Welcome back to Schiphol: Do I need to get tested before I fly?

Coronavirus is not something you want to take with you when you fly. Therefore, it is important to get yourself tested for coronavirus before you board the plane. Many travel destinations require you to have a negative COVID-19 test result i.e., a travel certificate. Make sure that you take the necessary tests before coming to the airport. This also means when you fly (back) to Schiphol.

Which test do I need for my flight?

You can check if you need a test on Netherlandsworldwide.nl or ask for information from your airline. It is important that you get tested before you make your way to the airport. Check carefully in advance how long the test result is valid. Rapid testing is available at Schiphol, but you need to make an appointment beforehand. This can be done at Test2fly.amsterdam.

How does a rapid test at Schiphol work?

  1. Make an appointment at Test2fly.amsterdam.
  2. Select 'Rapid test, € 69,00' from the menu and pick a test location.
  3. Choose a date and time, taking into account that the test must be no more than 24 hours old upon boarding the plane.
  4. Pay for the appointment. It costs 69,00 euros per person.
  5. You receive an email confirming your appointment.
  6. Come to the appointment at the test location at the agreed time and date. Don't forget to bring your passport or ID card and the email confirmation with you.
  7. You sign in with the QR code in your confirmation email – this will ensure that your test result is linked to your details.
  8. A qualified person administers the test.
  9. Your test is processed within 15-20 minutes.
  10. Negative test result? You can travel safely. Your travel certificate will be sent by email. You must be able to show this upon request.
  11. Positive test result? Unfortunately, you are not allowed to travel. You will receive the test result by email. The result will be shared with the local health authority (GGD). Go into quarantine and follow public health institute (RIVM) guidelines.

Do I need to get tested before flying to Schiphol?

If you are flying to Schiphol from abroad, it is important to check if you are travelling from a high-risk area. This is a country or region that has been given a red or orange travel advisory on netherlandsworldwide.nl. If you are arriving from a high-risk area, you are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result and a completed health declaration with you. The negative test result must be from a NAAT(PCR) test that is no more than 24 hours old upon boarding the plane to Schiphol. Or you must have a negative rapid test result of no more than 24 hours old upon boarding, along with a negative NAAT(PCR) test result that is no more than 72 hours old upon arriving in the Netherlands. This requirement applies to all travellers aged 13 and above who fly to, via or from Schiphol. This also includes transfer passengers.

Read the previous blogs:

  • Can I wave goodbye or welcome someone inside?

    We ask you to say goodbye or greet each other outside. So there is enough space for travellers to keep a distance of 1.5 metres inside Departures and Arrivals.

  • Do I have to wear a face mask at Schiphol?

    At Schiphol we maintain 1.5 metres distance from each other. That can be difficult at some locations, which is why we ask you to wear a face mask there.

  • Do I need a health declaration to travel?

    You need a health declaration to fly. Print two copies and fill them in before flying to and from Schiphol. Read more here.