Welcome back to Schiphol: Can I wave goodbye or welcome someone inside?

Yes, you can pick someone up or drop them off at Schiphol, but you can't enter the terminal, so you have to stay outside. 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 halls for travellers to keep a distance of 1.5 metres. Thank you for taking this into account.

Why are the departure halls only for travellers?

In order to be able to keep a distance of 1.5 meters at Schiphol, we need every inch. This means that every person who doesn't fly, but does enter, takes up extra space. And that makes it more difficult for travellers to keep their distance. That's why we ask everyone who doesn't have to go in, to stay outside.

Where can I wave someone off or pick them up?

You can still take your friends or family out on the Kiss & Ride in front of the departure halls, but make sure you've already had your real goodbye, because you can only stay here for a very short time. For arrivals, the easiest way is to wait outside in the parking lot, in your car. It is a bit less cosy, but that way we make sure that everyone who is present in the departure and arrival halls really has to be there. You could make it a bit more cosy by, for example, driving together to a quieter place to catch up. With nice weather, the spotter areas around the landing area are nice places where you can - still a bit in the flying mood - sit down at a picnic table.

What if my loved one can't go in or out alone?

We do understand that there really is no other option if you are joining a travel group or assisting someone in need of help. Please ensure that you maintain 1.5-metres of distance from other travellers and wear your face mask.

Read our other blogs about the measures

  • Do I need to get tested before I fly?

    Many travel destinations require you to have a negative COVID-19 test result. Before you fly, check what is applicable to you and make an appointment for a corona test.

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

    We kindly request that you wear a face mask from the moment you arrive at Schiphol to when you get to the plane, or from the moment you disembark to when you are outside again.

  • Do I need a health declaration?

    Your health and that of your fellow travellers is what we consider to be the most important thing. That is why we ask every traveller to complete a health declaration and bring it along.

  • Face masks, distancing and hand washing

    You must wear a face mask everywhere at Schiphol, keep a 1.5-metre distance where possible and regularly wash your hands.

  • How can you keep distance at security?

    Safety is top priority at Schiphol. That’s why every traveller must go through the security check. And now by staying 1.5 metres away from everyone else.

  • When do I need to go into quarantine?

    The Dutch government requires people returning from countries that have been given a red or orange colour code to go into quarantine for ten days.