Requirements for negative NAAT (PCR) test result

If you are aged 13 or over and travelling to the Netherlands from a high-risk country, you must provide proof that you have tested negative for COVID-19. You can do this by presenting a negative NAAT (PCR) test result based on a sample collected no more than 24 hours before boarding the aircraft or ferry. Or you can present both a negative NAAT (PCR) test result based on a sample collected no more than 72 hours before arrival in the Netherlands and a negative rapid test result based on a sample collected no more than 24 hours before boarding. A negative rapid test result is not mandatory if you are travelling to the Netherlands by car, coach or train.

Risk involved in travellers arriving from high-risk areas

The negative NAAT (PCR) test result is required because there is a risk that travellers arriving from high-risk countries will import and spread coronavirus variants. A high-risk country is any country that is not on the EU list of safe countries. The mandatory test results are not a substitute for other coronavirus measures, such as the entry ban, self-quarantining and vaccination.

Sample collected less than 72 hours before arrival

The time between samples being collected from your nose and/or throat, and your arrival in the Netherlands must be no more than 72 hours. You must also present a negative rapid test result based on a sample collected no more than 24 hours prior to boarding. The test results must be known before you depart for the Netherlands.

If you are delayed through no fault of your own, a negative test result based on a sample collected up to 96 hours before arrival (instead of 72 hours) will still be accepted. This gives you an extra 24 hours. You must be able to prove you had no fault in the delay.

Sample collected less than 24 hours before boarding

If you can show a negative NAAT test result based on a sample collected no more than 24 hours before boarding, you do not need to take a rapid test.

Information that must be provided on the test result

The negative test result must be in English, German, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish or Dutch. A translation of the test result will be accepted provided the translation bears the original signature or stamp of the doctor or institute that conducted the test.

The document must include the following information:

  • Type of test: the test used must be a molecular NAAT (PCR) test (either PCR, RT PCR, LAMP, TMA or mPOCT). No other type of test, including antigen tests and serological tests (blood tests to detect antibodies), is valid;
  • Test result: the test result must be negative (or ‘not detected’);
  • Your given name and surname as stated in your passport;
  • Date and time you were tested: the test sample must have been collected no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in the Netherlands;
  • Name and contact information of the institute or laboratory that conducted the test.

As of 31 March 2021, a completed and printed negative test declaration, signed by you, is no longer required.