Since 08-12-2020 it is also possible to do a PCR Test. Because a PCR Test is mandatory for many travel destinations, the demand for this test is increasing. That is why it is possible to request this test from us from today.
How does the test work?
A PCR test is a test for which you will not receive the results immediately. If you have a PCR test taken between 08:00 and 17:30, this means that you will receive the results after 15:00 the next day. The result of your test will be communicated to you by email. There will also be a secure attachment with the travel documents. You will receive both a Dutch and an English version so that this does not cause unnecessary delay during your trip. When taking the PCR test, you must identify yourself as with any test. The document number of your identification will also be documented on the travel document. Therefore, make sure that when you travel, you identify yourself with the correct means of identification. If you identify yourself correctly, you will also receive the correct documents.
Difference between PCR test and rapid test
Research has shown that a rapid test is less sensitive than a PCR test. Of course, rapid tests are getting better, but in practice the PCR test turns out to be just a bit more accurate. The antigen tests, as the rapid tests are also called, can give a quick indication for Covid19 by removing nose and throat mucus. Often a result is known within 15 minutes.
With PCR Testing, the result often takes 24 hours because more properties are tested here. After the test has been taken, your collected mucus will be sent to the laboratory. The laboratory will then check whether you have Covid19. This form of test is a very accurate test, only the result of the test takes a little longer before it is known.