Measures: Schiphol and the coronavirus

COVID-19 has had an impact on air travel for more than two years now. To ensure that your journey to, from or through Schiphol is as safe and responsible as possible, certain measures and recommendations are in place at the airport. Thank you for taking this into consideration.


The usual measures that apply in the Netherlands, such as the advice to give each other space and regularly wash your hands, also apply at the airport.

When you fly

Many travel destinations require a negative test result, proof of vaccination or recovery. Whether or not you need a COVID certificate depends on your destination and the rules that apply there. You can find out by checking the travel advisories on

The 3 most important measures

At Schiphol, we kindly ask that you:

  1. Give each other space whenever possible
  2. Regularly wash your hands
  3. Bring a negative test result, proof of vaccination or recovery if this applies to your travel destination.

For departing travellers

Will you be flying from Schiphol soon? Please note the following:

Check travel advice

Check what is needed for your trip on the website of the Dutch Government or get in contact with your airline for more information. If a negative COVID test result is required for your travel destination, please get tested before you leave for the airport.

Vaccinated, tested or recovered?

Have you been vaccinated? Do you have a negative test result? Or have you recently recovered from COVID-19? The Digital COVID Certificate is proof of this and will allow you to travel freely within the European Union and to Schengen countries. In the Netherlands, the Digital COVID Certificate is part of the CoronaCheck app. Visit to find out how you can turn proof of vaccination, negative test or recovery from COVID-19 into a digital certificate (QR code). Please note: your proof of vaccination must comply with the Dutch requirements, find out more on At Schiphol, your QR code can be checked at the check-in desks or at the gate before your flight, also if you have already checked in online. You can check with your airline whether you need to show your QR code on your smartphone or on paper for your flight.

For arriving travellers

Will you be landing at Schiphol soon? Please take into account the following:

Check the entry rules for the Netherlands

Whether you’re coming back from holiday or visiting the Netherlands, everyone travelling to Schiphol as their final destination is subject to certain entry rules. These depend on the country you are travelling (back) from. Before you leave for the Netherlands, check the rules that apply to you on the government website.

Non-EU citizens subject to entry ban

If you are coming to the Netherlands from a high-risk or very high-risk area as a non-EU citizen, bear in mind that there is an entry ban in place. The EU entry ban does not apply to safe regions outside the European Union and Schengen Zone. You can find a list of safe countries and regions on the government website.

For transfer travellers

Will you be transferring at Schiphol soon? Then please take the following into account:

Do I need to take another test when transferring?

No, that is not necessary. 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. As of 21 May 2022 a face mask is no longer mandatory at the airport.

Testing location for transfer passengers to China

Transfer passengers heading to China have their own special testing location near gate D10 on D-pier. Here, you can take the mandatory PCR tests and/or the IgM antibody test required by the Chinese government. Before transferring at Schiphol onto a flight to China, it is important to have made a test appointment online and to have taken the required tests before departure. This is a necessary step in your transfer at Schiphol. Make an appointment here and come to the testing location near gate D10 at the agreed time and date. You are also required to get a health code from the Chinese Embassy. Contact your airline if you have any questions about your flight.

Do you have questions about flying and Covid?