Coronavirus measures

What is the coronavirus?

The coronavirus is a disease which is very similar to the flu. Possible symptoms are breathing problems, coughing and loss of smell or taste. Most people recover from the virus. For older people and people with lung, heart or kidney problems, the virus can be dangerous.

The coronavirus is transmitted between people. When an infected person coughs or exhales, the virus is spread through small droplets from the nose or mouth. An infected person can pass on the virus through hand contact. The virus can also be spread through contaminated material.

Measures against the coronavirus

The arrival centre in Brussels is only open by appointment

Due to the coronavirus, the Immigration Office has temporarily adapted the registration of asylum applications. You must first make an appointment online. Complete the online form (in Dutch or French) on the website of the Immigration Office: 

The Immigration Office will then send you a confirmation e-mail with an appointment (date and time) to register your asylum application at the arrival centre in Brussels.

If you get ill at the reception centre

  • Call the doctor, the medical service, your social worker or ask someone to inform the medical service
  • It is not permitted to visit the medical service or the reception yourself
  • Wait in your room until the doctor or nurse comes to see you

If the doctor or nurse thinks you are infected with the coronavirus, then you must remain in the isolation zone of the reception centre until you have recovered (minimum 7 days).

Together with a employee of the government or the reception centre you will start contact tracing and draw up a list of people with whom you have recently been in contact with.