The travel rules imposed as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic have recently changed. Since 11 March 2022 the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) will now only be mandatory for those travelling with a carrier to Belgium from a third country that is not on the European Union’s white list.
In certain cases, the PLF needs to be completed within 6 months of your scheduled arrival in Belgium, even if you are fully vaccinated and regardless of whether you are traveling to Belgium directly or indirectly.
Testing and quarantine measures are dependent on your vaccination status and country of origin. For the latest information, please always check the travel measures before travelling to Belgium on the website of the Crisis Centre.
Testing upon arrival
The Passenger Locator Form generates a CTPC code (COVID Test Prescription Code - 16 characters long) with which one can be tested free of charge, if required according to the travel guidelines of the Belgian government.
International guests who require a COVID-19 test can, for example, go to
- Antwerp Central Station: In case of entry from abroad, an appointment is not necessary A RRN or BIS number is not necessary Result: within 24 to 36 hours
- UZA (Antwerp University Hospital), Drie Eikenstraat 655, 2650 Edegem. Appointment online or by telephone: 03 821 23 74 (from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Result: indicative after 24 to 36 hours
You can download the certificate from the free CovidSafeBE-app (for iPhone and Android) by entering the CTPC code. If you do not have the app, you can also enter the code via MyHealth to download the document with the QR-code.
If you don’t have a GP as yet, you can consult the list of doctors in Antwerp online. If you need help finding a doctor, as a student you can contact the Office for Students Affairs (STIP) at email@example.com. Staff members can contact the International Staff Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to following all Covid-19 measures, it is compulsory for staff members to register with a local health insurance fund upon arrival in Belgium. Staff members can contact the International Staff Office for assistance with the registration.
Students can find more information about health insurance on the website of the University. EU students are covered by their national health insurance in the home country. Non-European students need to register with a local health insurance fund immediately upon arrival in Belgium.
If you are a student moving to Belgium from outside the EU, you should take out travel insurance for the first month before you leave home. Travel insurance plans usually cover your medical and urgent dental fees, as well as exceptional events such as repatriation and medical transport. They cover potential medical costs until you have permanent health insurance, which you will sign up to once you arrive in Antwerp.