Due to coronavirus, EUR discourages travel to China

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) discourages students and researchers from travelling to China until further notice. Due to the outbreak of the coronavirus in the Chinese city of Wuhan, our partner universities in several Chinese cities have been closed for education and research.

Advice and Monitoring

EUR stays on top of the developments and all measures that have been communicated by the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM). EUR also remains in touch with its own Occupational Health and Safety Service, that is continuously informed about al national and international developments. Learn more about the most recent developments on the novel coronavirus at the website of RIVM. RIVM monitors the situation in the Netherlands and advises the public at https://www.rivm.nl/coronavirus. EUR also stays on top of these advices, in conjunction with other Dutch universities.

Planning international travel?

Everyone who travels abroad, is advised to keep track of the travel advice of the Ministery of Foreign Affairs, via: https://www.nederlandwereldwijd.nl/landen/china/reizen/reisadvies.

EUR warns staff and students against all travel to China. Staff and students who have already planned a trip to China, are advised to cancel their plans. Due to travel restrictions in a lot of Chinese cities, it is possible that some Chinese students who are staying in Rotterdam, cannot travel home or to their home university.

Based on the travel advice of 30 January 2020 by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs the Executive Board of the Erasmus University has decided to:

1. Advice students against traveling to China.

2. Facilitate students in China who indicate wanting to leave China.

3. Not allow staff to travel to China.

4. To actively persuade staff in China to leave the country and to facilitate them in taking personal measures or leaving the country.


  • Currently, incoming students and staff from China are welcome at EUR. However, we urge all students and staff who have recently been in Wuhan or Hubei province, or who have had close contact with people from Wuhan or Hubei province who have symptoms of the disease, to contact their general practitioner immediately.

  • The following symptoms may manifest in persons infected with the coronavirus: a fever (i.e. a body temperature of at least 38 degrees Celcius or 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit), coughing, respiratory problems or pneunomia.

  • Preventing the coronavirus is very easy. The same measures apply to preventing other viruses and the flu. It is always important to follow these procedures:

    •    Wash your hands regularly
    •    Cough and sneeze into your elbow
    •    Use paper handkerchiefs

  • People who have been to the Wuhan region and who have respiratory problems, can contact their general practitioner. Please tell your doctor when you have visited the Wuhan region. Concerning the health risks for incoming and outgoing students and staff to and from China, the advice from RIVM are leading to us.

This message will be updated if new information becomes available.

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