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Covid-19 testing

Get yourself tested:

Were you in contact with someone who has coronavirus or were you travelling in a red zone? You have no symptoms and you are not a caregiver? You do not have to be tested, but you do have to go into quarantine.

Flowchart: When should I be tested?

Procedure if you ar 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?

  • Stay at home for at least 7 days.
  • Follow the advice of your GP’s advice.
  • Only leave your house after 7 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 a care giver

Only caregivers should get tested if they came into contact with someone who has coronavirus.

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

  • You will receive a phone call or a text message from contact tracing. They will give you the information you need to get tested.
  • Stay at home. Go into quarantine for 10 days. Stay vigilant for the first 4 days after.
  • Get tested five days after your encounter with a high-risk contact.

Did you test negative? You no longer need to quarantine.

Did you test positive?

  • Stay at home. Follow your GP’s advice.
  • Contact tracing starts.
  • Are you experiencing symptoms? Only leave your house after 7 days
  • If you have not had a fever for at least 3 days
  • If you are no longer having trouble breathing
  • Do you have no symptoms? You may leave your home seven days after you tested positive.
  • Read more about what to do here.

Please note: did you test positive but your presence as a care giver is necessary at work? Then you may be able to go back to work regardless of the result of your test. This is only possible provided a risk analysis takes place and you do not come into contact with (coronavirus) patients.

Procedure for specific target groups

You have been hospitalised, are a new resident in a care home, or many people (a cluster) in a shared residence (e.g. residential care centres or prison) are ill? You must get tested.

Follow the instructions of your GP or organisation.

Procedure when you don’t have symptoms

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

  • You will receive a phone call or a text message from contact tracing.
  • You do not have to be tested. You must, however, quarantine.
  • Stay at home for 10 days. After 10 days, you may leave your home. Stay alert for another 4 days.
  • The quarantine period starts when you last had contact with the person who has coronavirus.
  • Are you feeling ill? Contact your GP so you can get tested.

If you return from a red zone:

  • Fill in the Passenger Locator Form within 48 hours before your arrival in Belgium.
    • Did you receive a text message ? You have a high risk of COVID-19. You have to spend 10 days in quarantine. This is compulsory if you come from a red zone.You do not have to be tested.
    • Did you not receive a text message ? You don’t have to be quarantined.
  • Stay at home for 10 days. After 10 days, you may leave your home. Stay alert for another 4 days.
  • The quarantine period starts from the last day you were in a red zone.
  • Are you feeling ill? Contact your GP so you can get tested.

Where can I get tested?

Below is a list of test centres in Belgium:

Other 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: