Coronavirus self-tests

A self-test is a test that you can do yourself at home to check that you don’t have coronavirus. You might do one before going to school or work, for example, or if you have COVID-19 symptoms. Self-tests work even if you’re fully vaccinated or have previously already had coronavirus. You can buy them at the pharmacy, chemist or grocery store. 

When to use a coronavirus self-test

When not to use a coronavirus self-test

In this case you must make an appointment to get tested by the GGD. The test will be conducted by a professional and the result will be more reliable.

Self-tests are also insufficient for the following purposes:

Don’t do a self-test within 8 weeks of getting a positive test result from the GGD

If you had COVID-19 symptoms in the last 8 weeks and got a positive result after being tested by the GGD, you should not do a self-test. 

If you had COVID-19 symptoms in the last 8 weeks and got a negative result after being tested by the GGD, you can still use a self-test. 

Symptoms after 8 weeks: get tested by the GGD

If you develop COVID-19 symptoms again 8 weeks after getting a positive test result from the GGD, arrange to get tested by the GGD again.

Only buy approved coronavirus self-tests

Rapid antigen tests that have been approved for use as self-tests have a CE logo on the packaging, followed by a 4-digit number. You can buy approved tests at chemists, pharmacies and other locations. 

How to use a self-test

Self-tests give slightly less reliable results than the tests used at test centres, which are conducted by professionals. Read the leaflet included with the self-test for instructions on how to use it. You can also read the self-test flyer, available in various languages.