Updated: 26th of May, 2021

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Erasmus Student Network (ESN) The Netherlands wants to express it solidarity, help and support to all those who are suffering because of COVID-19. Our prayers and thoughts go out to all our friends worldwide. As an organization with the motto 'Students helping Students', we contiously will update you on the current situation in the Netherlands regarding COVID-19. We kindly suggest you to follow to guidelines and measures of the Dutch Authorities, which can be found on this page. 

This is a challenging period for us all: for all the international students in our small country to all our volunteers that do their best to make your stay here as pleasent as possible. In act of responsibility, our 18 sections have cancellend and/or posponted their activities in order to reduce the potential possibility to spread COVID-19, and thereby, following the lines of the government to contribute to the public health. We are all sorry that we can't organise the amazing activities for you to show the beauty of our country and culture. Once the situation has calmed down, we will get back to you, to give you the experience in the Netherlands that you deserve.

We would like to leave a message to all the international students here in the Netherlands and who are confronted with the complex situation. Please remain calm and stay safe in these times. Additionally, if you have any questions or worries, don't hesitate to contact your local ESN section or ESN The Netherlands. We will always be here to support you and help when needed, especially in times like this. Don't feel alone in this situation, even if you are far away from home, because you're not alone. ESN is one big family, that will always take care of you.

Untill that, we wish you all the best and may your experience still be amazing.

General Information from the Public Health and the Environment (RIVM):

The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) of the Netherlands is applying the following measures in the whole country:

  •  Always keep a distance from others (at least 1.5 meters). Also at home: have a maximum of two visitors and keep the distance even then. 

  • Cafe's, restaurants and bars have their terraces open from 06.00 to 20.00.

  • Public places are closed.

  • Non-essential stores are open again without reservation.

  • From the 1st of June on, it is obligated to wear a non-medical face-mask in public transport. If you do not wear a face mask in public transport, you risk a fine of 90 euros.

  • Wear a facemask inside public places and stores.

  • Retail stores have to close at 20.00, and shopping evenings will be abolished for the moments.

  • Alcohol cannot be sold between 20.00 and 07.00, and it is also not allowed to consume it in public spaces.

  • Inside sports are allowed again.

  • No audience at sport events. In addition, sport canteens are closed.

  • Working at home is the norm: work at home, unless it is really impossible.

  • Inside and outside, a group can conists of a maximum of two people from different households.

  • Contact professions, like barbers, are open, but only on appointment.

  • It is strongly advised to travel as less as possible within the country.

  • It is also strongly advised not to travel abroad untill half of March, with the exceptions of family circumstances.

  • If you travel from abroad to the Netherlands, you will have to have a negative PCR test. For more information about this, please check out the website of the government.

The measures are based on the advice of experts.

For all the information, and to prevent you from misinformation, we suggest you to visit the website of the RIVM

Free self-tests for students

For students and employees of Dutch universities, it is possible to get free COVID self-tests!

A big part of the students and employees can ask for a free COVID self-test via a national website. Some universities will take care of it themself, but everyone can find information on the website. Students and employees will be informed about this via their institution.

By providing every students and employee with a free self-test, contamination can be signalised (earlier), which makes it possible to prevent the spread of the virus. The usage of a self-test is on a voluntary base. The goal of the self-tests is to reduce the number of cases in the Netherlands.
For more information, Q&A's and if you would like to order a self-test, please visit www.zelftestonderwijs.nl (also available in English)

General Information

Please note that this is a new and highly contagious disease. However, outbreaks can be managed with appropriate measures (see below), and the vast majority of infected people will recover (Source: European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control).

People of all ages can be infected by the new coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Older people, and people with pre-existing medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease) appear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the virus. WHO advises people of all ages to take steps to protect themselves and others from the virus. (WHO source)

We therefore advise you to follow the WHO recommendations for the public:

  • Wash your hands frequently: Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
  • Maintain social distancing: Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
  • Practice respiratory hygiene: Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.