Coronavirus test results
You will get the results of your coronavirus test as soon as possible, usually within 24 to 48 hours.
Waiting for the test results
You can receive the test results by phone or online.
Getting the results by phone
You can tell the municipal health service (GGD) that you want to receive the test results by phone, for instance if you don’t have a DigiD. They will phone you to give you the results as quickly as possible. You do not need to call them. If you have a DigiD, you can also log in to Coronatest.nl to see the results. If you have already seen the results online, the GGD will not call you unless your test was positive. This means you have coronavirus.
Getting the results online
If you made an appointment online or told the municipal health service (GGD) when you phoned for an appointment that you want to receive the test results online, you will get an email when it is available on Coronatest.nl. Sometimes this email goes to the spam or junk folder.
Email from GGD if you test positive
If your test result is positive, this means you have coronavirus. In this case the GGD will always contact you by sending a secure email (web page in Dutch only). Because of the high number of infections, GGD staff may be unable to contact you by phone to carry out contact tracing. Or it may take longer for them to phone you. The secure email contains information in Dutch and English about your test result and what you should do.
Stay at home until you get the results
Stay at home from the moment you develop symptoms until you get the results of your coronavirus test. Do not go to work, school or the shops. You should not receive any visitors at home. See the brochure Help and support when self-quarantining for useful tips.
If your symptoms worsen before you get the results, contact your family doctor or the out-of-hours GP service. In a life-threatening situation, always call 112.
Negative coronavirus test
If your test comes back negative, you did not have coronavirus at the time of testing. You do not need to stay home unless:
- you have been abroad and the test was taken less than 5 days after your arrival in the Netherlands;
- someone who lives at the same address as you has a fever or shortness of breath, as well as other symptoms of COVID-19, and they are still waiting for their test results;
- you were tested immediately after close contact with someone who has coronavirus. You must self-quarantine until another test taken on or after day 5 comes back negative;
- you were tested immediately after receiving a notification from the CoronaMelder app. You must self-quarantine until another test taken on or after day 5 comes back negative.
Avoid contact with people in at-risk groups
If you have been tested after arriving from abroad or you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus, avoid contact with people from at-risk groups for the next 10 days. Older people and people with a chronic illness are at greater risk of severe COVID-19. It’s possible you have coronavirus and are yet to develop symptoms. You can also infect others even if you have no symptoms. In addition, keep following the basic rules.
Symptoms continue after negative test
It’s possible that your coronavirus test comes back negative, but you still have symptoms of COVID-19. Keep following the basic rules and avoid contact with people from at-risk groups. Call your doctor if your symptoms get worse, if you have a fever above 38 degrees or if you have trouble breathing.
Symptoms recur after negative test
If you again develop symptoms of COVID-19 or your symptoms get worse, stay home and get tested. Or call your family doctor.
Positive coronavirus test
If your test comes back positive, someone from the municipal health service (GGD) will call you and initiate contact tracing. The GGD will also give you instructions about self-isolating at home. This means taking measures to avoid infecting others in your household, like eating and sleeping in a separate room.
It is important that you inform your family doctor, employer and/or in-house medical officer of the results of the test.
Testing positive for coronavirus while abroad
If you are outside the Netherlands and test positive for coronavirus, do not travel to the Netherlands Stay at home or in your accommodation and avoid contact with others. Read more about what to do if you test positive for coronavirus while abroad (in Dutch only).