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' at the bottom of the page). Be sure to have your citizen service number (BSN) at hand.

You can only make an appointment if you have one or more symptoms of COVID-19, such as:

  • cold-like symptoms
  • a stuffy nose
  • a runny nose
  • sneezing
  • a sore throat
  • a cough
  • fever
  • or sudden loss of smell or taste. 

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

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 children for coronavirus

Children of primary school age and under

Children of primary school age and under do not need to be tested if they have COVID-19 symptoms. If your child is very sick, contact your family doctor. They will decide whether your child needs a test. A test can also be arranged for a child who develops symptoms following contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus. Contact your regional municipal health service (GGD). If your child is tested, keep them at home until you receive the results.

Secondary school age children (up to and including 17 years)

Secondary school age children should be tested if they have COVID-19 symptoms. Their parent or carer should call 0800 1202 to make an appointment.

Please note: while you, as the parent or carer, make the appointment, your child will need to give consent for the test over the phone. If your child has a DigiD, you can also make an appointment for a test online (choose 'English' at the bottom of the page).

16 and 17 year-olds can also make an appointment themselves by calling 0800 1202. If your child has a DigiD, they can make an appointment for a test online themselves (choose 'English' at the bottom of the page).

Testing at a GGD test location

When you call 0800-1202 (or +31 850 659 063 if you're calling from abroad) you’ll be connected to an assistant. This is not a doctor. The assistant will find the first available appointment for you. Some test locations can only be accessed by car.

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 your test comes back negative, you can confirm your result by logging in to the coronavirus test website using your DigiD (choose 'English' at the bottom of the page). 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.

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 any other members of your household must in any case stay at home for 10 days. The GGD will explain what this means. It is important that you inform your GP, employer and/or in-house medical officer of the results of the test.