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Coronavirus measures

Leiden University is following all the recommendations of the Dutch Institute of Public Health and Environment (RIVM) in order to ensure the health and safety of its students and staff. 

Familiarise yourself in advance

Before arrival, make sure to familiarise yourself with the coronavirus measures that are in place in The Netherlands and at Leiden University. It is very important that you adhere to these measures at all times.

Social distancing

  • Stay 1.5 metres (2 arm lengths) away from other people.

Health and hygiene

  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow
  • Use paper tissues to blow your nose and discard them after use
  • Do not shake hands with others
  • Stay at home if you have cold-like symptoms, a fever or shortness of breath.
  • If a member of your household has serious symptoms such as a fever or shortness of breath, the whole household must stay at home until the results of a corona test are known. This also applies if you do not have any symptoms, although you are permitted to leave the house for essential shopping only.


  • You must wear a face mask when using public transport.
  • Do not travel to areas that are classed as code orange or code red according to Dutch governmental travel advice. Before departure, always check the latest travel advice for your destination.


Self-quarantine buddy service

Leiden University offers a buddy service for students in self-quarantine who are not able to do their grocery shopping online. Your buddy will do your grocery shopping up to twice a week, so you will need to plan your meals in advance. Your buddy can also provide you with online moral support and social interaction, as well as practical tips for students in self-quarantine. 

We will do our best to provide you with a buddy, however please be aware this may not always be possible due to capacity issues. If we are unable to find you a buddy, we will instead refer you to other external resources

Further information

For further information on coronavirus measures in the Netherlands, please visit the Netherlands and You website.

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