Coronavirus: Carefully returning to campus

Last change on Tuesday 22 September: Stick to the basic rules

09/22/2020 | 10:39 AM

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- Frequently asked questions
- Information for international students
- Working in times of corona
- Studying in times of corona
- Exams with online proctoring
- Updates: archive


The flyers below give an overview of the rules that currently apply on campus for visitors, staff and students. Extensive protocols for teaching and research are published on VUnet.

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VU Amsterdam is monitoring the situation surrounding the coronavirus closely and will post updates here when they affect our education, research and business operations.



The new measures announced last Friday by the central government and the municipality of Amsterdam will not affect education and research on campus. However, it is currently being inquired what the measure of a restriction of 50 people and a reporting obligation for events will mean for academic ceremonies on campus.

Stick to the basic rules
The new measures are a consequence of a large increase in the number of coronavirus infections in the Netherlands. VU Amsterdam would therefore like to stress once again that it is very important that students and staff continue to abide by the basic rules, both privately and on campus. If this does not happen, it may be that new measures taken by the central government will result in steps towards full online education and location-based research will have to be discontinued. This would be a major step backwards. That is why it is important to take a closer look at the guidelines we follow at VU Amsterdam for working and studying at our campus. Also check the website of the Amsterdam Municipal Health Service (GGD) to find out what to do if someone in your area is infected. 



Additional corona measures for the introduction days
The number of people infected with coronavirus has been increasing in recent weeks. At yesterday’s press conference the government called on educational institutions to organize introductory meetings online as much as possible and to limit necessary physical activities to informative meetings in small groups in order to reduce the spread of the virus.

VU Introduction Days: online and in small groups
The central programme of the VU Introduction Days was already planned online and will go ahead as planned. Study programmes and study associations will organize informative meetings in small groups for new students on campus, along the lines of previous corona relaxations. We are confident that we can continue the VU Introduction Days in a safe and responsible way - in consultation with the Amsterdam Safety Region.

Urgent call
The VU Introduction Days can only run smoothly and safely if everyone keeps to the basic rules at all times. We urge everyone to behave responsibly, also during the introduction days. Only by pulling together can we beat the virus.

On the webpage of the VU Introduction Days you will find more information about the introduction period and the introduction activities of our study programmes. Any changes to the programme will be published here and in the VU Introduction Days App.



In home quarantine if you're from abroad?
The number of people infected with the coronavirus is increasing again and a number of countries or certain parts of countries have recently received an orange travel advice (holiday trips not recommended, only necessary trips) or red travel advice (trips not recommended). On you will find the most up-to-date information.

If you travel to the Netherlands from a country or area with an orange or red travel advice, the Dutch government urgently advises you to go into home quarantine for 14 days. This applies to everyone entering the Netherlands, whether you are coming back from a holiday or as a foreign employee for the first time. The advice to go in home quarantine also applies to students who are studying at the VU or are starting their studies in September. More information about home quarantine can be found here. Information on self-quarantine for new international students after arrival in the Netherlands can be found here.

The VU expects students and employees to follow this urgent advice from the central government and go into home quarantine. Even if you have no symptoms or have been tested negative for COVID-19. The VU expects employees to work from home in this situation, provided there is no actual illness. In case of illness, the usual rules apply, of course, and you as an employee report your illness to your manager.

We expect employees and students to always follow the basic rules of the central government, also abroad.



Agreement on travelling to the VU campus
Amsterdam educational institutions, including VU Amsterdam, have reached an agreement with the city of Amsterdam and transport companies on travelling to the institutions and the use of public transport during rush hours in Amsterdam. This was a precondition for the relaxations announced by the government and will take effect on 1 August. The timetables will be set up in such a way that students can come to the educational institutions spread out. The agreement will be signed shortly and will be valid until 31 December 2020.

What does this mean for education at VU Amsterdam?
The regional agreement will enable students to travel – to a limited extend - during rush hour, starting September. Teaching hours will be spread out over during the day and week so that as many students as possible can travel by public transport outside rush hours. This will allow VU Amsterdam to make full use of the available capacity on campus, including the 1.5-metre rule, starting period 2 of the new academic year. Education on campus will start at 9:00 or 10:00 am. The timetables are currently being worked out and will soon be available on

Short distances by bike or on foot
In addition to the spread in starting times of lectures, all other forms of transport to VU Amsterdam have been considered: on foot, by bicycle, bus-tram-metro, train and car. Students who live relatively close to VU Amsterdam are asked to come on foot or by bike, which provides more space in the bus, tram and train for people who live further away.

Monitoring agreements
The parties involved will monitor the agreements and continue to discuss them. If it gets too crowded or in case of extra space, the agreements may need to be amended.



Contact and frequently asked questions
What are the consequences of the coronavirus for working and studying at VU Amsterdam? Read our frequently asked questions. The FAQ will be updated as soon as there is new information to share. If your question is not listed, employees and students of VU Amsterdam can contact their information points

Information about the new coronavirus
You can find the most up-to-date information about the new coronavirus on the website of the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM). The RIVM is monitoring the situation in the Netherlands and has a questions & answers page available about the coronavirus. VU Amsterdam is following the advice of the RIVM closely, together with other Dutch universities.

Travelling abroad
Consult the FAQ page if you have a question about travelling abroad on behalf of VU Amsterdam. Everybody is advised to visit the websites of the central government and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for general guidelines and travel advice before departing abroad.