Negative COVID-19 test result mandatory when travelling from a high-risk country
When travelling to the Netherlands from a high-risk area you must be able to show a negative COVID-19 test result. Even if you have had a coronavirus vaccination. This applies to everyone aged 13 or over.
Mandatory when travelling from a high-risk country
You must show a negative COVID-19 test result when travelling to the Netherlands from a high-risk area.
- This applies if you are travelling by air, ferry, ship (including sea and river cruises), international train or coach, car, motorcycle or other private transport.
- A high-risk area is a country or area that is not on the list of safe countries.
- The type of negative test result you need depends on the mode of transport you use.
- There are exemptions from the negative COVID-19 test result requirement.
Read the rules when changing planes.
In Dutch only: before you depart, check the travel advisory for that country on nederlandwereldwijd.nl to see if you need to have a negative COVID-19 test result before travelling to the Netherlands.
Show your test result on your phone or on paper
If you test negative for COVID-19 before you travel to the Netherlands, you are less likely to bring the virus with you. You must therefore show a negative COVID-19 test result on departure. This can be on your phone or on paper.
If you cannot show a negative test result on departure, or if any of the details on the test result are incorrect, you cannot board.
Anyone entering the Netherlands who cannot show a negative test result could be fined € 95.
- See which type of test result you need for your mode of transport.
- Check the information that must be provided on the test result.
Also mandatory after vaccination
Even if you have had a coronavirus vaccination you must still show a negative test result before you travel to the Netherlands. You could still infect other people.
Regional train and public regional bus: no negative test result required
You do not need a negative COVID-19 test result if you travel to the Netherlands by:
- regional train;
- a public regional bus within 30 kilometres of the border on both sides. If the stops where you get on and off the bus are both in the Netherlands you do not need to show a negative test result either.
Other countries may have different measures for a particular mode of transport. Check the travel advisory on nederlandwereldwijd.nl (information in Dutch).
Other coronavirus measures continue to apply
Other coronavirus measures continue to apply in addition to the mandatory COVID-19 test result. These include the basic rules and self-quarantine upon arrival in the Netherlands. An EU entry ban also applies to people outside the EU.
Travelling by air: completed health declaration also required
If you board a flight to the Netherlands, in addition to a negative COVID-19 test result you must also show a health declaration. Some airlines allow you to complete this health declaration digitally when you check in. Travellers under 13 must also fill in a health declaration.