COVID-19 testing unit at Brussels South Charleroi Airport: The centre is now open to everyone

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Charleroi, 29 June 2021 - Brussels South Charleroi Airport announces that its COVID-19 testing unit is now open to everybody. It has been at the airport since 3 January, and is now open to anybody who would like to take a PCR test (either by paying a fee or by presenting a QR Code).  The testing centre at Brussels-Charleroi airport, run by teams from the Belgian Red Cross and the airport, is open 7 days a week, from 07.30 to 23.30.

The COVID-19 testing unit at Brussels South Charleroi Airport was set up following on from the decisions made by the Belgian consultation committee (Comité de Concertation) on 30 December 2020 to consolidate the testing facilities available for people returning from red zone destinations. Initially intended only for passengers who were Belgian nationals returning from abroad, this service has now been opened up to anyone who would like to have a PCR test. Five testing lines are available for anyone to use.

Arrival tests, on presentation of the QR Code received after completing the passenger location form, are free of charge for both Belgian residents and foreign travellers. In all other cases, the test costs €47.38. Belgian residents will be billed at a later date by the laboratory. Non-residents will have to pay by Bancontact on site. As of 28 June, anyone who has not refused the vaccination or who has not yet received the full course of the vaccine can receive two free tests (information available on the http://www.masanté.be website).

The results of tests carried out at the Brussels South Charleroi Airport testing unit will be received within 24 to 48 hours.

So far, more than 12,000 tests have been carried out by the Red Cross teams at Brussels-Charleroi airport. This service will be available until 31 December 2021.

Philippe VERDONCK, Chief Executive Officer of Brussels South Charleroi Airport, explains: “We are very pleased that we are able to open up this service beyond our customer base. The current situation means that we all need to play our part, and it is important that we all contribute to the fight against the Coronavirus. We would of course like to reiterate our gratitude to the Red Cross teams who are tirelessly working at Brussels South Charleroi Airport and elsewhere.″