The PCR test is a test to see if a person is infected with the coronavirus. By means of a throat and nose swab, genetic material is taken to show whether the virus is present. Make an appointment for the PCR test with certificate at Testservice.com.
Rapid PCR test
Immediate results for rapid test and urgent PCR test. Budget PCR test the same day before 22:00.
The tests we use have been officially validated by the RIVM.
Business on-site testing possible or at our location. Within 2 hours on location.
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What is a PCR test?
A PCR test (polymerase chain reaction test) shows if you are infected with the coronavirus. This is done by using a throat and nose swab. In the test, a piece of genetic material is multiplied strongly to show whether the virus is present. Within a few days after infection, the PCR test can already show the virus. You don't have to have any symptoms.
How long does a PCR test take?
The coronation test is taken in a few minutes and therefore does not take much time.
When do you get the results?
When the material is collected it is sent to our laboratory. Here it will be analyzed. With the urgent PCR test you will receive the result within 1 hour. The budget PCR test result will be given the same day before 22:00.
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How is the PCR test administered?
In a PCR test, a sample is taken from your mucous membrane by means of a swab from the nose and throat. This is done under medical supervision. This sample will then be analyzed in collaboration with our laboratory. In the case of an urgent PCR test, the coronavirus is analysed at our own location with the necessary equipment. This enables us to obtain and announce the result within an hour. In the case of a normal PCR test, the swabs are sent to the laboratory where they are examined for the presence of the virus. In both tests, we will see if there is genetic material of the virus to be found in the sample collected. Based on this information, you will get a positive or negative test result and it will be determined whether you are infected with the virus. In case of a negative test result, you will receive the travel notification by secure mail. In case of a positive result, we are obliged to inform the GGD and they will contact you about the next steps. Furthermore, the test is suitable for everyone, regardless of age.
When do you need a PCR test with certificate?
For many international trips, it is mandatory to show a negative PCR test with an accompanying international travel certificate. The PCR test is therefore suitable for people planning to travel abroad. Check the most current corona updates for your holiday destination on the website of the Government. On our website there is also more information available about corona and travel.
How reliable is the PCR test?
The PCR test is the most widely used and reliable test for the virus and has been validated by the RIVM. It has a high sensitivity. This means that the PCR test will also pick up the virus from someone who is carrying few virus particles.
Every test and therefore also the PCR test always has a small percentage of false positives (someone is not infected, but tested positive) and false negatives (the patient is infected, tested negative).
This can happen when:
- You test too soon after infection. There's not enough virus for the test to find.
- If you test too late and have almost no symptoms. There are too few virus particles present.
- There are still particles of infection in the throat, but they are not infectious virus particles.
- The test is performed incorrectly. This makes the result unreliable.
- It falls within the margin of error of a test. However, the chance of a false positive result with a PCR test is very rare.
What is the difference between a PCR test and a rapid test?
A PCR test is more sensitive than a rapid antigen test. This means that a PCR test can show at a very early stage whether you are infected with the coronavirus compared to the rapid test.
When you have only a few virus particles in your body, the rapid test might not (yet) detect them, while the PCR test does. This could mean that a rapid test can give an incorrect negative result at a very early stage. This chance is much smaller with a PCR test.
Where can you take a PCR test?
We have a test location in the center of Amsterdam. You can contact us online for a coronation appointment make on your preferred date.
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Make an appointment for a PCR test
Don't forget your passport or ID (driver's license not allowed) to bring with you to the test site. Do you want to make several appointments? Then book successively in the booking system each person separately with his/her personal data.