Using a negative test result to generate a COVID Certificate for travel

If you do not meet the conditions for proof of vaccination or proof of recovery, you will need a negative test result to travel outside the Netherlands.

If you need a negative test result for entry to a food and drink venue, event or other location in the Netherlands, see the step-by-step plan for obtaining a COVID certificate.

When to get tested

If you want to travel to a country that requires you to have a COVID certificate and you do not meet the requirements for proof of vaccination or the requirements for proof of recovery, you will need a negative test result. This is the case regardless of whether you are travelling within Europe or outside Europe.

Testing requirements

First check the travel advice for the country you are travelling to, to see what the testing requirements are (NetherlandsWorldwide.nl). The travel advice will tell you, for example:

  • whether you need to get tested;
  • what test you need (a NAAT (PCR) test or an antigen test (rapid test));
  • the maximum amount of time allowed between your test and your arrival in your country of destination.

Test sometimes required for children as well

Some countries also require a negative test result for children. Check which rules apply in the country you are travelling to (Netherlandsworldwide.nl).

Get tested again before each trip abroad

If you travel abroad more than once, you must make a test appointment before each trip abroad. Even if there is not a lot of time between trips, you should always check which rules apply for the area you are travelling to. This includes, for example, how long a negative test result is valid for.

Choosing a test centre

From 1 October 2021 you can no longer get tested for free under the testing for travel scheme. Instead, you have the following options:

Adding a negative test result in the CoronaCheck app or on CoronaCheck.nl

If you test negative for coronavirus you can create a digital COVID certificate using the CoronaCheck app. Alternatively, you can print a paper certificate at CoronaCheck.nl, which you can then use as a COVID certificate for travel within the European Union.

Information included on the negative test result

The COVID certificate that you make using CoronaCheck includes, among other things:

  • your personal details
  • the type of test
  • the test date
  • the test location
  • the test result, and
  • how long the result is valid for.

The certificate is in Dutch and English. You can view this information in the CoronaCheck app by tapping the question mark.

Foreign test results cannot be added to Dutch app

Foreign test results cannot be uploaded to CoronaCheck. Residents may return and non-residents may travel to the Netherlands if their negative test result meets the criteria required for entry into the Netherlands.

Travelling outside Europe

If you are travelling to a destination outside Europe, always check the travel advice for that country beforehand. It lets you know which test is required and whether you can use CoronaCheck to travel there.

Travelling to the Caribbean part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

If you are travelling to Bonaire, St Eustatius or Saba, you can use only the paper certificate from CoronaCheck.nl; the CoronaCheck app is not accepted.

If you are travelling to Curaçao, Aruba or St Maarten, neither the paper certificate from CoronaCheck.nl nor the CoronaCheck app is accepted. See the travel advice to find out what conditions apply when visiting these countries:

Using negative test results for entry to events or locations

COVID certificates are required in various countries to gain entry to events or locations. See the travel advice for the rules per country (NetherlandsWorldwide.nl).

In the Netherlands you need to show a COVID certificate at food and drink venues, events and certain other locations. If you do not have proof of vaccination or proof of recovery you can use a negative test result to generate your COVID certificate.