Negative COVID-19 test result: rules when changing planes

You must show a negative COVID-19 test result if you are entering the Netherlands. This requirement also applies even if you have been vaccinated. The rules when changing planes depend on your situation. 

If you start your journey in a safe area or country and change planes in a high-risk area

  • If you do not leave the airport, you are not required to show a negative test result.
  • If you leave the airport, however, the negative COVID-19 test requirement applies to you. This requirement also applies even if you have been vaccinated. 

If you start your journey in a high-risk or very high risk area and change planes in a safe country or area

  • The negative test result requirement for travellers from a high-risk area applies to you. 
    • This means you must show a negative NAAT (PCR) test result based on a sample collected no more than 72 hours before boarding. This requirement also applies even if you have been vaccinated. 
  • The result remains valid during the transfer and if there is a flight delay. 

If you start your journey in a high-risk area or country and change planes in the Netherlands

  • You do not need to show a negative NAAT (PCR) test result or rapid test result on arrival in the Netherlands.
  • A transfer is when you change planes and continue your journey within a few hours, and in any case within 1 day without leaving the airport where you transfer.