The PCR test

The PCR test (polymerase chain reaction test) is a test to show whether you are currently infected with the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). A taken by trained personnel throat and nasal swab forms the basis of the PCR test. The collected material is analyzed in our laboratory. This results in a negative or positive result.

This test is widely used, especially for travel. Most countries currently have entry restrictions as part of the corona measures. A negative PCR test with a medical certificate is then necessary to be allowed to travel into the country and to avoid mandatory quarantine.

PCR test

€ 69,00

We can determine whether you are infected with the coronavirus on the basis of the COVID-19 PCR test. †

Includes English travel certificate
Results within 24 hours
RIVM/WHO validated tests
Analyzed in our own laboratory
Tens of thousands preceded you!

What are the costs of the PCR test?

The costs of a PCR test including English travel certificate are € 69.00 including VAT.

When will the results of the PCR test be released?

You always get the results of the PCR test within 24 hours. When the material has been collected, it is taken to our laboratory. Here it is analyzed. The analysis takes 4 to 8 hours. We analyze our PCR tests with priority. The results are usually available within 24 hours.

Is it possible to take business tests?

It is also possible to take business tests with us. You can purchase booking codes for this. You can find more information about business testing by clicking the button below.

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Microbe&Lab is ISO certified. All tests are checked by a BIG certified doctor .

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Our laboratory is accredited by the RIVM for Sars-CoV-2 diagnostics.

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10 years experience

Microbe&Lab has more than 10 years of experience in developing medical tests for infectious diseases.

What is a PCR test?

The PCR test is a polymeric chain reaction test. The test is used to show whether someone is carrying the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). In the test, a piece of genetic material obtained from a throat and nasal swab is highly multiplied to show whether the virus is present.

How is the test administered?

Our doctor or nurse will take some mucus off with a throat and nasal swab. Our laboratory analyzes your material. The doctor checks the results and creates a certificate that confirms your COVID-19 PCR status.

Why a PCR test?

The PCR test has a high test sensitivity. The test can pick up very small amounts of the virus. Therefore, the PCR test is still the gold standard.

What is the difference with an Antigen Rapid Test?

The PCR test is the gold standard. This is because the PCR test is very sensitive and also detects lower virus values. However, for the PCR test we need our laboratory and the result often takes a little longer.

We do not need a laboratory for a COVID-19 rapid test . We can perform this test in our clinic and the results are available quickly.

Why not a quick test for travel?

Not all countries are de antigen rapid test to travel indoors. Always check this carefully before booking the test. With a PCR test you can travel to all countries that require a test.

Where can you go for a PCR test?

We have various test locations for PCR testing in the Netherlands. You can find an overview of this on our test locations page.

By clicking on a location you will find more information about the relevant clinic. You can easily schedule a test directly via our booking tool .

Information for travelers


Validity is an important part of PCR testing used for travel. Most countries have a number of hours or days that a certificate is valid. Often there is still a distinction between validity until departure or validity until arrival . Watch this carefully!

Bring or submit a statement

In most cases, you will be asked to take the certificate with you on a trip in order to show it. In some cases this may be digital, but usually this must be a printed version. However, some countries want the certificate to be delivered online earlier. Watch this carefully!


It differs per country whether children should also be tested. In many countries children from 0 years old must be tested, yet there are also countries where children up to a certain age are exempt. So check this carefully before departure.

Are you going on a trip and need more information? View our travel advice page via the button below.

How does testing work?

You can easily make an appointment for a corona test of your choice via our booking tool. Our doctor will collect material from you at the chosen location and time. The material is examined in our laboratory.

Fast result

You will always receive results within 24 hours for tests taken at our clinic. You will receive the results of rapid tests within two hours of taking the test.

Frequently asked questions about the PCR test

When will I get the result?

You always get results within 24 hours at Coronalab. The result of the PCR test is available for retrieval within 24 hours. Isn’t this the case? Please contact us via the email address

Will I receive a certificate with the result?


Coronalab offers a COVID-19 PCR certificate for travelers. This is a personal certificate and we state the data on the PCR certificate that you provide us with when you book, as well as the test method. So check these carefully before you book. This also applies to the exact requirement in terms of PCR test method. Travelers are responsible for passing on the correct method.

We recommend that you always print the document and take it with you when you travel. More information can be found on our travel advice page.

What time is noted on your certificate?

The certificate shows the time when the certificate was generated.

Is your PCR certificate valid everywhere?

You are often asked for the PCR certificate from an approved lab. We have been approved by the RIVM for the COVID-19 PCR tests and are allowed to perform these tests.

Additional requirements may be imposed. For example, China has made a selection of test locations. And some countries require different test method. The traveler is responsible for checking whether the test method or other health declaration is required for the country of destination.

We always recommend that you take a good look at the travel advice given by the Dutch government and the information from your travel company or airline. We also advise you to take a good look at the travel information and the state of affairs of your travel destination. They will inform you of specific requirements that may be made. This is your responsibility and we do not provide travel advice.

Current information about the situation per country can be found on the websites of the government , IATA and those of your travel organization and/or airline. The ANWB also provides a lot of information.

How can I make an appointment?

This is possible via our reservation system . Make an appointment at a test location of your choice.

Can I cancel my appointment?

Yes, this is possible up to 24 hours before the test appointment. You can do this yourself via the secure environment. You will find a link to the secure environment in the confirmation email. More information about cancellation can be found in Article 7 of our terms and conditions .

Do I have to bring my passport or ID card?

If you wish to receive a travel certificate, please enter your passport or ID card number when booking. Please bring your ID with you to the appointment. We use your passport/ID number on the certificates and we need to verify these travel documents. So don’t forget to take this with you.

A driver’s license is therefore not sufficient.

How do I receive the result?

Your results will be shared with you via Multifactor Authentication and a secure connection. You can request it via ‘request results’.

Coronalab only calls if the result is positive.

How long is the result valid?

Countries have different requirements regarding the validity of a PCR test. More information can be found on our travel advice page.

Please check the specific requirement for your destination at all times. This prevents you from arriving with an expired statement. You are responsible for checking the entry restrictions for the destination country with the local authorities and the travel company. This also applies to the test method that is required.

In which language is the result?

You will receive the result in English.

At which locations can testing be carried out?

There are now several locations in the Netherlands where you can take a test. View the overview on our test locations page.

How is the PCR test administered?

We take the test with a throat and nose swab. This is in accordance with the RIVM guideline.

We don’t do a gargle test. For some travelers, we do custom testing methods if requested by the country and local authorities.

Should children be tested?

Yes. However, there are many differences between countries regarding the age of PCR testing for children. We recommend that you check this carefully.

Our doctors take your child into account during the testing. We understand that it is exciting for your child. Prepare your child as best you can.

When will I be called in case of a positive result?

If the result is positive, you will be called within 24 hours.