The Netherlands is one of the few countries that offer free Covid-19 testing, both antigen, and PCR-RT, for departing passengers regardless of their nationality or destination.
You can make the appointment on the dedicated website, and there are plenty of locations and times available. The results arrive in a day, and you can get a QR code readable document.
You can access the Netherlands’ page for getting tested here.
Note that these tests are free for everyone until October 1st.
Making the appointment:
You first need to choose between antigen and PCR-RT tests.
You need to indicate the date and the time you need the results.
You then need to input the zip code or address where you would like the test performed.
You can then choose the date when you would like to have the test performed. The page notes that it can take up to a day to get the results.
You can then choose the actual location, and the page shows available times.
You need a mobile number to confirm the appointment that can receive text messages.
You will get an email confirmation with a scannable code that you need to present when entering the test facility.
SpoedTest also sent me a confirmation. I was not, however, sent a reminder on the date of the test.
The booking indicated that the test would be performed at the Park Plaza Victoria hotel, which was not the case.
You need to enter from the alley on the side of the hotel.
And walk to the base.
You need to confirm select information.
And present your ID. I would use this for international travel, so I decided to show my passport instead of an ID card.
The test itself was very typical.
The result arrived about 21 hours after the text. You need to get a code using the same mobile phone number to access it.
The text certificate comes with a code to enter the Netherlands Covid-19 app to get a QR code.
It also included a medical certificate.
I wish all the countries would offer similar free tests for departing passengers, as the Netherlands does. I guess that you could use this tests for non-travel related purposes, too, as there was no requirement to input any travel information beyond at what time you need to present the test document.
This test center charges 70 euros for walk-in PCR-RT tests, and you can save 10% using the code in the image above.
Even paying 70 euros for the test is reasonable compared to what I have spent in many other locales. I decided to do this test that would cover my travel tomorrow from Paris in the Netherlands because I would have needed to do a paid one otherwise in Finland.