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Coronavirus: Health and prevention

You can find information about campus safety regulations on our FAQ page about buildings and facilities.

  • Do I need to self-quarantine?

    The Dutch government provides a quarantine-check. Use it to find out if you need to self-quarantine and when you should get tested. Even if you are vaccinated or have recovered from corona.

  • Where can I get vaccinated?

    International students can get their vaccination in Amsterdam any time after their arrival in the Netherlands. 

    You are welcome to visit the GGD Amsterdam vaccination locations. You do not have to make an appointment. You can come to get your first or second shot, but also for answers to any questions you may have about getting vaccinated. In several areas of the city of Amsterdam you can get vaccinated by mobile units.

  • What should I do if I test positive for the coronavirus?

    If you test positive you will be asked by the GGD to self-isolate. The GGD will give you precise instructions for this and will carry out contact tracing or ask you to contact persons with whom you have been in close contact.

    Are you a UvA employee?

    Follow the GGD's instructions. Report sick if you cannot perform your work from home or contact your manager if work arrangements need to be made. You are not required to inform the UvA that you have tested positive for the coronavirus but it is helpful to let us know as it aids us in maintaining a safe working environment at the UvA. The notification of illness will be handled as a normal illness notification.

    Are you a UvA student?

    Follow the GGD's instructions. Report sick if you cannot attend your (online) classes or consult your study programme (for example via the study adviser or education desk) about following your education in an alternative way. You are not required to inform the UvA that you have tested positive for the coronavirus but it is helpful to let us know as aids us in maintaining a safe working environment at the UvA. The notification of illness will be handled as a normal illness notification.

    About contact tracing

    The GGD contact tracing investigations also pertain to contacts with whom you've been more than 1.5 meters apart in the same room for more than fifteen minutes. This could include fellow students, colleagues or others outside the University. The GGD can contact these people for contact tracing purposes. The GGD can also impose a compulsory home isolation measure for contacts. In the most severe circumstances, a location can be (temporarily) closed by order of the GGD.

  • What should I do if I have been in contact with an infected person?

    You will be contacted by the GGD or by the infected person. The advice of the GGD (after contact tracing) is the deciding factor as to whether you should stay at home. If you have been in direct contact (within 1.5m for longer than 15 min), you will be advised to self-isolate for 10 days. If the GGD advises you to stay at home, employees should discuss work arrangements with their manager. Students should contact their study programme (for example via the study adviser or education desk) about taking courses in an alternative way.

  • What does the UvA do if an employee or a student is infected with the coronavirus?

    It is not compulsory to report a COVID infection. In the interests of a safe work and study environment at the UvA, however, we do appreciate people reporting this to their manager or degree programme (via the student adviser, for example). It is important to bear in mind that we do not record any personal data and will not specifically ask staff or students whether they are infected with COVID-19, for privacy reasons.

    Informing staff and students

    The GGD has drawn up a letter in Dutch and English (see appendices) which can be used by the degree programme or manager to inform staff and students if they have been in the vicinity of someone infected with COVID. This includes those who have been in contact with the infected person from two days prior to the emergence of symptoms or positive test result. The letter should be sent to the entire group or to all colleagues at risk, including the infected persons themselves. It should never be possible to identify the infected person from the information included in the letter. The aim of the letter is to let staff and students know what this means for them and to whom they can put any questions they may have about COVID-19.

  • Does the UvA provide self-tests?

    We recommend everybody performs a self test at least twice a week before coming to campus. Self tests are made available on campus. You can also request the self-test through zelftestonderwijs.nl. You will then receive a test at home through the regular post. That same website also offers instructions on how to use self-tests, as well as instructional videos and frequently-asked questions.

    Taking a self-test is voluntary. We will not be check at the door whether you have taken one, nor will you have to show proof of a negative test.

    However, we do hope that you consider taking a test before coming to the UvA. This will allow us all to contribute to a safe campus and possible further relaxations of the measures by the government.