1. You received a positive result for a PCR test or a rapid antigen test (RAT) administered by a professional

  • Go into isolation immediately, fill in the Citizen Form (*) and inform your high-risk contacts
  • You may also be contacted by the Contact Tracing Centre (telephone, visit or SMS)
  • End of isolation after 7 days if at least 3 days without fever and improvement in other symptoms

(*) Citizen Form only from 18 years old. If you are under 18 and have not been contacted by the Contact Tracing Centre, please contact them yourself on 02/214.19.19

2. You had a positive self-test

3. You have symptoms

  • You have not been informed by an infected person, by the Contact Tracing Center (phone, visit or SMS) or by the Coronalert application that you had a high-risk contact , and you were not recently abroad
  • Stay home immediately
  • If you have not yet received a test code, please fill in the Self Assessment Test. See a doctor if this is not possible, if you belong to a risk group or if your symptoms are very severe.
  • Make a test appointment if you received a test code or if the result of the Self Assessment Test or the doctor advises it
  • If you have symptoms, you can also go to a test centre without a test code by making an appointment first
  • The test result is positive
  • See point 1
  • The test result is negative
    • You may stop your quarantine but be very careful for one week

4. You had a high-risk contact  with an infected person

  • You have been informed by an infected person, by the Contact Tracing Center (phone, visit or SMS) or by the Coronalert application that you had a high-risk contact
  • If you were informed by the infected person, ask him/her to identify you as a high risk contact via the Citizen Form or via the Contact Tracing Center (via 02/214.19.19). This will also allow you to receive a quarantine certificate.
  • If you were notified by the Coronalert app, you can call the Tracing Call Center to obtain a quarantine certificate
  • You have symptoms
    • Stay home immediately
    • If you have not received a test code, please complete the Self Assessment Test if possible. See a doctor if this is not possible, if you belong to a risk group or if your symptoms are very severe.
  • If you have symptoms, you can also go to a test centre without a test code, by making an appointment in advance
  • The test result is positive
  • The test result is negative
    • Follow the instructions for high risk contacts without symptoms (see below)
  • You have no symptoms
    • You are fully vaccinated click here for detailed conditions
      • No testing or quarantine, but preventive measures until the 10th day after the high risk contact: mouth mask (preferably FFP2), distance, avoid contact with vulnerable people, no participation in activities where mouth masks cannot be worn (e.g. restaurants), etc
    • You are partially vaccinated click here for detailed conditions 
      • Immediate quarantine up to 7 days after the high risk contact, end of quarantine possible from day 4 if daily negative self-tests until day 7 + preventive measures until day 10: mouth mask (preferably FFP2), distance, avoid contact with vulnerable people, do not participate in activities where wearing a mouth mask is not possible (e.g. restaurants), etc
    • Other cases
      • Immediate quarantine up to 10 days after the high risk contact, end of quarantine possible from day 7 if daily negative self-tests until day 10 + preventive measures until day 10: mouth mask (preferably FFP2), distance, avoid contact with vulnerable people, do not participate in activities where wearing a mouth mask is not possible (e.g. restaurants), etc
    • High-risk contact within a household where the infected person cannot be isolated from other household members:
      • Quarantine & testing rules as for non-symptomatic high risk contacts outside the household (see above). Quarantines & testing, if any, are counted from the day of first symptoms (or testing if no symptoms) of the infected person
      • And, regardless of vaccination status, self-test on day 10 from the day of first symptoms (or test in absence of symptoms) of the infected person + preventive measures until day 20: mouth mask (preferably FFP2), distance, avoid contact with vulnerable persons, no participation in activities where mouth mask is not possible (e.g. restaurants), etc.
  • Specific rules apply to persons under 18
  • There are no exceptions to the quarantine regulations
  • You may also be contacted by the Contact Tracing Centre (telephone, visit or SMS)

5. You arrive from abroad

  • Fill in the Passenger Locator Form before arriving in Belgium
  • You have symptoms
    • Stay home immediately
    • If you have not received a test code, please complete the Self Assessment Test if possible. See a doctor if this is not possible, if you belong to a risk group or if your symptoms are very severe.
    • If you have symptoms, you can also go to a test centre without a test code, by making an appointment in advance
    • You may also be contacted by the Contact Tracing Centre (telephone, visit or SMS)
    • The test result is negative
      • Follow the instructions you may receive by SMS
  • You have no symptoms
    • Follow the instructions you may receive by SMS
  • You can find the current rules for arrival from abroad here

6. You are going abroad

7. You want a CST (Covid Safe Ticket)

8. You received a notification via the Coronalert app

Additional info

Different rules for youth

  • Less than 12 years old
    • Household environment
      • Children who have had a high-risk contact with a family member follow the same rules as unvaccinated adults in the event of a household infection (10-day quarantine, which can be lifted as of 7 with daily negative self-tests, additional preventive measures until day 20) regardless of the child’s vaccination status.
      • If the child had an infection less than 5 months ago that was determined by a PCR or antigenic test by a health professional, the child is exempt from quarantine.
        (If a member of the household has had a high-risk contact with someone from outside the household and the child has not, no measures are applied for the child.)
      • Therefor, children who show no symptoms may not attend school, daycare or nursery school if they had a high-risk contact with someone from their household.
      • Children who show symptoms must stay at home and should be tested by a professional (not self-tested). If not, they are considered infected and should be kept in isolation for 7 days.
    • School environment
      • In the school environment (including extracurricular activities), all children and the people in charge are considered low risk contacts.
      • Children and the people in charge are considered as one group.
      • Children should be tested (by a professional) if they have symptoms and should remain at home while awaiting the test result. If the test result is negative, they can return to school, daycare or nursery.
      • A class in primary education will be closed for 5 days if 4 people or 25% of the class (including the people in charge) test positive in a 7 day period.
      • The exception for people with a recent infection (less than 5 months) does not apply, as this is a state of emergency and extensive measures must be taken. 
      • Children who show no symptoms may not attend school, daycare or nursery school if they had a high-risk contact with someone from their household. This rule does not apply if the contact occurred with someone from outside their household.
      • In residential schools and institutions, children are considered unvaccinated.
    • Other environment
      • Contacts at a sports club, to a family member not living in the same household, to a friend outside school, at a youth activity, etc.
      • In this context, children under 12 years of age are considered having low risk contacts.
  • 12 to 17 years old
    • In the school environment, the rules regarding high risk contacts are the same as outside the school environment.
    • Youth aged between 12-17 who have received their basic vaccination, regardless of when they were vaccinated, are considered fully vaccinated. 

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Vaccination status

  • A fully vaccinated person is a person who has received a booster vaccination, or who has received the last dose of their basic vaccination not more than 5 months ago, or who has a Recovery Certificate dating from not more than 5 months ago.
  • A partially vaccinated person is a person who received the last dose of their basic vaccination more than 5 months ago and who has not yet received a booster shot.
  • All other persons are considered unvaccinated.
  • Youth aged between 12 and 17 who have received their basic vaccination are also considered to be fully vaccinated, regardless of the date of vaccination.

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High-risk contact

  • A high-risk contact is a person who has been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes cumulatively at a distance of less than 1.5 m face to face, e.g. in a conversation, without the correct use of a mouth mask (nose and mouth fully covered) by either person.

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