Mandatory negative COVID-19 test result

When travelling to the Netherlands from a high-risk area you must be able to show a negative COVID-19 test result. Even if you have had a coronavirus vaccination. There are various types of mandatory negative test results for travellers to the Netherlands. The type you need depends on the mode of transport you use. 

Travelling from an area where there is a virus variant of concern

Countries where there is a virus variant of concern

  • Argentina
  • Bangladesh (from 15 June onwards)
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • French Guiana
  • Guyana
  • India
  • Myanmar (from 15 June onwards)
  • Nepal (from 15 June onwards)
  • Pakistan (from 15 June onwards)
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Suriname
  • United Kingdom (from 15 June onwards)
  • Uruguay 
  • Venezuela
  • South Africa

The type of negative test result you need

If you are travelling to the Netherlands from an area where there is a virus variant of concern you need a negative test result. This requirement also applies if you have been vaccinated. The type you need depends on the mode of transport you use. 

You are travelling by plane air, ferry or other ship (such as a sea or river cruise)

You have 2 options:

  • You have a negative NAAT (PCR) test result based on a sample collected no more than 24 hours before boarding abroad. 
  • Or you have the following 2 test results: 
    • a negative NAAT (PCR) test result based on a sample collected no more than 72 hours before your arrival in the Netherlands; and
    • a negative rapid test result based on a sample collected no more than 24 hours before boarding abroad. 

You are travelling by private transport (such as a car or motorcycle), international train or coach

You have a negative NAAT (PCR) test result based on a sample collected no more than 72 hours before your arrival in the Netherlands. 

Travelling from a high-risk area

You also need a negative NAAT (PCR) test result if you are travelling from a high-risk area that's NOT on the list of safe countries. The test result must be based on a sample collected no more than 72 hours before your arrival in the Netherlands. This applies to travel by:

  • air
  • ferry
  • other ship (such as a sea or river cruise)
  • private transport (such as a car or motorcycle)
  • the following international train or coach connections:
    • Intercity from Berlin
    • ICE International from Frankfurt/Basel
    • Thalys
    • Eurostar
    • Intercity Direct from Brussels 
    • FlixBus international routes.
      You will be checked when you board or during the journey, before the first stop in the Netherlands.

This requirement also applies if you have been vaccinated.