Countries all around the world are adopting measures to prevent the further spread of coronavirus. These measures may affect whether students and staff from Leiden University can travel abroad for their work or studies. The procedures are explained below.
Returning or arriving from abroad
Leiden University students and staff who are returning from a country with an orange or red colour travel advisory – which also specifies that you should quarantine for ten days – may not visit the university during this period, regardless whether they have symptoms. This also holds for international students or staff arriving from a red or orange country. University policy is therefore stricter than government policy. For the latest travel advice, see nederlandwereldwijd.nl. If you experience coronavirus symptoms, go into quarantine and call 0800-1202 to book an appointment for a test.
Also, always consult the checklist for travel to the Netherlands, on the Dutch government website. The rules that apply to travellers entering the Netherlands may differ based on which country you are travelling from. For some countries there even is an entry ban.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
All exchange programmes in the 2020-2021 academic year have been cancelled because of coronavirus. This applies both to Leiden students who want to study abroad (outbound students) and to international exchange students who want to study here (incoming students). The University will contact all outbound exchange students to seek alternatives.
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.
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).