Vertrek: Take care, travel safe

Welcome to Schiphol! It's great that it is possible to travel in these times. 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 the health declaration, tests, the Digital COVID Certificate and where to wear a face mask, 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 aged 13 and over is required to fill in a Dutch 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). You may also need an additional health certificate for the country you are flying to. Please contact your airline about this.

Get tested

A negative COVID test result is required for many travel destinations. Check what is needed for your trip on the website of the Dutch Government or get in contact with your airline for more information. It is important to get tested before you leave for the airport. Don't forget to check for how long your test result is valid. It is also possible to do a rapid test at Schiphol. For more information 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 at Schiphol. It is advisable to bring extra face masks with you, so that you always have a clean supply.

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.

On the way to Schiphol

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

  • Baggage packed
  • Tickets ready
  • Check if you need a negative COVID test result for your trip. Use the website of the Dutch Government or get in contact with your airline for more information
  • Turn proof of vaccination, negative test or recovery from COVID-19 into a Digital COVID-19 certificate (QR code) on
  • Completed Dutch health declaration for departing flight (printed or on mobile)
  • Extra Dutch health declaration for returning flight (printed or on mobile)
  • Possible health certificate for the country of destination (check with your airline)
  • 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 arrive at Schiphol 2 hours prior to your flight within Europe and 3 hours prior to an intercontinental flight. We recommend that you come alone, if possible - sorry that welcomes and farewells these days aren't so sweet. 

Once at the airport

At Schiphol you are still advised to give each other space where possible. You will therefore come across areas at the airport where keeping a 1.5-metre distance is encouraged. We kindly request that you wear a face mask from the moment you enter the airport to when you get on the plane. Thank you for your cooperation.


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.

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 enter Schiphol to when you get to the plane, or from the moment you disembark to when you leave the airport.

  • Do I need a health declaration?

    Everyone's health is what we consider to be the most important thing. That is why we ask every traveller aged 13 and over to complete a health declaration and bring it along.