Test result requirements

You need a negative test result to enter the Netherlands. The test result must meet certain conditions.

Five pieces of information will be checked

The document (either on paper or digital) will be checked to ensure it includes the following 5 pieces of information:

  • Type of test: 
    • The test used for a NAAT (PCR) test result must be a molecular NAAT (PCR) test (either PCR, RT PCR, LAMP, TMA or mPOCT) based on a sample collected no more than 48 hours before departure in the foreign country. 
    • For a rapid test result the test must be a rapid test conducted up to 24 hours before departure. Usually this is an antigen test but it can also be a NAAT (PCR) test.

No other type of test, including self-tests and serological tests used to detect antibodies in blood, is valid. 

  • Test result: the test result must be negative (or ‘not detected’) for SARS-CoV-2.
  • Your given name and surname as stated in your passport or on your identity card.
  • Date and time you were tested.
  • Name and contact information of the institute, doctor or laboratory that conducted the test (logo or stamp).

Languages accepted

The negative test result must be in one of the following languages: 

  • Dutch
  • English
  • German
  • French
  • Italian 
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish.

If you are delayed: 24 hours extra

Are you delayed through no fault of your own? This gives you an extra 24 hours for your negative test result to be accepted in the Netherlands. You must be able to prove that the delay was not your fault. 

Test result remains valid if you change planes

If you transfer to another flight at an airport en route, you do not need to have another test done there. Your negative rapid test result will remain valid, even if your transfer is for longer than 24 hours. This only applies if you remain at the airport and do not pass through passport control to enter the country in question.

Where to get a COVID-19 test abroad

See netherlandsworldwide.nl for a list of locations for PCR and rapid tests abroad.

COVID-19 test costs

You must pay the costs of the COVID-19 test yourself.