Reimbursement of PCR test COVID-19

Since 1 June everyone can get tested for Covid-19. Now that the PCR test is available for everyone in the Netherlands, the question is whether the Covid-10 test will be reimbursed by your health insurer. It will be reviewed whether you have any complaints and are covered by the Dutch testing policy, or whether you took a preventive test.

Testing through the GGD

Anyone with complaints that match the symptoms of the new corona virus are covered by the Dutch testing policy. This could be one or several of the following symptoms:

  • Cold (sneezing, nasal cold, sore throat, runny nose)
  • Cough complaints
  • Fever or raised temperature
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sudden loss of smell and/or taste

If you have one or more symptoms, it is important that you stay at home and contact the GGD. You can take a free PCR test through the GGD. The government will pay the costs for taking this test. In that case you cannot go to

I have been tested by the GGD, but costs were still charged to my health insurer?

If you got tested through one of the GGD locations, no costs will be charged to your health insurer as from 1 June 2020. If you took the test between 6 April and 30 May, it may be possible that a declaration has been submitted. A deductible has therefore been charged to your name. The various laboratories that check the test material are currently examining this and are making corrections.

Preventive testing

You can also take a preventive test for the SARS-CoV-19 virus that causes Covid-19. You can have yourself tested preventively, for example when you are travelling to a country where you must be able to submit a Non-Covid-19 statement upon arrival. You will receive this statement with a negative test result. Are you showing symptoms of the corona virus? Then you will be covered by the Dutch testing policy and you can go to the GGD for a test.

Can I take a preventive PCR test without being referred by my doctor?

You can also go to for taking a preventive Covid-19 test without being referred by your general practitioner. Does your general practitioner want to refer you but is he not associated with us? Then your general practitioner can register by contacting us via 030 – 200 5060.

Will the corona test be reimbursed by my health insurer?

If the test is requested through your general practitioner, it will depend on the health insurance you have taken out, whether the costs for the test will be reimbursed. If you apply for the test privately, you can declare the costs for the test to your insurer. Your health insurer will subsequently let you know whether the costs for the PCR test will be reimbursed. If this is not the case, your insurance will charge these costs to your own deductible.

I want to have a blood test, will these costs be covered?

A blood test, also called a serological test, shows whether your body has created antibodies against the virus that causes Covid-19. It depends on your health insurer and health care package whether or not the cost will be covered.