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Corona, testing, self-quarantine and vaccination

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

Visit amsterdamauas.com/coronainfo for the latest updates, relevant information about reopening the AUAS from September 1st and frequently asked questions.

Travelling to the Netherlands

Check what you need to do or bring when arriving in the Netherlands. For example, from 8 August 2021 people travelling from outside Europe must show a negative test result or proof of vaccination. People from within Europe can use the EU Digital COVID certificate.

Corona Check app

As of 25 September 2021, the coronavirus entry pass system is introduced for locations that will get busier because the 1.5 metre distancing rule is lifted.

Non-EU students

If you have been fully vaccinated in a non-EU country, you can register your vaccination in the Netherlands at the GGD in Utrecht (near the central train station). You can make an appointment by calling +31 30 8002899.

At the appointment you need to bring the following documents:

  • Proof of identity. The details on the identity document must be the same as the details on the vaccination certificate, and/or;
  • A supporting document that shows your BSN. This is not necessary if your BSN is on the identity document, and;
  • The vaccination certificate you received in the country where you received the vaccination. The vaccination certificate must meet the requirements for vaccination certificates.

This registration is free of charge. However, there is a waiting period. As a quick solution to receive an entry pass, you can show a negative test result.

EU residents

You can use the EU Digital Corona Certificate. This paper or digital certificate from your country of origin allows entry to events in the Netherlands. You need to produce proof of vaccination, recovery or testing. Most EU countries (and Norway, Switzerland and Turkey) have joined a digital system for this purpose.

If you require assistance generating your QR code after reading this webpage , call 0800 1351.

Read more about the COVID QR code on these Government's webpages .

Test facilities

There is nog official test facility at Schiphol airport. Travellers should be tested in their country of origin before departure and every traveller needs to fill in and bring a health declaration when travelling from or to Schiphol Airport.

Free self-tests

As of Wednesday 14 July, employees of the Local Health Authority (GGD) will hand out free COVID-19 self-tests to travellers arriving at Schiphol airport. You can pick up the test just before the baggage reclaim or at the GGD desk at Arrivals. For some flights, the Local Health Authority will be at the gate to hand out the self-tests.

Self-tests are an additional tool to prevent the coronavirus from spreading. It is possible that an infection occurred while you were travelling. By using self-tests, infections can be detected earlier.

You can find more information about self-testing on the website of the Dutch Government .

To prevend the spread of the coronavirus, students and employees are strongly recommended to test themselves before entering an AUAS building. Testing is not compulsory. These tests give you, and others, peace of mind knowing that you are not infected with the COVID-19 virus. You can buy self-tests at pharmacies, drug stores and convenience stores, but the AUAS provides self-tests for free as well.

Free self-tests available at AUAS

Every international student can pick up 2 free self-tests at the AUAS. These will be available from Monday 23 August 2021.

Check at which location you can pick up your free tests:


Desk or room

Opening hours

Amstelcampus (Wibaut building) Student Info desk Monday to Thursday 9am-3pm
Health Campus (Nicolaas Tulp building) Student Info desk Wednesday and Thursday 9am - 3pm
Faculty of Technology (Leeuwenburg building) Student Info desk Monday and Thursday 9am - 3pm
Sports Campus (Dr. Meurer building) Service desk, 1st floor Mon-Fri 9am - 3pm
Business Campus (Fraijlemaborg building)

International Office
room 4.068

Daily from 10am - 1pm

Free self-tests delivered at your Dutch address

The AUAS provides free self-tests for all employees and students. Be sure to order a few self-tests and save them for the start of the academic year. You can order them via the link below (log in with your AUAS-ID). You will receive 4 tests per order and these can be delivered to Dutch addresses only.

You can find more information about self-testing on the website of the Dutch Government .

Order free self-tests

If you already have coronavirus-related symptoms you should not take a self-test in this case. If you have symptoms or if you find out that you have been in close contact with someone who is infected then you should always get tested at a Municipal Health Service (GGD) testing facility . You can get tested free of charge.

COVID-19 vaccinations

As an international student, you are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination. Getting vaccinated is voluntary and free of charge. In these official leaflets (in several different languages) you will read more about how to make a choice if you want to get a jab against the coronavirus or not. You can choose between making an official appointment, or go to one of the vaccination locations without appointment.

The available vaccines are Pfizer/BioNTech and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson). Here you can find the vaccine scheme of the Dutch Government and here more detailed information about the different vaccines.

You can go to one of the official vaccination locations without appointment between 8am and 8pm daily. You do not need your BSN number (yet), but you need to bring your passport or ID.

Information and how to get there

Contrary to what the official governmental websites say, you do not need your BSN number (your proof of registration at a Dutch municipality) to make an appointment. Do not make an appointment on the website or by calling the national number, but call the Amsterdam Public Health Service instead. They speak English and know about the special arrangement for international students to make an appointment without a BSN number. Opening hours 8am to 8pm on work days.

• From a Dutch phone: 020 5555202
• From a foreign phone: +31 20 5555202

It is important to remember the patient number which you will receive from the Amsterdam Public Health Service. You will receive this number when you make an appointment for vaccination. You will need this patient number to add your BSN number later to your health file.

You can get vaccinated without a BSN number, but it is not yet possible to create (digital) proof of vaccination if you do not have a BSN. So you still need your BSN number later. We advise you to register at your municipality a.s.a.p. after a possible quarantine period.

You can request an official (digital) vaccine certificate here . You will need your BSN number and a DigiD (personal code to log on to Dutch governmental websites, only provided when you have a BSN number).

It is important to remember the patient number which you will receive from the Amsterdam Public Health Service. You will receive this number when you make an appointment for vaccination. You will need this patient number to add your BSN number later to your health file. Call the Amsterdam Public Health Service again on 020 5555202 (or from a foreign phone +31 20 5555202) to add your BSN number to your health file.

If you received your first jab abroad and need a second jab, check with the Amsterdam Public Health Service (see phone number above) if you can get a second jab here. It depends on which vaccine you received the first time. The second jab will be from Pfizer/BioNTech, ModeRNA or Janssen (Johnson & Johnson).

Self-quarantine upon arrival

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. If you get tested on day 5 you might be able to shorten the quarantine period.

From 22 September onwards, you do not need to quarantine if you are fully vaccinated.

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.

From 22 September onwards, you do not need to quarantine if you are fully vaccinated.

The Amsterdam Public Health Service also offers specific information for students regarding the coronavirus and self-quarantine in student housing.

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 to 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

If you are travelling from a high-risk country, a negative COVID-19 test result, a quarantine declaration and self-quarantine are mandatory. These requirements also apply even if you have been vaccinated. You may be fined if you do not have a quarantine declaration or if you do not comply with the mandatory quarantine requirements .

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.

Check the AUAS corona information page for current regulations & updates on visiting AUAS buildings.

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 ESN 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.

An official 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 7 October 2021