FAQ on coronavirus for staff

Published: 25th February 2020 Last updated: 14th October 2021

A lot has changed for you as an employee due to the COVID-19 measures. This situation raises a lot of questions. We want to inform you as clearly as possible about the measures and developments. 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

We have set up questions and answers about the coronavirus. The  questions and answers will be updated regularly.

Together we ensure a safe working and learning environment.

  • Look out for each other and give each other space.
  • Stay home if you have any complaints (also cold symptoms) and have yourself tested.
  • Use free self-tests.
Order free self-tests

Working on campus

*UPDATED, SEPTEMBER 23* | I want to work on campus. What am I supposed to take into account in advance?
*UPDATED, SEPTEMBER 23* | I want to work on campus. What am I supposed to take into account when on campus?
*UPDATED, SEPTEMBER 23* | Do I have to prove that I have been vaccinated or have a negative self-test before I can come to campus?
*UPDATED, SEPTEMBER 23* | I have been vaccinated against COVID-19. Can I come to campus to work?
*UPDATED, SEPTEMBER 23* | If I take a self-test, can I come to campus to work after a negative result?
*UPDATED, SEPTEMBER 23* | I am coming to campus several times a week. Do I need to take a self-test each time prior to coming to campus?
*UPDATED, SEPTEMBER 23* | May I refuse to come to campus for work?
*UPDATED, SEPTEMBER 24* | I brought home my chair and monitor. Do I have to take it back?
*UPDATED, SEPTEMBER 23* | Can I have meetings on campus and how does that work?
*UPDATED, SEPTEMBER 29* | I have an appointment with someone who doesn't work at Tilburg University. Can he or she also go inside?
*UPDATED, OCTOBER 11* | Can I order catering?
*UPDATED, SEPTEMBER 28* | Where can I get lunch or food on campus?
Does the ventilation in the building need to be adjusted because of COVID-19?

Travel to / visiting / return from abroad

I have been to a risk area. What should I do?
I am a border worker. Can I come to campus?
I am a (new) employee and am currently staying abroad, other than as a result of holidays. What applies to me?
*UPDATED, AUGUST 19* | I go on holiday. What should I bear in mind?
*UPDATED, AUGUST 19* | The travel advice for the area where I am on holiday has changed during my stay. What should I take into account?
*UPDATED, AUGUST 4* | Can I still make business trips?
Can I still receive guests from abroad for work?
I am currently abroad and cannot return to the Netherlands. What should I do?

HR and working from home

I do not have childcare for my child who is not allowed to attend elementary school, childcare or after-school childcare because of cold symptoms. Can I take leave?
*UPDATED, SEPTEMBER 24* | I want to work from home, what facilities are available?
*NEW, SEPTEMBER 24* | Do I receive an allowance for the days I work from home?
*UPDATED, SEPTEMBER 23* | I receive a commuting allowance and I am currently working from home. Will I continue to receive the allowance?
I am involved in a job application procedure in progress. How do I handle this?
*UPDATED, SEPTEMBER 23* | I have a training or meeting. Can I go?

(Mental) health

The current situation puts a lot of pressure on me as an employee. How do I stay physically and mentally healthy?
*UPDATED, SEPTEMBER 23* | I have tested positive for COVID-19. What should I do?
A person I have been in contact with has tested positive for COVID-19. What should I do?
I either have or one of my household members has (respiratory) complaints. Can I come to campus to work? And what should I do?
I am currently on campus and developing (respiratory) complaints. What should I do?
*UPDATED, SEPTEMBER 10* | A colleague or student reports to me that he/she has tested positive for COVID-19. What should I do?
*UPDATED, SEPTEMBER 24* | I want to go to the occupational health physician for consultation, what do I do?
*UPDATED, AUGUST 20* | As an international employee, can I get a COVID-19 vaccination in the Netherlands?
I have an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccination. Do I have to take leave for the hours I cannot work due to this appointment?

Education and exams

What can I do as a lecturer if students do not follow the health instructions during my lecture?
Where can I find more information about the self-test kits?
*UPDATED, SEPTEMBER 23* | How does education in this current situation take place??
Where can I go if I have problems providing online or blended teaching?
What is the difference between hybrid and blended education?
I'm a lecturer and I want to record a video lecture in a lecture room. What am I supposed to do?
Where can I find more information about exams in this current situation?
*NEW, SEPTEMBER 10* | One of my students reports to me that he/she has tested positive for COVID-19. What should I do?


*UPDATED, SEPTEMBER 23* | Will PhD defenses, inaugural and valedictory addresses still take place? 
How do funding organizations deal with the consequences of COVID-19?
What should I do when I have a COVID-19 related question about a grant call or application?
What should I do when I have a COVID-19 related question about an externally funded project?
When should I contact the ethics review committee about changes in the project due to the coronavirus?
I am a PhD, tenure tracker or postdoc and due to COVID-19 I am concerned that I cannot complete my research within the period of my employment contract. What can I do?

Contact details 

If the answer to your question is not listed in the Q&A, you can contact us in the following ways:

  • Are you an employee and do you have a question regarding the coronavirus and Tilburg University? Then please contact your manager or send an e-mail to

Take care and look out for each other

How do I stay in touch with my study mates or my colleagues?