Many Dutch holidaymakers will have to undergo a corona test abroad this summer, now that the outgoing cabinet will ask for a corona certificate from 8 August from everyone who returns from an EU country with a yellow travel advice.

This can be a vaccination certificate, recovery certificate or negative test certificate.

The new rules already apply to travelers from Spain, Andorra, Cyprus and Portugal. An overview of what testing for COVID-19 costs in four popular holiday countries.

The test for return to the Netherlands may be a PCR test of a maximum of 48 hours old or an antigen test of a maximum of 24 hours old.

People who have been fully vaccinated or have recovered from the coronavirus can demonstrate this in the CoronaCheck app.

Other travelers must be tested in the country where they are staying before their return journey.

This is often at your own expense.

Travelers who do not have corona proof with them on return risk a fine.

Since July 7, France has allowed tourists to pay for a corona test in one of the government-funded test locations.

Until then, both the PCR and the antigen test were free for holidaymakers from abroad.

For a PCR test, 49 euros will be charged, a faster antigen test costs 29 euros, according to the French government.

Testing can be done at GPs and pharmacies, among others.

The French can get the costs back through their insurance, for the Dutch this is usually not the case with tests without complaints or medical reasons.

Adults wishing to visit a major event or cultural institution in France must be able to present a health card.

According to the ANWB, the Dutch can use the CoronaCheck app for this.

See also: Entire EU turns 'yellow' or 'green', but testeis on return of non-vaccinated

In Germany, people can go for a corona test at airports, train stations, pharmacies and the health authorities.

A PCR test is free for people who have corona complaints or who belong to a risk group.

Testing purely before returning to your own country is at your own expense.

The test prices differ.

For example, a PCR test at Munich Airport costs 128 euros and people can spend 75 euros for the same test at a test location in the city.

Testing in Italy can be done at airports or at commercial laboratories.

Antigen tests can also be taken from many general practitioners and pharmacies.

Here too, prices can vary considerably, from 50 to 125 euros or more for a PCR test.

The minimum price for a quick test is usually around 40 euros.

Incidentally, from 6 August it is mandatory in Italy to have a corona pass in your pocket if you want to be inside, for example, a restaurant, bar or museum.

Here too, the CoronaCheck app should offer a solution for Dutch people.

Tourists in Spain can take a test at airports, private clinics, commercial laboratories and in some regions also at pharmacies and dentists.

The price of a PCR test can vary from 85 to at least 135 euros.

An antigen test is cheaper and can cost around 40 euros.

The current travel advice for Spain is yellow.

Dutch nationals who return must therefore show a vaccination certificate, a negative test result or a proof of recovery for the corona virus.


De Jonge: 'Holiday-goers from the yellow country must show a negative test'