Requirements for negative NAAT (PCR) test result

A NAAT (PCR) test is a type of test used to check whether you are infected with coronavirus. Requirements apply to the NAAT (PCR) test you use to show a negative COVID-19 test result when travelling to the Netherlands from abroad. 

Accepted tests

The following tests are accepted if you need to show a negative PCR test result when travelling to the Netherlands:

  • PCR
  • RT PCR
  • LAMP
  • TMA
  • mPOCT

NAAT (PCR) test result less than 72 hours old

If you have a NAAT (PCR) test done abroad, the time between the test and your arrival in the Netherlands must be no more than 72 hours. 

If you are delayed: NAAT (PCR) less than 96 hours old

If you are delayed through no fault of your own, a negative test result based on a sample collected up to 96 hours (instead of 72 hours) before your arrival in the Netherlands will still be accepted. This gives you an extra 24 hours. You must be able to prove that the delay was not your fault. 

Where to get a COVID-19 test abroad

See 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.