Schiphol and the corona virus: Frequently asked questions

Here you’ll find the most frequently asked questions about travelling via Schiphol and the coronavirus safety measures that are in place at the airport. These measures include whether or you not you need face masks, proof of vaccination or recovery, and testing. 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?

Always follow your airline’s advice on what time you should arrive at Schiphol. The waiting times are calculated based on that advice. We know how many travellers we can expect at the check-in desks and security check at any moment because of the plans we make for the airport. If you are in the departure hall at the right time, you will join the right queue for your flight and you’ll be surrounded by people flying around the same time as you. Read more about this here.

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

Yes – you can pick up or drop someone off. Please give other travellers space whenever possible and do not stand too closely together.

Digital COVID Certificate

What is the Digital COVID Certificate?

The Digital COVID Certificate is digital proof from the European Union that you have:

  • been vaccinated against COVID-19, or;
  • received a negative test result, or;
  • recovered from COVID-19.

The Digital COVID Certificate is 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 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?

No, this is no longer required when you enter the Netherlands via Schiphol. If you are flying from within the EU/Schengen Zone, you are also no longer required to show a negative test result or proof of vaccination or recovery using your Digital COVID Certificate (QR code). Read more about this on the 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.
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. However, do check the travel advisory for your destination before departure. You can find it on Netherlandsworldwide.nl or you can contact your airline. You can 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 COVID 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 country or area outside of the EU/Schengen Area that has been classified as very high-risk, a negative COVID-19 test result is compulsory. You only need to present proof of vaccination if you are travelling from within the EU/Schengen 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).

Testing is no longer required if you are travelling (back) to Schiphol. If you are flying to the Netherlands from within the EU/Schengen Zone, you are also no longer required to show a negative test result or proof of vaccination or recovery using your Digital COVID Certificate (QR code).

What do I need to take into account when flying to Schiphol 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?

No, a health declaration is no longer required at Schiphol. Check with your airline whether you may need a health certificate for your country of destination.

Transfers

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.

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.

Can I leave the transit zone during my transfer?

If you leave the transit zone and enter the Netherlands through passport control, please take into account the rules that apply regarding entry into the Netherlands during the coronavirus pandemic.

Face masks

Do I have to wear a face mask at Schiphol?

No, you are no longer required to wear a face mask as of 21 May 2022. If you would prefer to wear a face mask at the airport, you can of course do so. Check the rules that apply in the country you are flying to. It's possible that you will need to wear a face mask there at certain locations.