FAQ

Which corona tests do you offer?

Rapid antigen test

The corona rapid test is a test method that can be used to determine whether someone is contagious with the Corona virus. It responds to the presence of virus proteins in the nose and throat mucus. These proteins are called antigens. Therefore this test is an antigen test. The advantage of this Corona antigen rapid test is that the result is known quickly, often within 15 minutes. The rapid tests we use are from the approved and validated brands Abbott and Roche. Two variants of this Antigen Rapid Test can be booked: the regular throat / deep nose swab and the shallow nose swab, which is less uncomfortable.

PCR test

The PCR test (Polymerase Chain Reaction test) is a test to show whether you are currently infected with the Corona virus (SARS-CoV-2). It is also called NAAT RT-PCR test. The test, just like the rapid test, is taken by means of a throat and nasal swab or via a saliva sample. The collected material is analyzed in our laboratory. This results in a negative or positive result that you will receive on your smartphone via the app “consentry”. This test is widely used especially for travel. Most countries currently have an entry restriction as part of the Corona measures. A negative PCR test with medical travel certificate is then required to enter the country and to avoid mandatory quarantine.

When can I do a Corona test?

Anyone who wants to be tested is very welcome! For both a PCR test and a rapid test. It is sensible to have a test carried out in the following cases, for example;

If you have been in contact with an infected person for more than 48 hours before you want to be tested (longer than 15 minutes within 1.5 meters) or if you feel you have been in an unsafe environment with (many) other people.

When you experience the first illness symptoms of COVID-19 and would like to know quickly whether you are contagious.

When you travel and need to be able to show a negative test (Antigen or PCR).

All of our locations are open from Monday to Friday and during the weekend Amsterdam City Centre, Amsterdam Zuid and Huizen/Laren are also open on Saturday and Sunday.

Opening hours can be found at our website ‘locations’ section and during the booking process you will be able to see all available timeslots for that day / location / test.

Can I be tested if I have no illness symptoms?

Yes, that’s possible. Our experience is that people without complaints can also be contagious and test positive. There is a chance that there are still too few virus particles in the body to be able to measure them properly. So if, despite the fact that you have no complaints, you still suspect that you have become infected with the Corona virus, we advise you take a second test after 24 hours.

Can I get a (travel) certificate?

Coronasnelcheck.nl offers travellers a travel document stating whether they have been tested positive or negative for COVID-19. This is an official document in English signed by one of our doctors.

In case of an Antigen rapid test you can book a test with certificate / international travel declaration for € 55,- and for the antigen shallow nose test including travel certificate you pay € 64,-. An international travel certificate is automatically supplied with the PCR test.

You will receive the certificate of the rapid test by e-mail, within 1 to 3 hours after the result of the test.

You receive the certificate of the PCR test in the app (Consentry) after taking your test. Tested on one day, you will receive the result no later than the next day in the evening. If you need your result on the same day, please book the urgent test: tested before 11.00 am and you will receive your result/travel declaration on the same day in the evening. You will not receive an email or SMS. If you have enabled the notification for a push message, you will receive a notification as soon as the result is on your phone in the app consentry.

You will receive the certificate of a rapid test via coronasnelcheck.nl. The certificate of a PCR test is provided by the laboratory we work with (Bright Labs / Healthmark)

NOTE: the travel document will state whether it is a PCR test with a throat nasal swab or a saliva (saliva) test. You should check carefully with your airline and the authorities of the entering country to see if the saliva test is sufficient for your travel plans. If you are not sure about this, we always recommend a PCR test by means of a throat / nose swab.

When and which test do I need to travel?

In order to travel, a certificate of a negative PCR test is in most cases mandatory and therefor recommended. Some countries also agree to a certificate for a negative Antigen test. And some countries even demand certificates from both tests: a NAAT RT- PCR test and Antigen rapid test, taken at different moments before your journey (respectively 72 or 48 hours and 4 hours before for example).

Note: the situation changes every day. You are responsible for checking the entry restrictions for the destination country with the local authorities, the tour operator and the airline.

NOTE: the travel document will state whether it is a PCR test with a throat nasal swab or a saliva (saliva) test. You should check carefully with your airline and the authorities of the entering country to see if the saliva test is sufficient for your travel plans. If you are not sure about this, we always recommend a PCR test by means of a throat / nose swab.

The following link can be useful to check what type of test you need and how many hours before you have to get that test in order to travel to your destination: More travel information: link to website of the Dutch Government

The certificate that we provide can also be used to visit an event where it is mandatory to hand over a certificate for a negative test. Again, you are responsible for the type of test that is required.

How do I book a test including a certificate / test proof?

If you book an Antigen rapid test you can choose the option Antigen rapid test including certificate for € 55,00 (or with a shallow nose test for € 64,00). The certificate is an international travel document and will be sent to you via email.

If you book a PCR test, an international travel document is included in the price for €85,00.

Can I receive a (travel) certificate afterwards?

The travel certificate is supplied as standard with a PCR test.

If you still need a certificate at a later time after taking the Antigen rapid test, you can still order it separately. We only issue certificates for tests conducted by coronasnelcheck.nl.

Click here to order a certificate afterwards.

Can I get a test certificate or certificate for an event?

Coronasnelcheck.nl offers visitors to a test event a document stating that they have been tested positive or negative for COVID-19. This is an official document signed by one of our doctors. We use the RIVM approved and validated antigen rapid tests from Roche and Abbott. This is sufficient for most test events.

Note: the situation changes every day. You are responsible for checking the conditions for the event with the implementing organization or local government agency.

When you make a booking, a certificate can be added if you select the option Antigen Rapid test including certificate for a price of € 55.

When and how do I receive the test results and certificate ?

PCR Test

The result of the PCR test shows up in the app (Consentry), which you downloaded and where you have registered your personal data. Tested on one day, you receive the result no later than the next day in the evening at 22.00 pm. Or, in case you booked an URGENT PCR test, you will receive your result and certificate in the consentry app on the same day in the evening not later than 22.00 pm. If you have indicated that you want to receive a notification, you will receive a push message as soon as the result is known. If you have not turned this on, you must open the app yourself to see if the results have already been received. You can download the certificate from the app (in nine languages).

IMPORTANT:

If you have not registered via the app, you must provide us with the information for the certificate yourself. Please send an email to info@coronasnelcheck.nl with a request for a manually created certificate.

If you have tested positive, our partner Healthmark will contact you by phone.

Rapid antigen test

In case of an Antigen rapid test, you will receive a text message with the result if you have been tested negative within half an hour after taking the test. If you have tested positive, we will contact you by telephone within half an hour. If you have booked a certificate with your rapid test, you will receive it in your mailbox within 1 to 3 hours after the test. You cannot wait at your test location for the results.

How are the various PCR and rapid tests administered?

There are two types of PCR tests:

  • The test with a throat and nasal swab (a sample taken with a cotton swab through the throat and nasal cavity)
  • The saliva test where you spit in the collection kit. With the saliva test it is very important that you do not eat, drink and / or smoke up to half an hour before taking the test.

NOTE: the travel document will state whether it is a PCR test with a throat nasal swab or a saliva (saliva) test. You should check carefully with your airline and the authorities of the entering country to see if the saliva test is sufficient for your travel plans. If you are not sure about this, we always recommend a PCR test by means of a throat / nose swab.

For the antigen test, just like the PCR test, we take a sample with a cotton swab through the throat and nasal cavity. With the shallow nasal test, we take a sample from both nostrils 2 to 2.5 cm deep with a short cotton swab.

The tests are taken by our test team, which is specially trained by one of the doctors of the Sports and Rehabilitation Clinic. They understand that taking the test can be a bit exciting for you, and will do everything they can to make it as comfortable as possible for you or your employee.

The tests are exclusively taken by medically trained personnel under the supervision of a BIG registered doctor from the Sports and Rehabilitation Clinic (www.sportenrevalidatiekliniek).

What is a PCR saliva test and can I use it for international traveling ?
The saliva test is a full-fledged PCR test in which you spit in the collection kit instead of the regular PCR test by taking mucus from the throat and deep nose. With the saliva test, it is very important that you do not eat, drink and / or smoke up to half an hour before taking the test.
However, a PCR saliva test is not very suitable for small children. The saliva has to be coughed up from the throat and is therefore also called a gargle test.

NOTE: the travel document will state whether it is a PCR test with a throat nasal swab or a saliva (saliva) test. The saliva test is a full-fledged PCR test that can be used for travel, but you should check carefully with your airline and the authorities of the entering country whether the saliva test is sufficient for your travel plans. At the time of this writing, only Curacao is known to us as a destination where the PCR saliva test is not accepted. If you are not sure about this, we always recommend a PCR test using throat / nose swab. We do not take responsibility for this.

Are the tests approved and reliable?

Absolutely! Both the Antigen rapid test and the PCR test are very reliable tests that have been validated by independent organisations. These medical and government institutions are: RIVM, GGD, UMCG, UMCU, Microvida, and Erasmus MC. Both tests also have a CE mark. Depending on availability, we use Roche and Abbott Panbio for the rapid tests. The Roche Rapid Test has a specificity of 99.68% and a sensitivity of 96.52%. The Abbott Panbio has a sensitivity of 93.3% (98.2% for cases with Ct value ≤ 33) and a specificity of 99.4%.

The PCR test is analyzed at Bright Labs and both the throat and nasal swab test and the saliva test have been validated by the RIVM. The certificate is made by Healthmark and they also take care of the communication with you about the results of the test.

Our tests are conducted by medically trained personnel. There are no Corona tests that are 100% specific and sensitive. There is always a small chance of a so-called false positive (you are not contagious but the test indicates that you are contagious) or false negative (you are contagious, but the test does not indicate that) result.
In addition, there is a small chance that the sample you have collected cannot be tested for other reasons. The test therefore never offers an absolute 100% certainty on a (reliable) result. You cannot derive any rights from the result of the test and we recommend that you always adhere to the guidelines as indicated by the RIVM, even if you have been tested negative.

What happens when I have tested positive?

In case of a positive antigen rapid test: you will receive a call from one of our employees. He or she will explain how to proceed and of course there is an opportunity to ask all your questions. We are obliged to report all positive cases to the GGD. The GGD will then contact you to discuss the further course of affairs with you and they will also carry out the Source- and Contact Investigation. After you have been called, you will receive an email from us with some additional questions that must be answered. If you do not respond to the e-mail, we will still pass on the information known to us to the GGD.

In case of a positive PCR test: you will receive a call from one of the employees of the laboratory we work with. He or she will explain how to proceed and of course there is an opportunity to ask all your questions. We and our partners are obliged to report all positive cases to the GGD. The GGD will then contact you to discuss the further course of affairs with you and they will also carry out the Source and Contact Investigation.

You must of course continue to follow all guidelines as indicated by the RIVM.

Will I experience (mild) pain after taken the test?

In general, you may still suffer from a stinging sensation in the nose. Some people still have some pain and nasal discharge for a while, but these complaints disappear during the day.

Do you also test children?

Yes, we do! Children can be safely tested with us. Our staff is very experienced and is extra kind and patient with children who might find it a bit exciting. In addition, the sticks (swabs) we use for the throat and nose swab are the thinnest sticks available.

What is the price for a test and why is Coronasnelcheck so cheap?

Rapid antigen test

If you come to our test location, an Antigen rapid test costs € 40,-. The price for a Covid rapid test including an official (travel)statement is € 55,- and for a shallow nose test €49,- (including travel declaration €64,-).

PCR test

The costs for the PCR test that we do via a nose / throat swab are € 85,-. The saliva PCR test costs € 99,-. These amounts include a travel certificate. We only issue travel certificates with a negative test result.

You can also opt for an URGENT PCR test. You test before 11:00 am and you will receive the results the same day / evening before 22.00 pm. The costs for an URGENT PCR test are:

  • Throat-nose swab: € 129,-
  • Saliva test: € 139,-

We recommend an URGENT PCR test only if it is absolutely necessary. If possible, we always recommend testing as far in advance as possible (within the margin of the validity period).

Coronasnelcheck has the lowest rates for commercial Covid-19 testing in the Netherlands. This is not a goal in itself but the result of where we come from. Together with our medical partners (Sport & Revalidatie Kliniek and BrightLabs) and with the medical MBO (post-secondary vocational education) program in Amersfoort and Utrecht, we are able to help thousands of consumers and dozens of companies per week with an antigen rapid test or NAAT/PCR test with the necessary (travel)declarations, fully in accordance with the rules of the municipal health service inspectorate and our own high quality standards, but at lower costs and with less profit mark-up than our competitors.
In this way, we help medical assistants to find work and the people living / staying near our test sites to find a cheaper alternative to other commercial Covid-19 test providers.

Can I reschedule or cancel an appointment that has already been made?

Rescheduling is no problem. Please let us know at least 6 hours in advance, and we will reschedule your appointment, provided the desired time slot is available. When requesting a change, always state your booking number, the location, date and time your booking was made and the location, date and time where you want to move the booking.

It is possible to cancel an appointment, but unfortunately we cannot refund any money. If you have cancelled up to 24 hours before your appointment, we will offer you the option to book the test at a later time.

How can I make a group booking or multiple booking ?

If you would like to make a booking for multiple people / a family or multiple tests, just select the type of test and the number of people and then select a timeslot for your group (for most tests we have multiple testspots available every 5 minutes) and reserve the time. Go back from your shopping cart to ‘make another appointment’ and select another test for one or more persons until you have reserved all the tests that you need for you or your group. Check if everyone has a timeslot in your shopping cart and finish your booking. On the day of your appointment you can come to our testlocation as a group and take your tests together at the earliest time you have booked (as long as you selected tests/timeslots that are sequential).

Do I have to bring my passport or ID?

Yes, it is mandatory. Unfortunately, we cannot perform the test without a valid proof of identity (passport or ID). The information is necessary to be able to pass on your data to the GGD in the event of a positive result. If you have booked a PCR test or a rapid test incl. a certificate, we need the data of the document you are going to travel with (your passport or your ID card, NOT a drivers license) for the certificate.

How can I contact you?

You can reach us for urgent matters via email: info@coronasnelcheck.nl

I have taken a PCR or rapid test and have not yet received my result or my certificate

Rapid test result not received

Before contacting us, please check your SMS box. Sometimes clients do not receive a push message with a text message, but the text message appears to have been received as normal. If this is not the case, please email us at info@coronasnelcheck.nl, so that we can send you your result as soon as possible.

Have you not yet received the certificate and has it been over 4 hours since you received the result? Please check your spam box and also check whether the email address you provided is correct. If everything is correct and you have not received it, send us an email at info@coronasnelcheck.nl and we will send you the certificate as soon as possible.

PCR test result not received

In case of a PCR test, we do everything we can to report the test result to you as soon as possible after taking your test sample and to issue you the (Non) COVID-19 Certificate (tested on one day, no later than the next day in the evening). We have specifically designed our test process for this. In the vast majority of cases, this is more than successful.

However, the term for receipt of the test result and certificate is an indication, not a guarantee.

If you do not yet see the result and / or the certificate in the app (Consentry),  on the evening at 22.00 pm after the day you were tested, please contact us as soon as possible by sending an email to info@coronasnelcheck.nl.

IMPORTANT:

If you have not registered via the app, you must provide us with the information for the certificate yourself. Send an email to info@coronasnelcheck.nl with a request for a manually created certificate. In the email, state your booking number, full name, date of birth, date and time you were tested and, if you have one, the barcode of the test.

What if the test does not give a result?

In some circumstances, the sample we collect from you produces an indeterminable result. For example, if you have recently consumed alcohol, if you have recently taken certain types of medication orally, if you have rinsed with some brands of mouthwash before the test, or if there are other contaminants in the mouth, throat and nasal cavities. For a PCR test, the laboratory analyst will contact you and perform a second analysis. If this analysis also gives an indeterminable result, we will offer you a second PCR test as soon as possible. In that case, we will also make every effort to make the results of the second test available to you in a timely manner, but unfortunately we cannot make guarantees.

In case of a rapid test, our team will contact you as soon as possible and make a new appointment for a second test.

Is there an effect on the result of a Covid test when you are vaccinated ?

The European Medicines Agency (EMA European Medicines Agency) and the Medicines Evaluation Board (MEB) assess the safety of the COVID-19 vaccines. Even after vaccines have been approved, they are monitored. More information about the safety of the vaccines can be found at www.coronavaccinatie.nl.

Risk of corona after vaccination
After the first vaccination you can still get corona because your defense against the virus has not yet been fully built up. After the second vaccination, the chance of getting sick is much smaller because you are better protected. It is therefore important to also get the second vaccination.

Information about the effectiveness of the vaccines can be found on the COVID-19 vaccines page of www.coronavaccinatie.nl.

Infectiousness after vaccination
Vaccination protects against coronavirus disease. It is not yet known whether someone who has been vaccinated can infect others. That is why people should err on the side of caution: for the time being, the same general corona rules apply to vaccinated people as to people who have not been vaccinated.

Corona measures after vaccination
One to two weeks after the second vaccination, 60-90% of people are protected against corona. So not everyone is protected. The chance that you will get corona after two vaccinations is very small, but not zero. If you then get corona you are usually less seriously ill. Therefore, you should still adhere to the general Covid rules after the vaccination. If more is known about the effectiveness of the vaccines and the duration of protection, this policy may be adjusted by the government.

Risk of corona due to a corona vaccine
The vaccines do not contain coronavirus particles. You cannot get corona from the vaccine.

Influence of vaccination on covid tests
The vaccination does not affect the covid tests – such as the PCR polymerase chain reaction (polymerase chain reaction) test and the antigen rapid test – which the Dutch Health Department and coronasnelcheck.nl use to detect infection. If a covid test is positive, it is not because of the vaccination.

Why do I still need a covid test for traveling when I am vaccinated ?

The European Medicines Agency (EMA European Medicines Agency) and the Medicines Evaluation Board (MEB) assess the safety of the COVID-19 vaccines. Even after vaccines have been approved, they are monitored. More information about the safety of the vaccines can be found at www.coronavaccinatie.nl.

Risk of corona after vaccination
After the first vaccination you can still get corona because your defense against the virus has not yet been fully built up. After the second vaccination, the chance of getting sick is much smaller because you are better protected. It is therefore important to also get the second vaccination.

Information about the effectiveness of the vaccines can be found on the COVID-19 vaccines page of www.coronavaccinatie.nl.

Infectiousness after vaccination
Vaccination protects against coronavirus disease. It is not yet known whether someone who has been vaccinated can infect others. That is why people should err on the side of caution: for the time being, the same general corona rules apply to vaccinated people as to people who have not been vaccinated.

Corona measures after vaccination
One to two weeks after the second vaccination, 60-90% of people are protected against corona. So not everyone is protected. The chance that you will get corona after two vaccinations is very small, but not zero. If you then get corona you are usually less seriously ill. Therefore, you should still adhere to the general Covid rules after the vaccination. If more is known about the effectiveness of the vaccines and the duration of protection, this policy may be adjusted by the government.

Risk of corona due to a corona vaccine
The vaccines do not contain coronavirus particles. You cannot get corona from the vaccine.

Influence of vaccination on covid tests
The vaccination does not affect the covid tests – such as the PCR polymerase chain reaction (polymerase chain reaction) test and the antigen rapid test – which the Dutch Health Department and coronasnelcheck.nl use to detect infection. If a covid test is positive, it is not because of the vaccination.

Can you also perform tests on location?

For companies we take tests on location. Please send an email to info@coronasnelcheck.nl to inquire about the possibilities.