Measures to stop the spread of coronavirus in public transport

Public transport operators are taking measures to stop the spread of coronavirus, following the advice of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM). For example, if you travel by bus, tram, train or metro, you have to wear a face mask for general use.

As of 29 December, if you travel by international train or coach to the Netherlands you must have a negative PCR test declaration.

International train and coach transport

What travel restrictions apply if I travel by international train or coach as of 29 December?

As of 29 December, it is mandatory to have a negative PCR test declaration with you when travelling by international intercity or international coach (i.e. the coach or train must be travelling more than 30km into the Netherlands from the border). This negative PCR test must have been conducted no more than 72 hours before your arrival in the Netherlands. You mustĀ self-quarantine for 10 days immediately on arriving in the Netherlands.

Will I be fined if I do not have a negative PCR test declaration?

If you do not have a negative PCR test declaration, you will be asked to leave the train or coach at the first stop in the Netherlands. You will not be fined.

Do I also need to have a negative PCR test declaration if I cross the border in a regional train or cross-border bus?

The rule only applies to international passenger transport by intercity train or by international coach (i.e. the coach or train must be travelling more than 30km into the Netherlands from the border). If you cross the border from the Netherlands by bus and are travelling within 30km, you are not required to have a negative PCR test declaration.

Does this also apply to private coaches?

This requirement applies only to public transport, not to private coaches.