Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences


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

What does self-quarantine mean?

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, and the test result was negative. Once in the Netherlands, you can self-quarantine at home or in temporary or holiday accommodation.

Self-quarantine upon arrival

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.

The testing centre at Schiphol airport is temporarily closed. Travellers should be tested in their country of origin before departure.

Every traveller needs to fill in and bring a health declaration when travelling from or to Schiphol Airport.

Update January 20 2021

The Dutch government is looking into the option of introducing a mandatory test upon arrival. Check the Schiphol website for updates and the official health declaration form.

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.

Other self-quarantine FAQ's

The self-quarantine is a strict recommendation. 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 January 20 2021

The Dutch government is looking into the option to make the self-quarantine mandatory shortly. Keep a close look on the governmental websites for updates.

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 is 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.

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

Due to the current lockdown, university buildings remain closed until at least February 9th 2021. Check the AUAS corona information page for updates.

When you or your roommates develop symptoms, you are all advised to stay inside and avoid contact with others. Check this decision tree from the municipality of Amsterdam:

Corona & self quarantine house rules (PDF download)

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 * online to use iDeal, which is the common electronic payment in the Netherlands.

* only possible for specific nationalities or only EU residents.

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 yourself.

Quarantine essentials

Published by  Student Affairs 19 May 2021