarrhoea

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 (if consulted).
  • Only leave your house after 7 days
    • If you have not had a fever for at least 3 days
    • If there’s a clinical improvement of your symptoms
  • Contact tracing will start. The people you live with or came into close contact with must quarantine.
  • If you have a CST, it will be suspended for a period of 11 days. Access to an event or location for which a CST is required will be allowed again on the 12th day after the test has been taken. 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:

If you return from abroad

Where can you get tested?

You can get tested in the following places:

  • in a laboratory or in a testcentre set up specifically for the collection of COVID-19 samples
  • in certain pharmacies

Attention: you need a test code for this, obtained via the self-evaluation tool questionnaire or the contact tracing after high-risk contact.

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, after having been contacted bij contact tracing or after you have completed the online questionnaire
  • 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? 

Free PCR tests (for travel) can be requested up to 30.09.2021 . They will only be reimbursed for use up to 30.09.2021.

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.

Useful information

More information on Covid-19 self-tests

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