6 May 2021

Update: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The situation in the Netherlands and the EU

Vaccination is progressing rapidly in the Netherlands. The results can already be seen in the number of new infections and people being admitted to hospitals with COVID-19, which are both falling sharply. For this reason, the Dutch government has lifted most of the measures. Foreign travellers from countries where the health risks are similar to or lower than in the Netherlands can enter the country.

People travelling from a very high-risk area where there is a virus variant of concern can enter the country if they fall under any of the EU entry ban exemption categories. Self-quarantine is mandatory if you travel to the Netherlands from very high-risk countries. You must also present a negative covid test result.

Rules such as staying 1.5 meters apart still apply to everyone. At The Hague Academy, our staff members are slowly returning to the office.

For the list of safe and high-risk countries, visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Open subscription courses

Second semester 2021

At The Hague Academy, we are closely following the rules, regulations and guidelines regarding Covid-19, as set out by the Dutch Government. This includes the regulations regarding international travel, group size and other measures. In the event that the situation does not allow for the face-to-face courses scheduled during this period to take place, we will be obliged to adjust the format of the course. Of course, meeting the participants in person is our first choice and we are hopeful that this will be possible.

If there are any changes in the course set-up, we will inform all registered participants immediately. Depending on their source of funding, we will also inform them of their possibilities of either postponing or cancelling the course.

PCR test requirement

To comply with our Duty of Care and provide a safe learning environment, we require all participants attending our training courses in the Netherlands to be in the possession of a negative PCR (not older than 72 hours upon departure).

This requirement is compulsory, regardless if you are vaccinated, if the airline does not request it or if you are travelling from a low-risk country. Participants will be required to present the negative test result upon arrival. Rapid self-tests will be made available during the training should you require extra reassurance.

Tailor-made training

For countries where travelling is still not possible, customised training is being offered online. We are going beyond the traditional webinars and have developed several interactive learning programmes. In these programmes, we combine presentations from experts with individual assignments, group work, games, video tours, study visits, individual coaching and live events.

Our trainers put a lot of effort into designing scripted content and deliver intensive e-facilitation. So far, they facilitated tailor-made, online courses for participants based in Jordan, Sudan, Uganda, Somalia, Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan. With our tailor-made, interactive approach, we make sure each individual participant stays engaged from start to end and create an optimal learning impact. To request tailor-made training, please email us at info@thehagueacademy.com

Practical information

Are you interested in a customised course? We are happy to advise you. You can contact us at info@thehagueacademy.com.

For more information about the virus in The Netherlands, please refer to the website of the Netherlands’ National Institute for Public Health and the Environment

Our team will continuously monitor the situation and will inform you in case there is a change in the measures outlined above.

Further reading

View this gallery for an inside look at the work that goes into developing our online training programmes.




To learn more about how the online shift is going at The Hague Academy, click here.




For a closer look at our online LED-course, read: Learning Local Economic Development at a distance




For more information about the role of local governments in combatting an epidemic, read the story about Monrovia.