Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

Important information about self-quarantine

We understand that you might have questions about self-quarantining in the Netherlands after your arrival. We have set up some quarantine information and services to assist you.

Travellers arriving in the Netherlands from certain countries and regions should self-quarantine for 10 days. Even if you do not have any symptoms or if you have tested negative for COVID-19. This also applies if you got tested immediately after arriving in the Netherlands, at Schiphol Airport for instance, and the test result was negative. Once in the Netherlands, you can self-quarantine at home or in temporary or holiday accommodation.

Check the governmental website for the self-quarantine rules and what to do if you develop symptoms.

As of September 12th, the testing centre at Schiphol airport is temporarily closed.

See the Schiphol website for updates.

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued a travel advice for each country. The travel advice indicates whether you are advised to self-quarantine after arriving in the Netherlands from that country. You can check if you need to self-quarantine on this website . We advise you to check this website regularly before your departure − the travel advice can change from day to day.

No, the self-quarantine is an advice. You will not be criminally charged if you do not self-quarantine after arrival. However, to stop the spread of the virus it is strongly recommended you follow the instructions of the Dutch government.

Update August 25th 2020:

The Dutch government has announced that self-quarantine might become mandatory in the near future for travellers arriving from an area or country with an orange or red advisory . Keep a close look on the governmental websites.

No. If you have to self-quarantine because you travelled from an orange or red country and your roommates travelled from a country with a green or yellow travel advice, they do not have to self-quarantine. Only when you (or they) develop symptoms are you all advised to stay inside and avoid contact with others.

When you arrive in the Netherlands you can travel to the city using public transport or a taxi. In both cases you need to wear a (non-medical) face mask. First, you need pick up the key to your accommodation. If you arranged housing via the AUAS, your housing provider will inform you about where and when you can pick up your keys. If you have arranged your own housing, you need to make an appointment with your landlord.

You can have your groceries delivered by the following supermarkets:

  • Jumbo: (translate via Chrome). Payment via debit card/iDeal/credit card
  • Albert Heijn (translate via Chrome). Payment via debit card/iDeal

Student buddies can help you with your groceries. You can sign up for a buddy on the website of the ASVA Student Union or ISN Amsterdam .

Make sure that you have a credit card and/or enough cash to pay for living expenses for two weeks. You can also open a Dutch bank account with Bunq * or ABN AMRO* online to use iDeal, which is the common electronic payment in the Netherlands.

* only possible for specific nationalities or only EU residents.

You can do all this after your self-quarantine period. Check our website for instructions on how to make an appointment with the municipality and for more information on the student ID card and biometrics.

No. Since you are expected to stay at home during your self-quarantine you cannot go outside or visit the AUAS campuses.

If you develop symptoms that could be related to the coronavirus, you can get tested for free to check if you have Covid-19. Please visit this governmental website for more information. Please stay at home until you receive the results of the test. Do not visit the campus or do groceries yourself if you have any symptoms.

If you have Covid-19 related questions or want to make an appointment to get tested, you can call this number from the Dutch government:

  • 0800-1351 (from the Netherlands)
  • 00312 0205 1351 (from abroad)

Please note: According to the website, you should have a BSN (social security number). If you do not have a BSN yet, because you have not registered yet at the municipality, you can still make an appointment for the coronatest.

If you require medical assistance, it’s standard practice in the Netherlands to have an initial consultation with a general practitioner, before making an appointment with a specialist in the hospital.

As a student in Amsterdam you can contact the General Practitioners Practice UvA/AUAS if you need medical assistance. Do not visit the practice − please call first.

If you have severe symptoms or belong to an at-risk group, contact a general practitioner.

In a life-threatening situation, always call 112.

A corona test at one of the governmental test locations is free of charge.

All international students need health insurance when staying in the Netherlands. This is obligatory under Dutch law. Being properly insured is important as well in order to avoid potentially high medical costs. See our website for more information.

If you are not required to self-quarantine because you are travelling from a country with a yellow or green travel advice, please follow the steps on this website which will help you to get settled in.

And you can of course sign up to help students who do need to quarantine by becoming a buddy.

Quarantine essentials

Published by  Student Affairs 13 October 2020