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 throat and nasal swab taken by a doctor 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.
Microbe & Lab is ISO certified. Our CEO is a medical microbiologist.
Our COVID-19 certificate is widely accepted. We have many test locations in the Netherlands.
Same day result
Do you test before 11:30 in the morning? Then you will receive the results of the test the same day.
Based on the COVID-19 PCR test, we can determine whether you are now infected with the corona virus.
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What are the costs of the PCR test?
The costs of a PCR test for travelers including a certificate are EUR 139.00 including VAT.
When will the results come?
When the material has been collected, it is brought to our laboratory. Here it is analyzed. The analysis takes 4 to 8 hours. We analyze our PCR tests with priority. People who have been tested in the morning (before 11:30 am) will get the results around 10 pm the same day.
Business testing possible?
It is also possible to order business tests from us. You can purchase booking codes for this. You will find more information about business testing via the button below.
What is a PCR test?
The PCR test is a polymer 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 strongly multiplied to show whether the virus is present.
How is the test administered?
Our doctor or nurse will take some mucus with a throat and nasal swab. Our laboratory analyzes your material. The doctor will check the results and issue a certificate confirming your COVID-19 PCR status. This certificate is sent personally via secure e-mail.
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 levels. However, for the PCR test we need our laboratory and the results often take 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 will be available quickly.
Why not a quick test for travel?
Rapid tests have not yet been validated for travelers.
Information for travelers
Validity is an important part of PCR tests used for travel. Most countries have a number of hours or days for a certificate to be valid. There is often still a distinction between validity until departure or validity until arrival. Pay close attention to this!
Bring or submit a statement
In most cases you will be asked to take the statement or 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. pay attention to this!
It differs per country whether children should also be tested. In many countries children have to be tested from 0 years, but there are also countries where children up to a certain age are exempt. So check this carefully before you leave.
Are you traveling and do you need more information? View our travel advice page via the button below.
Frequently Asked Questions
When will I get the results?
If you have been tested in the morning before 11.30 am, you will receive the results around 10 pm on the same day. It may therefore be that the results are there before 10 p.m., but on busy days it can also be a little later.
If you are tested in the afternoon, you will receive the results the next day around 10 p.m.
Will I receive a certificate with the result?
Coronalab offers a COVID-19 PCR certificate for travelers. This is a personal certificate and we will state the information on the PCR certificate that you provided us with when booking, as well as the test method. So check this carefully before you book. This also applies to the precise requirement in terms of PCR test method. Travelers are responsible for communicating the correct method.
We recommend that you always print the document and take it with you when traveling. More information can be found on our travel clinic page.
What time is noted on your certificate?
The certificate shows the time when the certificate was generated.
Is your PCR certificate valid everywhere?
We have been approved by the RIVM for the COVID-19 PCR tests and are allowed to perform these tests.
It may be that additional requirements are set. 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 statement is required for the country of destination.
We always recommend that you take a good look at the travel advice provided by the Dutch government and the information from your travel organization or airline. We also advise you to take a good look at the travel information and the status of your travel destination. They will notify you of any specific requirements that may be set. This is your responsibility and we do not provide travel advice.
You can find current information about the situation per country on the websites of the government, the National Coordination Center for Travel Advice, IATA and those of your travel organization and / or airline. The ANWB also provides a lot of information.
How can I make an appointment?
Can I cancel my appointment?
Yes, this is possible up to 48 hours before your test appointment. You can do this yourself.
Do I have to bring my passport or ID card?
If you wish to receive a travel certificate, please enter your passport number when booking. Then you are also requested to bring your identification document with you to your appointment. We use your passport / ID number on the certificates and we must verify these travel documents. So don’t forget to bring it with you.
A driving license is therefore not sufficient.
How do I receive the results?
You will receive the results via secure e-mail at the e-mail address provided when booking.
We only call if the result is positive.
How long is the result valid?
Countries have different requirements with regard to the validity of a PCR test. More information can be found on our travel clinic page.
Always check the specific requirement for your destination. This way you avoid arriving with an expired statement. You are responsible for checking the entry restrictions for the destination country with the local authorities and the tour operator. This also applies to the test method that is required.
What language are the results in?
You will receive the results in English.
At which locations can it be tested?
There are now 11 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 by means of 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 the country and local authorities request it.
Should children be tested?
Yes. However, there are many differences between countries with regard to the age of PCR tests for children. We recommend that you check this carefully.
Our doctors take your child into account during testing. We understand that it is exciting for your child. Prepare your child for it as well as possible.
When will I be called if the result is positive?
If the result is positive, you will be called within 24 hours. We do this with an anonymous number.
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 location and time chosen by you. The material is examined in our laboratory.
Were you tested in the morning? Then you will receive the result and the COVID-19 PCR statement the same day. The statement is drawn up by our doctor.