International travel

Erasmus University Rotterdam follows the travel advice of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The travel advice is continuously adjusted. On the website Netherlands Worldwide, of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the travel advice is updated.

Latest updates

  • Travelling abroad / internships / exchange/ field work to countries with code yellow/green (according to the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs) can continue. These colors can rapidly change due to the pandemic: a yellow country/region can suddenly change into a lock down situation with travel and/or education restrictions as a result. In January 2020 the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs offered help to those stuck abroad to come back to The Netherlands. Unlike then, they (and so is Erasmus University Rotterdam) will not offer that kind of help to those who decide to travel now.

    However, it is strongly advised not to travel abroad until mid-March 2021. People without European citizenship traveling from outside of the European Union/ Schengen will need to show a negative corona test and need a supporting form.

    Travelling abroad / internships / exchange/ field work to countries with code orange/red (according to the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs) are not allowed; only for essential reasons it is allowed to travel to a country with an orange code. Education is never essential in this case.

    It should also be clear that EUR cannot do anything for those students if the situation gets worse. Important note: travel insurances are not valid in countries with an orange or red code, students should be very aware of that.

    Students who would like to travel to Korea or Taiwan should estimate if the color codes may change over time. Travel preparations such as permit, flights etc. are at own risk.

    More information about the COVID-19 virus can be found on the website of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

    Travel advice and color codes can be found here

  • In some parts of the world, governments are taking measures to control an outbreak of the disease. The number of areas is rising every day. Erasmus University Rotterdam is actively monitoring where these are located. Although travel policy for both students and staff remains unchanged, more attention is paid to the risks involved. We advise anyone wishing to travel abroad, to check the travel advice issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on: For now, the ministry strongly advises not to travel abroad until mid-March 2021.

    Please note: EUR travel insurance does not cover damage caused by a corona infection, incurred in an area that was subject to red or orange travel advice at the time of departure. Up to 14 days after returning from a (private) trip from a risk area, in the event of complaints (also mild) you are expected to work from home for two weeks / not to come to the work location.

  • For all information about (Erasmus +) exchange and internships please check this page.

  • 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. Orange/red means you need to self-quarantine.

    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.

  • At the moment, this is still a very urgent request for orange/red coded countries, but in the very near future it will be made mandatory.  People without European citizenship traveling from outside of the European Union/ Schengen will need to show a negative corona test and need a supporting form.

    Anyone returning via Schiphol from mid-August can get tested there or you can make an appointment by telephone with the Municipal Health Services (GGD). Even if you have no complaints. However, this does not replace the 10-day quarantine. 

    In case of corona complaints, you still need to report by telephone to your general practitioner.  

  • It is strongly advised to urge employees to return to the Netherlands (or the home country if it is not the Netherlands).Please note that it is uncertain what travel options will be offered in the near future.

    We ask employees abroad to regularly monitor the EUR inbox with news about the coronavirus, as well as daily updates on the EUR web page on the coronavirus:

    To gain insight into the number of employees who are abroad and where, we have asked managers to make an inventory of where employees are located and how they can be reached. If a scenario occurs in which it is necessary to contact these employees, it is good to have this overview, including the way in which the employee can be reached. What can you do? Tell your supervisor where you are and how you can best be reached.

    Questions? Ask the HR Corona Helpdesk: The overview of questions is used to supplement the general online information.

  • Because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the extreme measures that are or will be taken and universities that are closing down or moving to online education worldwide the Executive Board of the Erasmus University Rotterdam asks all EUR students to return home.

    This can either mean return home to the Netherlands, or return to your family in your home country. Please let us know if you need any assistance (financial or otherwise) in arranging this.

    Those students who choose to remain where they are need to fill out and sign a liability form. Please send send a message to if you wish to receive this form. And be advised that we might not be able to help you if the situation worsens.

  • When receiving students or guests from abroad, we also adhere to any restrictions imposed by the RIVM or the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs on entering The Netherlandse from certain areas. Additionally, a prohibition may be in place for people travelling from high-risk areas.