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Coronavirus measures on campus

Coronavirus measures being taken in your country may be very different from the Dutch approach. The Dutch government's strategy is based on individual responsibility and accountability. However, everyone in the Netherlands is expected to abide by and respect these protocols in order to protect the health and safety of yourself and your community. On this page, you will find an explanation of the basic rules in place at AUC, the UvA and by the Dutch government, and what you can expect when you arrive on campus.

Updated measures at AUC

Last updated: 21 March 2022

As the effects of booster shots, vaccinations and acquired immunity reduce hospitalisations in the Netherlands, the Dutch government has taken major steps in relaxing many of the coronavirus measures in place. As of 23 March 2022, nearly all measures will be lifted and only basic advice will apply.

Important measures for AUC

Changes per 23 March 2022:

  • Advice to work from home no longer applies
    The advice to work from home is has been relaxed with immediate effect. The government is no longer advising employees to work from home due to the coronavirus.
  • Events can take place as normal 
    Events (even those with more than 500 attendees without seats) will no longer be impacted by coronavirus measures and can be organised without limits on distance or the need for a test or coronavirus pass of vaccination or recovery. 

Adjusting to education as restrictions ease

As we adjust to education amid easing restrictions, it remains important for us to keep showing consideration and understanding for each other. We also kindly ask that you keep the following in mind: 

Current AUC students should continue to check their email and monitor announcements on the Student Information Canvas environment for more information and relevant updates.

  • Vaccinations & boosters against COVID-19 in the Netherlands

    Like our fellow universities and colleges, we underline the importance of vaccinations. You can find more information about how to get vaccinated or receive a booster shot against COVID-19 on the Dutch government's website via the link below.

  • Free COVID-19 self-tests for students and staff

    All registered students and staff members employed at AUC are eligible for free COVID-19 self-tests. Going forward, self-testing will remain important. Along with the UvA, we're encouraging every student and staff member to perform a self-test at least twice a week, even if vaccinated. These tests can be ordered free of charge at Self-testing and vaccinations allow us all to contribute to a safe campus and the further easing of measures in the education system.

  • Basic hygiene advice for everyone in the Netherlands

    The virus can spread less effectively if you follow a number of hygiene rules:

    • Wash your hands thoroughly and regularly with soap and water. Always do this when you get home or visit someone.
    • Cough and sneeze into your elbow.
    • Don't shake hands. Instead, give people a nod, or bump fists or elbows.
    • Touch your face as little as possible.
    • Use paper tissues to blow your nose and discard them after use. Then wash your hands.
    • In crowded places, you can wear a face mask to protect yourself and others. 
  • Facemasks on airplanes

    Facemasks must still be worn on aircraft and at airports beyond the security checkpoint. In public transport settings, taxis, coaches and ferries, face masks no longer need to be worn. Wearing a face mask can help prevent the spread of coronavirus, however. In busy places, you can protect yourself and others by continuing to wear a face mask.

  • Self-quarantining in the Netherlands
  • If you have COVID-19 symptoms, stay at home and do a test

    If you have symptoms, avoid infecting other people.

    • Stay home and do a self-test or make an appointment to get tested by the municipal health service (GGD). 
    • Even if your symptoms are only mild, like a runny nose, sore throat or cough. 
    • Stay at home while you are waiting for your test result.
    • If you test positive for coronavirus: stay at home and avoid contact with other people, even if they’ve been vaccinated. Self‑isolate at home. 
    • If your self-test result is positive: get tested by the GGD as soon as possible to confirm the result.
    • If someone you live with has coronavirus, you do not need to self-quarantine if you received your booster vaccination at least 1 week ago, if you had coronavirus less than 8 weeks ago or if your employer has deemed your presence at work essential, in accordance with agreements made between staff and employers. But only if you do not have any symptoms.
    • If you want to know if you need to self-quarantine, do the Quarantine Check on
  • What to do if you test positive for COVID-19

    If you test positive for COVID-19, please follow the official medical advice that is given to you by your doctors or medical staff. Continue self-isolating and inform your close contacts that they need to self-quarantine in case you have infected them. Follow the advice of the GGD or your doctors with regard to when you can end your self-isolation once you have recovered.

    You are also kindly requested to inform AUC directly by emailing Prof. Martin van Hees and the College Secretary via AUC will treat your case confidentially and will not do anything with (nor disclose) any information you provide without your consent.

    If you are too sick to participate in online educational activities for any reason (including common things such as nausea or stomach bugs), please report this to your tutor and your teachers.