PCR test

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.

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Quick results

Results within 15 minutes in case of a quick test. PCR test the same or next day.

Reliable

The tests we use have been officially validated by the RIVM.

Service

Home and on-site testing possible. Within 2 hours on location.

Medical supervision

Cooperation between GGD and BIG registered healthcare professionals.

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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?

In general, a coronation test takes no more than 10 minutes.

When do you get the results?

Once the material has been collected it is sent to our laboratory. Here it will be analyzed. You will always receive the results within 48 hours at the latest. Have you been tested before 13:00? Then you will receive the result around 22:00 that same day.

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 sent to the laboratory to be tested for the presence of the virus. It will be examined whether genetic material of the virus can be found in the sample collected. Based on this information, you will receive 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 within 48 hours 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 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 in someone who is carrying little virus or no virus at all.

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 is too little virus present and therefore little chance that you infect someone else.
  • There are still particles of infection in your throat, but they are not contagious virus particles. So you are no longer contagious to others.
  • 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. The chance of a positive test result while the person is not infected or contagious is especially present when testing in the absence of symptoms.

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What is the difference between a PCR test and a rapid test?

A PCR test is more sensitive than a rapid 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.

In addition, the result of a PCR test is displayed within a maximum of 48 hours. For a rapid test this is within 15-30 minutes.

Where can you take a PCR test?

We have several test locations throughout the Netherlands. Among others we are located in Haarlem, The Hague, Amsterdam and Hoofddorp. You can contact us online for a coronation appointment at the location of your choice.

Make an appointment for a PCR test.

Don't forget to bring your passport or ID to the test site. Do you want to make several appointments? Then book each person separately in the booking system with his / her personal data.

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