UPDATE DEC 2, 2021: Today President Biden is announcing stricter testing requirements for passengers traveling to the United States. Those traveling to the USA from Amsterdam will need a negative COVID test result to enter their final destination. Regardless of vaccination status and nationality, the new tightened testing window requirement is one day before departure. This new rule may be a change, but I always get my tests taken the day before I fly back to the USA, and so does the rest of the Tour Guy team. Where to get a COVID test in Amsterdam is pretty straightforward and convenient because there are so many options for travelers, that will allow you to meet this new requirement.
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Private Testing Centers
Variety of Options | English Websites | Central Locations
We were in Amsterdam recently, and a couple of days before coming home, we started to research where to get a COVID test in Amsterdam. Unlike Paris or Rome, there are a variety of private testing centers throughout Amsterdam. These independent testing centers are usually not inside a medical center or pharmacy. We received our results via text and email the same day. Our testing experience, from the time we walked into the testing site, took no more than 15 minutes.
Reservations are necessary to take a COVDI test in Amsterdam, but that doesn’t mean you can’t quickly get an appointment time, even for the same day. Don’t forget to bring your passport with you for your test. While the type of COVID test required for travel depends on the destination, the cheaper Antigen test will suffice for travel to the USA.
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Where to Get a COVID Test in Amsterdam City Center
The following sites will allow you to book a COVID test appointment within the city center of Amsterdam.
For testing near the Central Station, check out Vaccinaties O Preis
If you are staying or near Anne Frank’s House, check out Test Clinic
Close to the main touristy Damrak road, check out Corona Snel Check
Cost: 35€ for Rapid Antigen, 79-120€ for PCR
Appointment Needed | Last Minute Option | Convenient Location
Where can you get a last-minute COVID test in Amsterdam? If you want to wait until the last minute, the Schiphol Airport does a convenient testing center. Appointments are compulsory, so be sure to book your appointment time in advance. Since a negative COVID test result is necessary upon checking in and boarding for most destinations these days, especially the USA, taking a COVID test is the first thing travelers who have not taken their test should do upon arriving at Schiphol.
It is nice to have a last-minute option, but this option does require extra time at the Airport. I view the Airport as a last resort option because I wouldn’t say I like additional stress on a travel day. Like a private clinic rapid Antigen Test, one receives their results within minutes.
Getting a COVID test at the Airport will also be too late to upload results to your airline’s app. It also means you will have to fill out the paper version of the Health Declaration form required to enter the United States.
The Details on Getting a COVID Test at Schiphol Airport
You can book your test via the Sneltest website (89€) or Test2Fly (79€). Appointments are compulsory. Do not show up without an appointment. No matter which site you use, choose the Schiphol Center, do not choose General Aviation.
The testing center is located between Schiphol Plaza and P1 Parking. If you take the train from Central Amsterdam, the testing center is within a short walk inside the airport. Just follow the signs to the testing center or to P1.
Operating hours of the COVID testing center at Schiphol is 7 am to 9 pm.
Rapid Antigen test results will be received within 20-30 mins.
A Word about Take Home Tests
Take-home tests purchased in drug stores before leaving the USA are becoming increasingly popular. I think they are a good backup option, but I have never taken one. They cost about the same as a test in Italy and can take about the same time as getting a COVID test in Italy. The most significant caveat is that you never know how long it will take. The tests acceptable for travel require an online consultation. This summer, several outlets reported outrageous wait times for travelers. The variable of wait time was a huge turnoff for me, and I would prefer to research ahead of time where to get a COVID test in Rome and take 20-30 mins out of my day as I’m exploring the city.