Going Abroad: Fall 2021
How to prepare for a stay abroad during Covid-19 times
Yes! You have registered for a minor Study Abroad or are planning to do an internship abroad during the Fall 2021 semester! Studying abroad is a lifelong dream for many students and a great way to further develop your (international/intercultural) skills. Unfortunately the Covid-19 crisis continues to have a big impact on international travel. Your preparations may therefore be a little different than what they would be in a regular year when we are not dealing with a global pandemic. Of course Fontys very much hopes that you will be able to start your Study Abroad opportunity, but with the current unpredictability we would like to give you some guidelines to make sure you are as prepared as possible.
On this page you will find a summary of Fontys’ policy regarding international mobility and what to expect in the months leading up to your travels abroad. .
Do you still have questions after reading the information? Please contact Team Study Abroad of your coordinator Internationalisation!
Travel advice: GO or NO-GO
In order to determine whether you are allowed to travel, Fontys uses the travel codes from the website of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This travel advice is leading in whether Fontys gives a GO or NO-GO for your travels abroad.
Green / yellow = GO: Student are allowed to travel to this country, region or city but are required to fill out a risk analysis form (see your workflow in Mobility Online)
Orange / red = NO-GO: Students will not get permission from Fontys to travel to this country, region or city. Fontys strongly advises you not to travel to this country, region or city.
The colour code on the day of departure is the final go/no-go for your travels and colour codes are subject to change. This means it is best to check the colour code regularly and on the day of your departure.
An orange or red travel advice: what does it mean for my travels?
If the travel advice for your country of destination is orange or red on the day of departure strongly advises you not to travel. Fontys will give a so called NO-GO for your travels.
Traveling abroad when the travel advice is orange or red is at the student’s own risk and responsibility. Fontys will not offer guidance and support during your time abroad. Be aware that not receiving guidance and support from Fontys can enhance the risk of a study delay.
Does the travel advice change to orange or red when you are already abroad? In that case Fontys will advise you to return to the Netherlands or your home country. If you do not return the remaining of your stay will be at your own risk (this includes the financial risk).
Fontys will however continue to offer guidance and support for your studies or internship, this only applies when the travel advice on the day of your departure was green or yellow!
There are two exceptions for the orange or red travel advice. If you fall into one of the following categories you may be allowed to travel abroad for your studies when the travel code is orange or red:
• you are an international student and will do a minor or internship in your home country (e.g. you are a Bulgarian national and will do an internship in Bulgaria);
• you live in the Netherlands but will do a minor or an internship in the border region of Belgium or Germany. Your permanent address remains in the Netherlands and you only travel across the border for your studies and do not stay abroad for more than 48 hours at a time.
Be prepared: your plan B
Due to the unpredictability of the Covid-19 crisis we ask all students who plan to study or do an internship abroad for Fall 2021 to prepare a plan B in case traveling abroad will not be possible at the time of departure.
Your plan B can e.g. be an alternative minor, at Fontys or another university in the Netherlands, an internship position in the Netherlands or switching your semester for internship and the minor.
You can contact your coordinator Internationalisation or study councillor to discuss your options for your plan B.
Travelling abroad during Covid-19 times comes with additional challanges. Make sure you inform yourself well about the consequences of the current situation on the financial risks, insurance, visa procedures and travel arrangements. Depending on your country of destination you may be required to go into quarantine, bring a statement of health, a negative test report for Covid-19 or even proof of vaccination in order to enter the country of destination.
Please note that at all times you will have to follow the Dutch rules ánd the rules of the country you are visiting to control the spread of coronavirus.
Now that borders are re-opening there may be additional focus on the behaviour of travellers, be aware of this. Make sure you respect local (Covid-19) rules and approaches to dealing with the pandemic and keep in mind that when abroad you represent Fontys.
Registration in Mobility Online
Going abroad for study or an internship is not possible without finishing your registration in Mobility Online. If you’re not registered in Mobility Online we also cannot locate you if an emergency occurs and offer you support or - grant you your scholarship if you proved to be eligible.
Always make sure your contact details and those of your emergency contact person are up-to-date in Mobility Online. Put the contact details of your Coordinator Internationalisation in the Emergency Contact Person list of your phone.
Save the emergency number of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs in your phone, +31 247 247 247.
If you do not have the Dutch nationality you need to make sure you know where the embassy or consulate of your home country is located and how to reach them.