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Train travel guidelines and rules per country

This page was updated on January 6, 2022.

Travelling in the coming months

The travel advice for some countries will be changed to 'code yellow' in the coming period. This means that there are risks, but that you can travel to those countries. Upon return, you will no longer need to go into quarantine.
As of 1 July, travel within Europe will be made easier by the introduction of a corona certificate.Read more about travel within Europe this summer

Return journeys from European countries with color code yellow

All travelers aged 12 and older will need a corona certificate to travel back from a country with color code yellow. A corona certificate is a:

  • vaccination certificate;
  • proof of recovery;
  • test result.

You can be tested for corona in your holiday country. A PCR test may be taken up to 48 hours before departure. An antigen test can be up to 24 hours old.
View the test options abroad

Return journeys from countries outside the EU/Schengen

The guidelines have been tightened up from December 22. You can find the new regulations for traveling from the United Kingdom on the government's website.

Guidelines and rules per country

Below you can see the rules and guidelines for travelling by train per country or find the link to the local authorities. The measures can change per country or area and per day. It is possible that the information shown is no longer complete or up to date. You cannot derive any rights from this overview. It is your own responsibility to check which travel restrictions apply to your trip. Therefore, always check the current travel advice from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or from the government of the country of destination or the countries you are travelling through.

Austria: If you travel to Austria by train, you must be vaccinated or cured (2G policy). The second vaccination should not have been more than 270 days ago. There are other conditions for the Janssen vaccine. A negative PCR or antigen test is no longer sufficient. The check can take place in the train.

From the night of Friday to Saturday 25 December 2021 at 00:00 a.m. a quarantine obligation applies in Austria for travelers from the Netherlands. The 2G rule applies to the outward journey to Austria:

  • You may only travel to Austria if you have been vaccinated or cured.
  • You will be quarantined for 10 days on arrival in Austria. On day 5 you are allowed to test yourself with a negative PCR test. If you have had a booster vaccination and can show a negative PCR test that is up to 72 hours old on arrival in Austria, you do not need to be quarantined. Read more (Dutch)

Switzerland: A negative PCR test of up to 72 hours of age or an antigen test of up to 24 hours of age for vaccinees is the only requirement to travel to Switzerland..Read more (Dutch)


We advise you to take a good look at the travel advice from the government.

For all passengers travelling to Belgium:

  • Fom October 30 2021: Travellers from the Netherlands do not have to be quarantined if they have a corona certificate.
  • For all passengers travelling to Belgium: If you are staying in Belgium for more than 48 hours, you must fill in your travel and contact details on an online form (Public Health Passenger Locator Form) before arrival. You can fill in this form from 48 hours before departure.
  • It is compulsory for travellers (over 10 years old) on Belgian public transport to wear a mouth shield. This applies to the bus and train as well as the stations and platforms.
For passengers travelling with Thalys
  • Travellers must be able to present one of these documents: vaccination certificate, proof of recovery or a negative test result from a PCR test, up to 72 hours old.
  • Every passenger travelling with Thalys in Belgium and France must wear a mouth shield on board.


Code yellow applies throughout France and there are strict rules for travelers to France. We advise you to take a good look at the travel advice from the Dutch government.

You must be in possession of a completed sworn statement. This applies to travelers from the age of 12. From 3 January 2022, it will no longer be permitted to eat on trains (long distance, TGV). This does NOT apply to Thalys, as that is an international train.Read more about these entry conditions on the website of the French embassy in The Hague

      For passengers travelling with Thalys
      • Travellers must be able to present one of these documents: vaccination certificate, proof of recovery or a negative test result from a PCR test, up to 72 hours old.
      • Every passenger travelling with Thalys in Belgium and France must wear a mouth shield on board.

      England, London

      Rules for travellers to London:

      • You must fill in your travel and contact details on an online form before departure. You must be able to show this form on your telephone, tablet or laptop or in a printed version upon arrival at the border. You can complete this form 48 hours before departure. This measure applies to both residents of the United Kingdom and visitors.
      • If you are traveling to England and have been fully vaccinated, you must make a booking for an antigen or PCR test before departure. You can take the test until day 2 after arrival at the latest. You must be able to show proof of the booked test in the Eurostar terminal where your Eurostar is leaving.
      • You are required to do a PCR or antigen test at most 48 hours before departure.
      • Upon arrival, you must be quarantined until you receive the negative PCR test result.
      • If you are not (fully) vaccinated, you must be quarantined for 10 days after arrival.
      • Before departure you must be tested (PCR or antigen), no more than 2 hours before departure.
      • If you have not yet been (fully) vaccinated, you must have made arrangements before departure for the PCR tests on days 2 and 8. Read more about this on the UK government site
      • If you need to go in quarantine in the UK, you may be able to shorten that period with the Test to Release program. Read more on the UK government site

      For travellers from London:

      For travellers with Eurostar:

      • Wearing a mouth shield (may be homemade) is mandatory in Eurostar.
      • It is possible that at check-in you will be assigned a different place to give everyone enough space on the train. Partners and families may sit next to each other.


      To Germany

      • From Sunday 21 November 2021, the Netherlands will be a corona risk area for Germany. You must register in advance via Einreiseanmeldung and quarantine for 10 days if you do not have a valid digital corona certificate. Read more on nederlandwereldwijd (Dutch).
      • You must also upload your (digital) vaccination certificate, recovery certificate or negative PCR, antigen test result on the registration website.
      • These rules apply to all persons from the age of 7.
      • If you do not have a vaccination or recovery certificate, you must be in quarantine in Germany. This applies regardless of age. At least five days after your arrival in Germany, the quarantine can be ended with a negative test result (from 12 years).
      • For journeys within Germany, wearing a medical-grade mask (FFP2 mask) is mandatory, this applies to all trains. The obligation also applies at stations and platforms. Please note: on the route of ICE and IC Berlin within the Netherlands a face mask is also mandatory.

      From Germany to the Netherlands

      From September 6, 2021 you must be able to show a corona certificate for the return trip to the Netherlands. More information at (Dutch).

      Do you want to change or cancel? This is possible if you have a flexible ticket with at least the Sparpreis Europe rate (mid-flex). You can then change your trip free of charge up to 1 day before departure. You can cancel your ticket online.

      Read more about changing or cancelling tickets
      Read more about flexible booking

      For travellers with ICE International or Intercity Berlin:

      • In the bistro on board the ICE and IC Berlin trains only "take away" catering is available. No service is provided. Payment by credit card is preferred.
      • In some trains it is possible to pay with PIN. The lounges are closed at the German stations.

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