Free coronavirus tests available for travellers in July and August

Free coronavirus tests available for travellers in July and August

Anyone planning a trip abroad this summer will be happy to hear that they will no longer be required to pay for their coronavirus tests. The Dutch government has set aside 3,5 million coronavirus tests to be made available to anyone who travels internationally in July and August.

Free coronavirus tests available to travellers this summer

The measure was announced at the press conference on June 18, with Health Minister Hugo de Jonge saying that free coronavirus tests will be made available to those who are not (fully) vaccinated but still wish to travel this summer. 

The new EU COVID-19 certificate which launches on July 1 requires travellers to present proof of vaccination, recent recovery from coronavirus, or a recent negative coronavirus test before being permitted entry to a country. In introducing free coronavirus tests, the cabinet is responding to a call by both the European Commission and the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) to make coronavirus tests freely available to the public. 

Dutch government invests 250 million euros into scheme

Holidaymakers will be able to make use of these free tests in one of three ways. Firstly, they will be able to request compensation for a test taken via a travel company. Alternatively, they could book a test via a company contracted by the Dutch government to carry out coronavirus tests. Lastly, a total of 35.000 free coronavirus tests will be available at the GGD every day to holidaymakers.

Both PCR and rapid antigen tests will be available. The government has said the PCR results will be available within 24 hours, while results for the rapid tests will be available within three hours. Travellers will then present their negative result via a digital or paper QR code.

The government expects that a maximum of 3,5 million tests will be required in July and August, and the Dutch Minister for Infrastructure, Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, has announced that the scheme is expected to cost approximately 250 million euros.

Victoria Séveno


Victoria Séveno

Victoria grew up in Amsterdam, before moving to the UK to study English and Related Literature at the University of York and completing her NCTJ course at the Press Association...

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BigMat 23:24 | 27 June 2021

Nice mesure, it might just save 180 euros

InesTruszkowska2 10:36 | 30 June 2021

Does that applies to every test that it's needed to be done, or only for the test upon arrival to Netherlands?

VictoriaSeveno2 11:27 | 30 June 2021

From Wednesday, you should be able to book a test via or by calling the GGD (0800-5005). The free tests will be available for people travelling to the Netherlands, or for people travelling abroad who need to get tested before they leave the Netherlands. Hope this helps!

NunoCruz2 13:30 | 1 July 2021

How can one ask back for the compensation? The free tests website is already fully booked in most slots.