Entry testing for events and activities

The use of coronavirus entry passes will make it possible to responsibly open society earlier or more fully, even if COVID-19 is not fully under control. This way, a larger number of people will be able to attend the theatre, sporting competitions or other events.

Coronavirus Entry Passes (Temporary Measures) Act

For this purpose, the government has introduced an amendment to the Public Health Act: the Coronavirus Entry Passes (Temporary Measures) Act. This law makes it possible to ask people to show coronavirus entry passes if they want to attend professional sporting events or take part in cultural activities. This new policy will take effect as part of step 3 of the reopening plan.

With the introduction of entry tests, it will be possible to open up or lift restrictions on the cultural, sport and event sectors sooner. And more people will be able to attend and take part. And as of step 4 it will be possible to lift the 1.5 metre rule, under certain conditions. 

Using coronavirus entry passes

The new law specifies the situations where a coronavirus entry pass is required. It is up to business owners and organisers to decide if they want to use the system. If they decide to do so, people will be required to show a pass in order to be allowed in.

Checking coronavirus entry passes

An entry pass can only be used by the person it relates to. The organiser of the event or activity is responsible for checking it. This involves comparing the personal data (initials and date of birth) on the pass with a form of identification provided by the pass holder. The pass is valid for up to 40 hours after the test has been performed.

Pilot schemes

Before the law was adopted, pilot schemes were held in the cultural, sport and recreation sectors between April and 8 June. The purpose of these pilot schemes was to give the sectors a chance to get used to working with entry passes. 

Entry testing

If you are planning to attend a cultural, social or sporting event which requires a coronavirus entry pass, you will need to follow these steps:

Step 1: Buy a ticket or sign up for the event

Step 2: Make an appointment for a test

Plan an appointment for a COVID-19 test at one of the participating testing locations via Testenvoortoegang.nl. Make sure your test is no more than 40 hours before the event or activity in question. Children under the age of 13 do not have to be tested. 

Step 3: Get tested

Make sure that you arrive at the testing location on time. Take identification and your appointment confirmation.

Step 4: Test results

You will receive the results of the test with an hour. A negative result is necessary in order for you to be issued with an entry pass.

Step 5: Create a coronavirus entry pass

  • Digital entry pass
    Download de CoronaCheck app. You can find the app in the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store. You should receive a code with your negative test result. Enter this code in the CoronaCheck app. The app will then give you a QR code. This is your entry pass. 
  • Paper entry pass
    Go to Coronacheck.nl and click ‘Make corona entry pass on paper’. You should receive a code when you receive your negative test result. Enter this code. The website will then give you a QR code. You can print out this QR code to serve as your entry pass. 

Step 6: Take part in your activity or event

Take your entry pass with you, either in the CoronaCheck app or on paper. At the entrance, your pass will be scanned. Don’t forget to bring identification with you as well. Your personal data will be compared to the data on the entry pass. Finally, you will be asked to show your ticket.

Basic rules still apply

If you take part in an event or activity with a coronavirus entry pass, the general corona measures still apply. Everyone is expected to follow the basic rules, such as washing their hands and keeping their distance. Many places also use measures such as one-way systems to manage visitor flows.

Do you have symptoms?

If you have symptoms of coronavirus, do not go to the event or activity and get tested by the GGD.

Coronamelder app

De CoronaMelder app warns you if you have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19. This can help ensure that you do not infect the people around you. You can download the app from either the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store. The decision to download the app is entirely up to you.