Utrecht University follows the instructions of the Dutch Government in regards to the health and safety measures that prevent the further spread of the Covid-19 virus. You can find the basic health and safety rules on hygiene measures that are set by the Dutch Government via this link.

Click here for the house rules that apply in the Utrecht University buildings.

The government provides free self-tests for employees and students. We urge everyone to make use of them. You can order them for free.

The tests are also available at the receptions in our buildings.

Travel & Quarantine

Visit the website of the Dutch Government for up to date information on who is required to quarantine upon arrival and updates on which countries are considered high risk. The Dutch Government also provides this 2 minute check your trip survey to help you prepare. 

Visit this page of the Dutch Governement for an overview of the self-quarantine rules you must keep upon arrival in the Netherlands.

If you are living in the Netherlands for more than four months to study, you need to register with the municipality where you live. Usually you need to make an appointment for your registration with the municipality within five days of your arrival. However, If you are required to quarantine upon arrival in the Netherlands, you need to make an appointment with the municipality within five days after the self-quarantine. 

You receive a Dutch social security number (or BSN in Dutch) when you register your address at the municipality where you live. You require a BSN to schedule an appointment to get tested for Coronavirus in the online tool of the Dutch Government. If you do not (yet) have a BSN, you can make an appointment by phone to get tested. You would need to provide your name, date of birth, address and contact information. Once the test results are ready the Municipal Health Services (GGD in Dutch) will call you to share the results. 

Health & Quarantine

Utrecht University follows the instructions of the Dutch Government in regard of health and safety measures that prevent the further spread of Covid-19. If you have (mild) symptoms of coronavirus make sure to get tested as soon as possible and stay at home until your appointment. Read what you should do in case of (mild) symptoms

If you are required to stay at home you can proceed to attend online education if your health allows it. Read more about online education.

Go to uu.nl for more information on what to do when a housemate has symptoms of the coronavirus. Read also the corona measures in student housing (pdf) if a housemate is getting tested or tested positive.

Go to uu.nl for more information on what to do when you have been in direct contact with somebody who is tested positive.

To get tested for Coronavirus you are not required to be registered with a General Practitioner. Visit this link for information on how to schedule a Coronavirus test. 

If you do not yet have a General Practitioner in the Netherlands, it is important that you arrange this as soon as possible. Via this link you can find more information on how to find care and register with a GP in the Netherlands.

Dutch law requires that everyone living in The Netherlands has adequate health insurance. Read more on how to arrange this.

Arranging your quarantine

You can quarantine on the address where you reside. Make sure to inform any fellow house mates that you will have to seclude yourself for the duration of your quarantine, and come to an agreement on the use of the shared facilities such as the bathroom and kitchen. Also discuss with them how they may be able to support you during your self-quarantine.

Visit this link for an overview of the Dutch Government with the rules for self-quarantine.

During your self-quarantine you have to keep to the rules set by the Dutch Government. This means you cannot leave your address to attend any classes or activities on location. Contact your Programme Coordinator or professor to discuss how you can keep up with the course material while you are in quarantine.

For UCU students, there are spaces available on campus where they can quarantine. For more information see Corona Related Information and FAQ's.

You may be required to stay at home because you or a member of your household are diagnosed with coronavirus or are experiencing symptoms. You may also be required to self-quarantine upon arrival in the Netherlands depending on your country of departure. Here are some tips that can help you during self-isolation:

If your friend or housemate is in self-quarantine, this can pose some challenges. Here is how you can assist someone that is in quarantine:

  • It may seem obvious, but respect their physical space! Secluding yourself can be quite challenging, so try to support your friend or roommate by keeping your physical distance.
  • There are many practical ways of supporting a roommate that needs to self-quarantine, such as helping with their grocery shopping. Make sure to ask in what ways you can assist them.
  • Quarantine may lead to people feeling isolated and lonely. Although keeping your physical distance is important, make sure to try to connect digitally on a regular basis.
  • If you want to help further, connect with peers via the Facebook Group UU social distancing supportESN Utrecht and BuddyGoDutch

Do you have a suggestion on how you can support someone that is going through quarantine? Do not hesitate to let us know or share with the hashtag #UUgotThis


I am or going to be registered in the Personal Record Database (BRP)
If you are residing in the Netherlands and are registered in your city’s Personal Records Database (BRP) you are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination. Having a registration in the BRP is a must. You will then receive an invitation letter from the RIVM (National Institute for Public Health and the Environment). 
If you have a medical condition for which you are under supervision of a general practitioner, you will receive your notice for vaccination via your GP. 
Please note that you require a registration with the municipality on a legal address, documented by a proof of tenancy such as a rental agreement, for access to health care, a General Physician, and the Dutch vaccination programme. Please read up on the importance of legal residence and city registration here.

For students in a health care-related programme, who are doing an internship or are working in a care institution, it is advisable to ask your (internship) employer whether you might be eligible for a vaccination sooner. More information can be found here.

If you are planning on staying in the Netherlands for less than 4 months please make sure to register in the Register of Non-Residents (RNI). Registering is possible at one of the 19 RNI service desks in the Netherlands. During registration indicate that you would like to be kept up to date about the information on the vaccination process. You will then receive a bi-weekly email telling you when your year of birth can schedule an appointment to receive the vaccination, and how to go about scheduling the appointment. More information on the RNI registration procedure for the Municipality of Utrecht can be found here.

I am not registered in the Personal Record Database (BRP)
People who are registered in the Personal Records Database (BRP) automatically receive an invitation to get vaccinated against coronavirus. If you are not registered in the BRP, but you are staying in the Netherlands temporarily, you can get vaccinated under certain conditions.

 If you are staying in the Netherlands for more than 1 month and are aged 18 or over, you can make an appointment by telephone to be vaccinated in the Netherlands.

Call the GGD national vaccination appointment line on 0800 7070. The line is open 7 days a week from 8.00 to 20.00.

For the exact details on the procedure and more information please see here.

No, this is not mandatory. However, do take notice of the current rules about self-quarantine, negative test results and other entry requirements as set up by the RIVM (National Institute for Public Health and the Environment). For current rules please see this checklist for travel to the Netherlands. The information and rules tend to change rapidly so please make sure to check the link regularly and as close to your departure as possible.

If you have received your first vaccination in your home country and you travelled to the Netherlands right after, it is now possible to schedule an appointment to receive your second vaccination in the Netherlands. This is only possible for the following vaccines: Astra-Zeneca, Pfizer/BioNTech en ModeRNA.
Please click here to schedule your second appointment.

If you have been vaccinated with another vaccine we strongly advise you to complete both sessions in your home country.

Read more information on the International Welcome Centre Utrecht Region website.

Have you been (partly) vaccinated outside the EU/EFTA? Then you can obtain a proof of vaccination that is valid in the Netherlands and throughout the European Union. Call the GGDrU in Utrecht and make an appointment: 030-8002899. 

As soon as you have obtained your proof of vaccination, you can produce a coronavirus entry pass. You need the pass if you wish to visit certain events and activities in the Netherlands. Also for some events and activities at the university a coronavirus entry pass is needed.  

The GGD regio Utrecht (GGDrU) is the municipal and regional public health service. In the context of the pandemic, this government organization has facilitated free testing and free vaccination opportunities. 

For general questions please call the GGD customer service line: 030-630 54 00

Look for more information on the website of the government Read more about frequent problems and solutions with proof of vaccination.

Starting September 6th, there will be a GGD vaccination location on the Genèvelaan 6 in the Utrecht Science Park (between The Basket and the Educatorium). The vaccination location will be open three days a week (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday) during the first week and one day a week on Wednesday the following weeks. You can walk in and get your vaccinations without an appointment. The vaccination location will be there for at least eight weeks, after which it will be decided whether there is a need to stay longer. 

To get vaccinated, you need to have a citizen service number (BSN number). Read what you have to do when you do not have this number.

Opening hours: 10:00 - 17:30 hrs.