- 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. The status of your country may change, therefore please consult this government website regularly for the latest information.
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.
Whether you need to self-quarantine depends on the status of the country you travel from. For travelers from certain countries a self-quarantine is mandatory. Therefore please check the Dutch government website carefully for the requirements that apply to you. If you get tested on day 5 you might be able to shorten the quarantine period. 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. We made a PDF with the directions from VU Amsterdam to the vaccination location most nearby, which is called Amsterdam RAI.
- Availability of self-tests
The Dutch government offers the possibility to use self-tests in higher education to detect infections quicker, prevent COVID-19 outbreaks and improve overall health. Students in higher education can order self-tests free of charge until the end of August at www.zelftestonderwijs.nl. You can log in using your VU-net ID. Self-testing is voluntary. You do not have to show proof of a negative test result to gain access to the campus.