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

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.

Why are the departure and arrival halls only for travellers?

It's a lot quieter at Schiphol, but still it shouldn't get too crowded. In order to be able to keep a distance of one and a half meters, 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?

The easiest way is to wait outside in the parking lot, in your car, for arrivals. 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. 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.

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.

Because of these circumstances it is unfortunately a bit different than normal, but hopefully that doesn't make the reunion any less beautiful!

Read our other blogs about the measures

  • 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.

  • Which measures can I expect?

    There are fewer travellers this summer but we have to maintain a distance of 1.5 metres, which can mean that it can actually seem busier. How can we give each other enough space?

  • 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 strongly advises people returning from countries that have been given a red or orange colour code to go into quarantine for ten days.