- Travelling to the Netherlands
We strongly advise you to look at this checklist by the Dutch government before you decide to travel to the Netherlands. In general, all non-EU students can travel to the Netherlands with a valid entry visa (MVV) or the IND approval letter (in Dutch: ‘kennisgevingsbrief’) stating that you will receive a residence permit. Did you already receive a message that your application has been approved but you do not hold the IND letter yet? Please contact email@example.com in that case.
Once you arrive in the Netherlands you must self-quarantine for 10 days. If, on day 5, you test negative for the coronavirus, you are no longer required to self-quarantine. You can make an appointment to get tested once you are in the Netherlands by calling 0800 1202. For students who need to order food or other essentials during quarantine, we created an information sheet on how and where to do so.
- First arrival in the Netherlands
Amsterdam's airport is called 'Amsterdam Airport Schiphol', and is located in the south-west of Amsterdam. Schiphol created a special landing page with commonly asked questions about travel through the airport, and measures that are currently in place to protect travellers due to the COVID-19 virus.
- Public transport and taxi
From Schiphol, you can easily travel to VU Amsterdam's campus, or to your student accommodation. In the Netherlands, it is still mandatory to wear a non-medical face mask when using public transport or riding in a taxi, so make sure to bring one. More information about public transport in the Netherlands can be found here. It is also possible to make a reservation for a taxi in advance.
These directions have Schiphol as the starting point. In case you arrive somewhere else (for example train station Amsterdam Central), please use the 9292 app (available in English) to plan your route. You can find it in the iOS App Store or Google Play Store.
- Directions to VU Amsterdam's campus
- Directions to Uilenstede (DUWO Amstelveeen)
- Directions to Ravel Residence
- Directions to Amstel Home
During your first days in the city, there are some practical matters to take care off. We created an overview with the steps you need to take, which can be found below. Under these steps is also an extra overview with other useful information.
In terms of vaccinations, all students living in the Netherlands, both Dutch and International, and after being registered with the municipality (getting a BSN/BRP registration) are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination. Here you can find the vaccine scheme of the Dutch Government. We advise you to register a.s.a.p. after a possible quarantine period.