Schiphol and the corona virus: Frequently asked questions

This FAQ contains the most commonly asked questions about travelling via Schiphol and the corona measures that are currently in place to protect travellers. Those include the face mask rule, keeping distance, health declarations, proof of vaccination or recovery, tests and quarantine rules. Please check this page if your question is not answered on this page.

Getting to and from the airport

When should I arrive at Schiphol?

We still recommend that you arrive at Schiphol 2 hours prior to flights within Europe and 3 hours prior to intercontinental flights. Even though there are fewer flights than usual due to the coronavirus measures, please ensure you are on time.

Can I still pick up people from or bring them to Schiphol?

Yes – you can pick up or drop someone off, as long as you remain outside, you can't enter the terminal. Please wait for travellers in the car park P1 or say goodbye when you drop them off. Even though it’s not that nice, this way will enable us to ensure that everyone who is present at Schiphol must actually be there. We do understand that there really is no other option if you are joining a travel group or assisting someone in need of help. Wearing a face mask is mandatory. Please ensure that you maintain 1.5-metres of distance from other travellers as much as you can.

Digital COVID Certificate

What is the Digital COVID Certificate?

The Digital COVID Certificate will make it easier to travel within the European Union during the COVID-19 pandemic. The certificate is digital proof that you have:

  • been vaccinated against COVID-19
  • received a negative test result
  • recovered from COVID-19

As of 1 July 2021, the Digital COVID Certificate will be valid in all European Union countries. You can use it to travel to EU destinations, as well as countries like Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. Individual countries may still have other requirements regarding testing and quarantine. You also still need to have a filled-in health declaration whenever you travel. Check Netherlandsworldwide.nl to see what applies to your travel destination. In the Netherlands, the Digital COVID Certificate is part of the CoronaCheck app.

You can check with your airline whether you need to show your COVID Certificate on your smartphone or on paper for your flight.

How does the Digital COVID Certificate work?

The Digital COVID Certificate is a QR code stored on your smartphone. This QR code may be scanned when you check in for your flight at Schiphol or at the gate. The person checking the QR code will see a green screen if you:

  • have been vaccinated
  • have recently received a negative test result
  • have recently had COVID-19

In the Netherlands, the Digital COVID Certificate is part of the CoronaCheck app. You can present the QR code on your phone or printed out on paper. You can check with your airline whether you need to show your COVID Certificate on your smartphone or on paper for your flight.

You do not have to use the app if you would prefer not to; the app is not mandatory. You may also travel using another valid negative test result or proof of vaccination, as long as it meets the requirements of the country you are travelling to. You must always have a completed health declaration with you when you fly to and/or from the Netherlands. For more information, visit coronacheck.nl.

How can I travel with the Digital COVID Certificate?

First of all, take a look at the travel advisory for your destination on Netherlandsworldwide.nl. Check whether it says you can enter the country with the Digital COVID Certificate. This certificate shows that you have been vaccinated, received a negative test result or recently recovered from COVID-19. You can check with your airline whether you need to show your COVID Certificate on your smartphone or on paper for your flight.

Next, you must ensure you have the digital certificate on your phone or printed out on paper. In the Netherlands, you can do that on the website coronacheck.nl. Your details will be entered into the certificate when you log in using your DigiD. A QR code will be made with the proof that you have been vaccinated, have a negative test result or have recently had COVID-19. This QR code – on the CoronaCheck app or on paper – may be scanned at the check-in desk at Schiphol or at the gate. If a green screen appears, you may travel. We wish you a pleasant journey!

Testing and vaccines

Am I required to show a negative COVID-19 test result?

Before flying to Schiphol, please check the travel advice on the Dutch government website. Find out if the country or area you are travelling from has been classified as safe (green), low risk (yellow), high risk (yellow or orange) or very high risk (orange). Each level of risk comes with its own test requirements. Find out what applies to you below:

I am travelling to the Netherlands from a:

  • safe area (green): you do not need a negative test result to travel from a European Union country. If you are coming from outside the EU, you will need to present a negative test result, proof of vaccination or proof of recovery (EU residents only).
  • low-risk area (yellow): you will be required to have a negative test result when travelling (back) from a low-risk area . Alternatively, you can present proof of vaccination or proof of recovery (if you are travelling within the EU and you are an EU resident). If you are travelling from outside the EU and you are not an EU resident, only a negative test result or proof of vaccination will be accepted. This applies to all countries that are not part of the European Union, so the countries on the EU safe list.
  • high-risk area (yellow/orange): a negative test result is mandatory if you are travelling from a high-risk area, unless you are fully vaccinated. If you are travelling within the EU, you may also travel with proof of recovery. Read more on Government.nl.
  • very high-risk area (orange): you need a negative NAAT(PCR) test result that is no more than 48 hours old upon boarding for departure to the Netherlands. Alternatively, you can present a negative rapid antigen test result that is no more than 24 hours old before departure. You can find more information here.

You must carry the result(s) with you during the entire journey. These test requirements apply to all travellers aged 12 and older who are flying to Schiphol. For more information, visit the Dutch government website.

Which COVID test do I need and where can I get it?

Which test you need and how long prior to your flight you need to take it depends on your destination. You can find out by looking up your destination on Netherlandsworldwide.nl. In August and September 2021, you can get a free COVID-19 test to travel. Visit testenvoorjereis.nl to see where you can get tested.

If you are flying to Schiphol from abroad, the test you need to take depends on the risk level of the country you are travelling from. Check Government.nl to find out exactly what you need for your journey.

Find out where you can take a COVID-19 test abroad on Netherlandsworldwide.nl.

Am I allowed to fly if I have been vaccinated?

Yes, and you can also fly if you have not (yet) been vaccinated. A coronavirus vaccination is not a requirement to be able to travel, but it is nice to be protected against the disease caused by the coronavirus. When you want to fly, the most important thing is to check the travel advisory for your destination. You can find it on Netherlandsworldwide.nl or you can contact your airline. You can now travel to many destinations with your proof of vaccination so that testing is not necessary. Please note: your proof of vaccination must comply with the Dutch requirements, find out more on Government.nl. It is still possible that your destination will require you to take a coronavirus test or to go into quarantine upon arrival.

I am vaccinated. Do I need to take a coronavirus test to be able to fly?

Yes, if this is a requirement of the country you are travelling to, you must have a recent negative COVID-19 test result with you. There are many destinations you can travel to that only require proof of vaccination and do not require testing. Check what applies to your journey by looking up your destination on Netherlandsworldwide.nl or contact your airline to find out whether you need a negative test result.

If you are travelling (back) to Schiphol from a very high-risk area, a negative COVID-19 test result is compulsory. You only need to present proof of vaccination if you are travelling from a safe, low-risk or high-risk area. Read more about proof of vaccination on Government.nl.

I have had COVID-19 and I am no longer contagious. Do I need to get tested?

Whether or not you need a recent negative COVID test result depends on the country you are flying to. You can check the travel advisory for your destination on Netherlandsworldwide.nl or ask your airline. There are many EU destinations you can travel to with proof of recovery (meaning you do not need to get tested). If you are not an EU resident, you will need a negative test result or proof of vaccination to travel; proof of recovery is not enough.

What do I need to take into account when flying to Schiphol from a (very) high-risk area?

Are you travelling (back) to Schiphol from a (very) high-risk area? You are required to get tested before coming to the Netherlands unless you can show valid proof of vaccination. Your proof of vaccination must comply with the Dutch requirements, find out more on Government.nl. If you are a resident of the European Union, you can also travel with proof of recovery.

The test requirement only applies to travellers coming from high-risk and very high-risk areas. This is also a requirement for journeys outside of the European Union. Bear in mind that there is an EU entry ban for non-EU citizens when travelling to the Netherlands from a (very) high-risk area.

If you’d like to find out what applies to your journey (back) to the Netherlands, go to Government.nl. As a resident of the Netherlands, please visit reizentijdenscorona.rijksoverheid.nl and fill in the country you are travelling from and when you will be travelling. You’ll see which rules apply to you and what you need to arrange before arriving at Schiphol. We recommend that you check the government's website regularly while you are abroad.

Health and quarantine

Do you need a health declaration to travel?

It is important to carry a health declaration with you when you fly. This is mandatory for every traveller aged 13 and over. You can fill in the form on your mobile phone or download it here and then print two copies. You should 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 – on your mobile or on paper – upon request whether you’re at Schiphol, on the plane or at the destination airport. Keep your health screening form saved on your mobile phone or, if it is on paper, in a convenient place with your passport or boarding pass. Are you flying with KLM, Corendon, TUI, Transavia or Easyjet? You can fill in the health declaration while checking in online.
Read more about the health declaration here.

Do I need to be quarantined once I arrive at Schiphol?

The Dutch government requires you to self-quarantine for 10 days upon arriving at Schiphol when you're travelling from a very high-risk area or country. This is considered a necessary step in preventing the spread of COVID-19. Going in quarantine means that you stay at home or at your accommodation for 10 days and refraining from going outside. You can see a list of the countries and areas that have been classified as very high risk on the Dutch government website. If the country or area you are returning from is on this list, you must go into quarantine for 10 days upon arrival in the Netherlands. Mandatory quarantine also applies to travellers with proof of vaccination or proof of recovery from COVID-19.

Do I need to fill in a quarantine declaration?

If you are travelling to the Netherlands from a country or area that has been classified as very high risk, you need to fill in a quarantine declaration. Download the quarantine declaration, print it out and then complete and sign it. You can also use the digital form at quarantinedeclaration.government.nl. Your airline can ask to see this declaration or request that you hand it in. You therefore need to have a printed quarantine declaration with you throughout your journey.

Will my temperature be taken before boarding?

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.

Whom should I tell if I see someone with health complaints?

Please stay at home if you have health problems yourself, such as a fever, or mild complaints such as the common cold, runny nose, sneezing, sore throat or a mild cough. We consider the health of you and your fellow travellers to be most important. If you feel fine, but suspect that a fellow traveller has complaints, please keep your distance and warn a Schiphol or airline employee and they will assist you further.

Transfers

Can I transfer at Schiphol?

Yes, you can transfer at Schiphol if you are coming from a country or area that is considered safe due to low risk of coronavirus infection. You can find a list of safe, high-risk and very high-risk areas on the Dutch government website. If your onward journey is within 24 hours and you do not leave the airport, you are not required to present a negative test result for your transfer. However, you do need to bring a completed health declaration with you.

You are also allowed to transfer at Schiphol if you are fully vaccinated and you are able to show valid proof of vaccination. If you stay at the airport during your transfer, you will not have to do any extra tests. However, do check what the coronavirus rules are in the country you are travelling to. If you are travelling from a very high-risk area, you may be required to show a negative test result before boarding the plane.

All transfer passengers travelling from high-risk areas must fill in a quarantine declaration. You can print it or use the digital form at quarantinedeclaration.government.nl.

Do I have to get tested again at Schiphol to transfer?

If you stay at Schiphol during your transfer, you do not need a new negative COVID-19 test result. The test result you had upon arrival at Schiphol remains valid during your transfer, including any potential delays. Please check the requirements of your final destination to ensure you comply with the entry regulations of that country or area. You may be checked for this when boarding your next flight.

If you leave Schiphol during your transfer, this counts as a new journey and you are required to present a new negative test result. You can find out more on the Dutch government website.

I am vaccinated. Do I need to get tested for my transfer?

You are allowed to transfer at Schiphol if you are fully vaccinated and you are able to show valid proof of vaccination. If you stay at the airport during your transfer, you will not have to do any extra tests. However, do check what the coronavirus rules are in the country you are travelling to. You will need to have a recent negative COVID test result with you if the country you are travelling to requires it. Get in touch with your airline to find out if you need a negative test result for your destination.

If you stay at Schiphol during your transfer, you do not need a new negative COVID-19 test result. The test result you had upon arrival at Schiphol remains valid during your transfer, including any potential delays. If you leave Schiphol during your transfer, this counts as a new journey and you are required to present a new negative test result. You can find out more on the Dutch government website.

Do I need to be quarantined before a transfer?

If you are travelling through Schiphol's transit zone and you don't leave the airport, you do not have to go into quarantine. Are you passing passport control and entering the Netherlands during your transfer? Then you are required to adhere to the Dutch coronavirus regulations. This means going into quarantine for 10 days when you're travelling from a very high-risk area or country. Find out more on Government.nl.

Please note that the quarantine declaration is mandatory for all travellers from very high-risk areas, regardless of whether they are making a transfer or staying in the Netherlands. You can print, complete and sign the form or use the digital quarantine declaration at quarantinedeclaration.government.nl. On the form, you indicate that you are transferring at Schiphol and that you are therefore exempt from quarantine in the Netherlands. You can find a list of safe, high-risk and very high-risk areas on the Dutch government website. Check the website to find out what applies to your journey.

Can I leave the transit zone during my transfer?

If you leave the transit zone and enter the Netherlands through passport control, you are required to adhere to the Dutch coronavirus regulations. This means going into quarantine for 10 days when you're travelling from a very high-risk area or country. To find out how this works, go to Quarantine Travelcheck COVID-19. Here, you can check what applies to your situation. Exceptions to the quarantine rules apply for a number of travel destinations, areas and countries. See if these exceptions apply to you on Government.nl.

Face masks

Do I have to wear a face mask at Schiphol?

Yes, this is mandatory at Schiphol. We kindly request that you wear a face mask from the moment you arrive at the airport to when you get to the plane. Or, if you have just landed, to keep your face mask on until you are outside. You always wear a face mask at check-in, security, border control, boarding and reclaim. It is important that you always wear your face mask at the places where you or your baggage gets checked, such as at Customs. This will be clearly indicated at all locations. Of course, you may take the face mask off for a moment to eat or drink, but it would be great if you could put it straight back on again afterwards.

There is an exception for people who cannot wear a mouth mask due to their disability or illness. You can find more information on who is exempted from wearing a face mask on the Dutch Government website.

Should children also wear face masks?

Children under 13 do not have to wear a mask. For anyone over 13 it is mandatory to do so. Please bring extra face masks for yourself and your children because there may be different rules in the country that you are flying to.

Where can I buy a face mask at Schiphol?

You can buy face masks at various shops in Schiphol Plaza and in the lounges. Face masks are also available at vending machines across the airport where you can buy one fast and easily.

1.5-metre distance

How do I maintain 1.5-metre distance at Schiphol?

Just as in the rest of the Netherlands, you should keep a 1.5-metre distance at Schiphol. This can be rather challenging at some locations where you are required to wait, such as the check-in desks, security and passport control, and during boarding and getting off the plane. You may be requested to stand a little closer to other people at these locations. We really appreciate you following the instructions given by Schiphol staff.

What happens if I need to be searched at security?

You may be searched if something is found during the compulsory security scans, which are performed when you enter the security area. If something is found, a security officer will come close to you – wearing a face mask and gloves – because they are unable to maintain a 1.5-metre distance for the purposes of their job. Please ensure you also use your own face mask at this point. Hand sanitisers are available so that you can disinfect your hands after the checks.

How busy will it be at Schiphol?

The holiday season is upon us and so more people will decide to fly. It is quiet at Schiphol in terms of numbers, but people are spread out further, just like everywhere in the Netherlands, due to social distancing. That can make it feel 'busier' in Departures or Arrivals. At some locations where you are required to wait, such as the check-in desks, security and passport control, and during boarding and getting off the plane, you may be requested to stand a little closer to other people. We really appreciate you following the instructions given by Schiphol staff. Check crowd levels for your travel day here.

Where can I get food and drinks at Schiphol?

In the area after security, limited food and beverage outlets with seating will remain open. You can check to see which of our food service establishments are open here. All eating and drinking facilities before security, such as Schiphol Plaza, are allowed open again between 06:00 and 22:00 from Saturday 5 June. closed. Take away services are still available.

Hand washing

Can I carry hand sanitiser with me in my hand baggage?

Yes, as long as the sanitiser is stored in a 100 ml container. The sanitiser is subject to the liquid rules. There are more tips on what you can bring with liquids in your hand baggage here.

Where can I wash my hands at the airport?

You can use any of the amenities at the airport to wash your hands. You can also disinfect your personal items – such as your phone, passport and keys – using UV-C light at our special Sanitising Service. In addition, we have placed additional hand sanitisers in Departures and Arrivals which are available for free. Please regularly disinfect your hands at these points and try to touch as few things as possible.