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 required to enter the country and to avoid mandatory quarantine.
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COVID-19 PCR certificate widely accepted. Many test locations in the Netherlands!
Tested in the morning before 11:30 am? Result the same day around 10 p.m.
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, we need our laboratory for the PCR test 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.
What are the costs?
The costs of a PCR test for travelers including a certificate are € 149.95 including VAT.
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 will get the results the same day around 10 p.m.
Where can I get a PCR test?
We have various test locations in the Netherlands. You can find an overview of this on our test locations page.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
What if my test result is positive?
If the result is positive, you will be called within 24 hours. We do this with an anonymous number. We also have a duty to report to the GGD. In case of a positive result, follow the guidelines of the RIVM.
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.
Home tests ordered online are not provided with a certificate.
What time is noted on the certificate?
The certificate shows the time when the certificate was generated.
Is the PCR test valid for travelers in all countries?
You are often asked for a lab’s PCR certificate that has been approved. 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 necessary 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 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 do I receive the results of my test?
You will receive the results via secure email at the email address provided when booking.
We only call if the result is positive.
Do I have to stay sober for the test?
No. You can eat and drink just anything. Taking a throat swab does cause some irritation in the throat for some people.
Where can I have a PCR test done?
You can see where the test is available via our online booking tool. You can find an overview on our test locations page.