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    Travel regulations: general guidelines

    The basic principle is that: “In order to dispel any uncertainty, we reiterate the decision of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel that no staff or students will be allowed to undertake international travel for study or research purposes until 13 September 2020".

    The university will of course continue to closely follow the advice of the government in relation to the coronavirus and will continue to align its own measures as much as possible. Please regularly consult our newsletter for students for the most up-to-date information.

    What is currently allowed based on the government’s guidelines?

    => Permanent return of students from neighbouring countries (the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany, France): a declaration must be requested from Student Information: info@vub.be. The person must isolate at their Belgian residence for 14 days!

    => Commuting by students from neighbouring countries (the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany, France) to sit exams; a declaration must be requested from Student Information: info@vub.be.

    => Commuting may only be done alone or with one other person living at the same address and upon presentation of a student card.

    NB: We prefer students to sit exams online but leave the choice up to the student.

    => Emptying student housing or collecting study material from student housing. This must be done in a single journey, via the shortest route and alone or with one other person living at the same address and on presentation of the student card (and/or declaration from the educational institution) and the rental contract/title deeds.

    => The rules in force in the destination country must be respected at all times.

    => Staying overnight is strongly discouraged. If an overnight stay is necessary, the person(s) carrying out the journey should place themselves in isolation for 14 days after their return.

    Exemptions:

    If you believe you are eligible to apply for an exemption to these rules, send a request setting out your reasons to: International.Relations@vub.ac.be.

    If you are not from one of our neighbouring countries (the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany and France) please contact International Relations if you have any questions.

    What is (currently) not allowed until 13 September:

    => Travelling to Belgium from countries other than the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany, France

    =>
    Fieldwork in another country

    =>
    Group trips (excursions) domestically and abroad

    => Attending study trips, conferences etc

    For students wanting to go on an exchange abroad:

    The travel restriction until 13 September is valid until further notice. If the situation changes during the following weeks, and the Belgian government decides to extend or bring back the travel restrictions to an earlier date we will let you know ASAP.

    We advise all students to wait to cancel their exchange for the first semester until an update on the travel restrictions is available in July. You will still be able to cancel your exchange at a later stage, even if you’ve finished all the steps before departure in Mobility Online.

    For now, you can proceed with your Mobility Online application as planned and fill in the dates of your exchange based on the academic calendar of your host institution. Please wait with booking flights and or accommodation until you’ve received a conditional green light from your exchange coordinator after exams (first session or resits) and a green light for travel from the VUB International Relations office (IRMO).

    You are not allowed to depart on exchange before you’ve received both green lights.

    Attention: Please regularly consult our newsletter for students for the most up-to-date information.