Students arriving in the Netherlands from certain countries and regions are strongly advised or required to self-quarantine for 10 days. Even if you do not have any symptoms or if you have tested negative for COVID-19. Once in the Netherlands, you can self-quarantine at home or in temporary or holiday accommodation. On this webpage you’ll find more information about self-quarantine.
Students and employees of participating institutions in vocational education, higher professional education and universities can apply for their free self-tests here.
As of 1 June 2020, anyone with symptoms that could indicate the novel coronavirus can be tested. This is necessary so the measures can be relaxed, while still preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the Netherlands.
Call 0800-1202 for an appointment to be tested. This number is available from 8AM till 8PM. Corona testing is free of charge.
Call the General practioner if you are very short of breath or have a high fever, or if you are concerned.
Call 112 in a life-threatening situation.
From 1 June 2021 you must quarantine if you travel/return to the Netherlands after staying in certain countries. This requirement also applies even if you have been vaccinated. More information about self-quarantine can be found here.
Students from very high risk countries are required to self-quarantine upon arrival in the Netherlands. On this website you can find the list of countries and areas that are considered very high risk. Please note self-quarantine is mandatory. If you do not follow the rules you will risk a fine of € 339,-
Countries and regions that are not mentioned on the list of safe countries or on the list of very high risk, these regions are considered high-risk areas. Students from high-risk areas we strongly advise to go in self-quarantine upon arrival. This is to prevent the possible spread of the virus. To prepare yourself, we made a website for you with all the information about quarantine.
- Stay at the place where you are in quarantine. Do not receive visitors.
- During the self-quarantine period do not travel or go to another location in the Netherlands.
- If you do not develop any symptoms that could be caused by coronavirus, you can end the self-quarantine after 10 days.
The following rules apply during self-quarantine:
- Do not use public transport.
- Nobody may visit you, except for medical purposes (for example, a doctor or a GGD official).
- If you need medical assistance do not go to your doctor or the hospital, but phone the doctor instead.
For more information check the government website rules during self-quarantine.
To make your arrival and stay comfortable we have a buddy for you, who can give you advice about living in Wageningen (how to take the bus/train from the airport to Wageningen, etc.), and your buddy can also help you doing groceries if you need to quarantine after arrival in The Netherlands.
Are you interested in a buddy? You can fill in this form and we will send you more informaiton.
For information about getting vaccinated against COVID-19 in the Netherlands, see website from government.
- Will international students also be vaccinated in the Netherlands?
To be eligible for vaccination, you need to be registered at a Dutch municipality for a month. After you have registered at the municipality, you will receive an invitation for a vaccine. At this moment it is not sure yet when (international) students will receive the invitation, because of the change in the current situation regarding to Corona.
The invitation will send to the address that is registered at the municipality in the Personal Records Database (BRP). It is therefore important that this address is up to date. The invitation letter is available in English.
- When is it my turn to get the vaccine?
See previous question. It is hard to say when you can get vaccinated because the vaccination schedule can change. At the website from government you can find more information.
- Would it be better to get vaccinated in my home country?
It is not sure yet when (international) students can get vaccinated in the Netherlands, therefore it might be better to get vaccinated in your home country if that is possible. It is important to bring a vaccination certificate from your home country. Keep in mind that you need to arrive in The Netherlands on time to get practical things done and for when university starts.
- Is it possible to get my second vaccination, if I had only one of the normal doses of two?
As soon as you receive the invitation letter, make an appointment with the GGD for your second vaccination. At this moment in the Netherlands only the following vaccines are approved and available: AstraZeneca (only for people born in 1960 or earlier), BioNTech / Pfizer and Moderna.
- My first vaccine is not mentioned on the list, what will be my second vaccine?
At the moment it is unclear which second vaccine you will get. Mixing vaccines is something that is currently not done in the Netherlands, because of the uncertainty of the health effects. As soon as you receive the invitation letter, inform the GGD and explain your situation.
If you have a Covid-19 related question you can call this number from the Dutch government: 0800-1351 (from the Netherlands). From abroad you can call this number: 00312 0205 1351.
In The Netherlands your General Practitioner (huisarts) should always be your initial contact for all medical matters. The General Practitioner (GP) is key in the world of health care, treating patients for basic non-surgical problems and providing consultations for most of your general health questions. The GP also serves as your link to most other services such as hospitalisation, specialists, midwifery, physiotherapy, etc. If necessary, the GP can refer you to a medical specialist at short notice. The GP keeps your medical record up to date and prescribes your medication.
How to find a GP?
You should register with a GP upon arrival in The Netherlands. You can choose your GP yourself. When choosing a GP, make sure you feel comfortable with them, as changing a GP once registered is discouraged and rarely done. Some GP’s may not accept any new patients as they are already filled to capacity. To find a local GP you can search on this website. The Student Medical Center Wageningen (not part of Wageningen University) accepts new patients and are experienced in typical student related problems. You can register here.
Visiting your GP
In case of illness as well as for general consultations on less urgent matters, first phone your GP. A trained medical assistant will answer your call and note your complaints in order to properly schedule your appointment.
Only for emergency
The emergency number 112 is for when you need urgent help, for instance when your life is in immediate danger, or if someone is seriously injured and needs prompt medical attention.
When you need help with the groceries you can contact SSC firstname.lastname@example.org We will try to arrange help from other students.
Tips for buying groceries online:
Through the following websites you can order online groceries:
- Albert Heijn (requires min. order of 70 euro)
- Spar Wageningen (no min. order, if you order 50 euro or more there will be free delivery)
- Lidl here you can buy cheap winter clothes/shoes household items (no minimum order, only delivery cost)
- Bol.com here you can buy books and household items minimum order 20 euro (no delivery cost)
Please note: you might need to pay with iDeal, this means you need a Dutch bank account. You can contact SSC for opening a bank account at ABN Amro. Send a request to: email@example.com
Covid-19 is significantly affecting our daily lives. To stay connected and secure the social, physical and cognitive well-being from our students, we gathered all information for current students on one platform! In the categories below you can find information on how to stay connected with other students remotely, how to stay physically fit, boost your brain with interesting online lectures and discover the hobbies of your fellow students.
- Will I get a fine if I do not self-quarantine after my arrival? From 1 June 2021 you must quarantine if you travel/return to the Netherlands after staying in certain countries. This requirement also applies even if you have been vaccinated. More information can be found here.
- What about registering at a city hall and collecting my student card? You can arrange this after your self-quarantine period.
- Where can I find more information about COVID-19 in The Netherlands? You can find up to date information on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. If you have a Covid-19 related question you can call this number from the Dutch government: 0800-1351 (from the Netherlands). From abroad you can call this number: 00312 0205 1351.
- Where can I find more information from the WUR about COVID-19? You can find more information on this page.
- Do you have more questions? You can also contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org