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, call 0800 1202 for an appointment (or +31 850 659 063 if you're calling from abroad). Have your citizen service number (BSN) ready. You can only make an appointment if you have one or more symptoms of COVID-19 (PDF, 103 KB), 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

  • If you wish to arrange a test for a child younger than 12, call 0800 1202 to make an appointment (or +31 850 659 063 if you're calling from abroad).
  • You can call 0800 1202 (or +31 850 659 063 if you're calling from abroad) to arrange a test for older children aged 12 to 17, but they will need to give consent for the test over the phone.
  • 16 and 17 year-olds can also make an appointment themselves by calling this number. 
  • You can read this information also in our factsheet: testing children for coronavirus.

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

You will receive the results by telephone as soon as possible. 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, 89 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 14 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.