Requirements for negative rapid test result

People aged 13 and over travelling to the Netherlands from high-risk countries must provide proof that they have tested negative for coronavirus. If they are not able to present a negative NAAT (PCR) test result based on a sample collected no more than 24 hours before boarding, they must present a negative rapid test result. The rapid test is an additional, mandatory requirement for travellers coming to the Netherlands by aircraft or ferry.

High-risk countries

A high-risk country is any country that is not on the EU list of safe countries.

Sample must have been collected no more than 24 hours prior to boarding

The time between samples being collected from your nose and/or throat, and your boarding the aircraft or ferry must be no more than 24 hours. The test result must be known before you board. If you are coming from a high-risk area, get a rapid test done no more than 24 hours before departure.

If you transfer at an airport, you do not need to get another rapid test. Your negative result will remain valid during your transfer, even if this is longer than 24 hours. You cannot leave the transfer airport however and enter the country in question. This means you cannot go through passport control or customs.

Negative rapid test result will remain valid when your flight is delayed

  • If your flight is delayed and you have already checked in, the negative rapid test result will remain valid even if the 24-hour time limit is exceeded, provided you don’t leave the airport. If you are delayed during a transfer, the test result also remains valid, provided you do not go through passport control or customs.
  • If you depart from a high-risk region where you cannot get a rapid test, and are going to change planes at an airport where rapid tests are available, you can board the plane in the country of departure without a rapid test result. You should get tested when you change planes and present the result before you board the flight to the Netherlands. Make sure you have enough time for the 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 rapid test. Usually this is an antigen test, but it may also be a molecular NAAT (PCR) test (such as LAMP, TMA RT-PCR or mPOCT). A serological test (a blood test to detect antibodies) is not sufficient. 
  • 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.
  • Date and time of test: for passengers, the test sample must have been collected no more than 24 hours prior to boarding the aircraft or ferry.
  • Lorry drivers travelling from the United Kingdom are exempted from the negative rapid-test requirement if they return to the Netherlands from the UK within 48 hours. If they remain in the UK for more than 48 hours, lorry drivers must produce a negative rapid-test result at the ferry terminal. This test result may be no more than 24 hours old when the driver boards the ferry. For more information, visit the website of the National Association of Transport Operators TLN (page in Dutch).
  • Logo, stamp or details of the institute or laboratory that conducted the test.

Either a digital or paper copy of the test result may be shown.

Results from self-tests are not permitted.