Looking for a COVID-19 test in The Netherlands that will provide a health certificate for travel purposes? Having no symptoms but would like to get tested for other reasons? With the public health service in The Netherlands, the GGD, you can only make an appointment when you have COVID-19 related symptoms. Moreover, the GGD does not provide a written certificate of the test result. Many foreign authorities require such test certificate in order to travel there. This article will provide a solution, Vaccinaties Op Reis. Test for COVID-19 in an easy, fast, professional and safe way.
Read on when you:
- have no COVID-19 symptoms but want to get tested anyway, and/or
- want to get tested for COVID-19 in order to get a travel certificate.
Situation 1: no symptoms
COVID-19 test in The Netherlands with certificate. You do NOT experience any COVID-19 related complaints, but want to test for example because you need it to travel. In that case you can have a PCR test and/or a serology test at one of these locations of Vaccinaties Op Reis:
Tip: Use Google Chrome browser and translate the website of Vaccinaties Op Reis to English with only one click (via right mouse button, select Translate to English). Note that a word like ‘symptoom’ (symptom) may be translated as ‘complaint’ (klacht). This word is often used in Dutch to simplify the word symptom to a broader audience.
Situation 2: with symptoms
You need a COVID-19 test in The Netherlands. You do experience COVID-19 related complaints, but for example do not want to wait for GGD to have an opening. In that case it is possible to have a PCR test or a rapid test at one of these locations of Vaccinaties Op Reis:
If you are looking to do a rapid test only, you can also schedule an appointment for the rapid test street in Heerhugowaard. For more information on the rapid test see below under Type of COVID-19 test.
Good to know
- Test appointment is possible 6 days a week, including in the evenings and on Saturdays.
- Tests are performed by professional, BIG registered nurses.
- You receive a medical non-COVID statement a.k.a. health declaration a.k.a. travel certificate in Dutch and English.
- Results will be reported back to you as soon as possible. However, you should take into account that it can take approximately 32 to 48 hours after the test. So schedule in time f.e. should you need it for travel purposes.
- Costs € 69 to € 179, depending on the (combination of) test(s), see website.
Type of COVID-19 test
It is important to understand which test you want to take. Or for example which type of test the government of for your next destination requires. See #2 below under the header Additional tips.
- The PCR test specifically detects the presence of COVID-19. This is the most frequently used and most reliable test. A smear is taken from the nose and throat with a cotton swab. This sample is sent to a laboratory for the PCR test. A PCR test result tells whether you are infected with the corona virus at the time of collection. Most often required for travel.
- The serological test determines if there are antibodies against the novel coronavirus in your blood. This test tells whether you have been infected with the corona virus. It can take 2-3 weeks for your body to produce the right antibodies in sufficient quantities to be detected with a serological test. It involves taking a blood sample.
- Rapid test tells whether you are infected with the corona virus at the time of collection. RIVM is not a fan of these tests. Rapid tests are not suitable for international travel purposes.
- Vaccinaties Op Reis also offers a combination test set. That’s a PCR test and serological test during one appointment. Some countries’ authorities may require this, which is the priciest option.
For more information about COVID-19 tests, please check out this page of the RIVM.
From my own personal experience I can tell you that taking a COVID-19 test with a swab in your nose and mouth is not pleasant. But trust me, you will survive. We did 3x a COVID-19 test for our trip to Iceland last summer.
So you need that COVID-19 test in The Netherlands with certificate for travel purposes. Besides testing, I would strongly recommend to:
- Check and respect the Dutch government’s travel advice per country before making any booking, already for travel insurance reasons, in particular repatriation. This because most Dutch travel insurance companies do not cover orange and red marked travel destinations. And no COVID-19 related claims of trips booked after mid-March 2020 are accepted.
- Familiarize yourself with the current COVID-19 situation, border criteria and local rules of the country you want to go to before booking a trip there. Some countries may require for example a test of max 72 hours before arrival and a tracking app on your smartphone. Check for example official websites, articles of bloggers who live in that particular country and specific Facebook groups. Posts in relevant Facebook groups can provide useful tips, but always be critical on the reliability of the information and verify with official, local sources.
- Realize that ignoring a governmental negative travel advice (orange if not necessary, or red) may jeopardize your job security in The Netherlands (consequence set by employer).
- If you decide to travel, prepare well, get the right insurance and please respect all the country specific rules upon arrival.
- Quarantine yourself between the day of testing and departure to the airport.
- Cancel your travel plans if you do get any COVID-19 symptoms before departure. Because the last thing you want is infecting others. Or put in a mandatory quarantine hotel upon arrival. Or end up in the hospital abroad yourself.
- Minimize infection risk. Keep 1.5 meters distance, wash your hands, wear a facemask, etc.
- Upon return from abroad, quarantine yourself for the number of days as the Dutch government advises. And preferably, especially if you have any COVID-19 related symptoms, get another test before resuming any social contacts, grocery shopping and other public movements. This in order to minimize risk of potentially spreading the virus to others after you got back.
About Vaccinaties Op Reis
The specialists of Vaccinaties Op Reis (Vaccinations for Traveling) advise and vaccinate more than 25,000 travelers in The Netherlands every year. Vaccinaties Op Reis is well-known for their flexible and professional service, provided 6 days a week, including evenings and Saturdays, without any extra surcharge.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Vaccinaties Op Reis transformed 13 out of 23 locations into COVID-19 test locations to meet the needs of the Dutch people, in particular travelers. Make your appointment directly online in 2 minutes. Easy-peasy!
There are obviously other companies that offer similar COVID-19 Corona testing services in The Netherlands. However, I know Vaccinaties Op Reis myself since I have used their services satisfactorily in the past. So that is why I decided to recommend them in this article.
- Vaccinaties Op Reis is not available at your day/time of preference, and/or
- you wish to compare prices, and
- you only need a rapid test to check whether you have COVID-19 (not for travel purposes)
… you could consider COVIDTest Netherlands as an alternative. COVIDTest Netherlands has 16 locations throughout The Netherlands and is open 7 days a week. You will receive the results within 15-20 minutes. Make an appointment for a location of COVIDTest Netherlands near you:
- Breda (soon)
- Oosterhout (NB)
- Rotterdam Zuidplein
Note: the test offered by COVIDTest Netherlands is a rapid test to see if you have COVID-19. This is NOT a PCR test and NOT a serological test and is therefore NOT suitable for travel purposes!
I can imagine that once the COVID-19 vaccine becomes widely available, proof of being COVID-19 vaccinated may become a requirement for travel, to board an airplane for example. Let’s wait and see.
- Check out the travel advice per country by the Dutch government at the website Nederland Wereldwijd (use country name in Dutch to search).
- To learn more about travel insurance please read Better safe than sorry – travel insurance for dummies.
- Read about How COVID-19 turned my promising Iceland trip into an odd soap opera.
- Read more articles about COVID-19 and travel in the Corona Blog Archives of this website, such as the article Do we need COVID-19 vaccination to travel in 2021?
I hope that you found this article helpful and useful to get a better understanding of where you can get a COVID-19 test with certificate in The Netherlands. I would suggest to make an appointment in time to guarantee time slot and location of your preference and to plan well when you need the test certificate for travel purposes. Stay safe & healthy!
Wherever Corona or COVID-19 is mentioned in this article, the same is meant: the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.
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Last Updated on 02/18/2021 by Flitter Fever