*Last updated on: 28 May 2021
COVID-19 Safety Measures at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
The COVID-19 epidemic has forced every airport in the world to adapt, so that passengers can be protected and ordinary business can continue. That's certainly true of Amsterdam Schiphol, one of Europe's largest aviation hubs. So what COVID-19 safety measures at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol should travellers expect? Let's run through some key questions to help you prepare.
What airport measures are currently in place for travellers?
Since the epidemic began, the Netherlands government has restricted access to Schiphol from certain countries. Travellers from countries with a low COVID-19 risk are still welcome in the Netherlands. The status of these countries may change frequently. A list of countries with a low or high COVID-19 risk can be found at the government website. Some businesses at the airport have been closed and opening hours reduced, a 1.5 metres social distancing limit is enforced throughout the airport, and face masks are required in all queues (but not everywhere in the airport). Importantly, all travellers must fill out a Health Declaration Form before arrival.
Do immigration or security checkpoints have new procedures?
Yes, but new measures do not significantly change the arrivals and departure process. Passengers must ensure that they have completed a Health Declaration Form and masks must be worn in all queues. Those arriving from 'orange' coded countries with a high COVID-19 risk must quarantine for 10 days. If you get tested negative after 5 days, you are allowed to shorten the quarantine period. Other than that, getting through immigration and security should be simple.
Are there any testing centers at the airport?
At Schiphol Airport it is possible to take the mandatory antigen rapid test before departure. This is only possible by appointment. Plan your appointment in advance.
What are the rules around social distancing and face masks?
Schiphol Airport operates a 1.5 metres social distancing policy, with floor markings throughout the terminal to ensure that passengers know where to stand. Staff are on hand to assist with distancing, and plastic screens have been added to protect key workers. Face masks are not required everywhere on site - just in security and immigration queues, check in, and baggage reclaim. However, visitors are requested to wear a mask at all times if possible.
Does the airport have a clinic?
Yes, Amsterdam Schiphol has a Medical center which can be found in Lounge 2, after the security checkpoint. The clinic is open 24/7 and offers medical advice, pharmacy services and first aid. However, it does not offer COVID-19 testing.
How often is Amsterdam Schiphol Airport being cleaned?
High traffic areas like toilets, check in desks and all lounges are currently subject to intensive disinfection to combat COVID-19 infection. The airport also provides ways for passengers to sanitize their hands, including free access to hand sanitizer in both Arrivals and Departures.
Are businesses at the airport open as normal?
Most businesses at Schiphol after security have remain opened, although an 8:00 PM closing time has been enforced across the airport. Following the government's measures, dining businesses before security have been shut during the epidemic or offer only takeaway products. The outside terraces of La Place and Café Rembrandt are open between 12 PM and 6 PM. Keep an eye out for updates on which eateries are open for business. Aside from food and drink, the airport's massage service is open, as well as tourist information services, gift shops, supermarkets and banking facilities.
Are there any other special guidelines that travellers should be aware of?
In some cases, passengers may need to undergo temperature checks before boarding, although this varies depending on destination and the airline measurements. Changing flights at Schiphol should operate as normal, unless COVID-19 restrictions are in place at your destination. So check before you fly to avoid any disruption. Additionally, the airport does not currently allow non-flyers inside the terminal. Instead, taxis or friends will have to wait outside the building whether they are greeting or saying goodbye to travellers.
Are there any links to the Dutch government website for travellers?
If you want to find out more before flying with BudgetAir to Amsterdam Schiphol, the Dutch government offers plenty of resources. The airport itself provides regularly updated information about COVID-19, and the government page to advise travellers. Bookmark them both and give them a read before arriving.