Covid-19 testing protocol for internationals in Leuven

Information on the Covid-19 testing protocol for internationals in Leuven

Practical note: the International House Leuven does not have a 24/7 service desk and we do NOT book appointments or generate testing codes.  if you have urgent questions, need to book an appointment, didn't receive a testing code,... please contact the national corona contact centre on the toll-free number 0800 14 689 (or +32 78 15 17 71 if you don't have a Belgian mobile).  The national centre is open every day from 9:00-17:00. 

You didn't receive a testing code but were expecting one?  Call 02 214 19 19 for further information. 

The Corona testing strategy differentiates between residents and non-residents of Belgium.

A. Non-residents, regardless of their nationality, coming to Belgium for more than 48 hours must:

  1. present a negative test result (which is a maximum of 72 hours old) upon entry of the country, AND
  2. fill in a Passenger Locator Form, AND
  3. stay in quarantine for 10 days.  You may leave quarantine after day 7 if your test is negative.
  4. Once in Belgium you need to take an additional test on day 7 after arrival, with the exception of people coming in from India, Brasil and South-Africa.  These passengers need an additional test on day 1.   Each time special codes are sent to your mobile phone allowing you to take the test for free. If you didn't receive the codes, call 02 214 19 19.

For Leuven: You just arrived and don't have a Belgian national number yet but need to book a test? Information in English can be consulted on a dedicated website of coronapostLeuven.

Read all information on the website of the Flemish Government. (in Dutch but the machine translation is very understandable)

B. Belgian residents need an testing code to make an appointment for a test in a Belgian testing-centre. 

Summary of situations in which a test is required for residents:

  • Symptoms: immediately self-isolate and contact your GP for a test (either at your GP's or a testing centre)
  • No symptoms BUT 
    1. you return from abroad (absence of >48h).  You complete the mandatory Passenger Locator Form.  Everybody returning from a red zone is considered high risk.  Consequently a 10 days quarantine and two separate PCR tests, on day 1 and day 7 are mandatory. Testing codes are sent to your mobile phone by text message, the second one around day 5.
    2. you were contacted by the contact tracing centre and received a testing code (16 numbers + letters)
    3. you were referred by the company doctor and received a testing code

Testing in Leuven: There are four testing centres for inhabitants of East-Brabant which includes Leuven.  You can book your own appointment, on the condition that you have a testing code.  To select the centre of your choice and to book the appointment click here.  The tool itself is in Dutch but the FAQ is available in English. A map with all testing centres in Belgium can be found here.

C. Need a PCR test for outgoing travel?  Contact your GP or go to the testing centre at the airport (no Belgian national number required to book the test).

Quarantine is mandatory as of the day of a high risk contact or high-risk return to Belgium. Testing is done on the 7th day counting from the day of the high risk contact, or on the first ánd 7th day following a high-risk return to Belgium.  Should you develop symptoms during quarantine, testing is done immediately (contact GP).

General testing information and a FAQ is available on the website CoronaPostLeuven (partially in English).

There is a separate protocol for students of KU Leuven, UCLL or LUCA.

If you don't have a GP in Leuven yet, you can read more on how to find a doctor here.

Official government website with detailed and updated information on all measures, quarantine and testing:


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