COVID-19 Test Centre

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At Brussels Airport you can have a COVID-19 PCR-test taken at one of the COVID-19 Test Centres, operated by Ecolog. The Test Centre for departing passengers is located just outside the Departures hall. The Test Centre for arriving passengers is located on level 0 (bus station)

See below for any questions related to the Test Centre.

  • Departing passengers:  Are you about to travel to a country for which a negative test certificate is required? The COVID-19 Test Centre at Brussels Airport is open 7/7, including on Sundays and public holidays, nonstop from 3.30 am in the morning until midnight. Tests are taken from the age of 2 years.
  • Belgian residents, over 6 years of age, returning from a red zone (after a > 48-hour stay) must get tested on day 1 and day 7 after arrival in our country. You can get tested at the COVD-19 Test Centre at Brussels Airport on the condition that you received an activation code from the authorities through a text message (SMS) after having completed the Passenger Locator Form. A PCR test is not needed if you return from a green or orange zone.
  • Arriving passengers, not living in Belgium (non-residents) and travelling to our country from a red zone, having:

    must get tested prior to departure and on day 7 after arrival in our country. A PCR test is not needed if you return from a green or orange zone.
    • an EU/Schengen nationality OR

    • a main residence in EU/Schengen OR

    • a main residence in Australia, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand

  • Arriving passengers, travelling to our country, not having:

    • an EU/Schengen nationality OR

    • a main residence in EU/Schengen OR

    • a main residence in Australia, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand

    must get tested prior to departure + on day 1 and day 7 after arrival in our country.
  • A PCR test is not compulsory for transfer passengers not leaving the transfer zone.

You are welcome to have a test taken at the COVID-19 Test Centre at Brussels Airport as long as you do not show any COVID-19 symptoms.

An online registration is strongly recommended, otherwise there may be a queue. You can register online for a COVID-19 test through the platform of operator Ecolog.

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To register, you will need:

  • Your passport or identity card 
  • Your current address as well as the address where you will be staying for the next 14 days
  • For arriving passengers: an activation code received from the government via SMS after completing the Passenger Locator Form.

After registration you will receive an email with a QR code which you have to present to the Test Centre.  

At the test centre itself, you must also be able to present your passport or identity card. Please keep in mind that wearing a face mask is mandatory at the airport premises.

If you don’t have the possibility to register online, you can also register on site. Please take into account that there may be a queue.

Operator Ecolog performs a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test. A sample is taken from the nose with a cotton swab (according to Sciensano's instructions, the Federal Scientific Institute of Public Health in Belgium).

The molecular PCR test gives an indication of the presence of the COVID-19 virus only at the time of testing. 

Ecolog cooperates with a laboratory recognised by the government. The results are valid internationally.

Ecolog also offers Covid-19 antigen rapid tests. The antigen tests used,  are listed on the list of recommended tests by FAMHP, Federal Agency for Medicines and Health Products. The sample from the nose is collected in the same way  as for a PCR test, using a cotton swab.

 

For arriving passengers who live in Belgium and have been tested on day 1 or day 7 after arrival in Belgium, the test result will be available 24 to 72 hours after the test is taken.

For departing passengers, a distinction is made between the rapid test and the standard test.

In the case of a rapid PCR test, receipt of the result depends on when the test was taken: 

  • If a test is taken between 3.30am and 6am, the result will be available a few hours later between 10am and 12am.
  • If the test is taken between 6 am and 4 pm, you will receive the result after 4 to maximum 6 hours.
  • If a test is taken between 4pm and midnight, the result will be available between 10am and 12am the next day.

Be sure to take this into account if you want to fly the same day.

In the case of a standard PCR test, you will receive the result within 24 hours.

Ecolog also offers Covid-19 antigen rapid tests for departing passengers who travel to destinations where this type of test is recognised. Results of these tests are available within 50 minutes after your test was taken.

Please make sure that your destination indeed accepts this test before you choose this option.

How do you receive the results?

Operator Ecolog will send you the results of your COVID-19 test by e-mail if you have registered online for the test, by post if you have registered on site. This means that you can just go home and wait for the result or continue your stay.   

The certificate can be issued in the following languages: English, Dutch, French and German.

 

 

If you are a departing passenger and need a test to be able to travel, you will pay:

  • €67 for a standard PCR test
  • €135 for the PCR rapid test
  • €47.4 for an antigen test.

If you are an arriving passenger who needs to conduct a test on day 1 or day 7 after returning from a red zone, and if you have received an activation code from the government:

  • You can get tested free of charge upon presentation of your activation code if you are affiliated to a Belgian health insurance fund
  • You will pay €46.81 for a standard PCR test if you have an activation code but are not affiliated to a Belgian health insurance fund.

You can pay by various means of payment, either at registration or on site. We recommend paying in advance as much as possible to avoid queues.

At Brussels Airport you can wait for results in a pleasant and useful way.

If you do not show any symptoms of COVID-19, you are of course welcome to wait for your results at the airport. A few tips? In the terminal you can enjoy a delicious hot coffee at Starbucks. At the Regus Meeting Centre you can catch up on some work or hold a meeting. That's also possible at Sheraton, where you can even rest for a few hours or take a shower.

Discover our offers here to enjoy your time ate the airport while waiting.

If you show symptoms, you are expressly asked not to come to the airport, nor to the Test Centre. Please contact your doctor. The symptoms corresponding to COVID-19 are fever, coughing, breathing difficulties, loss of taste and smell, fatigue, ...

Until further notice, proof of vaccination does not exempt you from the PCR test. Therefore, a test is still mandatory, even if you have already been vaccinated.

For departing passengers, the facility is located on the Departures level just outside the terminal.

The Test Centre for departing passengers is open 7/7, including Sundays and public holidays, from 3.30am to midnight. If you would like to take a test, we recommend you register online to avoid queues.

 

For arriving passengers, the facility is located immediately outside the terminal on level 0 (bus station). 

The Test Centre for arriving passengers is open 7/7, including Sundays and public holidays, from 6.00 am to midnight. If you would like to take a test, we recommend you register online to avoid queues.

Since the Test Centre is located right next to the airport terminal, it can easily be reached by public transport. Click here for more information on the various transport options to the airport.


Are you coming by car? Please park your car in public car park P2. The car park is within short walking distance from the test centre.

In the event of a positive test, we ask you to leave the airport premises immediately and respect a self-quarantine.  Also contact your doctor. 

In the event of a positive test result, operator Ecolog will also notify the necessary authorities, even if you are not a Belgian national. The contact tracing process is initiated in the same way as in other laboratories.

Operator Ecolog processes the data and test results and shares them with Sciensano, the Federal Scientific Institute of Public Health in Belgium, to support contact tracing. 

Brussels Airport Company has no access to the personal data, nor to the test results.

The COVID-19 Test Centre is operated by Ecolog in partnership with Van Poucke-Eurofins. 

Ecolog is a leading global provider of integrated service solutions and Van Poucke-Eurofins is specialised in laboratory research. The laboratory is recognised by Sciensano, the Federal Scientific Institute of Public Health in Belgium.

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