Vertrek: Welcome back

Welcome back to Schiphol! It's great to see you travelling again. We'd like to help you prepare for your flight. Here, you can read about what you can expect in terms of coronavirus safety measures, such as tests, the health declaration and face masks, before you come to Schiphol. That way, you'll be well-prepared for your journey.

Before you leave home

It can be good to know where you need to be – and at what time – before you come to Schiphol. It is also good to know what to bring and what to leave at home. Everything begins with how you feel; if you have a fever, or minor complaints such as the common cold, runny nose, sneezing, sore throat or a mild cough, you should stay at home.

Your health and that of your fellow travellers is what we consider to be the most important thing. That is why every traveller is required to fill in a health declaration at home and bring it along either as a printed copy or on a mobile phone. Please bring two copies - for your outbound flight and return flight (fill in that second one on the day you fly back).

Many destinations also require you to have a negative COVID test result. Check the travel advice on to find out what you need for your journey and make an appointment to get tested at a testing centre or at Schiphol. Check how many hours before your flight you should do this. Once you have done all that, you can confidently pack your baggage. Check what is allowed in your hand and hold baggage.

Get tested

Many travel destinations require you to have a negative COVID-19 test result. To find out what your destination requires you to do, look at the travel advisory on or find out from your airline. Make sure to find out in advance how long your test result will be valid. It is also possible to take a rapid test at Schiphol. You need to make an appointment; to do this, go to

Once you know which tests you need and you have made the appointments to get tested, you can start packing your suitcases. Check what you are allowed to bring in your hand baggage and hold baggage.


Face masks are mandatory throughout Schiphol. It is advisable to bring extra face masks with you, so that you always have a clean supply.

On the way to Schiphol

Ready for departure? Check that you can tick off all the items on the list:

  • Baggage packed
  • Tickets ready
  • Negative COVID-19 test result valid for your journey
  • Completed health declaration for departing flight (printed or on mobile)
  • Extra health declaration for returning flight (printed or on mobile)
  • Passport and travel documents ready (check validity)
  • Flight details checked

You can see the best way to get to Schiphol here. We recommend that you come alone, if possible – sorry that welcomes and farewells these days aren’t so sweet.

If you come by public transport, put on your face mask before boarding the train or bus. It is mandatory to wear a face mask from the moment you arrive at Schiphol Plaza to when you are on board the plane. We recommend that you arrive at Schiphol 2 hours prior to your flight within Europe and 3 hours prior to an intercontinental flight.


Many airlines allow you to check in online, which means one less interaction. Then all you have to do is drop off your baggage in the departure hall at Schiphol.

Once at the airport

Please maintain a distance of 1.5 metres from other people at Schiphol, try to avoid forming groups and wear the mandatory face mask from the moment you go inside. We help you throughout the airport; you will see markings on the floors, on seats and in queues, there will be announcements made about the safety measures, and you will be able to read about the measures on all digital screens. From check-in to reclaim, our colleagues will help you maintain a 1.5 metre distance and clear walking routes will be indicated. Try to avoid forming groups of more than 2 people, unless you live in the same household. Thank you for giving each other space.

Clean hands are helping hands

We will ensure that you have as little contact with others as possible throughout the airport. All amenities, facilities, shops, food and beverage outlets, seating areas and screens are regularly disinfected. There will be free hand sanitisers at your fingertips soon, in the unlikely event that you touch something. Feel free to clean your hands here. You can also disinfect your personal items – such as your phone, passport and keys – using UV-C light at our special Sanitising Service. Then you can board the plane or reclaim your baggage feeling fresh and clean.


Take your own hand sanitising gel in your hand baggage. Please check that the hand gel is in a container of no more than 100ml.

Prepare for your flight

  • Do I need to get tested before I fly?

    Many travel destinations require you to have a negative COVID-19 test result. Before you fly, check what is applicable to you and make an appointment for a corona test.

  • 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 that you wait outside when picking someone up or dropping them off at Schiphol - you are not permitted to enter the terminal. Do you want to pick someone up or drop them off at Schiphol during curfew hours? Unfortunately, this is not allowed.

  • When do I need to go into quarantine?

    The Dutch government strongly advises people returning from countries that have been given a red or orange colour code to go into quarantine for ten days.

  • 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?