Update February 23rd, 2021

  • All our physical events are cancelled for the time being.
  • Stay up to date here to see what we still organise during the restrictions!
  • Our office at Utrecht Science Park remains CLOSED for the time being.
  • Please help us map the effects of COVID-19 on (international) student life via our survey.
  • We know that life can be very overwhelming during these tough times, so please take a look at our Health and Wellbeing page for help and support.

General Information from the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM)
Lockdown from December 14, 2020 until at least March 15th, 2021. The information on this page has been adjusted in response to the most recent press conference. The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) of the Netherlands is applying the following measures in the whole country during the lockdown period.

Rules for everyday life

  • Stay at home, work from home and keep contact with others to a minimum remains the norm.

  • A curfew is in force between 20.30 and 04.30. This means you are not permitted to be outside between these times. Exceptions to this rule can be found here.

  • Receive no more than one  person (aged 13 or over) at your home per day.

  • Visit no more than one other household per day.

  • Only go outside with members of your household, on your own or with one other person.

  • Always wear a facemask when you are at indoor public places.

  • Always keep a distance from others (at least 1.5 meters). At home: have a maximum of two visitors and keep the distance even then. A maximum of two people may be together outside.

  • More information on what to do when a housemate is getting tested or is tested postive can be found in the attachments at the bottom of this page.

Rules for shopping and entertainment

  • Most locations are CLOSED, except those selling essentials like food and drinks. Bars, restaurants and cafes remain CLOSED.

  • Alcohol cannot be sold between 20.00 and 07.00, and it is also not allowed to consume it in public spaces.

  • Drugstores, pharmacies, opticians, hearing care professionals and shops for repair and maintenance may also remain OPEN.

  • Locations where contact-based professions are carried out, such as hairdressers, beauticians et cetera are CLOSED.

  • Theaters, cinemas, casinos, concert halls et cetera are CLOSED.

  • Zoos, amusement parks et cetera remain CLOSED.

  • Places where you can pick up and send parcels may remain OPEN.

  • Government organizations remain OPEN.

  • Libraries remain OPEN to collect books.

Rules for sports

  • Sports are allowed alone or together with one other person.

  • Sports are only allowed outside and there is no audience allowed.

  • All indoor sports facilities, such as gyms and swimming pools remain CLOSED.

  • Sports games and competitions are prohibited.

  • Sport canteens, changing rooms and showers remain CLOSED.

Rules for travel

  • It is suggested to travel as little as possible.

  • Use public transport for essential travel only (and always wear a face mask).

  • Do not travel abroad and do not book trips abroad until 31 March inclusive. Travel restrictions apply. 

  • If you travel from abroad to the Netherlands, you will have to have a negative PCR test. For more information about this, please check out the website of the government.

The measures are based on the advice of experts.

For all the information, and to prevent you from misinformation, we suggest you to visit the website of the RIVM.

Stay all safe and healthy! 🧡