Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.
Commercial Testing Facilities
The U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam has prepared a list of commercial testing providers. This list is not comprehensive and the information within is subject to change at any time. The Embassy and Consulate are not able to administer or pay for COVID-19 tests. Potential travelers should carefully consider that availability of tests and timeliness of results cannot be guaranteed. The U.S. Embassy and Consulate General assume no responsibility or liability for the professional ability of reputation, or the quality of services provided by the following persons or firms. Note that there are currently no COVID-19 testing facilities in the transit area of Schiphol airport.
- Coronalab.eu: https://coronalab.eu/en/
- International Health Center of the Hague Travel Clinic: https://ihch.nl/en/latest-updates-coronacovid-19-virus/possibilities-for-testing-for-covid-19/
- KLM Health Services: https://klmhealthservices.com/reisvoorbereiding/coronatest/
- VaccinatieCentrum: https://www.vaccinatiecentrum.nl/
- Het Huisarts Lab: https://www.hethuisartslab.com/covid19
Waivers to the testing requirement may be granted by the CDC on an extremely limited basis when extraordinary emergency travel (like an emergency medical evacuation) must occur to preserve someone’s health and safety, and testing cannot be completed before travel. There are no waivers available for individuals who test positive for COVID-19.
Requesting a waiver
Individuals – or air carriers seeking to allow boarding by potentially qualifying individuals – who believe they meet the criteria for a waiver should contact the U.S. Consulate General in Amsterdam at CDCTestWaiverAMS@state.gov for waiver requests and provide the information below. The U.S. Consulate General will then submit the request to the CDC for consideration.
The following information must be provided for each passenger:
- Name (family name/surname, given name), passport number and country
- Cell phone number including country code of passenger or head of household if family unit
- Email address of passenger or head of household if family unit
- U.S. destination address
- Is U.S. destination home address?
- Departure date
- Flight itinerary
- Name of submitting entity if different from passenger
- Name of company submitting on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable)
- Name of point of contact submitting on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable)
- Phone and email address for POC submitting waiver request on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable)
- Purpose of travel to the U.S. (provide brief explanation of why urgent travel is needed and how travel will contribute to health and safety of passengers(s))
- Justification for testing waiver (e.g. no testing available, impact on health and safety)
- Documentation to support justification for test waiver, if available (e.g. medical records or orders for medical evacuation)