Free coronavirus tests for travellers

To see what type of COVID Certificate you need to travel abroad, see the travel advice for the country in question. If you have no proof of vaccination or proof of recovery from COVID-19, you can be tested free of charge at certain test centres.

Everyone departing from the Netherlands in July and August

If you are travelling in July and August 2021, you can be tested for coronavirus free of charge. This is the case even if you are travelling to a country outside Europe.

Check the testing requirements of your destination

First check the travel advice for the country to which you are travelling (in Dutch only), to see what its testing requirements are. The travel advice will tell you, for example:

  • whether you do need to be tested;
  • if so, which test is required;
  • the maximum amount of time allowed between your test and your arrival in your country of destination;
  • and the age from which a test is required.

Please note: the rules can change shortly before your departure. 

Make an appointment for the test that’s required for your destination

Make an appointment 5 days before your departure. It depends on your destination whether you need a NAAT (PCR) test or a rapid antigen test. Consult the travel advice for your destination (in Dutch only) to see what rules apply there.

Rapid test normally sufficient

If you are travelling within Europe, a rapid test is normally sufficient. If you can travel on the basis of a result from a rapid test, you are advised to do this. You will receive your test result no more than 3 hours after the test.

Online appointment for a rapid test

You can make an appointment for a rapid test at a test centre for testenvoorjereis.nl, using the button below. You will receive your test result no more than 3 hours after the test.

Online appointment for a NAAT (PCR) test

If the country you’re travelling to requires a NAAT (PCR) test, you can make an appointment for it at a test centre for testenvoorjereis.nl, using the button below. You will receive your test result within 24 hours of the test.

No municipal health service (GGD) test centres in the online portal

The online appointment portal does not include municipal health service (GGD) test centres for travel. Read more below the button.

Making an appointment by phone for a NAAT (PCR) test

You can also get tested for travel abroad at some municipal health service (GGD) test centres. Only NAAT (PCR) tests are available there. You will receive the result of a NAAT (PCR) test at a GGD test centre within 30 hours of the test.

You can make an appointment with the GGD (only if you have a DigiD) by phone on 0800 5005, 7 days a week from 8.00 to 20.00. The GGD is not liable for problems caused if your test result arrives too late.

Appointment confirmation and ID requirement

You will receive an email confirming the time and date of your appointment. Bring it with you when you come for your test. You must also bring your passport or ID card. A driving licence is not sufficient. You can only be tested free of charge if you have an appointment. If you turn up without an appointment you will not be tested.

Upload your negative test result using CoronaCheck

If you get tested for free, you can only show your negative test result using CoronaCheck. If you would like to travel with a negative test result but prefer not to use CoronaCheck, you must get tested by a commercial test provider. Such tests are not free and you must pay all the costs.

If your test result is negative, you need to use the CoronaCheck app or CoronaCheck.nl to get your certificate. How you do this depends on the test centre:

No travel after positive test result

If the test result is positive, you may not travel and must self-isolate.

Test result not on time

Did you not get the test result within the time that is set for it? Please contact the test centre. Do you still have time to schedule a new appointment for your departure? Check which rules apply at your destination. You will have the results of a rapid test within 3 hours.

Problems and solutions about free coronavirus tests for travellers