When the negative COVID-19 test result requirement applies

You must show a negative COVID-19 test result if you are travelling to or returning to the Netherlands from:

  • a COVID-19 risk area in the EU/Schengen and you can’t show proof of vaccination or recovery (the EU Digital COVID Certificate, for example)
  • all countries/areas outside the EU/Schengen. You don't need a negative COVID-19 test if you travel from a high-risk or a safe country and  you can show a proof of vaccination

This requirement applies to everyone aged 12 or over. 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 high risk area or a very high risk area

You are travelling from a safe area outside the EU/Schengen area

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.