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By Willy van Knippenberg, 18 june 2020

Schiphol Airport: Travelling from and to The Netherlands

The world is under the spell of the coronavirus (COVID-19). During the pandemic, Schiphol has always remained open to ensure that cargo flights continue to fly in with medical devices and that travelers can go home. Now that the world is slowly opening up again, we expect more and more travelers to fly again via Schiphol in the coming period.

To reduce the risk of a new coronavirus outbreak, Schiphol has taken measures for your safety and that of your fellow travelers. You already know most of these measures, because you will find them everywhere in the Netherlands. But many travelers from other countries also come to Schiphol, who are not yet familiar with how we deal with corona measures in the Netherlands. That is why you will find the 10 most important measures in a row below.

At Schiphol we kindly ask you:

  • Keep a 1.5 meters social distance
  • Wear your mouth mask during check-in, during security and border processes and when boarding
  • Have a health certificate with you
  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Coughing and sneezing in the inside of your elbow
  • Use tissues and throw them away after you blow your nose
  • Avoid shaking hands
  • Touch as few things as possible with your hands
  • Use wireless payment options
  • Follow the Schiphol guidelines

Schiphol and the Coronavirus frequently asked questions:

  1. Do I have to be quarantined when I land at Schiphol?
    Measures are currently in force throughout the Netherlands to combat the spread of the coronavirus. If you don't have a cold, you don't have to quarantine from the government.

    If you land at Schiphol with a flight from the United States, the cabinet will call for a fourteen-day home quarantine upon your return. The same appeal applies to people who come to the Netherlands on a repatriation flight from countries from which no flights are allowed to land at Schiphol. These are mainland China (including Hong Kong), South Korea, Italy, Spain, and Austria. Although home quarantine is not mandatory and is not checked, the Cabinet expressly asks travelers who return from these countries to cooperate.

    Furthermore, RIVM advises to keep an appropriate distance from each other (1.5 meters) and not to form groups with 3 or more persons, unless you are with your family. Do you feel a cold? Then stay home.

  2. How can I keep a distance of 1.5 meters at Schiphol?
    Keeping a safe social distance is the most important thing at Schiphol. Everywhere at the airport we help you keep 1.5 meters away via markings, floor stickers and posters. Schiphol employers are also ready to help you with this. We ask you to do your utmost to keep your distance and wash your hands regularly when you are at Schiphol.
  3. Do I have to wear a face mask at Schiphol?
    We ask all travelers to wear a mask at the check-in desks, at the security and border processes and when boarding. When you get off the plane, we ask that you wear a mask where you or your luggage are checked, for example at customs. This is also indicated in these places.
  4. Can disinfectant hand gel be carried in my hand luggage?
    Yes, as long as the hand gel is in a package of maximum 100 ml. The hand gel is subject to the rules of carrying liquids.
  5. Do you need a health certificate to travel?
    Yes, it is important that you have a health certificate with you when you fly. Download the form here and fill it in before you leave home. You must be able to show this if you are requested to do so at Schiphol, on the plane or at the destination airport. So put the health declaration in a handy place, with your passport, your boarding pass or take it with you on your mobile.
  6. Should children also wear mouth masks?
    We advise all travelers aged 13 and over to wear a face mask where indicated at the airport. If you travel with children under the age of 13, they do not have to wear a mask. It is smart to bring extra mouth masks, also for your children. Because it is possible that different rules apply in the country you are flying to.


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