Testing for COVID-19
It is now possible to test for both a current and past COVID-19 infection.
1: NEW-- Antigen testing-- NEW
An antigen is a substance recognized by the body’s immune system, which can then respond by generating proteins called antibodies that specifically recognize that antigen.
The test is collected via a nasal cavity swab.
The main advantage of antigen tests, is the speed at which they can provide results: our antigen test can show results within 20 minutes.
The reliability of the test is dependant on the amount of viruses In your airways. The more virus, the more reliable the test (and the more symptoms you will suffer from).
If there is only a little amount of viral RNA, the test might miss a possible infection (20 % of tests will give a false negative result), but if you have symptoms (meaning you carry so much virus that you show symptoms), the test becomes very reliable, up to 99 % (1 in hundred false negatives).
If you have symptoms and the test is negative, there is also a high degree of reliability (99%) that you do not have Covid-19, this is why you can use this test to establish if you can go to work with a runny nose or throat pain.
Cost of the test is €65, results within 20 minutes, on appointment only. Please be aware that taking this antigen test if you don't have any symptoms will lead to a 20% chance that the test is negative while you might be infectious.
For employees we can tailor testing to your needs, please contact our B2B officer via this link
For example: The test can be used to establish whether it is safe for an employee with upper airways symptoms to attend to work. This can save valuable time and prevent the need to quarantine.
Book an appointment via our test request form
A current COVID-19 infection is tested via the PCR test, done by a nose-throat swab. IHCH’s travel clinic is pleased to offer the COVID-19 PCR-test.
Please note this test is only intended if you are currently asymptomatic, in other words, you have no symptoms of COVID-19. If you have symptoms, or have been in contact with someone with COVID-19, you need to contact the Dutch municipal health organization (GGD) to get tested.
Some countries require a recent negative PCR test to allow entry, you can find an overview for international travel here. Please check with the country you are traveling to before booking a test. Different countries have different requirements, and it is important that you are aware of these requirements before you book a test with us.
You can expect the results to be back in 2 days time. Keep in mind however, that we are closed on weekends. This means that if you are travelling on a Tuesday and the country you are traveling to requires a result no older than 72 hours, we are unfortunately unable to accommodate your request.
If your country of entry requires that you have your passport number on the certificate, please notify us when you come for the appointment and bring your passport along to the appointment.
Please find an example of the certificate here.
Please note that if you recently travelled to an orange or red coded country, you are strongly advised to quarantine for 10 days (orange coded) or 14 days (red coded). We cannot offer you an appointment until your 10-14 day quarantine period has been completed.
Tests are done on Monday-Friday from 10:00 to 12:00 and 14:00 to 14:45. The samples are collected at 15:00 to be taken to the lab, and therefore we are unable to offer later appointments.
The cost for the PCR test is €150-, or €165- if you are not registered with the IHCH GP practice. Tests can be arranged by appointment only.
To book an appointment:
If you are not registered with our GP clinic, you must first fill out the registration form (choose health checks/ tests only as reason for registration).
Once registered you can arrange an appointment by filling out our COVID-19 request form. Once you have submitted this form, you will be contacted by one of our assistants to arrange an appointment.
Please email email@example.com if you have any questions regarding this test.
3: IgG Antibody test
Antibody (IgG) testing can determine whether you have previously been infected with COVID-19 if your symptoms started more than 3-4 weeks ago. Antibody IgG testing is offered via our GP’s if there is a medical indication (such as if you are still suffering from possible COVID-19 infection, if you have an immune compromised person in your household etc.). The brand of the test is Wantai, it is done via venipuncture (blood test). Results may take 24 hours to several days, depending on the daily capacity of the lab. The cost will be deducted from your own risk if you have a Dutch insurance, for foreign insurance plans may differ. This test is only offered if you have a medical condition as a result of a possible SARS-Cov-2 infection, on decision of the GP.
If you are “just curious” or need a result fast, we offer an IgG rapid test (Brand: Biozek), done via a finger prick, result available within 15 minutes. Cost is €50 (plus a doctors' consultation)
The test will be offered to registered patients of IHCH only and is always followed by a short doctors' consultation to explain what results mean. You can read more about this test here.
For non-IHCH registered patients the cost of the test is €70, plus the cost of a consultation. Apply for the test via our registration form, choose 'Health Check / Tests only' from the first drop down menu.
For more information about testing for COVID-19 and to understand the different kind of tests click here