Corona – FAQ

Last update: January 29th, 2021

General information

  • Respect the hygiene rules.
  • Prefer to do your activities outside.
  • Think of vulnerable people.
  • Keep your distance (1m50).
  • Limit your close contacts.
  • Follow the rules regarding gatherings.
  • Wear a mask wherever necessary (since Monday 26 October 2020, wearing a face mask is mandatory throughout the Brussels-Capital Region).
  • When you feel ill.
  • If you came into contact with someone who has the coronavirus.
  • You have been abroad for more than 48 hours and you receive a text message after completing the Passenger Locator Form (PLF). For exchange students traveling to Belgium, see below ‘exchange students’
  • If you are affiliated with a Belgian health insurance fund and you have received an activation code, your test is free of charge.
  • If you are not affiliated with a Belgian health insurance fund, you have to pay 46,81 EUR.
  • Testing in Brussels is only by appointment.
  • Make an appointment via https://brussels.testcovid.be/en/
  • If a test is mandatory upon arrival, you can also perform it at the airport: https://www.brusselsairport.be/en/passengers/the-impact-of-the-coronavirus/covid-19-test-centre-at-brussels-airport
  • You can see your test result in the app Coronalert when handing over your personal code when taking a test.
  • Quarantine means preventive isolation in order to limit the possible spread of the coronavirus.
  • Isolation means that you stay at home if you are ill or have tested positive for the coronavirus.
  • In both cases, this means that you have to stay indoors in a single place. This can be a private address, or another place to stay (e.g. a hotel). During this period, contact with other people must be completely avoided, also with people in the same house. Always keep a distance of 1,5m to others. Going outside is only allowed for essential trips and provided that you wear a face mask.
  • As soon as you feel sick, but have not yet taken a positive test
  • When you had a high-risk contact with a person who has COVID-19 (you were together for more than 15 minutes at a distance of less than 1.5 metres and without both of you wearing a face mask)
  • When you have been abroad for more than 48 hours and you receive a text message after completing the Passenger Locator Form (PLF).
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  • Contact your GP and follow his/her instructions.
  • You should self-isolate for 10 days. 10 days after the first symptoms, you are no longer contagious.
  • Stay at home.
  • Only leave your house after 10 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).
  • Inform your landlord, housemates and institution.
  • A curfew is in place between 22:00 and 6:00 throughout the territory of the Brussels-Capital Region. It is forbidden to be out between these hours (except for essential and non-deferrable journeys).

Dorm life

  • Provide soap in the common areas and hand sanitizer in rooms without a tap.
  • Ventilate all areas regularly. The best method is to fully open all windows and doors 2 times a day for 5 – 10 minutes.
  • If many students use the same kitchen, you should install a rotating schedule to avoid overcrowding. The same goes for other common areas.
  • Don’t throw parties.
  • It is not allowed to have visitors in the common areas.
  • Preferably, you meet with other people outside. If that is not possible, you can receive 1 visitor in your own room.
  • Gatherings outside with more than 4 people are forbidden by law. You can get fined for this.
  • A curfew will be in force from 22:00 to 6:00, so you should stay at home between these hours.
  • Contact your GP and follow his/her instructions.
  • If you don’t have a GP in Brussels, call +32 2 201 22 22 or find a GP via https://en.doctena.be.
  • Don’t leave your room. Ask your roommates for help with shopping and preparing food, or order food.
  • Wear a face mask and disinfect your hands when you leave your room.
  • If possible, you use a separate toilet and shower. If this is not possible, disinfect everything after use and open the windows.

Student activities

  • It has been decided that none of these activities will take place during this academic year.
  • Ask permission to your university or college and the local government. Brussels counts 19 different municipalities, make sure you look up the correct information.

Exchange students

UPDATE: From January 26 all non-essential travel to and from Belgium is prohibited. There is an exception for study-related trips.To apply for a statement, complete the declaration on honor that you can find via info.coronavirus.be. You must keep this statement with you (on paper or digitally) throughout the journey.

EN: https://travel.info-coronavirus.be/essential-travel-sworn-statement

  • The Belgian authorities have imposed several measures such as a quarantine obligation and COVID-testing for certain people travelling to Belgium from abroad. Please note that these measures may change rapidly.
  • Make sure to check the website of your country’s foreign affairs office for specific information. If you have any questions, ask your embassy in Belgium. They will be best qualified to answer them.
  • The safety measures are updated frequently whenever the situation changes. So please check for updates shortly for departing.
  • For general information about the covid situation in Belgium:
  • Read the most recent travel advice on the website of Federal Public Service ‘Foreign Affairs’:
  • A negative COVID-19 PCR test, taken no more than 72 hours before travelling to Belgium, is mandatory for all non-residents (this includes exchange students coming to Belgium). You should be able to present proof to the carrier.
  • Anyone travelling to Belgium is required to fill out the electronic Passenger Locator Form (PLF)within 48 hours before arrival:
  • After filling out the form you will receive a confirmation email with QR-code. You should be able to show this when boarding and at border control upon arrival.
  • Since 26 October 2020, wearing a face mask is mandatory throughout the territory of the Brussels-Capital Region. Everyone aged 12 years or older is obliged to wear a mouth mask that covers the nose and mouth in all public places and private places accessible to the public.
  • Yes, this depends on what region you are from.
  • All non-residents travelling to Belgium – regardless of the colour zone – need to get tested on day 1 after their arrival. Barring the exception for a few countries this may be done via either a PCR test or a rapid antigen test.
  • Additional measures for travelers coming from United Kingdom, South Africa and South America are as followed:
    • Quarantine is always 10 days.
    • An additional PCR test on day 1 and day 7 of your arrival is mandatory.

Brik

  • The Brik Frontdesk can be reached by phone via +32 2 211 05 40 or contact form.
  • A personal visit is possible by appointment during the usual opening hours.
  • Brik continues to ensure that there is sufficient cleaning in the student houses.
  • The cleaners focus on frequently touched surfaces and spaces.
  • Brik’s cleaning and DIY team remains active. Our employees have been briefed and observe strict hygiene measures.

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