What is the coronavirus?
The coronavirus is a disease which is very similar to the flu. The virus causes respiratory complaints, coughing and fever. 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 also pass on the virus through hand contact.
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 or your social worker
- 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 draw up a list of people with whom you have recently been in contact with.