Testing for COVID-19 will soon be possible at Brussels Airport thanks to the installation of a mobile laboratory.
From the beginning of September, the mobile laboratory at Brussels Airport will enable passengers to obtain tests for Covid-19. This means that passengers returning from a red zone can be tested as soon as they arrive at the airport. Departing passengers will have the possibility to be tested as well.
“Since the beginning of the corona crisis public health has been a top priority for Brussels Airport. That is why we have decided to go a step further and enable covid-19 tests in a new mobile lab at the airport itself. There passengers returning from a red zone can be tested immediately upon arrival at Brussels Airport. Departing passengers will be able to be tested as well, for a rapid test the results are available within three hours.”, said Arnaud Feist, CEO of the Brussels Airport Company.
The mobile lab will be set up just outside the airport terminal (departure level). There passengers will have the possibility to have a PCR test (polymerase chain reaction test) carried out. The tests will be analysed in the mobile lab, and results can be made available within 3 hours for the fast service, or for regular test results within 9 hours. Arriving passengers from a red zone who must be tested can do so at the NIHDI (National Institute for Health and Disability Insurance) rate of €46.81. The standard PCR test costs €67 and the rapid test €135.
The laboratory will be operated by Ecolog in partnership with Van Poucke-Eurofins. Ecolog is active in global logistics and crisis management and Van Poucke-Eurofins is specialised in laboratory research. The laboratory is accredited by Scienscano and will be operational within the next 4 weeks.