Covid 19 – Getting tested and vaccination
You will find here information about what to do in case you have Covid-19 symptoms, or have been in contact with a confirmed Covid-19 person, where to get tested, or how to get vaccinated.
Last updated: 26 November 2021

Testing for Covid-19

Types of screening tests

  • Virological test ("RT-PCR"): result usually available within 24 to 48 hours.
  • Antigenic test (or "TROD", for "Test Rapide d'Orientation Diagnostique", rapid diagnostic orientation test): quick result, within 30 minutes.
  • Self-test ("autotest"): sold in pharmacies, these tests do not have the same clinical performance as virological 'RT-PCR' tests, and are not recommended if you have been in contact with someone with confirmed Covid-19, or if you have Covid-19 symptoms.
In case of a negative result, the PCR and antigenic tests allow to obtain a health pass valid for 24 hours.
The negative result of a self-test does not allow to obtain a health pass.

Testing or screening places

You can get tested in a dedicated center, a laboratory, a pharmacy or by some health professionals.
> See the list of all testing locations on the website Santé.fr

Cost and coverage of tests

Since October 15, 2021, screening tests are no longer systematically free or covered by the Health insurance.
  • Getting tested can be covered and reimbursed only for persons in one of the following situations:
- vaccinated against Covid-19 (full vaccination schedule),
- medical contraindication that prevents vaccination against Covid-19,
- minors (under 18 years old),
- identified by the Health Insurance as a contact person,
- with a certificate of recovery less than 6 months old,
- group screening organized by an institution,
- positive antigenic test less than 48 hours old (requiring a confirmatory PCR test),
- coming from countries classified in orange or red zones and for the test to be performed at the end of the quarantine period,
- on medical prescription (e.g. in case of symptoms).

In these cases, you have to present the documents corresponding to your situation:
vaccination or recovery certificate, ID (for minors), email or SMS from the Health Insurance justifying contact at risk, proof of transportation and declaration on honor (for people coming from countries in orange or red zones), medical prescription.

You will also need to present your French Health Insurance certificate, 'carte Vitale' or European Health Insurance Card.
  • For any other situation, the tests are being charged:
- 44€ for a PCR test,
- from 22 to 45€ for an antigenic test.

> Find out more

Vaccination against Covid-19

Access to vaccination

Anyone residing in France (from the age of 12), covered by the French state health insurance or having a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), can get vaccinated against Covid-19 free of charge.
If you are registered with French state health insurance, you will need to show your health insurance certificate or 'carte Vitale', and a piece of ID.
If you have an EHIC, you will need to show a piece of ID and a proof of address in France in addition to your EHIC.
You got vaccinated in your country before coming to France?
> Check on our “Pass Sanitaire” news if you can obtain a French equivalent of your certificate, or if you need to get vaccinated in France to get a health pass.

Vaccination centers

  • In Grenoble
You can make an appointment at a vaccination center directly online:
> See the list of vaccination centers and make an appointment
Or by phone, at 0800 009 110 (7 days a week from 6am to 10pm).
The nearest vaccination center to the St-Martin-d-Hères campus is the vaccination center of the CHU (hospital) Grenoble nord.
  • In Valence
You can make an appointment at a vaccination center directly online:
> Make an appointment at a vaccination center
Or by phone, at 0800 009 110 (7 days a week from 6am to 10pm).

If you have Covid-19 like symptoms or have been in contact with someone with confirmed Covid-19

Respect the health precautions and sanitary measures (wearing a face mask, wash hands often, stay at least 2 meters away from others…).

Inform your institution:
  • ENSAG: contact your Admissions Office (“service de scolarité”).
  • Grenoble INP: contact by email the Admissions Office (“service de scolarité”) of your school if you are a student, or your manager if you are a member of staff.
  • Sciences Po. Grenoble: send an email to
  • Other departments (UGA): fill out the self-reporting form corresponding to your situation:
Stay home for 7 days, after the first symptoms appeared or after your last contact with someone with confirmed Covid-19.
You will have to stay home for 10 days if you are tested positive.
> Find out more about the isolation period

Get tested with a PCR test as soon as possible, or 7 days after your last contact with someone with confirmed Covid-19 if you do not live under the same roof.
You do not need a prescription (more information above).
Once you get the results, follow the instructions given by the testing center, and inform your school / faculty / employer of the results.

If you think your situation requires medical evaluation:
  • Call your referring doctor.
  • In Grenoble
    UGA students and doctoral students can call the university health center, dialing, Monday to Friday, 8am till 12pm (except Tuesdays, 10am till 12pm).
    You can also contact the ‘Pôle de Santé Interprofessionnel du Sud-Est Grenoblois’ dialing or by email .
  • In Valence
    UGA students or PhD students can contact the Centre Santé Jeunes by dialing
If you have trouble breathing or feel out of breath, call the emergency service: dial 15 (114 for deaf and hard of hearing).
Published on  January 26, 2021
Updated on November 26, 2021