A testing centre at Schiphol Airport opened on Friday 14 August. This is where travellers returning from high-risk areas can get themselves tested. Read about what that involves.
By getting yourself tested for COVID-19 at Schiphol, you can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. If you are travelling from a high-risk area – a country or region with an orange or red travel advisory – then you can get yourself tested at the airport’s COVID-19 testing centre, which is located between arrival halls 3 and 4. Public health service (GGD) staff will be on hand to administer these free coronavirus tests.
Where can I find the testing centre at Schiphol?
The public health service may give you a leaflet requesting that you get tested when you disembark the plane. This leaflet instructs you to report to the testing centre between arrival halls 3 and 4. The testing centre is clearly signposted and can be found on the map in the Schiphol app. The coronavirus measures that are in place to prevent contagion are, of course, also applicable in the testing centre queue. This means that you must maintain a 1.5 metre distance and wear a face mask.
How is a COVID-19 test conducted?
When you get to the testing centre, you show your passport or ID card to public health service staff. This ensures that the test results will be linked to the right person. You fill in your email address and telephone number on the leaflet you received and hand it over. All tests are conducted by public health service staff, who wear protective clothing. They take a swab sample from deep inside your nose and throat. This is not a painful process, but it may cause a little discomfort. The testing centre is for travellers above the age of 13.
What do I do after the test?
After the test, you go home or to where you are staying. You will receive a phone call within 48 hours letting you know whether you tested positive or negative for coronavirus. Either way, the Dutch government urgently advises you to self-quarantine for 14 days if you have just returned from a country or region with an orange or red travel advisory. This applies even if you do not have any coronavirus-like symptoms or if the test showed that you do not have the virus (negative test). If you tested positive, the people you live with must also go into quarantine. You can self-quarantine at home in the Netherlands, but it is also possible to do this at a temporary address, such as a hotel or holiday home.
Find all the information about Schiphol and Covid on the website of Schiphol Airport, the source of this article.