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Does KLM Require Negative COVID Test to Fly Internationally?

Do you need negative COVID test to fly?

Does KLM require negative COVID test to fly?

The answer is simple and complicated all at the same time. Because mostly airlines, including KLM, just do what governments tell them to do. That’s why, in order to find out what will you need for your flight, will you need to present negative COVID test or not, you have to check the current entry requirements of the country you are flying to.

Does KLM Require Negative COVID Test to Fly?

Yes — if the government is asking them to do it.

No — if the government isn’t asking them to do it.

Airlines, including KLM, just do what they are told by the governments.

Whether you will or won’t be asked to show anything mostly depends from the current laws, regulations and entry requirements of the country you are planning to travel to. If you have a connecting flight, make sure to check also the transfer rules of the country where you will have a layover. If it’s a self transfer (you booked your flights separately), most likely it will count as an entry not a transit. Take this into account, and prepare for this.

For up to date information on travel restrictions in countries KLM is flying to, you can check this special page. For European destinations you can also use the reopen.europa.eu, which is available in all official languages of the European Union.

You Don’t Have a Negative Test, and You’re Denied Boarding

Can you get a refund, voucher or compensation?

If the test was requested by the government, and you didn’t have it, it’s considered your fault. The same is true with other entry requirements. If you forgot about something, or if you didn’t want to do it, you won’t be entitled to any refund or denied boarding compensation. It may sound silly or stupid, especially if you are already fully vaccinated, but that’s the rules, and sometimes all passengers are requested to have a negative test result.

It’s governments around the world, not KLM making these rules.

And we – passengers – have to follow these rules.

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