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: 13 September 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, each of these tests allows to obtain a health pass valid for 72 hours (the self-test must be performed under the supervision of a health professional to be recognized).
You do not need to have a medical prescription to do these tests.

Testing or screening centers

  • In Grenoble, on the St-Martin-d'Hères campus
In collaboration with the CHUGA, a screening center has opened on the St-Martin-d'Hères campus, at the "Bibliothèques Universitaires" tram stop, next to the Métrovélo agency.
Access to this screening center is free and without appointment, from Monday to Friday, from 9am to 4pm.

- If you are affiliated with the French state health insurance: you must present an ID and your "carte Vitale" or your health insurance certificate (whether temporary or permanent).
- If you are not affiliated to the French state health insurance: you must show proof of address in France and present your student card or professional card.
Good to know
This screening center performs PCR tests only. The result is usually obtained within 24 hours. You will not be able to obtain a health pass the same day.
  • Other screening or testing 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

Coverage (reimbursements) of tests

Until 14 October 2021, if you reside in France, the tests are covered by the health insurance. You will need to present either your 'carte Vitale', your health insurance certificate (whether provisional or permanent), or your European Health Insurance Card along with a proof of address.
If you are in this situation, and had to pay, you can claim for the reimbursement with the health insurance CPAM.

As of 15 October 2021, tests will be reimbursed only if on medical prescription, or if you are designated as a contact person by the Health Insurance.
> More information on the French administration website

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.
New international students arriving from a red zone country
In order to access vaccination rapidly, you can start the registration procedure with the French state health insurance before your departure.
Registration is free of charge and is done online on
> More information on the Campus France website

You are already vaccinated, but with a vaccine not recognized by the European Medicines Agency ?
The French health authorities have not yet given official guidelines on whether you will need one or two doses of vaccine. In order to obtain a health pass, you can make an appointment at a vaccination center to get vaccinated in France. At your first appointment for the first dose, present the vaccination certificate you obtained in your country and ask for a serological test to confirm or not the presence of antibodies.
> See the Frequently asked question: impact of the Covid-19

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).
Good to know
From 1 October 2021, the vaccination center located at Alp’Expo will be transferred to the gymnasium 'Halle ouest', on the Saint-Martin-d’Hères campus.
  • 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).

Good to know
A vaccination operation will take place on September 21, 2021 at the Briff'O university restaurant. Appointments for this vaccination operation will be made through a dedicated agenda (link to come).

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 September 14, 2021