What is the Covid-19 procedure for our international students?

Have you decided to study at Artevelde University of Applied Sciences in Belgium? Great!
On this page you will find all you need to know when travelling to Belgium in times of COVID-19.

Artevelde University of Applied Sciences cannot reimburse extra, unexpected costs you might have due to:​

  • cancellation of the mobility (be it by the host institution or be it by the student himself or herself)​

  • corona measures that must be taken in the context of travelling abroad (for example Covid tests, vaccinations, quarantines, ...)​

So take this into account when organizing your mobility. Look for bookings and flights that can be canceled free of charge, check whether your deposit is refundable. Wait as long as possible before booking so that you have the clearest possible picture of the progress of your mobility.​

When your mobility can continue please register at the Ghent city Registration office upon arrival by filling out this eForm.

1. PLF – Passenger Locator Form

All incoming foreign students, regardless of their means of transport, must complete the PLF within 6 months before their arrival in Belgium. After submitting the PLF, you will receive a confirmation email with a QR-code. You will be asked to show this code when boarding or crossing the border.

Exception:

Students are not required to fill out a PLF if:

- they come to Belgium with their own transport (e.g. car, motorcycle).
- they were abroad for maximum 48 hours, or will stay in Belgium for maximum 48 hours.

This applies for instance to Dutch students who participate in an exam and then return home.

You can fill in a Passenger Locator Form via this link: https://travel.info-coronavirus.be/public-health-passenger-locator-form

2. About your country

Check the colour code of your country and/or whether it is listed as a very high-risk country. On 19 January there were no very high-risk countries listed.  Please note: Have you been in a very high-risk country in the past 14 days? You are not allowed to travel to Belgium.

3. About your COVID certificate

Check which COVID certificate you have. You need a COVID certificate to enter Belgium. There are three types of certificates;

  • A vaccination certificate proves that you have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • A recovery certificate shows that you have recovered from COVID-19.
  • A test certificate is proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result that is less than 72 hours old or RAT test result that is less than 36 hours old.

4. Testing or quarantine

The PLF will take the last 14 days into account when determining quarantine, also when the zone changes colour.

  1. Are you travelling from a green or orange zone? You do not need to get tested or quarantine.
  2. Are you travelling from a red zone in the European Union or Schengen area or from red code white list third country? On 19 January Bahrein, Uruguay and the United Arab Emirates are white list third countries with a code red.
  • Do you have a vaccination or recovery certificate?
    • You do not need to quarantine or get tested.
  • You don’t have a vaccination or recovery certificate?
    • You must do a PCR test maximum 72 hours before you are in Belgium or a RAT test the day before arrival or the day of arrival. This test must be negative.
    • On arrival in Belgium you do not have to go into quarantine.
    • Get tested (PCR or RAT) again on day 7.
  1. Are you travelling from a red zone outside the European Union or Schengen area?
  • You have an EU nationality or main residence?
    • You have a vaccination certificate?
      • Get tested before your arrival in Belgium (PCR or RAT)
      • Get also tested (PCR) on day 1 and 7 after you arrive in Belgium. You have to stay in quarantine until the negative result of your test on day 1.
    • You don’t have a vaccination certificate?
      • Get tested before your arrival in Belgium (PCR or RAT)
      • Get also tested (PCR) on day 1 and 7 after you arrive in Belgium. You have to stay in quarantine until the negative result of your test on day 7.
  • You don’t have an EU nationality or main residence?

You may only travel to Belgium for essential reasons or if you have an approved vaccination certificate with full vaccination

  • You have a vaccination certificate?
    • Get tested before your arrival in Belgium (PCR or RAT)
    • Get also tested (PCR) on day 1 and 7 after you arrive in Belgium. You have to stay in quarantine until the negative result of your test on day 1.
  • You don’t have a vaccination certificate? You may only travel to Belgium for essential reasons. Education is an essential reason.
    • Get tested before your arrival in Belgium (PCR or RAT)
    • Get also tested (PCR) on day 1 and 7 after you arrive in Belgium. You have to stay in quarantine until the negative result of your test on day 7.

5. Test after arrival in Belgium

In some cases a test is required on day 1 or day 1 and 7 after arrival in Belgium. This test can be done at University Hospital Ghent. Contact us via corona@arteveldehs.be if you are not able to make an appointment for a test yourself.

Check this page for the latest information for international students.

More information about the Covid-19 measures​