COVID-19 Test: How can I get tested for coronavirus?
(Last edited: Thursday, 10 September 2020, 11:14 AM)
If you have symptoms such as a cold, cough, fever or sudden loss of
smell or taste, you can get tested to see if you are infected with coronavirus.
This will help us control the spread of the virus and protect one another.
Register for a coronavirus test
If you have (mild) symptoms of COVID-19, make an appointment to get
tested. Call the toll-free number 0800 1202 (or +31 850 659 063 if you're
calling from a foreign phone) or make an appointment online using your DigiD
(choose 'English' at the bottom of the page). Be sure to have your citizen
service number (BSN) at hand.
You can only make an appointment if you have one or more symptoms of
COVID-19, such as: cold-like symptoms, a stuffy nose, a runny nose, sneezing, a sore throat, a cough, fever, or sudden loss of
smell or taste. If you have severe symptoms or belong to an at-risk group, contact a
doctor or A&E department. In a life-threatening situation, always call 112.
Testing at a GGD test location
GGD test location in Apeldoorn: Vlijtseweg 106, Apeldoorn
When you call 0800-1202 (or +31 850 659 063 if you're calling from
abroad) you’ll be connected to an assistant. This is not a doctor. The
assistant will find the first available appointment for you. Some test
locations can only be accessed by car. Once your test appointment is confirmed over the phone, you will receive
a confirmation SMS together with the time and address.
Stay at home until it is time to go to the test location. Bring proof of
identity and confirmation of your appointment with you. Your details will be
checked when you arrive. A GGD staff member will use a cotton swab to collect mucus from your
throat and nose. The swab will go deep into your nose and throat. It will not
hurt, but will probably feel uncomfortable. Go home immediately after the test
and stay home until you get the results.
Coronavirus test results
If you made an appointment by telephone, you will receive your result by
telephone as soon as possible. If you made an appointment online, you will
receive a telephone call only if you test positive. The municipal health
service (GGD) will call you. You do not need to call them.
If your test comes back negative, you can confirm your result by logging
in to the coronavirus test website using your DigiD (choose 'English' at the
bottom of the page). You will be notified
by email when your result is available on the website, normally within 2
days. If the test is negative, you are not infected with coronavirus. But you
must still continue to observe the general measures.
If the test shows that you
do have COVID-19, someone from the GGD will call you for contact tracing.
Contact tracing means working out where you may have contracted the
infection (the source). The GGD also looks at whom you have been in contact with
(PDF, 210 KB), and whom you may have infected (your contacts). The purpose of
contact tracing is to prevent the virus from spreading further. You and your
contacts will be given specific instructions on what to do. You and any other
members of your household must in any case stay at home for 10 days. The GGD
will explain what this means. It is important that you inform your GP, employer
and/or in-house medical officer of the results of the test.
Coronavirus test at Schiphol Airport
If you are travelling to the Netherlands from a COVID-19 risk area you
can get tested for coronavirus at Schiphol Airport. The municipal health
service (GGD) does not test all travellers from COVID-19 risk areas.
If you are unsure or need any support, please contact the Front Desk at
088 667 2688 or e-mail