Covid-19 virus now endemic


Three years after the first infection in the Netherlands, COVID-19 has now become endemic. This means that the virus is still present, but also that we are better protected against it now than we were a while ago. This is due to vaccinations, booster and repeat shots and built-up immunity. Therefore, the Hague government has decided to further scale down the remaining advisories.

The specific advice that used to apply to COVID-19 has now become generic, similar to the advice that applies for the prevention of other respiratory infections.

So, if you you have symptoms like coughing, sneezing, a sore throat and a stuffy or runny nose?

  • Then stay home when you are ill.
  • For mild complaints, consult your team leader about whether you can work at home.
  • Avoid physical contact with people who may become seriously ill with a respiratory infection. If physical contact is necessary (such as in the case of informal care), wear a nasal mask.

For anyone with or without symptoms:

  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow.
  • Wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and water.
  • Ventilate indoor spaces well.


As of 10 March 2023, self-quarantine and self-testing are no longer included in the advisories. However, students and staff can still collect free self-tests from the reception desk while stocks last. Given the expiry date of these tests, this is possible until the end of November 2023.

Ladder of measures

In the event of an upsurge of the virus, the UM institutional plan for dealing with COVID-19 will come into effect. This plan sets out various prevention and intervention measures, in line with the government's ladder of measures.