Transfers: Welcome back

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

Can I transfer at Schiphol?

Yes, you can transfer at Schiphol if you are coming from a country or area that is considered safe due to low risk of coronavirus infection. If your onward journey is within 24 hours and you do not leave the airport, you are not required to present a negative test result for your transfer. However, you do need to bring a completed health declaration with you. Please check the requirements of your final destination to ensure you comply with the entry regulations of that country or area. You may be checked for this when boarding your next flight.

Fully vaccinated

You are also allowed to transfer at Schiphol if you are fully vaccinated and can prove that your last vaccination was at least 14 days prior. If you stay at the airport during your transfer, you will not have to do any extra tests. However, do check what the coronavirus rules are in the country you are travelling to. If you are travelling from a very high-risk area where there is a virus variant of concern, you may be required to show a negative test result before boarding the plane.

Mandatory quarantine declaration

The quarantine declaration is mandatory for all travellers from very high-risk areas, regardless of whether they are making a transfer or staying in the Netherlands. You can print, complete and sign the form or use the digital quarantine declaration at On the form, you indicate that you are transferring at Schiphol and that you are therefore exempt from quarantine in the Netherlands. You can find a list of safe, high-risk and very high-risk areas on the Dutch government website. Check the website to find out what applies to your journey.

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. If you leave Schiphol during your transfer, this counts as a new journey and you are required to present a new negative test result. You can find out more on the Dutch government website.

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 and 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 this test 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.

Fill in your health declaration

Every traveller who transfers at Schiphol is required to fill in a health declaration. You should bring this with you on paper or on your mobile phone. We therefore advise you to do this before you get on your flight to Schiphol. You can find the health declaration here. If you are travelling from a very high-risk area, you must print and fill in a quarantine declaration as well. You can also use the digital form at


For more information about a smooth transfer at Schiphol, visit the transfers page.

When you land

Once you have landed and you do not yet have a boarding pass for your next flight, make your way to the transfer desk. You can use the Schiphol app to look up your next flight and check which gate you need to go to. Thank you for maintaining a 1.5-metre distance where you can at Schiphol, giving each other space and always wearing a face mask. Would you like to freshen up? All sanitary facilities are regularly disinfected and free hand sanitiser is available. Feel free to make use of these services.

Prepare for your flight

  • Can I travel with a Digital COVID Certificate?

    The Digital COVID Certificate is your proof of vaccination, testing or recovery that allows you to travel freely within the European Union and to Schengen countries.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.