COVID-19 testing, quarantine and positive COVID-19 test

I feel sick. What should I do?

If you feel sick, isolate yourself at home or in your room and contact your general practicioner or the UGent student doctors.

Symptoms are shortness of breath, cough, chest pain and altered sense of taste or smell. Also combinations of fever, muscle pain, nasal runny nose, fatigue, sore throat, headache or watery diarrhoea can be caused by COVID-19.

Where can I get tested?

UGent students can get tested for COVID-19 in Ghent University Hospital.

Important: You need an appointment for a COVID test. You can no longer come without an appointment.

  • You have a CTPC code (corona test prescription code) or an activation code from the government (you receive this code via text message, from your doctor or via the corona app):
  • You do not have a CTPC code or activation code:

If an online booking is not possible, you can also make an appointment via 09 332 12 30.

The test is free of charge for UGent students who, according to contact tracers of UGent or the government, have had a high-risk contact, are returning from a red zone abroad, need a test before an admission or procedure in hospital, or have COVID-19 symptoms. Students without valid Belgian health insurance pay the amount of the lab analysis (€ 47.18) at the consultation itself but can get it back through their own health insurance.

Other students who suspect that they are at risk of COVID-19 infection can have themselves tested at UZ Gent on their own initiative. In that case, the cost (47.18 euros) will not be reimbursed by the health insurance.

Up-to-date information about who must/can be tested when can be found on the official government site (https://www.info-coronavirus.be/nl/testen/). Info about the test center of UZ Gent can be found here: https://www.uzgent.be/nl/zorgaanbod/mdspecialismen/Spoedgevallendienst/Paginas/covid-19-testcentrum.aspx

If you have tested positive for COVID-19, please send an e-mail to contacttracing@ugent.be immediately. In consultation with you, we will map out your contacts, so that we can discreetly provide them with the necessary information about the risk of infection and the need for quarantine, and so that we can quickly take any additional measures to prevent the virus from spreading.

What do I do if I am positively infected with COVID-19?

If you receive confirmation that you are positive for COVID-19, you will have to follow the instructions of your doctor. You don’t have to apply for a special status, you can follow the normal procedure foreseen for illness or force majeure. You can find all the information on the page: What should I do in case of illness or force majeure?

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 as a UGent student, please send an e-mail with your name, student card number, study programme and a telephone number where we can easily reach you to contacttracing@UGent.be immediately. In consultation with you, we will map out your contacts, so that we can discreetly provide them with the necessary information about the risk of infection and the need for quarantine, and so that we can quickly take any additional measures to prevent the virus from spreading.

The contact tracing by the government will also be started: we ask you to cooperate fully, this for contacts you had outside the UGent context.

UGent staff will deal with this information in accordance with the associated deontological rules and respect for your privacy.

What if one of my friends, roommates, fellow students, housemates.... gets infected?

Ask your family doctor or the student doctor for advice by telephone. Keep a close eye on your health. You may have had high-risk contact with him/her and will be contacted with information about possible quarantine.

When should I be quarantined?

You have to be in quarantine:

- as soon as you feel sick but have not yet taken a positive coronary test

- when you had a high-risk contact with a person who has corona (you were together for more than 15 minutes at a distance of less than 1.5 metres and without both of you wearing a mouth mask correctly)

- when you were abroad in a red zone for more than 48 hours. More info on https://www.info-coronavirus.be/nl/news/occ-30-12/ (translation will follow soon).
- If you receive a text message after completing the Passenger Localisation Form (PLF) see www.diplomatie.be.

What rules apply during quarantine ?

You can find all the guidelines at https://www.info-coronavirus.be/en/quarantine-isolation/

  • If there are compulsory on campus teaching activities during the quarantine period, you can apply for a special status, an official quarantine or doctor's certificate is required. You can also submit a "Declaration on honour", but not for evaluations or exams.
  • If you have to take exams during the quarantine period, you can apply for a special status, an official quarantine or doctor's certificate is required. The facility granted in this case, entails the possibility of either rescheduling the exam to the time of the catch-up exam or replacing an on campus exam by an online exam during the quarantine period. However this is not a right but a favour granted by the responsible lecturer. 

    If you need help or mediation regarding your situation, please contact the faculty or institutional ombudsperson.

Exception: If you stayed more than 48 hours in a red zone, you may interrupt the imposed quarantine for the purpose of taking exams (and of course only for this purpose). More information on https://www.info-coronavirus.be/nl/news/occ-30-12/.
In order to be able to demonstrate that this exception applies in the event of any inspections by the authorities, it is best to bring your student card and a printout of your exam schedule with you when you leave for an exam.

THIS EXCEPTION APPLIES ONLY WHEN YOU RETURN FROM A RED ZONE. If you are in quarantine due to contact with an infected person YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO participate in on Campus Exams.

Check this page for more information regarding COVID-19-measures for international students coming to Ghent University.