Getting tested for coronavirus outside the Netherlands

The information on this website will be updated according to the most recent update released 6 August at 7pm.

If you are abroad and develop COVID-19 symptoms, contact the local health service and get tested. Don’t travel anywhere – not even back to the Netherlands – until your symptoms have disappeared.

I’m going on holiday outside the Netherlands. Can I get tested abroad if I develop symptoms?

If you are outside the Netherlands and develop COVID-19 symptoms, contact a local healthcare provider, follow the advice of the local health service and get tested if possible.

For more information see the FAQs about travelling abroad (in Dutch).

I’m currently abroad and have become infected with coronavirus. What should I do?

If you are outside the Netherlands and have tested positive for coronavirus, you cannot travel. Follow the advice of the local health service and the measures that apply in the country you are in. Don’t travel until at least 24 hours after your symptoms have disappeared.

I’m currently outside the Netherlands and have tested positive for coronavirus. Can I return to the Netherlands?

No. Stay where you are and self-isolate until your symptoms have disappeared. You can travel again and return to the Netherlands 24 hours after your symptoms have gone away. The people you are travelling with may have to go into quarantine.

If you have to go into quarantine abroad, for example because you have been in contact with someone who has coronavirus, you cannot travel.

What should I do if I develop COVID-19 symptoms after returning to the Netherlands?

If you develop symptoms after returning to the Netherlands, contact the municipal health service (GGD) as soon as possible and get tested. To make an appointment call the national appointment line on 0800 1202.

What should I do if I’m returning to the Netherlands from a high-risk area?

If you’re returning from a high-risk area, you must self-quarantine at home for 2 weeks immediately after arriving in the Netherlands. This applies even if you don’t have symptoms. If you do have symptoms, get tested as soon as possible. To make an appointment call the national appointment line on 0800 1202.

Can I get a declaration confirming I don’t have COVID-19 from the municipal health service (GGD) before travelling abroad?

No. The GGD does not issue declarations confirming someone doesn’t have COVID-19. The GGD only tests people who have COVID-19 symptoms. However, there are commercial parties who can issue you with a declaration 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.