When the negative COVID-19 test result requirement applies

Everyone aged 12 and over must show a negative COVID-19 test result if they are travelling  to the Netherlands from a country outside the EU/Schengen area. This requirement also applies to people travelling to the Netherlands from a high-risk country in the EU/Schengen area who do not have proof of vaccination or an EU Digital COVID certificate (DCC) based on proof of recovery.

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

You are travelling from a very high-risk area where there is a virus variant of concern

You are travelling from a safe area, a high risk area or a very high-risk area where there is not a virus variant of concern

Show your test result on your phone or on paper

If you test negative for COVID-19 before you travel to the Netherlands, you are less likely to bring the virus with you. You must therefore show a negative COVID-19 test result. This can be on your phone or on paper.

Failure to provide valid test result

If you cannot show a negative test result, or if any of the details on the test result are incorrect or missing, you will be denied boarding if you are travelling by air or sea. 

If you are entering the Netherlands by private vehicle and you cannot show a valid negative test result, you could be fined €95. The Royal Military and Border Police conduct random checks at the Dutch border.

Local transportation: no negative test result required

You do not have to show a negative test result if you are travelling to the Netherlands on:

  • a regional train;
  • a public regional cross-border bus if you stay within 30 kilometres of the Dutch border on both sides. If the stops where you get on and off the bus are both in the Netherlands you do not need to show a negative test result either.

Other countries may have other rules for certain modes of transport. Check the travel advice per country on netherlandsworldwide.nl.