Testing for coronavirus

If you have symptoms such as a cold, cough, fever or sudden loss of smell or taste, you can get tested to see if you are infected with coronavirus. This will help us control the spread of the virus and protect one another. Read more about testing for COVID-19. 

Register for a coronavirus test

If you have (mild) symptoms of COVID-19, make an appointment to get tested. Call the toll-free number 0800 1202 (or +31 850 659 063 if you're calling from a foreign phone) or make an appointment online using your DigiD (choose 'English'). Be sure to have your citizen service number (BSN) at hand.

You can only make an appointment online or by phone if you have one or more symptoms of COVID-19.

If you have severe symptoms or belong to an at-risk group, contact a doctor or hospital emergency department. In a life-threatening situation, always call 112.

Testing people who do not have symptoms

People who do not have symptoms can only get tested if one or both of the following apply:

  • Contact tracing has shown they have been in close contact with an infected person.
  • They have received a notification from the CoronaMelder app following contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus.

People can be tested 5 days after their last high-risk contact. The GGD or CoronaMelder app will explain how to arrange a test, which will involve calling a different telephone number. If the results are negative, they will be able to leave quarantine.

Getting tested after arriving from abroad

You can arrange to get tested for coronavirus after arriving in the Netherlands from abroad, even if you don’t have any symptoms. You must wait until the 5th day after your arrival in the Netherlands.

If the test shows you do not have coronavirus, you can end your self-quarantine.

You can make an appointment to get tested by calling the municipal health service (GGD) on 0800 1202 (or +31 850 659 063 if you’re calling from a foreign phone). You can also make an appointment online by going to coronatest.nl. You can make an appointment by phone in advance, but you will have to wait until day 5 to make an appointment online.

Test does not show whether you have already had coronavirus (COVID-19)

The test only shows whether you are infected with coronavirus at the moment the test is taken. It does not show whether you were infected with coronavirus, but have since recovered.

Testing at a GGD test location

Stay at home until it is time to go to the test location. Bring proof of identity and confirmation of your appointment with you. Your details will be checked when you arrive.

A GGD staff member will use a cotton swab to collect mucus from your throat and nose. The swab will go deep into your nose and throat. It will not hurt, but will probably feel uncomfortable. Go home immediately after the test and stay there until you get the results. 

Coronavirus test results

If you made an appointment by telephone, you will receive your result by telephone as soon as possible. If you made an appointment online, you will receive a telephone call only if you test positive. The municipal health service (GGD) will call you. You do not need to call them.

If you test negative, you will be able to see your result by logging in to the coronavirus test website using your DigiD (choose 'English'). You will be notified by email when your result is available on the website, normally within 2 days.

If the test is negative, you are not infected with coronavirus. But you must still continue to observe the general measures. If the test shows that you do have COVID-19, someone from the GGD will call you for contact tracing.

COVID-19 fit-for-travel certificate

The GGD does not issue certificates confirming someone doesn’t have COVID-19. The GGD only tests people who have COVID-19 symptoms, who have been in contact with an infected person or who have recently arrived in the Netherlands from a high-risk area.

There are, however, commercial parties who can issue you with a certificate confirming that you don’t have COVID-19. You will have to pay for this service. The government will not cover the cost of this.

Contact tracing

Contact tracing means working out where you may have contracted the infection (the source). The GGD also looks at who you have been in contact with (PDF, 210 KB), and who you may have infected (your contacts). The purpose of contact tracing is to prevent the virus from spreading further. You and your contacts will be given specific instructions on what to do. You and family members or other people that you live with must in any case stay at home. The GGD will explain what this means. It is important that you inform your GP, employer and/or company doctor of the results of the test.

Communication tools

Download posters and leaflets about testing for coronavirus.