Coronavirus testing at GGD Amsterdam
Do you have mild symptoms consistent with coronavirus? Then you can get tested free of charge at the GGD Amsterdam (Public Health Service of Amsterdam). For an appointment call 0800 - 1202. This number is available 7 days a week from 8 am to 8 pm.
As of 1 June, anyone with mild symptoms can be tested for coronavirus. Mild symptoms include a head cold, runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, cough or fever. Sudden loss of smell or taste can also be a symptom of COVID-19 (the disease caused by coronavirus).
Why is testing important?
The test will detect whether you are currently infected with coronavirus, so that you can avoid contaminating other people. The relaxing of measures means that rapid testing and prevention of the spread of coronavirus have become even more important.
Stay home until you can get tested and afterwards until you receive your test results. Avoid seeing other people and keep a distance of 1.5 meters from household members and family members. Wash your hands often and cough and sneeze into the crook of your elbow. Contact the GP if your symptoms get worse.
This is how the coronavirus test works:
Make an appointment
- Call 0800-1202 to make an appointment for the test. Keep your citizen service number (BSN in Dutch) to hand.
- You will first be given brief instructions, after which you will speak to a GGD employee. Please note, he/she is not a doctor. If you have any questions about coronavirus, you can call 0800-1351.
- Give the staff member your name, address, telephone number, email address and citizen service number. He/she will then schedule an appointment for you.
- Please let the GGD staff member know during the call if you are unable to get to the testing station by car, bicycle or on foot.
- You will receive a confirmation by text message or email.
Making an appointment if you have a hearing or speech impediment
If you have a hearing or speech impediment you can make an appointment with GGD Amsterdam by email. To do so, send an email to email@example.com indicating what your symptoms are and how long you have had them. You will receive a response as soon as possible.
You can also call using KPN Teletolk, the telephone mediation service.
Preparing for your appointment
- You receive instructions and directions to the testing station to which you have been assigned by test message or email.
- Bring proof of identity: your passport, national identity card or driving licence.
- Come on foot, by bicycle, or by car or taxi. Wear a face mask if you are in a car with someone else.
- If you are unable to come to the testing station, please indicate this when making the appointment on the national telephone number.
- Do NOT use public transport (bus, train, tram, metro) to go to your appointment.
What the test involves
- The coronavirus test takes about 10 minutes.
- The GGD staff member taking the test will place a cotton swab into your nose and throat. This only takes a few seconds, but may be uncomfortable.
- The swab will be sent to the laboratory, where they will determine whether you have COVID-19.
- The test is free of charge.
- Go straight home after the test and stay home until you receive your test results.
While you wait for your test results
- Your test results will take up to 48 hours. You will be notified by phone, even at the weekend, so ensure that you can be reached on your number.
- You can start making a list of people you had contact with starting two days before your symptoms began until the moment you went into self-isolation. Make a note of their names, addresses, email addresses and telephone numbers. Divide your contacts into three groups:
- Your household members: these are the people living in the same house and with whom you didn’t practice social distancing.
- Close contacts: these are people outside your household with whom you had face-to-face contact for more than 15 minutes at a distance of less than 1.5 metres. This could be your pedicurist or hairdresser, for instance. Please note: also include the people with whom your contact time was shorter but more high-risk. For example, someone you kissed or someone who was near you when you coughed.
- Other contacts: these are the people with whom you had contact for more than 15 minutes at a distance of at least 1.5 metres. People at work, in a classroom or at the gym, for instance.
What if your test result is negative?
- You will receive your test result by phone. Negative means that you are NOT infected with coronavirus at the time of the test. You no longer need to stay home. Of course, you still need to keep an eye on your health and stay 1.5 metres away from others not in your household.
- Continue to wash your hands often and cough and sneeze into the crook of your elbow.
- If your symptoms persist or if you develop new symptoms, contact the national contact centre on 0800-1202 to book a new appointment to get tested. If your symptoms get worse, contact your GP by phone immediately.
- If you have been reached as part of a contact tracing scheme, you must adhere to the measures discussed with you by the GGD Amsterdam.
What if your test result is positive?
- You will receive your test result by phone. Positive means that at the time of the test you ARE unfortunately infected with coronavirus. The GGD Amsterdam will contact you and inform you what will happen next. You must go into quarantine: stay at home and maintain distance from your household members.
- The list of your contacts is very important. If you tested positive for coronavirus, you must share your list of contacts with the GGD Amsterdam. They will then approach your contacts and explain the precautions they must take. A united effort will help bring coronavirus under control!