The pharmacists who offer the rapid antigen test – which, like a PCR test, requires a deep nasal swab – have received special training for this.
It takes about 15 minutes before the result of the test is known, and is officially registered through the health institute Sciensano.
The result then appears a few hours later on the Covid test certificate, which people can consult via the government’s CovidSafeBE app.
“Partly thanks to the pharmacists, people will be able to enjoy a lot of freedom this summer,” Straetmans said. “By offering a rapid test, we will save many travellers and festival-goers stress, by giving them a quick result in a quality way.”
However, while such a test result is accepted in several European countries as an alternative to the PCR test, the APB urges departing travellers to carefully check if and under what conditions the test is accepted.
For this rapid antigen test, no maximum price was set by the government and it is not refundable. It will cost between €25 and €30 per test.