Getting tested

In case of a suspected Covid-19 infection, you need to get tested. Below you will find information on how to get tested.

Please check the Covid-19 symptoms here. In short, common symptoms are: a runny nose, sneezing, a sore throat, a cough (could be mild), a loss of smell or taste, a fever (above 38 degrees Celsius) and shortness of breath. 

In case of a suspected Covid-19 infection, call 0800 1202 for an appointment. You will get connected to the local GGD (the Dutch municipal health service). They will schedule a first available appointment; this approximately takes 24-48 hours. Please find here more information on testing. If you are making an appointment, you will be asked for your citizen service number (BSN-number). The BSN number is a unique number for everyone who is staying for a longer period of time in the Netherlands. You will need this number for making appointments with governmental institutions. If you do not have a BSN-number yet, make sure you have your current address in the Netherlands by hand (the one of your accommodation). In case you cannot make an appointment yourself you can contact International Office and ask for assistance.

Stay at home and avoid contact with others until you have the outcome of the test Inform your housemates immediately and in case you have any symptoms, they need to stay at home as well until you have the outcome of your test. 

Remember to bring an passport or ID card if you are getting tested. You cannot take public transportation if you are having a suspected Covid-19 infection and need to get tested, so please go by bike, taxi or car. You will be informed about the exact address of the testing location when making the appointment.

In case your test results are positive, you will need to follow the instructions from the GGD. Most likely you will need to self-quarantine for 10 days. For more information on self-quarantine, please consult this page. We urge you to inform us in case of a positive test, by sending an e-mail to your study career counsellor. 

In case your test results are negative, the measures taken for self-quarantine depend on your time of arrival in the Netherlands. In case you have already self-isolated for the past 10 days after your arrival, you do not need to get in self-quarantine again. However, if you have not finished your 10 days of self-quarantine after your arrival, as is prescribed by the Dutch regulations, you still need to finish your self-quarantine until you completed the 10 days.