(Update 23 Sept 2021)
The Belgian government has recently amended its travel regulations with regards to the Coronavirus pandemic. For the latest information, please check the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the website of the Crisis centre.
Following measures are currently applicable when travelling to Belgium:
- You must complete a Public Health Passenger Locator Form 48 hours before arrival in Belgium.
It is no longer possible to fill in the paper document.
- The PLF will take the last 14 days into account when determining quarantine, also when the zone changes colour.
- When coming from a green or orange zone, you do not need to get tested or quarantine.
- When coming from a red zone in the European Union, you will need a COVID-certificate.
- If you’re coming from a red zone outside of the European Union and you are in possession of an EU Covid Safe vaccination certificate, you will still need to get tested on day 1 or 2 after arrival in Belgium. The same holds for non-EU certificates that are accepted by the Belgian government. More information about the requirements can be found on the website of the Crisis Centre. If you are staying in Belgium for a prolonged period, you will have the opportunity to have your non-EU certificate adapted into an EU Covid Safe certificate. This procedure is currently being developed. More information will be published here as soon as possible. If you haven’t been fully vaccinated, you will need to get tested on day 1 and 7 and quarantine for 10 days. Quarantine means preventive isolation in order to limit the possible spread of the coronavirus. Read the specific rules and procedures. There are certain exceptions for countries on the red zone list.
- If coming from a very high risk country please check the website of the Crisis Centre for the latest information and rules for quarantine and testing.
For the latest information, please always check the travel measures before travelling to Belgium on the website of the Crisis Centre.
Testing upon arrival
When entering Belgium, the Passenger Locator Form generates a code with which one can be tested free of charge. Those who are asymptomatic and need several tests during their stay in Belgium (e.g. for an event or for travelling) will have to pay for the additional tests (a PCR test costs around €45, an Antigen test around €30).
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 (COVID Test Prescription Code) code (16 characters long). This is the code that is sent with the result of your test. 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 or book an online appointment with one of the campus doctors . If you need help finding a doctor, as a student you can contact the Office for Students Affairs (STIP) at firstname.lastname@example.org. Staff members can contact the International Staff Office at email@example.com.
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.