'High risk' Netherland arrivals require negative COVID-19 test


As of 00.00 on 29 December people travelling to the Netherlands must be able to present a negative COVID-19 test result if they are coming from a high-risk area in the EU/Schengen area by aircraft, ferry or international intercity train or coach travelling more than 30km into the Netherlands from the border.

This applies to all passengers, including Dutch nationals and nationals of other EU and Schengen countries. If a passenger is unable to present a negative test result, they may not travel to the Netherlands and will not be permitted to board the aircraft or ferry.

International train and coach passengers must be asked to present a recent negative test result before boarding or during the journey but at any rate before the first stop in the Netherlands. If they are unable to do so they will be asked to leave the vehicle at the first stop after the border.

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 must be a molecular PCR test and must be for SARS-CoV-2/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 test was conducted: the test must have been conducted no more than 72 hours prior to the passenger’s arrival in the Netherlands.
Name and contact information of the institute or laboratory that conducted the test.

People coming from countries inside the EU/Schengen area are only required to present a negative test result. People coming from countries outside the EU/Schengen area are required to present both a negative test result and a negative test declaration bearing their signature.

Passengers from high-risk areas pose a risk to the Netherlands because they could potentially import and spread coronavirus. To limit that risk, they must be able to present a negative test result.

Test must have been conducted less than 72 hours before arrival

The time between the moment the test was conducted 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.


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