Do you wish to travel abroad? It could be that your country of destination has regulations to prevent the import of COVID-19. In many cases a PCR-test with a statement and/or a serological test is needed. The Travel Clinic Erasmus MC provides these tests.
Whether you need a COVID-19 test in order to travel can be found on www.wijsopreis.nl (information in Dutch). Also check what kind of test you need and how long the travel certificate should be valid.
COVID-19 tests are done by appointment. We are open from Monday to Thursday from 8.45 am till 4.30 pm. Tuesday till 21 pm. You can make an appointment by simply phoning 010-704 5050 (Mon-Fri 8.30 am - 5 pm).
When you come for the appointment, bring the passport or ID-card with which you will be traveling. The document number must be listed on the travel statement. Without this document number, the travel statement is invalid and the airline or country of destination can refuse to admit you.
During this test our nurse uses a cotton bud to swab the nose and throat. The material is then sent to the laboratory where it is examined for the presence of the COVID-19 virus. You will receive your test result and travel statement by secure email within 48 hours. If your test is taken before 12:00 am, you will receive the results the next day before 12:00 am.
During this test our nurse draws a vial of blood. The sample is sent to the laboratory where it is examined for antibodies against SARS-CoV-2. You will receive the results and a travel statement via secure email within 1 to 2 working days.
The COVID-19 PCR test is used to examine whether you are currently contaminated with COVID-19.
The serological test is used to examine whether you have antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 in your blood. This shows that you have already gone through infection with COVID-19. In the coming months, more and more people will receive the vaccination. If you take the serological test after an infection with COVID-19, it will give a positive result. This indicates that you were vaccinated successfully.
We have good agreements with our laboratory about lead times. In rare cases it can happen that the results arrive late. For instance in case of a technical problem in the lab or if the result is borderline (neither positive nor negative). In this case the sample has to be reanalyzed. We are not liable for any delay. We will inform you as soon as possible and will do everything we can to obtain the test result.
You will receive the travel statement(s) by secure email. In order to open this email, you need a code that you will receive from us via text message. If you do not own a cellphone, it is also possible to pick the statement(s) up at the Travel Clinic Erasmus MC, or to have them sent to you by mail. Do bear in mind that sending the statement(s) by mail will mean it takes longer for you to receive them.
The statement(s) include the following information in Dutch and English:
Yes. If both tests are necessary and are done on the same day, you pay 150 euro.
If the test comes back positive, we will inform you by phone. We are also obligated to report any positive result to the GGD so they can contact you for further testing and for advice on home isolation.
This depends on the demands made by your country of destination. You need to check this yourself on www.wijsopreis.nl (information in Dutch).
We do the serological test from the age of 18. We do the PCR test for children of all ages. We reserve a longer time slot for children and of course you as the parent can be present to make your child feel comfortable. For a PCR-test we do not use the mid-nasal COVID-19 test used by the GGD. This is because this test is less sensitive.
Sometimes the email will go into your Unwanted folder. This depends on your email program. Always make sure you check this folder too when you are expecting a statement. Is the email not listed? Please contact us on telephone number 010-704 5050.
We get a lot of questions about the COVID-19 proof of recovery: a travel document which shows you have recently had COVID-19. These certificates are only issued via the GGD/CoronaCheck-app.