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We understand that you may have concerns about the ongoing coronavirus situation, also in relation to the start or continuation of your studies at Maastricht University. This FAQ offers the answers (as far as possible) to the most frequently asked questions from international students concerning the coronavirus and travelling to and from Maastricht.

Can I travel to the Netherlands?
Please check the website of the government of the Netherlands for the exact rules and regulations.

Which travel restrictions apply to me?
Strict rules and regulations no longer apply to students travelling to the Netherlands with a valid residence permit or decision letter from Dutch Immigration, except for students travelling from China. Fore more information please check this link to the website of the Dutch government for the most current information about traveling to the Netherlands.

Do I have to go into quarantine on arrival?
No. You are advised to do a self-test immediately after arrival in the Netherlands and again on day 5. Please also check this link for the most current information about traveling to the Netherlands. 

Do I have to provide a negative COVID-19 test before departure and on arrival?
Only students travelling from China do. Please check this link for the most current information about traveling to the Netherlands.

Do I also have to provide a mandatory rapid test?
No, you don't. But this situation may change again in the future so please check this link for the most current information about traveling to the Netherlands.

Where can I test for COVID-19 abroad?
A list of locations for PCR and rapid tests abroad can be found on  

I wish to visit the UM Visa Office. Is it open for visitors?
Yes, if you wish to speak to someone of the UM Visa Office, you can drop by at the Student Services Centre (Bonnefantenstraat 2, room B0.33, Maastricht). You can also contact them by phone (+31 (0)43 38 85 388) and email ( 

What should I do in case of limited access to the Dutch embassy in my country?
The Visa Office is aware that due to lockdowns in certain countries, Dutch embassies have downscaled their services or have (temporarily) closed. We advise students to monitor and keep checking the website of their local Dutch embassy regularly, since the situation can change rapidly.

Wat happens if my MVV-visa has expired due to COVID-19 related circumstances?
When the embassy has resumed its service, the validity of the MVV-visa can be extended by the embassy if you were unable to travel due to travel restrictions imposed in your country. In this case please contact your embassy.

If a travel ban was lifted and you made a conscious decision not to travel, then the MVV cannot be extended, but we have to apply for a new one. In this case please send an email to

I have to make an appointment at IND in Maastricht to collect my (extended) residence card. How do I do that?
You can make an appointment with Dutch Immigration (IND) in Maastricht by using the following appointment link: