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Your attention please for a rule change. From today, 1 December 2020, all travellers aged 13 and older must wear a face mask at our airport. From Schiphol Plaza to the passenger boarding bridge!
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Last update: 1 December 2020, 08:53, Amsterdam
Schiphol follows the national and international developments of the coronavirus closely. Now that many airlines are starting to fly more, your health and the health of your fellow travellers remains the most important thing for us. If you have a fever or symptoms such as a cold, runny nose, sneezing, sore throat or a mild cough, stay at home. We also ask every traveller for a health declaration to fill in and bring along.
On this liveblog we will give you the most up-to-date information.
Do you have a question about your flight? Please contact your airline.
Your attention please for a rule change. From today, 1 December 2020, all travellers aged 13 and older must wear a face mask at our airport. From Schiphol Plaza to the passenger boarding bridge!
It is now possible to show your filled-in health declaration (which is compulsory) on your phone. This means that it is no longer necessary to bring a printed copy with you. You can complete and save the pdf document on your mobile. Would you prefer to have it on paper? Then make sure you have two copies – one for your outbound flight and one for your returning flight.
You can find the health declaration on the Dutch government’s website. The health declaration is a requirement for travellers over the age of 13 who are flying to and/or from the Netherlands.
Are you flying with KLM, Corendon, TUI, Transavia or Easyjet? You can complete the form while checking in online. This means you don’t have to print it out or fill it in on your mobile phone.
The Municipal Health Services Kennemerland (GGD) will open an XL test lane at P4 at Schiphol this month. The test lane is intended to expand the available national testing capacity for people with COVID-19 symptoms.
The XL test lane is not meant for travelers initially. At a later stage, the test lane may also be used for testing other groups. The GGD Kennemerland follows the government’s policy in this. People with symptoms will soon be able to make an appointment for a test via the usual route: online via www.coronatest.nl and by telephone on 0800-1202.
The XL test location is made possible by a collaboration between GGD Kennemerland, Schiphol, the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport (VWS), the Ministry of Defense, the Municipality of Haarlemmermeer, VNO NCW and GGD GHOR Nederland.
The Dutch government has advised against all foreign travel during the Christmas holidays. This means that Dutch citizens are being advised not to travel abroad, unless absolutely necessary, until mid-January.
Do you have questions about your flight? Then get in touch with your airline. You can find the up-to-date travel advisories issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the Netherlands Worldwide website.
Schiphol continues to strive towards a clear and international testing policy to (partly) replace travel restrictions and quarantine measures. That’s how we can all ensure safe and responsible travel, also in these times of coronavirus crisis.
At the moment, COVID-19 is becoming more prevalent again in the Netherlands. As a result, there are now tougher measures in place to prevent the virus from spreading. These measures and the various travel restrictions mean that you can currently only travel to or via Schiphol in certain situations or under certain conditions. To see if this applies to you, check the Dutch government website.
If you are travelling via Schiphol and you have time to spare during your transfer, you are only allowed to leave the airport if you meet the above conditions. In any case, you should always make sure that you are in possession of a valid ticket and that your travel documents are all in order. You’ll need these to be able to show that you are transiting through the airport. You can read more questions and answers about travelling to the Netherlands here.
Following the new coronavirus measures announced by the government, all eating and drinking facilities before security (a.o. Schiphol Plaza) will be closed as of 22:00 on 14 October. Take away services are still available. Food and beverage outlets will remain open for travellers in the areas after security. Check here where you can get food and drinks.
All shops at Schiphol, before and after security, are closed daily after 20:00 hours, except for the supermarket. There is also an alcohol ban between 20:00 and 07:00: it is not allowed to buy and consume alcohol at the airport during these hours.
Help prevent the spread of the coronavirus: download the CoronaMelder app. The app gives you a notification when you have been in the vicinity of someone diagnosed with corona so that you can take appropriate measures.
How does the app work? The app sends you a notification if you have been near someone who later tested positive for coronavirus, and you were around them for more than 15 minutes. But only if that person is also using the app. The app detects whether you were close to someone using Bluetooth. The closer you are, the stronger the Bluetooth signal. The app does not know where you were or who you are.
Have you received a notification? Then you are strongly advised to stay at home for 10 days from the date of contact with an infected person. If you develop symptoms within those 10 days or afterwards, please have yourself tested.
Note: The app can only be used in the Netherlands.
From keeping distance to bringing a health declaration to the airport: you can find all the frequently asked questions, and their answers, on our website.
The most important thing at Schiphol is to maintain your distance from others. Some of the measures in place include markings, floor stickers and posters to indicate 1.5-metres of space. We also have members of staff throughout the airport that will be able to help you with this. Please do your best to maintain your distance and wash your hands regularly when you are at Schiphol.
Due to the limited testing capacity in the Netherlands, the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport has determined that the COVID-19 testing centre at Schiphol will be temporarily closed. This frees up testing capacity for testing centers elsewhere.
Nothing changes about your journey itself. We have taken various measures at Schiphol so that you can continue to travel safely and responsibly. Are you returning from an orange or red risk area? Then you must quarantine for 10 days upon arrival. We hope to bring back the testing center on the airport as soon as possible
Due to an increasing number of infections among returning travellers, the Greek islands have been given code orange with effect from today. This means that travel to these areas is not recommended. Are you currently in one of these areas? Then you are urgently advised to self-quarantine for 10 days when you come back home.
You can find the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' up-to-date travel advice on the Netherlands Worldwide website.
We urge everyone to wear a face mask in all passenger areas at Schiphol. This applies to both travellers and staff, from Schiphol Plaza to the aircraft.
This policy adds to the existing one stating that wearing face masks is mandatory at certain locations, including check-in and security. The safety measures listed below remain in place:
This is how we can all ensure that everyone is able to travel safely and responsibly.
Whether or not you can transfer at Schiphol depends on your destination and on the country you are travelling from. First of all, you should check the travel advisories on Netherlandsworldwide.nl. Travelling within the European Union (EU) and the Schengen Area is currently permitted, but this situation may change if the number of COVID-19 cases starts to rise again. Are you travelling from outside of Europe and transferring at Schiphol? Then take a good look at the travel advisories that apply to the country you are coming from, the Netherlands and the destination country.
If you are transferring on a connecting flight to a non-Schengen or non-EU destination, and you stay in the transfer area at Schiphol and depart within 48 hours, make sure you have a valid flight ticket and valid travel documents. You must be able to prove that you are in transit. If you change to a connecting flight to a Schengen country or destination within the EU, you will be subject to Dutch entry policy.
The travel advice for Spain (including the Canary Islands) and parts of France will change from yellow to orange from 00:00 on Tuesday 24 August. This means that it is not recommended to travel to these areas. Are you currently still in one of these areas? If so, we strongly advise you to go into quarantine for 10 days when you return home and have yourself tested.
Areas in France that will soon be coloured orange: Sarthe, Hérault and Alpes Maritimes, Paris and Marseille.
Are you flying from Schiphol? Some destinations require travellers to undergo a temperature check before they board the plane to make sure they do not have a fever. There is therefore a possibility that your airline will take your temperature at Schiphol using an infrared thermometer on your forehead. If you want to find out if this applies to your flight, get in touch with your airline.
If you are travelling from a high-risk area – a country or region with an orange or red travel advisory – you may be requested to get yourself tested for coronavirus. You can do this at the COVID-19 testing centre at Schiphol between arrival halls 3 and 4. The testing centre is clearly signposted. Public health service (GGD) staff will be on hand to administer the free test.
The testing centre is intended for both travellers visiting the Netherlands and travellers returning to the Netherlands. Did you not receive a request to get tested? And do you want a COVID-19 test anyway? Report to GGD staff at the testing centre; they will assist you. Read more about the testing centre here.
With effect from Wednesday 19th August, the government is advising travellers returning from high-risk areas to self-quarantine for a period of 10 days. That was previously 14 days.
How do you know if you are coming to the Netherlands from a high-risk area? High-risk areas have orange or red travel advisories. These change on a regular basis. We therefore recommend that you stay up-to-date with the travel advisories on the Netherlands Worldwide website.
Given the current COVID-19 developments, travel advice is changing on a regular basis. The travel advice for the United Kingdom has been adjusted to code orange today (essential travel only) We understand that you will want to find out more if you have booked a flight to a country with a adjusted travel advice. We therefore advise you to keep a close eye on the up-to-date travel advisories on the website of the Dutch government.
Do you have questions about your flight? Get in touch with your airline.
From Thursday 13th August, there will be an entry ban for travellers coming from Morocco to the Netherlands. This means that travellers will no longer be allowed to enter the Netherlands from this day on. There are some exceptions to the travel restrictions, which you can find here.
We understand that you will want more information if you have booked a flight to one of the countries where restrictions apply. We therefore recommend you to stay up-to-date with the current travel advisories on the Netherlands Worldwide website. Do you have questions about your flight? Contact the airline you booked with.
The travel advisory for Malta has been changed from yellow to orange, with effect from Wednesday 12th August. Only essential travel is recommended. Did you travel to Malta? Then you are urgently advised to self-quarantine for a period of 10 days.
The up-to-date travel advisories issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs can be found on the Netherlands Worldwide website.
The travel advisory for Finland, Estonia and Lithuania has been changed from yellow to orange, with effect from Monday the 10th of August. Only essential travel is advised.
Finland, Estonia and Lithuania have introduced travel restrictions for Dutch citizens. Starting from today, Dutch citizens will be refused entry to Lithuania. Finland had already introduced this measure - people with a Dutch passport will only be allowed in if they can prove they are there for essential (work) purposes. Estonia, like Finland, has imposed a mandatory quarantine.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has given six Spanish regions a stricter travel advisory, with effect from Monday the 10th of August. At 12 midnight, the provinces Barcelona, Lerida, Huesca, Zaragoza, Teruel and Soria received code orange (essential travel only). When returning from one of these areas, you are urgently advised to self-quarantine for a period of 10 days. The up-to-date travel advisories issued by The Ministry of Foreign Affairs can be found on the website https://www.netherlandsworldwide.nl
Are you travelling to the Netherlands from a country with an orange or red travel advisory? A testing centre for travellers arriving from these areas will be set up shortly. The testing centre will be located in Arrival Hall 3. The tests will be carried out by the Public Health Service (GGD) of Kennemerland. There will soon be clear signs and markings around Schiphol enabling you to easily find your way to the testing centre. The Public Health Service is working hard to set up the testing centre. We’ll be keeping you up-to-date in the live blog.
The travel advisories issued by The Ministry of Foreign Affairs can be found on the website Netherlands Worldwide.
The testing centre is an addition to the measures already in place at Schiphol. We work closely with all relevant governments, authorities and airline partners to ensure that everyone can travel safely and responsibly. We also ask that you take responsibility for yourself. This way, we can keep coronavirus under control together.
Given the current COVID-19 developments, travel advice is changing on a regular basis. The travel advisories for parts of Spain and Morocco have recently been adjusted. We understand that you will want to find out more if you have booked a flight to these countries. We therefore advise you to keep a close eye on the up-to-date travel advisories on the website of the Dutch government.
Do you have questions about your flight? Get in touch with your airline.
Your friend, family member or loved one goes on a trip or is finally coming home. Then we understand that you want to be together as long as possible. Nevertheless, we ask you to say goodbye outside, or to greet each other in the car park. Otherwise there is not enough space in the departure and arrival halls for travellers to keep a distance of 1.5 metres. Thank you for taking this into account. Read all about where you can wave someone off or pick them up on our website.
The summer is usually Schiphol’s busiest period, but things are a little different at the moment. There are fewer travellers but we have to maintain a distance of 1.5 metres, which can mean that it actually seems busier. And how can we give each other enough space when there are so many people boarding the same plane? On our website, you can read all about the measures we have taken to help you.
Now that air traffic, and therefore the number of passengers, is increasing, more and more parts of Schiphol are being opened. Departures 1, G-pier, and Lounges 3 and 4 are open again from today. Departures 4 and H-pier and M-pier will be opened only if flights are scheduled to leave from these locations.
Every week we look at the number of flights, passengers and required areas of the terminal and put the pieces of the puzzle together. Of course, travelling in a responsible and safe manner remains the norm.
Schiphol is to gradually start welcoming more and more travellers from outside of Europe. From the 1st of July, 15 non-European countries will no longer be subject to a travel ban. The borders of the Netherlands is now open to Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay and China. People travelling from China will only be granted entry into the Netherlands once European travellers are also allowed to enter China. The list of countries subject to a travel ban is reviewed every two weeks. If the health situation in a country gets significantly worse, then this may have an effect on whether or not entry into Europe and the Netherlands is permitted.
Travelling from these countries is now considered to be safe by the Netherlands. This does not mean that non-essential travel to these countries is now recommended. Travellers from countries not on the European Union’s safe list may only enter Europe if they belong to one of the categories exempt from the travel ban. These travellers are very strongly advised to self-quarantine for a period of 14 days.
All travellers flying via Schiphol need to carry a completed health declaration with you when you fly. You can download the form here. Please print two copies and complete the form for your outbound flight before you leave home. You can fill in the second form for your return flight on the day of departure. You must be able to show the health declaration upon request whether you’re at Schiphol, on the plane or at the destination airport. Keep it in a convenient place with your passport or boarding pass.
Various airlines are expanding their scheduled flights to and from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. Therefore we expect a rise in passenger traffic over the coming period. In order to continue to travel safely and responsibly, Schiphol has recently taken many measures in the field of hygiene, keeping a distance of 1.5-metres and passenger communication. Before you come to Schiphol, we would like to inform you about what to expect. That way, you will be well prepared for your journey. Here you can find all the information you need.
Travel to most European countries will resume from June 15 onwards, according to announcements made by the Dutch government last night. Countries within the Schengen zone will be changed from code orange (i.e. only necessary trips) to yellow. There will no longer be a quarantine obligation for those countries, so you will not be required to remain home for 2 weeks upon your return to the Netherlands. Some countries will remain orange for now, such as those that do not want Dutch tourists yet or where quarantine measures are still in affect. Please visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the most up-to-date travel advice.
Please come to Schiphol alone – if it’s at all possible – in order to have a safe and responsible start to your trip. For pick-ups and drop-offs, the following rules still apply: do not walk in or out with travellers, unless there is no other option. Please drop the traveller in front of Departures, or wait in your car in the car park.
KLM will be adding more destinations from July, the airline has announced. The range of destinations is being expanded in Southern Europe in particular. These include but are not limited to Alicante, Bilbao, Bologna, Ibiza, Istanbul, Nice, Porto, Catania and Split. For more plannend destinations and information by KLM check their website.
As of 1 June, catering outlets will be allowed to reopen for business. This includes the catering outlets at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. Consequently, you are more than welcome in our catering outlets again from that date. There is no need to make a reservation. In some respects, however, your visit will differ from what you are used to. To comply with the guidelines of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), our restaurants will seat no more than 30 people. As of 1 July, we expect to be able to accommodate more visitors, as long as our catering partners respect the maximum of 100 people that will apply from that date (depending on the size of the outlet, of course).
Not every restaurant or bar will reopen on 1 June. We aim to offer our passengers a relevant selection of catering facilities for every moment of the day. As the number of passengers at Schiphol increases, more catering outlets will open up. At each open catering outlet, you will be greeted by a host or hostess, who will show you to your seat and monitor the number of people inside. Hand sanitiser will be available throughout the airport. Together, we will make sure that you can travel safely.
Transavia will gradually resume its flight schedule starting on 4 June, while taking into account additional health measures. The airline's decision was prompted by growing demand for travel amongst its customers and the easing of restrictions in the Netherlands and entry regulations in other European countries.
Starting on 4 June, Transavia will be flying from Amsterdam to destinations in Greece (Athens, Heraklion and Thessaloniki), Portugal (Faro and Lisbon) and Spain (Malaga). Planning to fly with Transavia soon? Visit the Transavia website for details on the additional precautions.
The EU entry ban for non-essential trips is extended by 30 days – that is, until June 15, 2020. That curtails all unnecessary travel of people to Europe from third countries (i.e. all EU Member States, all members of Schengen and the U.K.). However, there are some exceptions. You can check here if you fall under one of the exception positions if you would like to travel to the Netherlands soon.
KLM slowly began to restart its network from 4 May. They will be flying to seven additional destinations daily. These are: Barcelona, Madrid, Roma, Milan, Budapest, Prague, Warsaw and Helsinki.
Wearing face masks on board (and during boarding) of all KLM flights will be mandatory from 11 May. Travellers are responsible for arranging their own face protection. These rules will be in place until at least 31 August, 2020.
KLM’s amended basic scheduling has been extended until at least July 3. This means that until this date, about five to ten percent of the normal number of flights will be operated. The scheduling was originally in effect until May 3, but has been extended by two months.
Which flights are still operated changes per week. This depends, among other things, on the measures taken by various authorities. An overview of the destinations that are still being flown to can be found on the KLM website.
Travellers are advised to inform themselves of travel restrictions to their destination prior to booking. And to be aware that these may vary per country and personal circumstances, and are subject to change. For flights that are booked now, but get cancelled later, travellers will receive a voucher.
Transavia has cancelled all scheduled flights until 27 May, except repatriation flights. There have been increased restrictions imposed upon the airline, including the increased restrictive measures to and from the Netherlands and other Transavia destinations. Please read Transavia’s live blog about the corona virus, or contact them for more information about your flight.
Starting April 17th at 6 p.m, a health declaration is required for travellers from high-risk areas. Travellers from these areas are also urged to quarantine for two weeks. The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) maintains a list of airports in areas with a high risk of contamination. The measures above apply to passengers arriving in the Netherlands, which departed from airports in the mentioned countries and regions.
Travellers departing from these high-risk areas will receive a form from the airline they are travelling with. The questionnaire has been drawn up by the GGD and RIVM and must be completed before boarding. Travellers should keep the form with them during the trip. If one of the questions on the form is answered with "yes", the traveller will not be allowed on board by the airline.
The European Commission published a proposal on April 8, 2020 that extended the EU entry ban for non-essential trips by 30 days – that is, until May 15, 2020. The government has accepted this proposal. That curtails all unnecessary travel of people to Europe from third countries (i.e. all EU Member States, all members of Schengen and the U.K.). However, there are some exceptions. You can check here if you fall under one of the exception positions if you would like to travel to the Netherlands soon.
The flight bans for travellers from high-risk areas to the BES Islands (Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba) will be extended until 18:00 on 28 April, 2020. The European entry ban has no effect on the BES islands, which is why the cabinet decided to extend the flying ban that was introduced earlier.
A declaration of health certificate will be required for travellers from high-risk areas from 18:00 on April 17, 2020. This follows a ruling issued by the Dutch ministerie van Infrastructuur en Waterstaat (Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, or I&W) and the ministerie van Volksgezondheid, Welzijn en Sport (Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, or VWS). This declaration must be completed before boarding. The definition of high-risk areas follows those listed online by the European Aviation Agency. Travellers from high-risk areas are also urgently advised to quarantine themselves for at least 14-days.
Flight bans for Italy, Spain and Austria will be extended by one week until 18:00 on April 17, 2020, due to the entry period of the health certificate. These flying prohibitions will expire after that.
The P3 car park will be closed temporarily from Tuesday 14 April due to the reduced demand for parking spaces. The closure will be for the parking lot, car park and Privium Parking. P4 Basic Parking and Terminal Valet Parking have already been temporarily closed.
P1 (Short and Holiday) and P6 Valet Parking are still open. The 48-hour time limit at P1 has been suspended and the rates now match those charged at P3. Your parking reservation will be automatically upgraded to P1 if you have booked a P3 parking spot. In addition, it will remain free to cancel or change your parking reservation. You can still collect your car from P3 if it is currently parked there.
The Dutch government has ruled that all Dutch travellers returning from the USA must stay in home quarantine for 14 days. The same rule applies to travellers coming back to the Netherlands with a repatriation flight from countries which are currently under a blanket travel ban. This applies to Mainland China (including Hong Kong), South Korea, Italy, Spain and Austria. The Dutch government kindly asks all travellers to cooperate, even though the home quarantine is not compulsory and will not be checked.
As of today, the D-, E- and F-Pier remain in use for handling aircraft, as well as some busgates on the B-pier. The other gates at the B-pier and the C-, G-, H/M-Pier are no longer open. The platforms, however, will be used to park aircraft for a longer period. This way, we adjust airport operations to the current situation.
Check-in is facilitated in Departures 2 and 3. Behind security control, Schengen passengers will be able to use Lounge 1. Lounge 2 is open for passengers to and from non-Schengen destinations. As of today, facilities and access to Lounge 3 are closed.
Do you have any questions? Please turn to our staff.
The Dutch government decided that all all corona virus restrictions will be prolonged until the 28 April. All of Schiphol's food service establishments will be closed until that date. Travellers will still be able to buy food and drinks to go at the Grab&Fly kiosks at the piers. An empty water bottle can also be brought with you when you travel, which you can fill up at one of the 90 water taps in the terminal.
Airlines Transavia and EasyJet have stopped flying completely and are keeping their aircraft on the ground. No more flights are being carried out, except for repatriation flights. For Transavia, this measure applies until at least 6th of May 2020. For EasyJet, it applies until further notice.
Do you have any questions about a scheduled flight? Please contact your airline.
The flight bans for passengers flights from mainland China (including Hong Kong), South Korea, Italy, Iran, Spain and Austria have been extended until 10 April 2020 06:00 PM. Repatriation flights are exempt from this ruling, including repatriation flights for EU citizens, citizens of the United Kingdom and Schengen travellers, as long as they can demonstrably prove that they are in transit.
Travellers who have a flight planned from or to these countries between now and April 10 06:00 PM are advised to contact their airlines. Please visit the Dutch ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) for more details.
Starting today, the Municipality of Haarlemmermeer can fine travellers who do not comply with the rules regarding social distancing. Groups of more than 3 people can get fined if they do not comply with the rule of 1,5 metres distance. Families and children are excluded from this measure.
This also applies to Schiphol, as stated in the emergency ordinance (in Dutch).
Your journey through Schiphol will be slightly different than you are used to from today on. There are much fewer travellers leaving than usual lately due to the corona pandemic. That’s why we closed security and passport controls in Departures 1, 3 and 4. The check-in desks in Departures 1 are also out of service. Please go to the check-in desks at Departures 2 or 3.
If you plan to drop someone off or pick them up at Schiphol, please don’t accompany them into the terminal unless it’s absolutely necessary. #staysafe
In addition to passenger flights from Spain, as from last night 23 March there is also a travel ban on passenger flights from Austria. Flights from Austria are suspended until at least 21.00, 6 April. Repatriation flights are exempt from this ruling, including repatriation flights for EU citizens, citizens of the United Kingdom and Schengen travellers, as long as they can demonstrably prove that they are in transit. The transport of medical staff or patients is also exempt from this ruling when this is in the interest of public health in the Netherlands.
Travellers who have a flight planned from or to Austria between now and 6 April are advised to contact their airlines. Please visit the Dutch ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) for more details.
For your own safety and for those around you: keep 1.5 metres distance from each other. Are you standing in a queue? Please put your baggage in front of you to create space. Ticketing and check-in desks, transfer counters and arrival points are demarcated by barrier tape or stanchion ropes to show 1.5-metres of distance.
Given a separate baggage belt to each flight, so travellers are spread across the baggage reclaim area. Schiphol has also asked travellers to adhere to the distancing rules in Arrivals. Customs maintains intensive checks on so-called ‘100% control flights’, which arrive at Schiphol from destinations such as the Caribbean. They use special facilities in the baggage basement and baggage reclaim areas for these flights. These facilities were only available on baggage band 22. We have worked hard to spread these processes, so from now these will also be handled on a separate belt for those flights.
Read more about the measures here.
On 21 March, the Dutch government announced a ban on Spanish passenger flights from landing in the Netherlands until at least 20:00, 4 April. Repatriation flights are exempt from this ruling. Repatriation flights were only for Dutch travellers until Sunday, 23 March. However, repatriation flights now include EU citizens, citizens of the United Kingdom and Schengen travellers, as long as they can demonstratably prove that they are in transit. This ruling may be continued with another form of transport, such as trains. Only travellers in accordance with the WHO and EU health guidelines will be allowed to board the plane, so that they do not pose any risk to the Dutch population. This expanded definition of repatriation flights by the Dutch government will enable other EU travellers to transfer at Schiphol on route to their home countries.
Travellers who have a flight planned from or to these countries between now and the end of day on 4 April are advised to contact their airlines. Please visit the Dutch ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) for more details.
The Dutch government has announced that entry restrictions will be tightened for non-EU citizens who wish to travel to the Netherlands as of 18:00 on Thursday 19 March, 2020. The travel restrictions do not apply to EU citizens (including citizens of the United Kingdom) and their family members, as well as citizens from Norway, Iceland, Switzerland, Lichtenstein and their family members, among other exceptions.
If you plan to travel to the Netherlands in the near future, please click here to see if any of these exceptions apply to your situation.
Transavia is to temporarily suspend all scheduled flights between Monday 23 March and Sunday 5 April. Transavia is experiencing ever more limitations due to the increasing restrictions and new measures introduced by both the Netherlands and the countries that the airline flies to. Transavia will repatriate travellers abroad next Sunday, so that they can return home. If you require more information about your flight with Transavia, please check Transavia’s live corona virus blog or contact them directly.
Schiphol Airport will reduce its operations and focus on core activities that are appropriate given the crisis situation during the coming period. In practical terms, this means that Schiphol will remain open in a heavily reduced capacity for passenger flights that are still arriving and departing, as well as repatriation of Dutch citizens, freight traffic, emergency services and alternative aircraft. What does this mean for travelers? In all probability, from 24th March check-in will then be limited to Departures 2 and part of Departures 3. After the security checks, Lounge 1 and Lounge 2 will be used. Furthermore only the Dand E-Pier will still be in use for passenger flights. The aircraft stands at the other piers are being used as temporary parking spaces for planes that will be grounded for a longer period of time.
There have been a number of questions asked about whether or not non-EU citizens are able to enter the Schengen zone, whether arriving or transferring at Schiphol. Travellers with a valid boarding pass and a visa (if applicable) are still allowed to do so for the time being.
The Dutch government is still working out how to implement the EU-level decision to temporarily restrict access to the EU.
We will communicate about any updates as soon as information becomes available. We advise you to contact your airline or travel company if you are planning to travel or have any further questions.
The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises all Dutch citizens to cease all travel abroad, unless strictly necessary. This is not because of health aspects, but because of the impact that government measures can have on Dutch travelers.
The Ministry advises: postpone or cancel the trip if possible. If you are abroad, check whether your stay is necessary and if you have options to depart. Please contact your airline or travel company for this.
More information on consequences that the coronavirus has on travel plans.
Many countries have introduced entry restrictions for travellers from countries where the coronavirus has been detected. This means that several countries have banned flights from the Netherlands – including flights from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. In addition, various airlines and travel organisations have indicated that they will not be travelling to and from Schiphol for the coming period. Developments in this area are changing rapidly. We therefore recommend that you keep an eye on the website of your airline or travel company for information about your flight. For example, our home carrier KLM has put together this page to keep all of its passengers informed about their flights and the coronavirus. If you have any questions about your trip, you can always contact your airline or travel organisation directly.
For the most up-to-date travel advice per country, you can consult the (Dutch only) website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Entry restrictions have been introduced by a number of countries which will affect travellers from countries afflicted by the corona virus. For instance, the Dutch government ruled that passenger flights should not land in the Netherlands from a number of countries, including Mainland China (including Hong Kong), Iran, Italy and South Korea. This ruling will be in affect until 18:00 on 27 March at the earliest. In addition, several other countries have introduced bans for travellers arriving on flights from the Netherlands. However, there are some exceptions for empty flights. For example, a flight from China landed at Schiphol last week according to information on schiphol.nl – but without passengers. This is due to airlines that want to repatriate crew who were still in the Netherlands to their home countries. There are also empty planes flying from Schiphol to Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao so that Dutch people can return home, for example.
New measures came into effect this evening due to the corona virus. Schools, childcare organisations and food service establishments will temporarily close all over the Netherlands until 6 April. All places that serve food and drink at Schiphol have closed. However, travellers will be able to buy some food and drinks to go and the Grab&Fly kiosks on the piers, which will remain open. An empty water bottle can be brought with you when you travel, which you can fill up at one of the 90 water taps in the terminal.
Moroccan authorities have suspended all flights between Morocco and the Netherlands from today (Sunday 15 March) until further notice. Flights from Morocco to the Netherlands will depart until midnight at the latest.
Spain has increased its travel restrictions, so Ryanair will now run fewer flights to Spain until Thursday at the earliest. EasyJet has cancelled all flights to and from Spain from Tuesday 17 March-Sunday 29 March.
If you are travelling and want to know more about your flight, please contact your travel organisation or airline in the first instance.
Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba have introduced a temporary travel ban for flights coming from several countries, including Europe. The temporary ban will take effect on March 14, at 8PM and will last until at least March 27.
A lot of countries have introduced travel restrictions for travellers due to the corona virus. New measures cannot be excluded. The situation for a country or region can change rapidly.
The following airlines have cancelled their flights in the upcoming weeks to and from Schiphol up until now:
Do you want to know more about your specific flight? Please always contact your airline for the latest flight information.
Due to travel restrictions in several countries such as Curacao, Turkey, Italy, mainland China (including Hong Kong), South Korea, India, Argentina and Kuwait, there are changes in KLM's flight schedules. Follow their network updates for more information.
The Dutch government decided today that passenger flights from risk countries will be suspended. These countries are mainland China (including Hong Kong), Iran, Italy and South Korea. These measures will come into effect from 18:00 tonight until at least Friday 27 March. We advise all travelers who had planned to fly to any of these destinations to contact their airlines.
Schiphol is pleased to offer a helping hand if your travel plans had to unexpectedly change in connection with the corona virus. You can now change or cancel your parking reservation for free for any date up to 31 May 2020. You can log in to change your booking using your parking reservation number and email address.
The USA will introduce a temporary 30-day travel ban for all travellers who have been in a European Schengen country for the past 14 days, with the exception of American citizens. The temporary ban will take effect overnight between Friday, 13-14 March.
This measure will affect Schiphol. Schiphol and the airlines are working together to see how this will impact flights to the USA. We will update you as new information becomes available.
Naples has joined Venice and Milan on KLM’s list of temporarily suspended flight destinations, following on from concerns related to the corona virus. Flights to these 3 destinations will not resume until Friday, 3 April. Venice and Milan’s flight suspensions were previously announced last Monday.
The Dutch ministerie van Buitenlandse zaken (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) has reinforced its travel warnings for Italy. Code red (do not travel) applies to Northern Italy. Code orange (only necessary journeys) applies for the rest of Italy. If you plan to depart for Italy soon, please consult the ministry's website and contact your airline for the most up-to-date information.
Based on the news from Italy to lock down the northern regions, an increasing amount of airlines considers to cancel or reduce the amount of flights to and from this area. Thus, home carrier KLM let's us know not to fly to Milano and Venice today. Are you planning to fly to Northern Italy? We advise you to always check your airline for the latest information.
The Lombardy region of Northern Italy is on lockdown, as well as 14 other central and northern Italian provinces. Anyone living in these regions will need special permission to travel. The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs has set a more stringent travel advice for northern Italy. Do you have any questions concerning your flight? Please contact your airline for more information if you have any questions concerning your flight.
The German airline Lufthansa has decided to reduce their flight capacity by up to 50 per cent in the coming weeks. It seems that this will only affect a small number of flights at Schiphol. If you are due to travel with Lufthansa in the coming weeks and would like to find out whether these developments affect your flight? Please contact the airline.
That depends on your destination. The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs issues travel advice in four colour codes. If the colour for a country is orange, then travel should be limited to essential trips only. If the colour is red, they advise not to travel there.
A traveller has tested positive for the corona virus after their arrival at Schiphol Airport. This person is currently being assessed and supervised by the Gezondheidsdienst (Municipal Health Services, or GGD) following nationally-established protocols. The GGD is now mapping who this person has been in contact with. We are following GGD’s advice about the corona virus. At this time, based on GGD’s advice, there is no need for other measures to be taken.
It has now been confirmed that some people in the Netherlands are affected by the virus. Schiphol is keeping a close eye on developments along with local authorities such as the Gezondheidsdienst (Municipal Health Services, or GGD) and Rijksinstituut voor Volksgezondheid en Milieu (National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, or RIVM). We have daily contact with these institutions about the situation and measures currently being taken. We are following their advice and will share it with our colleagues and other parties at the airport. Please note that no new measures are being taken other than those that were previously announced. Schiphol is well-prepared and has developed various scenarios.