I am a British citizen but a permanent resident of the Netherlands, hoping to take the Eurostar from London to Amsterdam on 26 January.

The Netherlands has of course implemented extremely strict travel restrictions between UK and NL but the train seems to be running, and I meet the exemption criteria to travel.

However, I am unsure about the requirements, especially about the "rapid antigen test". Dutch and British government websites state that this is required only for entry by flight or boat, and Eurostar website asks only for 72 hour PCR test. But some small news websites in NL report that the 4 hour rapid test is also required.

Does anyone know what will be required to board the train?

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Update: Eurostar has updated its website and now has the latest details! Both a PCR test (max 72 hours before departure) and a rapid test (max 4 hours before departure) are required for travel to the Netherlands.

Eurostar recommends this clinic: https://www.privatecoronavirustests.com/page/how-does-the-test-work (clinic is 10 mins away by tube, with results in 15-20 minutes verbally and a certificate to arrive within an hour).

  • Can you link to that specific page? Double-checked, and the Dutch government still only mentions the rapid test for air and sea travel
    – Crazydre
    Jan 24, 2021 at 17:37
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    Found it. Going to enquire with the Dutch KMar
    – Crazydre
    Jan 24, 2021 at 17:41
  • Yep, guess you found it but here: eurostar.com/uk-en/travel-info/service-information/…
    – Lucy
    Jan 24, 2021 at 18:18
  • Thanks. I told the KMar that either the government website is wrong or Eurostar is incorrectly informed, and that in the latter case, Eurostar should be urgently notified to avoid people being wrongfully denied boarding. Still waiting for a reply
    – Crazydre
    Jan 24, 2021 at 18:20
  • Also didn't see it on the Dutch government website, called the Dutch embassy in the UK and they were confused too, but they think the rapid antigen test is required. On this web page, it specifically says that only a PCR test is required for train travel rijksoverheid.nl/onderwerpen/coronavirus-covid-19/… so all very confusing.
    – Lucy
    Jan 24, 2021 at 18:23

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