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?

That depends on your destination and the country you arrive from. First, check the travel advisories on Travel within the European Union (EU) and Schengen Area is currently possible, but the situation may change if coronavirus cases increase again. Are you travelling from outside Europe and making a connection at Schiphol? Take a good look at the travel advisories that apply to the country you are departing from, to the Netherlands and to your destination.

If you are transferring onto a flight to a non-Schengen country or non-EU country and you stay in the airport's transfer area for no more than 48 hours before leaving again, make sure you have a valid ticket and valid travel documents. You must be able to show that you are in transit. If you are transferring onto a flight to a Schengen country or EU country, the Dutch entry requirements apply to you.

Do I need to get tested if I transfer?

That depends on your country of departure. If you are travelling through Schiphol from a high-risk area – a country or region with a red or orange travel advisory on – then you must have a negative COVID-19 test result from a NAAT(PCR) test that is no more than 72 hours old upon arriving in the Netherlands. If you are travelling from a safe country, you are not required to have a negative COVID-19 test result.

Testing location for transfer passengers to China

Transfer passengers heading to China have their own special testing location at 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 at gate D10 at the agreed time and date. 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.

Checklist for transfer passengers

What do you need for your flight to Schiphol? Check the list:

If you can tick off all the items, you are ready for your transfer at Schiphol.


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 everywhere 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

  • 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 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.

  • 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?