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Policy on international travel and stays, semester 1 2021-2022

15 June 2021 by Coronavirus

The current policy on international travel and stays will remain largely unchanged in semester 1. You can review the policy on international travel and stays inside and outside Europe below. The (limited) changes to the policy relate to international travel and stays outside Europe. The timing of student’s departure, and not the start date of his or her studies, work placement or graduation project, is the deciding factor when assessing the travel advisory.

Travel and stays inside Europe

Students may continue to make preparations for exchanges, work placements or minors inside Europe. However, travel is only permitted to countries/areas with a yellow/green travel advisory. Travel to countries/areas with a travel advisory of orange or red is NOT permitted. Many uncertainties remain. Students should always make contingency plans. Just as in the 2020-2021 academic year, the following exceptions apply to the policy of not allowing travel to countries inside Europe with an orange or red travel advisory:

  • Countries that are subject to an orange travel advisory only in response to that country’s imposition of travel restrictions on travellers from the Netherlands, due to the public health situation in the Netherlands. In those cases, the colour code does not relate to the public health situation in the country concerned, and people are not urgently recommended to quarantine at home upon returning to the Netherlands.
  • Students who are travelling to their own country of origin (in cases where this is not the Netherlands) in order to study (a minor) or complete a work placement or graduation project.

Travel and stays outside Europe

Students are strongly advised not to make plans to travel outside Europe this autumn to study (minor) or complete a work placement or graduation project. Avans University of Applied Sciences will not provide support to students who decide to travel to countries outside Europe with an orange or red travel advisory. If you do decide to make plans to travel to a country that has an orange or red travel advisory, you do so entirely at your own risk. You are also responsible for making your own contingency plans. Exceptions are the countries/areas that are among the ‘safe countries’ identified by the European Commission. Students may make plans to travel to these countries. However, travel is only permitted to countries/areas with a yellow/green travel advisory. Travel to countries/areas with an orange or red travel advisory is NOT permitted.

Just as in the 2020-2021 academic year, the following exceptions apply to the policy of not allowing travel to countries outside Europe with an orange or red travel advisory:

  • Students who are travelling to their own country of origin (in cases where this is not the Netherlands) in order to study (a minor) or complete a work placement or graduation project.
  • Countries included on the European Commission’s list of safe countries that are subject to an orange travel advisory only in response to that country’s imposition of travel restrictions on travellers from the Netherlands, due to the public health situation in the Netherlands. In those cases, the colour code does not relate to the public health situation in the country concerned.

Advice and questions

When students are preparing to spend time abroad in order to study or complete a work placement or graduation project, it is important that it is clear whom students can contact with questions within each academy during the entire summer period. Communicate this information clearly through the various communication channels. During the summer period, the International Office and the Student Information Desk are open for general, practical information.
 
 

Last updated on 15 June 2021.