Frequently asked questions

Below, you can find a list of the most frequently asked questions. That way, you are always well informed before you make an appointment.

1What is the best time to get tested?
If you show symptoms, you can get tested right away. If you suspect that you have been infected, but do not show symptoms, it can help to wait a couple of days before you get tested. If you show symptoms, we recommend that you get tested as soon as you start experiencing them. This way you have the least chance of infecting others. If you have been in contact with someone who has corona, but you do not show symptoms, we recommend waiting until 5 days after the possible infection to get tested. The virus has an incubation period of a couple of days before it becomes properly detectable. As such, there is no use in getting tested on the same day that you have been in contact with someone who has corona. However, it is advisable to quarantine yourself until you get tested.
2What is the difference between these tests (PCR and antigen test) and a finger-prick test?
These tests determine whether you have corona at that moment and are contagious. A finger-prick test determines whether you have antibodies and are immune. This does not give any information about your contagiousness at that moment.
3What is the difference between a PCR test and an antigen (rapid) test?
A PCR test is accurate, but takes more time. PCR stands for Polymerase Chain Reaction. In a PCR test, a sample of the throat and nasal mucus is taken with a cotton swab and sent to a laboratory. The laboratory examines whether genetic material from the coronavirus is present in the mucus. The PCR is a very accurate test, but it takes longer to get the result. The antigen rapid test is a collective name for methods that test for corona in a different way and give a faster result. Some of these tests have a slightly lower test sensitivity than the regular PCR tests. At Covidtest Limburg, we offer the antigen rapid test. This is a test that indicates whether there are virus proteins in the nose and throat mucus. The results of this test are available quickly. The antigen rapid test has a lower sensitivity than the PCR or LAMP test and can therefore also be used for people without symptoms.
4Is this test 100% accurate?
No, no current Covid-19 test is 100% accurate. Our tests are approved by Dutch academic hospitals and provide a high level of accuracy, especially if you show symptoms. If there are no symptoms, the test sensitivity drops slightly. If you show no symptoms yet, it is important that you wait a few days before getting tested. In that case it is important that you follow the guidelines of the RIVM carefully.
5What should I do if my test comes back positive?
If the result of your test is positive, you must quarantine for 10 days and wait for at least 24 hours after your symptoms have disappeared. You must also inform anyone you have been in contact with for longer than 15 minutes at a distance of less than 1.5 metres. Keep an eye on your symptoms. If they worsen, it is a good idea to contact your general practitioner.
6Do you provide travel documents?
Yes. For all information regarding travel documents, check this page.
7Can this test replace the GGD test?
Although our test is very accurate and the RIVM has indicated that they will use these rapid tests in the very short term, this test is no substitute for the PCR test, which gives results after 24-48 hours. We expect that this will change in the coming months, as Minister Hugo de Jonge has indicated that he wants to start using these tests from November onwards.
8Sensitivity and specificity
This test has been researched and validated by academic centres by order of the VWS. The test has a diagnostic sensitivity of 93.30% and a diagnostic specificity of 99.40% in people with symptoms. That means the test recognises corona in 98.2 out of 100 cases, and that if the test is positive, you almost certainly have corona. If there are no symptoms, the test sensitivity drops slightly. If you suspect that you have been exposed to the virus, it is recommended to wait with testing until a few days after the exposure, so that the virus cells can grow to a detectable amount.
9Who will carry out the test?
Tests are carried out by a licensed and skilled healthcare worker under the supervision of a BIG-registered general practitioner (BIG: 09061615501).
10Do you offer on-site testing?
Yes, for groups of 10 or more people, we provide on-site testing. If you suspect an infection, we recommend coming to one of our corona test locations. These are safe and the chance of contamination is the lowest here. Click here for all information regarding on-site testing.
11One of my employees is infected, what do I do?
The best thing is to have anyone who has been in contact with this person work from home, and have them tested as soon as possible (we recommend waiting until 5 days after the contact with the infected or when corona-related symptoms start showing). Should it turn out that multiple persons are infected, have all the teams tested. That way, anyone with a negative test result can go back to work. All this is of course with taking into account the regulations (keep 1.5 m distance, wash your hands, sneeze in your elbow and no groups of more than 3 people in one room).
12Will I get the test result on paper?
No, you will receive a digital test result within 30 minutes of taking the test. Please note: this is not an official travel document. If you need an official travel document, you must separately request a PCR test with certificate. You can do that here.
13Could I get infected with corona when I take a test?
We observe the highest quality and due care requirements and take as many safety measures as possible. However, it is impossible to exclude 100% of the risks.
14Which countries require a PCR test? How old can this test be?
Pay attention! The situation changes every day. There may be deviations. You are responsible for checking the entry restrictions for the destination country with the local authorities and the tour operator.
  • Antigua & Barbuda (max 72 hours before departure)
  • Aruba (max 72 hours before departure)
  • Azerbaijan (max 48 hours before departure)
  • Bahamas (maximum 5 days before departure)
  • Barbados (max 72 hours before departure)
  • Belgium (max. 72 hours before departure)
  • Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba (max. 72 hours before departure)
  • Brazil (max 72 hours before departure)
  • Cambodia (max 72 hours before departure)
  • Canary Islands (max 72 hours before departure)
  • China (max 48 hours before departure)
  • Colombia (max 96 hours before departure)
  • Comoros (max 72 hours before departure)
  • Costa Rica (max 72 hours before departure)
  • Curaçao (max. 72 hours before departure)
  • Cyprus (max 72 hours before departure)
  • Dubai (max 96 hours before departure)
  • Denmark (max 24 hours before departure)
  • Dominican Republic (max 5 days old on arrival)
  • Germany (max 48 hours before departure)
  • Ecuador (max 10 days before departure)
  • Egypt (max 72 hours before departure)
  • Ethiopia (max 5 days before departure)
  • Gabon (max 5 days before departure)
  • Grenada (max 7 days before departure)
  • Greece (max 72 hours before departure)
  • Indonesia (max 48 hours before departure)
  • Iran (max 96 hours before departure)
  • Italy (max 48 hours before departure)
  • Ivory Coast (max 5 days before arrival)
  • Croatia (max 48 hours before departure)
  • Liberia (max 72 hours before departure)
  • Morocco (max 72 hours before departure)
  • Nigeria (max 96 hours before departure)
  • Austria (entry restriction)
  • Pakistan (max 96 hours before departure)
  • Portugal, Madeira / Azores (max 72 hours before departure)
  • Russia (max. 72 hours before departure)
  • Rwanda (max 48 hours before departure)
  • Senegal (max 72 hours before departure)
  • Spain (max 72 hours before departure)
  • Sri Lanka (max 72 hours before departure)
  • Suriname (max 120 hours before departure)
  • Taiwan (max 72 hours before departure)
  • Thailand (no test, 15 days quarantine)
  • Turkey (max 72 hours before departure)
  • Uruguay (max 72 hours before departure)
  • United Arab Emirates (max 96 hours before departure)
  • United Kingdom (max 72 hours before departure)
  • United States (max 72 hours before departure)
  • Vietnam (entry ban for travelers from the Netherlands)
15Is the rapid test also approved for traveling?
In some cases yes, that's why you will receive a medical statement from us. However, a PCR test is often required, so check carefully the requirements set by the country in question before you travel.
16What is stated on the certificate?
  1. PCR test /PCR-saliva test:name, date of birth, date / time of test, date of result, test result, laboratory details, name and signature of our doctor.
  2. Antigen Rapid Test:name, date of birth, date / time of test administration, test result, type of test, name and signature of our physician.
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