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RAI Amsterdam becomes a testing centre for coronavirus

Since Tuesday 2 June 2020, residents of Amsterdam and the Amstelland region who are experiencing mild symptoms have been able to visit RAI Amsterdam for a coronavirus test. They can come to the RAI by car, bicycle or on foot. The testing centre will remain open until 1 September.

Because the RAI is currently not being used as conference venue, the centre has decided to make itself available for this purpose instead. ‘It’s good that we can serve Amsterdam and its community’, said director Paul Riemens. ‘Together with the municipal health department, we’re making sure that this is done in a safe and welcoming manner.’ The test can be carried out through a car window in Hall 12. Entrance C has been designated as the testing location for those arriving by bike or on foot. Both locations are clearly signposted in and around the RAI.

Being tested while holding a bicycle Photo: RAI

By appointment only

Anyone who would like a test will need to make an appointment first, by calling 0800-1202 (no charges apply). The results will be available within 24 hours. If the test is positive, the municipal health department will carry out a contact tracing procedure, and anyone who has been in contact with the infected person will be alerted. The RAI expects to be able to test approximately 750 people per day.

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