Travel advice

Can I travel to Fontys with public transport for physical education? (21-10-20)
Physical education, internships and location-based research are seen as necessary activities for which you may continue to travel with public transport.

Am I allowed to travel within the Netherlands to provide or follow education or research activities? (01-10-20)
Travelling to Amsterdam-city, Rotterdam-city and The Hague-city is only allowed for necessary journeys. Travelling to provide or follow education is excluded from this measure. Travel for research activities is not considered necessary travel and is therefore not desired. Only when it concerns research activities in a laboratory or other practical setting that cannot take place from home or online, travel is allowed.

I am a student and am making preparations for a trip abroad in spring 2021. Can I go? (01-10-20)
The same applies here as in the autumn of 2020. You can travel abroad as long as the travel restrictions allow. As a guideline we use the travel advice of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Can I travel to my home country / abroad during the autumn vacations? (01-10-20)
For international students, the autumn vacations are often a time when you want to travel back to your home country. If 'code orange' applies to this country, this means that when you return, you will have to spend ten days in self-isolation. Realize that you run the risk of not being able to participate in physical education and physical tests. The same applies of course to Dutch students and staff with plans for the autumn vacations.

Can I come back to Fontys as a border employee/student?
Fontys takes over the exceptions (Ministry of Justice and Security of September 11th) for home quarantine and allows border workers and border students from a code orange/red region (Belgium and Germany) to come to Fontys for work/educational activities provided they comply with the set conditions:

  • Social contacts are avoided.
  • There is no travel by public transport.
  • The length of stay is as short as possible.
  • The quarantine rules will be respected outside the stay at Fontys.
  • There is a good distance between them.
  • Good hygiene measures are taken.

Of these border staff and border students we also ask you to take the responsibility to inform yourself about restrictions that apply in your own country for return from the Netherlands.

When am I a border student?
You are a border student if you are enrolled at Fontys and your permanent place of residence is outside the Netherlands (wherever you are enrolled).

How do I know if I am a border student and what do I have to do to travel to work?
You are a border employee if you have to work across the border in a high-risk area. The basic principle remains that travelling only happens if working from home is not possible at the time in question. We ask you to contact your manager about this. You will then receive further information on how to proceed.

I come back from a trip from an area where code 'orange' or code 'red' applies. What should I do?
You then go into home quarantine for 10 days and work or study completely from home in order not to spread possible infections. It is not only about your health, but also about the health of your colleagues. For Fontys the following applies: the code used by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The current risk status of countries and regions in the Netherlands can be found at www.nederlandwereldwijd.nl

Can (group) study trips or internships abroad be planned again?
For outbound mobility we follow the decision tree international mobility which is closely related to the travel advice of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Flowchart

For (group) study trips, the travel advice, the current rules for our society and those of the country of destination must of course be followed. We emphasize that the financial risks (e.g. repatriation, housing, etc.) lie with the student in question. Therefore, always consult your internationalization coordinator first, who will also inform you about other practical matters.

What should I do when I am abroad and the situation changes there?
During your stay abroad, you must always follow the local guidelines, those of the RIVM and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. You also need to keep your contact details up to date in Mobility Online and maintain (close) contact about your status with your coordinator Internationalization. In case the situation changes, your coordinator will tell you what to do and you will look for alternative study opportunities together. Fontys makes every effort to prevent as much study delay as possible.

What happens to my Erasmus+ scholarship if the travel advice changes and I can no longer stay abroad?
If the travel advice changes, the Force Majeure rule applies. This is a case of force majeure and in that case the same rules apply as during Spring 2020. If you return unexpectedly, you will still receive the full scholarship. If, due to the changed status, you are no longer able to leave and have incurred travel and accommodation expenses, you will be reimbursed up to a maximum of the grant amount allocated to you.

The travel advice has changed. What do I do if I live in an area that is currently subject to an orange or red travel advice?
If you live in an area that is currently designated as a high-risk area (code 'orange' or code 'red'), stay at home and study from home as long as this code applies. Do not come to Fontys locations. It is not only about your health, but also about the health of your fellow students. If you move from a high-risk area and you settle in the Netherlands or an area where the code 'green' or 'yellow' applies, you will first be in quarantine for 10 days and study from home.

I come back from a trip from an area where code 'orange' or code 'red' applies. What should I do? The government urgently advises everyone returning from a high-risk area to go into home quarantine for 10 days in order not to spread possible infections. This also applies to Fontys students: when returning from a high-risk area, maintain home quarantine for 10 days and study completely from home. It's not only about your health, but also about the health of your fellow students. Confusion can arise because countries deal differently with the coding for risk areas (code 'orange' or code 'red'). For Fontys the following applies: the code used by the Dutch government (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) determines what you should do. If, upon arrival in the Netherlands, a 'Dutch' code 'orange' or 'red' applies to the place where you were staying, you will remain in quarantine for 10 days. The current risk status of countries and regions in the Netherlands can be found at www.nederlandwereldwijd.nl/landen.