24 March 2020

Update #19 COVID-19

 PLEASE NOTE: these updates may contain outdated information. Please read the latest information.

Update #19: 24 March 2020, 17.30 hrs

In this update, you will find additional information about working from home, how to apply for repatriation to the Netherlands, how we can help you with a travel vignette for commuting from Belgium, and the availability of the company doctors.

Working from home? #Howthen?

We would like to draw your attention to the FAQs (accessible via the COVID-19 landing page) that have been created for each target group of the university and that are updated daily when necessary. Recently, information about working from home has been included and this was expanded with additional information about what is expected from employees and managers when working from home.

Repatriation back to the Netherlands

UM students on exchange who wish to return to the Netherlands from abroad and who are no longer booked for a return trip, are asked to report to their faculty’s International Relations Officer as soon as possible via the contact email address or telephone number and to report to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This also applies to non-Dutch students who are currently registered with a Dutch municipality (in the GBA) and/or have a valid Dutch residence permit (verblijfsvergunning).

They will also have to contact the Dutch embassy in their current country of residence. If there is no Dutch embassy or consulate in the country, they can contact the embassy of another EU country via: https://ec.europa.eu/consularprotection/home_en. UM will then do everything in its power to make your return possible, in cooperation with other universities and the Ministry.

Employees and PhD fellows with a scholarship/grant who wish to return to the Netherlands from abroad and can no longer arrange a return trip themselves, are asked to report to their faculty as soon as possible using the email address or telephone number. Employees of non-faculty departments can report this via the general coronavirus email address for employees corona[at]maastrichtuniversity[dot]nl and register with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (English available via language option at the bottom of the page). They will also have to contact the Dutch embassy in their current country of residence. If there is no Dutch embassy or consulate in the country, they can contact the embassy of another EU country via: https://ec.europa.eu/consularprotection/home_en. UM will then do everything in its power to make your return possible, in cooperation with other universities and the Ministry.

Commuting vignette Belgium

As most people are aware, Belgium has been carrying out border checks since last Friday in order to limit unnecessary border traffic. If you live in Belgium and, because of the nature of your work, you have to work at UM, this is permitted, provided you can show an employer's declaration from your manager. For 'crucial professions', the Belgian government now also offers the possibility to cross the border with priority by sticking a vignette in your windshield. You can download this vignette via the Belgian Crisis Centre.

The UM stamp must appear on the back of the vignette. You can request this stamp by sending an email to corona[at]maastrichtuniversity[dot]nl. As it is necessary to work from home as much as possible during this period, this stamp will only be approved if the Crisis Management Team is of the opinion that your physical presence at the workplace is necessary.

More information about travelling to Belgium can be found on the government website (in Dutch only).

Availability of company doctors             

The Occupational Health and Safety department's company doctors will continue their work by providing phone consultations. To make an appointment by phone, please contact the occupational health and safety service Human Capital Care (HCC) via +31 43-3068134.