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Travel advice

Countries all around the world have adopted measures to prevent the further spread of coronavirus. These measures may affect Leiden University students and staff who want to travel abroad for their work or studies, or who are returning or arriving from overseas. The procedures are explained below.

Returning or arriving from abroad

Leiden University students and staff who are returning or arriving from a country with an orange or red colour travel advisory should check whether they have to self-quarantine. Please see the checklists for entering or returning to the Netherlands from abroad, issued by the Dutch government. If you experience coronavirus symptoms, go into quarantine and call 0800-1202 to book an appointment for a test.

International students coming to The Netherlands

If you are an international student who will soon join Leiden University, it is very important that you familiarise yourself with the latest regulations for entering The Netherlands.

  • On the checklist for entering or returning to The Netherlands you can find out about the entry, testing and quarantine measures that might apply to you. 
  • Although there is an entry ban in place for certain countries, students who will study in The Netherlands with a residence permit are exempted. If this applies to you, make sure you have one of the following handy upon arrival: your student entry visa (MVV), your student residence permit (VVR), or your IND letter confirming approval of your residence permit.
  • If you need to take a Covid-19 test in your home country before departure, you can find out where to do so on the Netherlands Worldwide site.
  • If you need to go into quarantine upon arrival, you can request a student buddy to help you out with practical matters.

International students in Leiden

If you are an international student currently residing in Leiden and you have questions on e.g. returning to your home country or finishing your study programme online, you can contact your international exchange coordinator, call our central helpline 071 – 527 1132 or send an email to corona@leidenuniv.nl. Please also follow your lecturers’ instructions in Blackboard or Brightspace. 

If you are an international student and are returning to the Netherlands after a period abroad, please refer to the information above, under ‘Returning or arriving from abroad’. 

International staff in Leiden

If you are an international member of staff, you may have questions about returning to your home country and whether this or remaining here will have implications for your residence permit, health insurance, employment contract, accommodation and so on. The Service Centre for International Staff can help you here.

Please note: If the Covid pandemic has meant that you started working at Leiden University from overseas or have been doing your work in another country, you will need to be able to work onsite once the university reopens. You will therefore be expected to return to the Netherlands as soon as possible.

If you are an international member of staff and are returning to the Netherlands after a period abroad, please refer to the information above, under ‘Returning or arriving from abroad’. 

Study-related trips and exchanges

Students may once again go abroad for study-related activities - under certain conditions. This decision was made by the Executive Board on 11 May. You may only go to countries that are classed as yellow or green. You may not go to countries that are classed as red and may only travel to orange countries in exceptional circumstances. For more information see the announcement.

Business trips

The Executive Board has decided that business trips abroad will be allowed under certain conditions after 1 June. If you wish to make a trip abroad, you will first need written permission and must apply for this at least eight weeks in advance. The necessity of these trips and the need to make them at this particular time will be carefully assessed. This new procedure applies to all business trips abroad that are made from 1 June.

For more information see the announcement on the staff website.

The University will help any students and staff who are abroad and need help. The form that this help takes will depend on the individual situation. The prime concern is everyone’s safety. If you need urgent help, call the University’s emergency number: +31 71 527 6666 (available 24/7).

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