COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES

Note: the most up-to-date information can be found here, and the most frequently asked questions are addressed here.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

General COVID-19 measures

In Belgium, the coronavirus barometer has been installed to determine the COVID-19 measures. The coronavirus barometer has three phases that reflect the level of pressure on healthcare: 

  • Code yellow: the epidemiological situation and pressure on hospitals are under control;
  • Code orange: increasing pressure on healthcare system, intervention needed to reverse this trend;
  • Code red: high risk of overburdening the healthcare system.

 

As of March 7, CODE YELLOW applies in Belgium.

In CODE YELLOW, a Covid-19 certificate is no longer needed to enter the congress venues. Face masks are only mandatory in healthcare and public transport but no longer in the congress venues and restaurants/bars/shops in the city. A Passenger Locator Form (PLF) is no longer needed within the EU.

Responsibility of our attendees

In order to organise a safe meeting, both organizers and participants need to assume joint responsibility to follow the safety measures.

Traveling to Leuven, Belgium

The Passenger Locator Form (PFL) must be filled in by everyone who, directly or indirectly, travels to Belgium from a country OUTSIDE the European Union or Schengen area that is not on the white list (which you can find here), by train, bus, boat or plane. The PLF document can be found here) and must be filled in a maximum of 48h prior to your arrival in Belgium. In all other cases, you may fill in the PLF, but it is not mandatory.

All participants should adhere to the governmentally issued travel restrictions and guidance issued by the Belgian authorities and the region you are travelling from.

  • For all latest GENERAL INFORMATION concerning COVID-19 in Belgium, please check: https://www.info-coronavirus.be/en/.
  • Participants travelling to Brussels from EU COUNTRIES: for information on the various measures in place, including quarantine and testing requirements (in various languages), please check: https://reopen.europa.eu/en/.
  • Participants travelling from OUTSIDE OF THE EU: for information regarding travel requirements (e.g. COVID-19 vaccination approval & testing) and visa application, please contact the Belgian embassy or consulate in your country.

Please note that in CODE YELLOW, the PLF is no longer needed within EU.

EU Digital Covid Certificate

In CODE YELLOW, a Covid-19 certificate is no longer needed to enter the congress venues.

If the meeting will be organized in code orange, all persons entering the congress venues need to present a Covid-19 certificate that certifies the person: 

  • been vaccinated against COVID-19 (at least 14 and no more than 150 days have passed since the last dose of the primary vaccination series or the person has received a booster dose), OR
  • received a negative PCR test result (no more than 72 hours before travelling or a negative rapid antigen test obtained no more than 24 hours before travelling), OR
  • recovered from COVID-19 (no more than 150 days have passed since the date of the first positive PCR test result).

National health authorities provide information on how to obtain the certificate. Find more information here.

Covid-19 PCR Test in Belgium

If you need to take a COVID-19 PCR test in Belgium, please find herewith an overview of the test centres:

PCR-travel or -event testing without CTPC testing in private test centres

 

PCR-travel or -event testing in public test centres with CTPC (Covid Test Prescription Code): 50 euro