Students arriving in the Netherlands from a country or area where an orange or red travel advisory applies for health reasons are strongly advised to self-quarantine for 10 days. This can be done at home or in temporary or holiday accommodation.
We understand this might be a struggle and that you have questions about self-quarantining in The Netherlands.
We have set up quarantine services to help you along.
The travel advice for each country (of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs) indicates whether or not you are advised to self-quarantine after arriving in the Netherlands from that country. This page is only available in Dutch. You can check if you need to self-quarantine by entering the country your travelling from in the Voer hier uw land of gebied in section.
It does not matter whether a country already had an orange travel advisory when you arrived there or this changed during your stay. In both cases you must self-quarantine for 10 days after arriving in the Netherlands. This also applies if you return home immediately if an advisory changes to orange. If a country has an orange travel advisory for reasons other than health, you do not need to self-quarantine.
If you have a Covid-19 related question you can call this number from the Dutch government: 0800-1351 (from the Netherlands). From abroad you can call this number: 00312 0205 1351.
Anyone with complaints that fits the corona virus (cough, cold and / or fever) can register:
- via the national telephone number: 0800 - 1202
- via the GGD Rotterdam-Rijnmond: 010 - 443 81 00
Both telephone numbers are available between 08:00 - 20:00.
There are various test locations in the Rotterdam-Rijnmond region. You can be tested here after registering for it. You can test in:
- Rotterdam, the parking garage near the Topsportcentrum (Van Zandvlietplein 20, Rotterdam)
- Rotterdam , the Fietspunt (Koperstraat 23, Rotterdam)
Go there by bike or public transport. Make sure to wear a face mask while travelling in public transport and plan your trip ahead via 9292ov.nl.
For medical assistance, the usual practice in the Netherlands is for a patient to have an initial consultation with a general practitioner (Dutch: huisarts), before making an appointment with a specialist in hospital.
We strongly encourage you to register at a GP as soon as possible. Medical help without referral can lead to unforeseen, high costs and waiting times. Check the website of the Erasmus Medical Center to find out which GP you can register at, and learn more about the Dutch referral system.
Update: Health Centre Rotterdam Noord is still accepting new patients. For more information you can call them: 0031 10 466 04 86
In case you are dealing with non-urgent symptoms that you would like to talk about with a professional, an online consultation with a registered doctor via hellodoc might answer your needs. To learn more about this service, visit the website and find out what’s in it for you! Remember though, this is a temporary solution and you should always start by registering at a regular GP.
The university psychologists aim to offer support to students who have study issues and psychological, social and/or emotional problems that are hindering their study progress.
If the university psychologists are unable to offer students the support they need, they will refer them to other support agencies.
You are by law obliged to be properly insured during your time in the Netherlands. Next to it being obliged, you also really don’t want to be surprised by having to pay for an unforeseen issue yourself.
Make sure that you are sufficiently insured for:
- Medical expenses - including any pre-existing conditions you might have;
- Third-party liability insurance;
- Fire and home furnishing insurance - if you will be living in student accommodation.
There are multiple banks that offer the possibility of opening a Dutch bank account online:
- ABN AMBRO
No BSN required, you should provide:
- Passport or ID card;
- Proof of enrollment;
- TIN/FIN code;
- BSN can be emailed to email@example.com 6 months afterwards.
In the case of being a minor, you should make an appointment at an ABN AMRO office. Please make an appointment after your quarantine.
BSN only required after 3 months.
Minors can easily open their own account as long as they have the approval of their parent or legal guardian. The parent or legal guardian has to have a Bunq personal account. This way we can verify his/her identity and confirm that he/she is the legal guardian of the minor.
- N26 bank
- ABN AMBRO
Many Dutch supermarkets offer a delivery option. For example:
- Through the website Jumbo.nl (use browser google Chrome and click on translate page) you can order online groceries;
- Through the website ah.nl (use browser google Chrome and click on translate page) you can order online groceries;
- Through the website coop.nl (use browser google Chrome and click on translate page) you can order online groceries.
- You can easily order food through Thuisbezorgd.nl (also available as app) or with Deliveroo (app).
Keep in touch with other students!
- ESN has set up group chat via WhatsApp for the students who are in self-quarantine. You can join the group by clicking here.
- Chat with other students through the Are you OK out there platform;
- Join the Stay Rotterdam community and get to know other students in Rotterdam.
- Pandemic Pal Program (EUR Living Room);
- EUR Buddy Program;
- Discover the campus in Minecraft!
- Studium Generale offers quarantaine-tips via their website;
- Studium Generale also offers online events via their website, Facebook and Instagram;
- Erasmus Sport offers all sorts of guided online sports lessons via Facebook such as HIT, Yoga, Zumba and Pilates;
- ESN offers online events you can check their social media for updates and join this chat;
- Please check our website to join student organisations; study associations, student fraternities, sport associations.
- You can watch many series and programmes via the website of the public broadcaster NPO. In the genre section you can choose documentaries, films, thriller etc. Many of them are English spoken or offer subtitles.
- You can try Netflix for free for 30 days, don’t forget to cancel at any time before your trial ends and you won’t be charged. No complicated contract, no cancellations fees and no commitment;
- You can try Videoland for free for 14 days. If you cancel within the trial period, they will not charge costs.
No, the self-quarantine is an advice. You will not be criminally charged if you do not self-quarantine after arrival.
No, if you decide to self-quarantine because you travelled from an orange or red country your roommates do not have to self-quarantine as well. Only when you (or they) develop symptoms you should stay inside and avoid contact with others.
For more information please consult the GGD directly via the national telephone number: 0800 - 1202.
- You can find up to date information on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
- If you have a Covid-19 related question you can call this number from the Dutch government: 0800-1351 (from the Netherlands). From abroad you can call this number: 00312 0205 1351;
- Health related information about Covid-19 can be found on the website of the GGD. You can also call them for more information or making a test appointment.