FAQ on coronavirus on campus and events

Published: 25th February 2020 Last updated: 19th January 2022

We want to inform you as clearly as possible about the measures and developments on campus. We do this by working out Frequently Asked Questions for you. The questions are regularly updated and complemented on the basis of the questions we receive. Do you have a question that is not listed here? Please let us know.

We understand that there are a lot of questions about in what form education will take place, when you are allowed to visit the campus, what rules you must follow in doing so and  what to take into account when organizing an event. The page Tilburg University & corona contains all important information about campus, education, working on campus and events.

On this page you will find the most frequently asked questions regarding the campus and events.

Together we ensure a safe working and learning environment.

  • Stay home if you have any complaints (also cold symptoms) and have yourself tested;
  • Wear a face mask in the campus buildings;
  • Stay at a 1.5 meter distance from each other where possible.
Use free self-tests


Everyone must follow the guidelines of the government and the RIVM on campus. In addition to the hygiene measures of the RIVM, Tilburg University's guidelines have been drawn up. 

*UPDATED, JANUARY 3* | Can I go to campus to study?

It is possible for all students to reserve a study space or group space on campus. See the page on study places for students for more information and rules.

Please be aware that the maximum group size of 75 persons applies for all rooms.

LocHal also has workplaces available for students.

Self-testing remains important. We ask that you self-test at least twice a week, or before coming to campus, even if you have been vaccinated. Only come to campus when the self-test is negative. By doing a self-test, you prevent the COVID-19 from spreading unnoticed amongst your colleagues or students. Read more information and FAQ on self-test kits.

*UPDATED, JANUARY 15* | Do I have to wear a face mask on campus?

Yes, on campus, the requirement to wear face masks applies. Here, the rule is that face masks must be worn at all times, whether moving or sitting at a workstation or in the lecture hall. This also applies during exams. A medical face mask is recommended. Face masks are also required in the stores on campus.

An exception applies to students and employees, who cannot wear a face mask due to a disability or illness. If this applies to you, make sure you can prove this on the spot.

An exception also applies to students and employees who are unable to wear a face mask because of their disability or illness, and who are unable to participate in or provide an educational activity. If, for example, providing or following an education is impeded because the teacher is wearing a face mask, the teacher is not required to wear it.  

*UPDATED, JANUARY 19* | Can I get lunch or food somewhere on campus?

The campus hospitality will remain closed in line with national policy (Esplanade/ Faculty Club). Grab&Go is available at several locations: Cube, AH-2-Go, Starbucks and Mensa. The restaurant in the Mensa has 75 seats available for eating your take-away. For more information: check the Food and Drink page on campus.

Can I order catering?

For more information go to the page FAQ on coronavirus for staff

*UPDATED, JANUARY 3* | Can I go to the Library?

The Library is normally opened daily.

A maximum group size of 75 people applies in the Library. This means that 75 students per floor will be able to use a work place

What measures am I supposed to take into account at the Sports Center?

The Sports Center is open. For information please visit the Sports Center's web page

How about university church Maranatha?

You can find the most up-to-date information on the Tilburg University Chaplaincy web page.

Can I reserve a room to meet with a larger group (according to RIVM guidelines)?


It is possible for all students to reserve a group space on campus (2-10 people). See the page on study places for students for more information and rules.


You can find information about employees reserving a room for meetings on the FAQ on coronavirus for staff.

How are central areas and, for example, lifts kept clean?

The lifts are included in the central cleaning program and are cleaned at the beginning of the working day. We advise you to wash your hands after using the lift and before entering the pantry.


*UPDATED, JANUARY 19* | I want to organize an event or meeting. What do I need to take into account?

It is not possible to hold events or meetings until at least January 25; only tests, exams, practice teaching and self-study may take place physically on campus. All other activities should be organized online. 

If you are unsure whether an event or activity can go ahead, please contact Conference & Event Support.

PhD Defenses, inaugural and valedictory addresses 

Valid until January 21: Take place online only.

Valid from January 21:

  • It is allowed to invite a maximum of 30 guests;
  • Wearing face masks is mandatory, also when seated;
  • It is not possible to hold a reception near the Auditorium or Portraits room;
  • It is allowed to have the committee members physically present at the PhD defenses;
  • We advise to do a self-test at home before you come to campus.
*UPDATED, JANUARY 15* | I am organizing an event or activity on behalf of my study, sports, or student association. Can this go ahead?

(Study content) meetings of study associations must take place online. It is not possible to organize these physically on campus until at least January 25. 

Can my study trip continue?

See the question Can my study trip continue? at the FAQ on the coronavirus for students.

Will open days and other events for prospective students continue?

You can find more information on Open days on the web page FAQ on coronavirus for prospective students.

I tested positive for COVID-19 and recently attended an event on campus, what should I do?

Do the check by the government to know what is expected of you and people around you and follow the instructions. The GGD will contact you to advise you and carry out source and contact research. 

We also ask you to report anonymously or non-anonymously via this web form.  

Self-test kits and vaccination

Order self-test kits

Vaccination without an appointment

Vaccination without appointment 

Have you not yet been vaccinated for COVID-19? We want to encourage you to get vaccinated in order to create a safe working and learning environment. We would like to draw your attention to the possibility to get your jab without an appointment at several GGD vaccination centers (Municipal Health Service).

For more information, check out Walk-in vaccination center.

Why are self-test kits used as an additional measure to facilitate reopening higher education?

Making self-test kits available free of charge to all students and staff will help expedite tracking infections. Students often do not experience complaints when they are infected, but they can still, if unwittingly, infect others. These preventive self-test kits may help identify infections at an earlier stage, which may help prevent the virus from spreading unchecked. And this in turn may positively impact the epidemiological situation.

Who are eligible for self-test kits?

The government makes self-test kits available free of charge to all students and staff at funded and accredited non-funded institutions of higher education.

How can self-test kits be ordered?

Self-test kits can be ordered via a nationwide portal: Students and staff of Tilburg University can access through their Tilburg University accounts. Ordered self-test kits will be sent free of charge to the specified address. If you have a problem logging in, first check the FAQ about log in.

Self-tests may also be picked up at the front desks in Academia building, Intermezzo, Meerkoldreef and Reitse Toren and the Mail Room in Koopmans building.

When should I use a self-test kit?

We ask you, if you are studying or working on campus and have not yet been vaccinated, to do a self-test every time before coming to campus. Vaccinated employees and students, we ask that you take a self-test twice a week. You only administer a self-test if you do not have any COVID-19 related symptoms and plan to come to the campus. Do you have any COVID-19 related symptoms or does your self-test show a positive result? Then stay at home and make an appointment with the Municipal Health Service (GGD) to have yourself tested.

We kindly request you to do a home test before you come to the campus for an exam.

Am I obliged to get the vaccine/a test and do I have to present the result before coming to campus?

No, not at this moment. You are not required to be able to submit proof of a negative test or vaccination result when you arrive on campus.

Using self-test kits is voluntary, but we appeal to the personal responsibility of employees and students to take a self-test regularly. We ask you, if you are studying or working on campus and have not yet been vaccinated, to do a self-test every time before coming to campus. Vaccinated employees and students, we ask that you take a self-test twice a week. Only come to campus if you receive a negative test result.

Do I also have to do a self-test if I have been vaccinated?

Yes, doing a self-test is also useful if you have been vaccinated. In this case, we ask that you take a self-test twice a week. The vaccination ensures that you yourself have fewer complaints when you are infected with the virus, but it does not rule out that you can transfer the virus to others. By doing a self-test, you prevent the coronavirus from spreading further unnoticed among your colleagues or students.

What should I do when the self-test kit returns a positive test result?

If the result of a self-test kit comes back positive, the user is advised to schedule an appointment for a regular test at a dedicated local health service (GGD) test facility and to observe until then social distancing to the extent possible.

Should I use a self-test kit when I am experiencing complaints?

Self-test kits should not be used when symptoms show. Instead, an appointment should be made for a regular test at a dedicated local health services (GGD) test facility. Self-test kits are to be used as a precaution, that is to say, when no symptoms are showing.

Are you a non-EU student studying in the Netherlands and are you facing problems generating your proof of vaccination through the Coronacheck app (QR code)?

If you have been fully vaccinated in a non-EU country, you can register your vaccination in the Netherlands at the GGD in Utrecht (near CS). You can make an appointment by calling +31 (0)30 - 800 2899.

At the appointment you need to bring the following documents:

  • Proof of identity. The details on the identity document must be the same as the details on the vaccination certificate, and/or;
  • A supporting document that shows your BSN. This is not necessary if your BSN is on the identity document, and;
  • The vaccination certificate you received in the country where you received the vaccination. The vaccination certificate must meet the requirements for vaccination certificates.

This registration is free of charge. However, there are waiting periods.

As a quick solution to receive an entry pass, you can show a negative test result.

EU residents can use the EU Digital Corona Certificate. This paper or digital certificate from their country of origin allows entry to events in the Netherlands. You need to produce proof of vaccination, recovery or testing. Most EU countries (and Norway, Switzerland and Turkey) have joined a digital system for this purpose.

If you require assistance generating your QR code after reading this webpage, call +31 (0)800 - 1351.

Read more about the COVID QR code on these Government's webpages:

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