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Transiting Schiphol Airport for Vaccinated Americans

I have tried and failed to figure out the current status or future plans to allow vaccinated Americans to transit Schiphol without a negative test result. We are booked on a Switzerland tour the end of Aug and right now awaiting the Swiss vote (23 Jun) regarding vaccinated tourists. Flight reservations to get there are KLM from Atlanta to Amsterdam, then another KLM flight from there to Geneva (about a 2 hour layover so not leaving the airport). The flights were booked thru the tour company last fall with the actual payment due the end of July. I'm hesitant to change itineraries (e.g. fly into CDG) now that airfares are starting to go up.

I don't mind the hassle or expense of a PCR test, just worried about getting the timing right and the results in time.

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This is from the KLM website (link below...)

"Do you have a transfer in the Netherlands?

If you are travelling from a high-risk country, you don’t need to show a COVID-19 test result, but you are required to submit a quarantine declaration form. Please make sure to check the entry requirements of your final destination at TravelDoc.
Read more about the COVID-19 NAAT (PCR, mPOCT, NAAT, RT PCR, RT LAMP and TMA) tests and rapid tests on the website of the Dutch government."

https://www.klm.us/information/faq

You can also keep your eye on the following FlyerTalk thread for any updates...

https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/klm-flying-dutchman/2031134-negative-pcr-test-now-required-transit-nl-dec-29-a.html

If you go to the entries starting June 1st you'll see the start of the discussion about the removal of the testing requirement for transit passengers.

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Sarah Murdoch, one of Rick’s guides recently live-streamed her experience transiting thru AMS to Croatia. Here is the link to her FB page if you’d like to see how she did.

https://www.facebook.com/adventureswithsarah

It was posted on 5/27 or 5/28.

Things may be entirely different by August as well.

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Hi CJ, not sure if you saw the post by phred, but there’s a link to an article on transiting though European airports, including the one in Amsterdam you were asking about. Here’s the link to the full article.

https://thepointsguy.com/guide/transiting-european-airports-covid/

The relevant part for you is this:

The Netherlands says that passengers can travel to a third country via
Schiphol. Passengers transiting via AMS no longer need proof of a
negative COVID-19 test in order to do so. According to the Netherlands
government, if you start your journey in a high-risk country and
change planes in the Netherlands, you do not need to show a negative
PCR test result or rapid test result on arrival.

The government says that a transfer is when you change planes and
continue your journey within a few hours, and in any case within one
day without leaving the airport where your transfer.

I hope that helps. Keeping my fingers crossed for Switzerland. 😊

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Yes, thank you Carrie I saw it and I'm waiting impatiently for the swiss vote on the 23 Jun. Are you planning a Swiss trip as well?

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Yes, my many times rescheduled trip to Switzerland is now planned for Sept. I’m hopeful it’s going to happen this time. It will be my first trip out of the US, so I am beyond excited!!

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We've been to Basel and Lucerne as part of a river cruise and were scheduled on this Tauck tour last Sep but had to resked for this year. Rescheduling again would cause a ripple effect this year and next. We're also booked on a Normandy/Brittany/Loire/Paris back to back with the Swiss tour. It's definitely on. Going to be a busy month. In between we'll spend a few days in northern Switzerland where our grandfather came from. Can't wait.