Negative COVID-19 test result and declaration on arrival in the Netherlands

You are required to show a negative COVID-19 test result if you are travelling to the Netherlands from most countries. If you are coming from a country outside the EU/Schengen area, you are also required to present a negative test declaration bearing your signature.

Information that must be provided on the test result

The negative test result must be in English, German, French, Spanish or Dutch. The document must include the following information:

  • Type of test: the test used must be a molecular PCR test for the diagnosis of active SARS-CoV-2 infection (COVID-19). No other type of test, including a rapid test, is valid;
  • Test result: the test result must be negative (or ‘not detected’);
  • Passenger’s first and last name as stated in their passport;
  • Date and time the passenger was 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.

Who needs to present a negative COVID-19 test result?

People arriving from EU/Schengen countries only have to present a negative test result. People coming from countries outside the EU/Schengen area must present both a negative test result and a negative test declaration bearing their signature. Some exceptions apply.

Why a negative test result is required

Passengers from high-risk areas pose a risk to the Netherlands because they could potentially import and spread coronavirus. To limit that risk, the government decided that they must be able to present a negative test result. This requirement still applies and has been laid down in a ministerial order under the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act.

Test must have been conducted less than 72 hours before arrival

The time between samples being collected from the passenger’s nose and/or throat, and the passenger’s arrival in the Netherlands must be no more than 72 hours. The result must be known before the passenger departs for the Netherlands. To arrange a COVID-19 test, contact the health services in the country you are departing from.

No entry to the Netherlands if test result is positive

If a person has tested positive for COVID-19 they are not allowed to travel anywhere, including to the Netherlands. They must remain in the country they are in until they no longer have symptoms, and they must follow the advice of the local health services. This also applies to Dutch nationals.

They can travel to the Netherlands only if they no longer have symptoms and they have tested negative for COVID-19.

Self-quarantining upon arrival in the Netherlands

A negative test result is not a substitute for self-quarantining. People with a negative test result should still self-quarantine for 10 days on arrival in the Netherlands