Welcome back to Schiphol: Do I need to get tested before I fly?

Coronavirus is not something you want to take with you when you fly. Therefore, it is important to get yourself tested for coronavirus before you board the plane. Many travel destinations require you to have a negative COVID-19 test result i.e., a travel certificate. Make sure that you take the necessary tests before coming to the airport. This also means when you fly (back) to Schiphol.

Which test do I need for my flight?

You can check if you need a test on Netherlandsworldwide.nl or ask for information from your airline. It is important that you get tested before you make your way to the airport. Check carefully in advance how long the test result is valid. Rapid testing is available at Schiphol, but you need to make an appointment beforehand. This can be done at Test2fly.amsterdam.

How does a rapid test at Schiphol work?

  1. Make an appointment at Test2fly.amsterdam.
  2. Select 'Rapid test, € 69,00' from the menu and pick a test location.
  3. Choose a date and time, taking into account that the test must be no more than 24 hours old upon boarding the plane.
  4. Pay for the appointment. It costs 69,00 euros per person.
  5. You receive an email confirming your appointment.
  6. Come to the appointment at the test location at the agreed time and date. Don't forget to bring your passport or ID card and the email confirmation with you.
  7. You sign in with the QR code in your confirmation email – this will ensure that your test result is linked to your details.
  8. A qualified person administers the test.
  9. Your test is processed within 15-20 minutes.
  10. Negative test result? You can travel safely. Your travel certificate will be sent by email. You must be able to show this upon request.
  11. Positive test result? Unfortunately, you are not allowed to travel. You will receive the test result by email. The result will be shared with the local health authority (GGD). Go into quarantine and follow public health institute (RIVM) guidelines.

Do I need to get tested before flying to Schiphol?

If you are flying to Schiphol from abroad, it is important to check if you are travelling from a high-risk area. This is a country or region that has been given a red or orange travel advisory on netherlandsworldwide.nl. If you are arriving from a high-risk area, you are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result and a completed health declaration with you. The negative test result must be from a NAAT(PCR) test that is no more than 24 hours old upon boarding the plane to Schiphol. Or you must have a negative rapid test result of no more than 24 hours old upon boarding, along with a negative NAAT(PCR) test result that is no more than 72 hours old upon arriving in the Netherlands. This requirement applies to all travellers aged 13 and above who fly to, via or from Schiphol. This also includes transfer passengers.

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.

  • Can I wave goodbye or welcome someone inside?

    We ask you to wait outside, please don't enter the terminal. We need all the space in the departure and arrival halls for travellers to keep a distance of 1.5 metres.

  • 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.