Negative COVID-19 test result: rules when changing planes

You must show a negative COVID-19 test result if you are entering the Netherlands from a (very) high-risk area. This requirement also applies even if you have been vaccinated. The rules when changing planes depend on your situation. Keep in mind that these rules only apply if you travel by plane. If you travel by plane but you transfer to another mode of transportation, these rules do not apply.

When entering the Netherlands

You start your journey in a safe area or country within the EU/Schengen and change planes in a high-risk area or very high risk area

  • If you do not leave the airport in the high risk area or very high risk area, you are not required to show a negative test result.
  • If you leave the airport in the high risk area or very high risk area, however, the negative COVID-19 test requirement applies to you. 

You start your journey in a high-risk or very high risk area and change planes in a safe country or area within the EU/Schengen

  • The negative COVID-19 test requirement for travellers from a high-risk or very high risk area applies to you. 
  • The result remains valid during the transfer and if there is a flight delay. 

Please note: the United Kingdom (UK) is not part of the EU/Schengen area. 

Transit/transfer in the Netherlands

If you start your journey in a high risk area or very high risk area 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.

Checklist for transit or short stay in the Netherlands

Check these points before you travel if you:

  • wish to transit/transfer in the Netherlands
  • are travelling by car or motorcycle and staying in the Netherlands for a short period of time (less than 12 hours).