Requirements for negative rapid test result

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People aged 13 and over travelling to the Netherlands from high-risk countries must provide proof that they have tested negative for coronavirus following a rapid test directly before boarding. The rapid test is an additional, mandatory test for travellers coming to the Netherlands by aircraft or ferry.

Sample must have been collected no more than 4 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 4 hours. The test result must be known before you board.

If your flight is delayed and you have already checked in, the negative rapid test result will remain valid even if the 4-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.

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.

If you cannot get a rapid test in your country of departure or when you change planes, you cannot travel to the Netherlands.

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 antigen or molecular test (NAAT, TMA, LAMP or PCR test). A blood test 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 4 hours prior to boarding the aircraft or ferry. For transport workers travelling by ferry, the test sample must have been collected no more than 24 hours prior to boarding the ferry.
  • 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 sufficient.