Welcome back to Schiphol: Do I need to go into quarantine?

We are only just starting to enjoy the freedom to travel again, and so the idea of having to go into quarantine is the last thing on our minds. This, however, is unavoidable if you travel to Schiphol from a high-risk area. The Dutch government strongly advises people returning from countries that have been given a red or orange colour code (do not travel or only essential travel) to go into quarantine for ten days. This is considered a necessary step in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

When do I need to go into quarantine?

You go into quarantine straight after landing at Schiphol. This means staying at home or at your accommodation for 10 days and refraining from going outside. Sitting in your garden or on the balcony is allowed, but unfortunately doing the grocery shopping or receiving visitors is not. Don’t worry, this is only necessary if you travel to the Netherlands from a high-risk area. You can find out about the travel advice for every country on the website Netherlands Worldwide. Has the country been given a red (don’t travel) or orange (only essential travel) colour code? Then it’s a high-risk country and you are urgently requested to self-quarantine for a period of 10 days. This currently applies to travellers returning from the United States, Bulgaria, Romania, Sweden, Croatia, Aruba and Malta.

Could the travel advice change during my trip?

Absolutely. For everyone’s safety, travel advice is constantly being reviewed and, where necessary, tightened up. It is therefore possible that the travel advice for the country you are visiting changes while you are there. That’s why we’d like you to keep a close eye on the Netherlands Worldwide website, both before and during your trip. Particular attention should be paid if travel advice changes from green or yellow to red or orange. That’s because you would be returning to Schiphol from a high-risk area, in which case the government requests that you go into quarantine for 10 days upon arrival.

Does a COVID-19 test affect the quarantine period?

If you get yourself tested for COVID-19, then you go straight home from the airport. If your test results show that you do not have coronavirus, the quarantine period remains the same. However, in the event you test positive for coronavirus, the people you live with must also quarantine at home for a period of 10 days.

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 say goodbye outside, or to greet each other in the car park. So we have enough space in the departure and arrival halls for travellers to keep a distance of 1.5 metres.

  • Which measures can I expect?

    There are fewer travellers 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.