You are coming to Eindhoven for your studies in the Netherlands. Great that you will be living in one of our student residences!
We understand that you require information about COVID-19 to prepare for your trip. Of course, you will also want to know which rules are applicable in the Netherlands.
The Dutch government hosts informative websites that are kept up to date. We have listed them for you:
Travel to the Netherlands: Is that allowed? What do I need to consider?
Entry into the Netherlands:
Are you travelling from a country with a travel restriction in place? As a student, you are still allowed to travel (as of 14 July). Read here about:
A health certificate and mouth covering are required on flights.
Once in the Netherlands:
Your first two weeks:
Our government constantly evaluates the situation in our country and neighbouring countries. If needed rules will be adjusted. You can follow them here:
As long as you follow the rules, you are allowed to do many things. However, should you not follow the rules, fines are applicable. They are very strict about this in the Netherlands!
Read more about it at the following page:
Make sure you are well aware of the following:
COVID-19 vaccination | RIVM
Netherlands has just started vaccinations, international students will be offered vaccination in due time.
Though many offices are closed, people are still working
In the Netherlands, a large number of people are currently working from home. Therefore, it is not always possible to schedule a personal appointment at an office.
Grocery stores, shops, restaurants
Grocery stores are open. Take away food is available, Drugstores and Pharmacies are open.
Current measures: shops restaurants etc. are closed. Measures are valid until 9th february.
At many shops, you are required to wear a mouth mask, use hand disinfectant at the entrance and/or when collecting a basket.
Coming to our office
If you have rented accommodation, you will receive your rental contract per post. After this, you will receive a message about collecting the keys. Please let us know: 1) when you think you will be picking up the keys and 2) from which country you are entering. This information is necessary because it allows us to take measures to keep you and other students safe.
Will you be arriving later?
If so, let us know immediately! For the time being, we will keep the accommodation reserved for you. The rent, however, will take effect on the planned starting date.
Inside individual accommodation
If you live alone, additional rules will apply to you. You may receive visitors, as long as you and your guests maintain a distance of 1.5 meters. (For information about the current situation, consult: https://www.rivm.nl/en
Inside group accommodation
Will you be renting an independent student room? If so, you and your housemates will share rooms such as the bathroom, kitchen and, often, the living room. You will be considered one household. Therefore, you do not have to wear a mouth covering while indoors.
Some of the buildings have common rooms. These are open and accessible. Vestide will clean these rooms according to a schedule which does not include additional cleaning.
You may use the common rooms, but you must observe the general rules. Wash your hands before entering and do not leave things lying around when you leave.
If you feel sick
Read more here about testing and when you can request a test: https://www.government.nl/topics/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-test
In the Netherlands, everyone who is experiencing symptoms can be tested. This includes tourists and foreign students. Individuals can call the national number: 0800-1202. When calling this number, you can indicate that you would like to speak in English. In which case, the results will also be provided in English.
It is okay if you do not have a BSN (a citizen service number).
While registering for a test, students may choose which location they would like to visit. In Eindhoven, a testing street is located nearby the carpark of IJssportcentrum Eindhoven. The address is: Anton Coolenlaan 3.
Are you sick? Report this to your educational institution and to us.
In the Netherlands, many of the supermarkets offer online shopping. Check out:
Log on to your building's Facebook page and ask if someone can bring you your groceries.