When to self-quarantine

In principle, there are several situations in which you may have to self-quarantine for a minimum of 10 calendar days.  These are:

  • If you have symptoms that could be caused by the coronavirus. In this case, you should also make an appointment to get tested and remain in self-quarantine until you have a negative test result and all symptoms have stopped.
  • If someone you live with (in the same room) has severe symptoms of COVID-19 (fever and/or shortness of breath). In this case, they should make an appointment to get tested and remain in self-quarantine with you until they have a negative test result and all symptoms have stopped.
  • If you have traveled or are traveling back to the Netherlands from an “orange” or “red” country.
  • If you have been tested for COVID-19 and while you are waiting for your test results.
  • If you have tested positive for COVID-19.
  • If you share a room or household with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. This means that students in Bagijnhof need to quarantine with their whole house if someone in the house tests positive.

What does this mean in practice?

When you self-quarantine, you should let Villex as well as UCR know immediately. Always send an email to coronavirus@ucr.nl. Being in self-quarantine means that:

  • You attend all your classes online (if possible);
  • You do not leave your accommodation;
  • You do not receive visitors, except for medical purposes (for example, a family doctor or a GGD official);
  • You do not travel or go to another location in the Netherlands (People arriving from abroad may not return to their country of origin);
  • You do not use public transport;
  • You have as little contact as possible with members of your household and keep 1.5 meters apart wherever possible. This also means no hugging, kissing or sex.
  • You ask other people to do grocery shopping for you. If this isn’t possible, you may briefly go out to do grocery shopping. But only if you do not have any symptoms.
  • If you do not develop any symptoms that could be caused by coronavirus, you can end the self-quarantine after 10 days.
  • You can sit outside if you have a garden or balcony.

What is the protocol in student accommodation?

We follow the instructions of the Dutch government. If a student travels in from a high-risk area (i.e. code orange/red country) they will have to self-quarantine for 10 days. This applies even if you do not have any symptoms or if you have tested negative for COVID-19. Self-quarantining means that you don’t leave your accommodation and that you do not receive visitors. During the self-quarantine period do not travel or go to another location. People arriving from abroad may not return to their country of origin. If you do not develop any symptoms that could be caused by the coronavirus, you can end the self-quarantine after 10 days.

Additionally, all residents are expected to adhere to the following measures:

  • Abide by the “house rules” published in your accommodation by UCR and Villex;
  • Use the disinfection station wherever they are present;
  • Follow the signs to create a one-way flow of “people traffic”;
  • Always keep 1.5 meters distance between yourself and others;
  • Host as little visitors as possible (a maximum of 1 person is allowed to visit your room/house once per day, and only if a 1.5 meters distance between you can be guaranteed);
  • Group gatherings are strongly discouraged and in communal areas, the maximum room limit as set by Villex may never be exceeded;
  • Room, floor or house parties are not allowed until further notice.

All these guidelines and regulations can also be found on the ‘coronavirus posters’ that can be found in the hallways and common areas on every floor.

For specific information pertaining to your building, please visit this page.

How does testing work?

When you call 0800-1202 (or +31 850 659 063 if you’re calling from abroad) you’ll be connected to an assistant. This is not a doctor. The assistant will find the first available appointment for you. Some test locations can only be accessed by car.

Stay at home until it is time to go to the test location. Bring proof of identity and confirmation of your appointment with you. Your details will be checked when you arrive.

A GGD staff member will use a cotton swab to collect mucus from your throat and nose. The swab will go deep into your nose and throat. It will not hurt, but will probably feel uncomfortable. Go home immediately after the test and stay there until you get the results.

If you made an appointment by telephone, you will receive your result by telephone as soon as possible. If you made an appointment online, you will receive a telephone call only if you test positive. The municipal health service (GGD) will call you. You do not need to call them.

If your test comes back negative, you can confirm your result by logging in to the coronavirus test website using your DigiD (choose ‘English’ at the bottom of the page). You will be notified  by email when your result is available on the website, normally within 2 days.

If the test is negative, you are not infected with coronavirus. But you must still continue to observe the general measures. If the test shows that you do have COVID-19, someone from the GGD will call you for contact tracing.

When to come out of quarantine

If you have been in self-quarantine, you may only come out if:

  • You have received specific advice from the GGD  to do so; or if
  • You no longer have any symptoms after 10 full calendar days; or if
  • You did not develop any symptoms that could be caused by coronavirus whilst you were in self-quarantine.

You should not end self-quarantine for as long as you have symptoms. And when you do come out of quarantine, you should still adhere to general measures which include:

Do you need more information?

For the most detailed and most recent information relating to the novel Coronavirus, the speacial measures in place, testing and travel advice; always refer to this website of the Dutch Government.