Requirements for negative rapid test result

A rapid test is a type of test used to quickly check whether you are infected with coronavirus. Requirements apply to the rapid test you use when travelling to the Netherlands from a country where there is a virus variant of concern. A self-test is not valid. 

Negative rapid test result must be no more than 24 hours old

The time between the test and your boarding the aircraft or ferry must be no more than 24 hours. This also applies to transport workers travelling by ferry. The negative rapid test result must be known before you board. 

Negative rapid test result remains valid if you change planes

If you transfer to another flight at an airport en route, you do not need to have another rapid test done there. Your negative rapid test result will remain valid, even if your transfer is for longer than 24 hours. This only applies if you remain at the airport and do not pass through passport control to enter the country in question. 

Negative rapid test result remains valid if flight is delayed

If your flight is delayed your negative rapid test result will remain valid if you do not leave the airport. This applies if you have checked in and your flight is then delayed or if you change planes and your next flight is delayed. 
 

Where to get a COVID-19 test abroad

See netherlandsworldwide.nl 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.