Public health service
Almost all residents of Amsterdam visit the GGD at least once in their lives. Parents of young children regularly visit a child health centre operated by the GGD, prospective international travellers use its services to receive any necessary vaccinations, it provides dedicated sexual health clinics, plus the service also operates pest control services throughout the city and beyond.
In some situations, a tuberculosis screening test may be required in order to complete immigration procedures, as mandated by the IND depending upon the country you are moving from (click here for a list of the countries whose nationals are exempt from the tuberculosis screening obligation). Tuberculosis screenings for immigrants typically take place between 13:00 and 15:00 on Monday or Tuesday. For highly skilled migrants who are referred by IN Amsterdam (formerly 'Expatcenter Amsterdam'), GGD Amsterdam also offers the possibility to schedule an appointment for a consultation on Thursdays. The registration form for IN Amsterdam referrals is available in English on the Public Health Service's tuberculosis screening page or call 020-555 5240 for more information (Mon-Fri 8:30-17:30). The GGD tuberculosis examination is free of charge.
Travelling and vaccinations
The travellers' advice and vaccination office is part of the Public Health Service of Amsterdam, administering vaccinations and providing travellers with fitting recommendations for their journeys to countries in Africa, South and Central America, Asia and the former Eastern Bloc nations. As part of this service, the agency has also produced the brochure ‘Fit For Travel’, offering varied health information and advice in English for anyone travelling abroad.
Any travel vaccinations should be arranged to take place four to six weeks before your departure. Consultation hours occur on weekdays from 8:00 to 15:00 (19:00 on Thursdays). Appointments for a specific time can be arranged online (only in Dutch) or by calling 020-555 5090 between 8:30 and 12:00. Vaccination costs vary, with a list of prices published on the GGD website. It should be noted that a consultation fee is also charged for appointments.
Additional advice about travelling and vaccinations is available on the GGD website.
Health advice for newborns to four-year-olds
The cities of Amsterdam and Amstelveen have published advice in English about the services local health agencies provide for children during their first four years of life. These brochures include a schedule for vaccinations and checks, as well as addresses and contacts for local clinics.
Learn more about giving birth and child healthcare in Amsterdam.
Please note: due to an increase in cases of whooping cough in recent years, the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, RIVM, is currently looking into including a whooping cough vaccination in standard antenatal care. Babies can only be vaccinated once they are six weeks old, leaving them vulnerable to the disease before. If the mother is being vaccinated in the third trimester, i.e. between 28 and 32 weeks of the pregnancy, the antibodies she produces will pass on to the unborn baby, protecting it against the disease in the first months of its life. Until the antenatal vaccination scheme is implemented nationally, pregnant women can still choose to be vaccinated against whooping cough, but it won’t be included in standard antenatal coverage.
Health and development evaluation for children
While children are in primary school in the Netherlands, their health and development are evaluated twice: at the ages of five and 10. If anything is flagged up, parents and children can quickly access the appropriate help or support. In addition, data from the evaluations are analysed anonymously to provide advice to schools and municipalities. Read more about the Age 5 evaluation in Amsterdam, the Age 5 evaluation in the Amstelland region, the Age 10 evaluation in Amsterdam and the Age 10 evaluation in the Amstelland region.
At the Public Health Service's Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Outpatient Clinic (SOA Polikliniek) you can receive a free examination and, if necessary, a free treatment for STIs. You do not need a doctor's referral and health insurance is not required. Those without specific complaints but who would still like an STI test are advised to first visit their doctor. Read more about the STI Outpatient Clinic or call 020-555 5822 (Mon-Fri 8:30-10:00, 13:30-16:30).
Under the commission of Amsterdam's city districts, housing corporations, individuals and businesses, the Public Health Service Amsterdam’s pest control service prevents and treats all kinds of public-health pests, such as rats, feral pigeons, wasps and cockroaches. For more information about the services provided by the pest control department you can either call 020-555 5600 (Mon-Fri 8:00-16:30) or send an email to [email protected]. There is also a shop on the fourth floor of the Public Health Service’s main building (Mon-Fri 9:00-16:00).