Corona: Testing Procedure in GGD Netherlands

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If you have Corona symptoms, Government of Netherlands offers two ways to register and get you tested.

  • Website dedicated to Corona https://coronatest.nl/ – You need “Digid”, Phone number, email address to book a test and check the results. You will receive confirmation email once you registered successfully. Take this along to the test location. Important: You can not use Public transport to travel test location. Discuss this when you are making an appointment.
  • Dedicated telephone line 0800-1202-In case you are booking a test for child aging 0-6 years or you do not have Digid or you are a foreign tourist you can 0800-1202 is the contact number available all day between 08:00 and 20:00. Have your Social security number(BSN) handy which must be required.
  • If you are outside Netherlands +31 850 659 063 is the number you can contact at.

If you have any corona symptoms you can get tested for free of charge. In case of serious complaints you can call your GP and for danger of life call emergency number 112.

Role of Municipal Public Health Services (GGD)

The Municipal Public Health Services (GGDs) and hospitals administer the test. GGDs are the Medical and Health services in Netherlands. If you have Corona symptoms, you can register online or via phone for the test.

  • On registering a test, GGD will send you an email.
  • Nearest Test location will be possibly allocated and test procedure will be informed through an email.
  • Take an email Print out, Proof of identity: your passport, identity card or driver’s license and carry it with you to the designated location.
  • The GGD employee conduct the swab test by inserting a cotton swab in your nose and throat. This only takes a few seconds.
  • The cotton swab will be sent to the lab and test for Covid-19 will be verified. 
  • Test is free of cost. You need not to pay.
  • You should immediately go home and stay inside till you get the result.
  • Do not use Public transport. Come on foot, by bike or by car. Use a mouth mask if you are in a car with someone else.
  • If you have any questions about test locations, Inform GGD while making an appointment.
  • GGD will trace the contact history if your test report is positive and you share room, house or have been in close contact with someone throughout that period.Your contacts will be called by GGD and advised to quarantine for 10 days.

Types of tests

  1. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test – detects the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) and Indicates if you are infected presently or not. Smear Test is the most common way of testing and is used by the Municipal Public Health Services (GGDs). Result is given within 24 – 48 hours.
  2. Serological test – Checks for antibodies against Corona virus. This test tells whether you were already infected. GGD does not test for antibodies and hence perform no serological test.

Air Travel During Corona

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We know World is affected by Corona crisis so does our lives . Unforeseen travel situation made this even more difficult. This post is sum up of all such questions that may arise while travelling to and from Netherlands.

Is Health Declaration needed to travel?

Yes, If you are travelling from Netherlands, Schipol Airport has a form available on their website-https://www.schiphol.nl/en/page/coronavirus/ .You must have two hard copies of this form which can be asked to show while coming in- or going out of the Netherlands. Ministry of health, welfare and sport uses this data to prevent and decide corona measures. You may asked for Health declaration anywhere throughout the journey. Always keep it handy.

Does Testing for Corona is needed ?

If you are travelling from Netherlands, it is important to have PCR test done. PCR Test detects presence of novel corona virus in the body. Many countries asked for proof of Corona testing and only allows travelers with Negative test report to enter. **Check the destination country/airport for their travel advisory during corona.

Where to do PCR test?

A) Airlines like KLM provides PCR Testing by appointment only. KLM only test travelers either with no corona symptoms or those who does not covered under Dutch testing policy. Book a test atleast two to three days before the flight and Result will be given within 24-32 hrs. Testing costs Eur 145. https://klmhealthservices.com/en/journey-preparation/coronatest/book-now/. KLM has Travel Clinics in Hague, Schipol Oost (East) and Schipol Airport. Timings and availability may vary.

B) You can visit various websites for private testing irrespective of Corona symptoms. Below are two of them :

  • https://www.hethuisartslab.com/veelgestelde-vragen. The U-diagnostics test technology has been validated by RIVM / RKI. They Charge Eur 100 per person. Test result will be delivered very next day to the registration.You can either get a referral from GP or register for a test without that.
  • https://coronalab.eu/.This is Dutch CDC (RIVM) valid laboratory, opens 6 days a week and provides the result on the same day. Testing for an adult costs Eur 149.95 ( Payment accepted only through Card).

C) Schipol Airport: You can get tested at the airport between hall 3 and 4 if you are coming from Covid-hit areas. GGD will select the flight and inform passengers accordingly at the arrival gate. As of 12th September 2020 testing center is closed temporarily.

D) Municipal Public Health Services (GGDs): If you have mild to severe symptoms, you can book an appointment with GGD. Test is free of cost. You can register and book a test at Website: https://coronatest.nl/. In case of much severe symptoms, call your GP or hospital. And for life and death situation call emergency number 112.

Follow our another Post for GGD’s Corona Testing Procedure https://themovinghumans.com/2020/09/13/corona-testing-procedure-in-ggd-netherlands/.

Quarantine In Netherlands

On reaching Netherlands, you have to self quarantine for 10 days at your accommodation and should avoid to go outside. If you have Corona test report already done and it is negative even then the same quarantine rules apply.

** Travel advice may change during the travel. Check the destination country for their travel advisory during corona as well.

Buying a Bicycle in Netherlands

Woohoo… So you are planning to buy a Bicycle. Indeed, it is one of the most popular and convenient modes of transport in Netherlands. If you are a first time buyer you may have lots of questions. So here I am sharing my own experience and quest while looking for a good and reasonable bicycle in working condition.

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Here are few pointers to consider while buying a Bicycle:

1. Cost
As this was going to be my first cycle, i wanted to start with an economical budget. After finalizing my budget, i started my research to look up for a suitable buy.

2. New vs Second Hand
You can buy a new cycle starting as low as 200 euro. Apart from brand new cycles, In Netherlands you can easily get a second hand bike in reasonably good condition which would cost you somewhere around 50 – 200 euros depending upon condition and usage. TIP: If you are getting a cycle way too cheap, be careful, chances are either you may be dealing with a stolen bike which is pretty common in Netherlands or bike may need a repair which is quite expensive( Repair starts ~50 euros).

3. Type of Bikes
There are many options available here. Bikes with Hand Brakes, Pedal Brakes, Gears,Terrain bikes, Mountain bikes, Electric bikes, Male, female, children, grandma bikes etc and so does vary their size, specification and usage.

4. Buying Options
You can look up for a bike in one of the following places:

  • Facebook Groups– There are many Facebook groups like “Bike-SecondHand Bikes,used Bicycles” which offer second hand bikes to sell.
  • Marktplaats– This is another place you can look up for a second hand bike. You can check in stolen bicycle registry maintained by Dutch police to verify bike is not stolen. Website:https://www.marktplaats.nl
  • Bicycle Stores– They offer a wide range of all types of cycles. Some stores give warranty on the purchase.They do a cycle checkup usually before giving away the cycle.Some of them do sell second hand cycles as well. Keep the receipt safe and note down Frame number.
  • Online Store– There are many online store selling new bikes at a good price. You can compare and find good bike as per your requirement.
  • Local Market– In Amsterdam there is a local market named Waterlooplein market from Monday to Saturday which you can visit as well for second hand bikes. Website:https://waterlooplein.amsterdam/en

5. Add on cost
After finalizing your bicycle, you can customize it with front rack or basket as per your requirement, Choose proper front and rare lights, buy a puncture kit. As cycle thefts are quite common in Holland it is wise to invest in a good cycle lock.

6. Legal Requirements and Tips
Cyclist also have to abide by the law in Holland. Though riding a cycle is pretty safe as they have a separate lane but every Bicycle need to have a compulsory cycle bell and Working Front and rear lights and reflectors. Which is absolute must otherwise you have to pay fine. No cycling on pedestrian area or foot paths is allowed. Indicate with your hand if you want to turn right or left.

7. Traffic Rules and Regulations
A quick go through traffic rules are always advisable for yours and others safety.

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