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The UvA is following developments around the Coronavirus closely. See for updates.

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In three provinces, namely Lombardy, Veneto and Emilia-Romagna, all activities related to teaching have been suspended up to and including 29 February. This information comes from the website of the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research. The UvA has exchange agreements with seven partner universities in these provinces. We will contact all exchange students who are currently at one of these partner institutions. We'll also get in touch with staff who are staying in one of these regions for study or research. We advise against travelling to these 3 provinces, at least until after 29 February.


The UvA advises students and researchers not to travel to China for the time being. Because of the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, our partner universities in various Chinese cities are closed for teaching and research. The UvA is remaining in contact with students and staff who are already in China as much as possible.

Traveling to China soon for your work or studies?

We advise staff members and students who have plans to travel to that region to not travel to China. 

Because of quarantines in many Chinese cities, it's possible that a number of Chinese students in Amsterdam are unable to travel back home or to their home university as planned. For information or questions, they can contact Amarins Renema.

What should I do if I was recently in China?

For the time being we are welcoming students from China as usual. We urge students who have recently been to Wuhan or Hubei province, or who have been in close contact with people from Wuhan or Hubei province who show symptoms to contact their doctor or the General Practitioners Practice UvA by phone or email immediately.

Chinese exchange students who currently live in Amsterdam and have recently travelled to China are advised to contact a doctor by phone or email if they have any symptoms resembling those of the Coronavirus (ie. you have a fever of 38 degrees celcius or higher, a cough, breathing problems or shortness of breath).

More information

Students who are on exchange as part of the Global Exchange Programme in Amsterdam, China, Hong Kong SAR and Taiwan (semesters one and two) have been contacted.

General information

UvA following RIVM advice

You can find the most up-to-date information about the new Coronavirus on the National Institute for Public Health and Environment (RIVM) website. The RIVM is monitoring the situation in the Netherlands and publishing its recommendations online. The UvA is following these recommendations closely, together with other Dutch universities.

Travel advice

We advise everyone travelling abroad to keep a close eye on travel advice from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

What can people do to prevent the spread of Coronavirus?

The most important measures that people can implement to prevent the spread of Coronavirus are quite simple. It is important to implement them, as they apply to all viruses related to the flu or cold:

  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow
  • Use paper tissues