Free rapid tests for everyone! Courtesy of the Dutch Ministry of Health

You get a test, you get a test, and you get a test! From tomorrow the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport is offering two free rapid self-tests per household in the Netherlands.

The aim is to prevent you from unknowingly spreading coronavirus, especially if you have come back from a holiday abroad.

How do I get my free tests?

Between tomorrow and September 1, you will receive a letter from the Ministry of Health with information about your free self-tests. The letter states that your household is entitled to two free self-tests and contains a unique code for ordering.

You can register for your free tests on, where you can the unique code at the top of your letter. Alternatively, you can scan the QR code on the letter which will take you directly to the website.

When will my tests arrive?

If you’ve ordered your self-tests a week ago and they’ve still not arrived, don’t stress. They will take between seven and 10 days to pop through your post slot.

Luckily, you won’t have to sit around waiting for the post, as they fit easily through the letterbox. Official tests will arrive packaging from the Ministry of Health.

The RIVM recommends that if your self-test is positive or inconclusive to book a PCR test.

What do you think of free self-tests? A good idea? Are these enough per household? Tell us your thoughts in the comments!

Feature Image: AndreyPopov/Depositphotos

Chloe Lovatt 🇬🇧
Chloe Lovatt 🇬🇧
A British native, Chloe has a love for other languages and cultures, having lived in Spain before moving to the Netherlands. She is keen to explore the Dutch landscape, cultural spots and — the most important — food! After being here for a few months she already has developed a mild addiction to kibbeling.


  1. There is no such things as courtesy from the government. This is money spent for the tax contributors and government does not produce any but expense all


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