Covid-19 impact: Frequently Asked Questions
On the  September 24, 2021
International students, doctoral students and researchers: answers to your questions regarding your entry and stay in France.

Summary

Entry Requirements

  • I live in a country listed in the “red zone”. Can I enter France?
  • In which cases can I consider myself fully vaccinated against Covid-19 to enter France?
  • What are the documents required for boarding?
  • I need to take a train or bus upon my arrival to reach Grenoble or Valence. I read that a « pass sanitaire » is required. How can I get one?
  • I am required to quarantine upon arrival. What I am allowed to do during this period?
  • As a student, I may arrive in France later than was planned. What is the deadline for my arrival? Can I start my semester from distance?
  • Where can I find practical information to prepare for my stay in Grenoble or Valence?

Pass Sanitaire

  • What is the “Pass sanitaire”? How can I get one?
  • Do I need a “Pass sanitaire” to take public transportation in the city?
  • Do I need a “Pass sanitaire” to attend my classes, or work in my laboratory?
  • Do I need a “Pass sanitaire” to visit the university libraries?

Vaccination

  • Will I be able to get vaccinated upon my arrival in France? How much does it cost?
  • Where can I get vaccinated? How can I make an appointment?
  • I completed a full vaccination scheme approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) before entering France. Can I obtain a Pass Sanitaire?
  • I received only a first shot of a vaccine before coming to France, or completed a full vaccination scheme with a vaccine which is not recognized by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). Do I have to complete another full vaccination scheme here?

Daily life

  • I have Covid-19 like symptoms, or have been in contact with someone with confirmed Covid-19. What should I do?

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

I live in a country listed in the “red zone”. Can I enter France?

Students enrolled in a French higher education institution for the year 2021-2022 and researchers invited by a research laboratory for research activities that imperatively require a physical presence are listed in the exceptions allowing to enter France, including non-vaccinated people.
You may have to quarantine upon arrival depending on your vaccination status.

In which cases can I consider myself fully vaccinated against Covid-19 to enter France?

You are considered vaccinated only if:
  • Your vaccine has been officially approved by the European Medicines Agency (Pfizer/Comirnaty, Moderna, AstraZeneca/Vaxzevria/Covishield, Janssen)
  • You can show a proof of a full vaccination scheme (valid for example 7 days after the second shot, for vaccines that require 2 shots)
If your vaccine is not approved by the EMA, or if you have not yet completed a full vaccination scheme, you will have to follow the rules applying to non-vaccinated people.

What are the documents required for boarding?

The documents asked for boarding differ depending on the country you are living in.
The list of documents needed and the sworn statements are listed on our dedicated news, and on the French Ministry of Home Affairs website.
> More information on entry requirements
> Entry conditions on the French Ministry of Home Affairs website

I need to take a train or bus upon my arrival to reach Grenoble or Valence. I read that a « pass sanitaire » is required. How can I get one?

If you have been vaccinated in one of the European Union Member States, Albania, Andorra, Iceland, Israel, Faroe Islands, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Morocco, Norway, Panama, Switzerland, United Kingdom (England and Wales only), you already have an EU Digital COVID Certificate, which is accepted in France, and you do not need a separate COVID certificate.

If your vaccine is not approved by the EMA, or if you have not yet completed a full vaccination scheme, you will have to get tested upon arrival at the airport. The result of this test will generate a certificate equivalent to a “pass sanitaire”, valid for 3 days.

I am required to quarantine upon arrival. What I am allowed to do during this period?

During the quarantine, you are asked to stay at home by the authorities, except in case of a medical emergency.
You may be visited by police staff carrying out in-person checks to make sure you’re complying with your legal duty to quarantine.
Leaving your accommodation is only permitted during specific time slots, and to buy essential groceries.

Guidance will be provided upon arrival at the airport, including the time slots during which you can leave your accommodation.
At the end of the 7 or 10-days period, you must take a PCR (COVID-19) test in order to end your quarantine.

As a student, I may arrive in France later than was planned. What is the deadline for my arrival? Can I start my semester from distance?

Each faculty or school of the Université Grenoble Alpes sets its own registration deadlines, and it may or may not be possible to start the semester remotely. Please contact the ‘service de scolarité’ of your faculty or school to know more about the conditions and schedule of the start of the new academic year:
> UGA degree programs catalogue
> UGA academic divisions

Where can I find practical information to prepare for my stay in Grenoble or Valence?

You probably have more questions about your stay in Grenoble or Valence than just the ones related to the Covid-19 pandemic and the particular conditions.
Whether you are an international student, doctoral student or researcher, you will find on the UGA international website information about the different aspects of your stay: accommodation, visas and residence permits, health, everyday life, culture and leisure…

You can also find on our website the practical guides for international students or doctoral students, which aim at guiding you through the different steps of your settling in process, from your admission to the first weeks of your stay at the Université Grenoble Alpes:
> Practical guides for international students and doctoral students

PASS SANITAIRE

What is the “Pass sanitaire”? How can I get one?

Read all about the “Pass sanitaire” in our dedicated news:

Do I need a “Pass sanitaire” to take public transportation in the city?

No, the “Pass sanitaire” is only required for long-distance travel (TGV, long-distance buses, etc.).
Wearing a mask is required in all kind of public transportation though.

Do I need a “Pass sanitaire” to attend my classes, or work in my laboratory?

The “Pass sanitaire” is not required to attend classes, eat at the university restaurants (known as “Resto’U” or “RU”), or work in the university laboratories.
It is required to participate in any cultural or sports event (except for the sports that are part of your classes), even outside.

Do I need a “Pass sanitaire” to visit the university libraries?

The “Pass sanitaire” is not required for UGA students, doctoral students and researchers inside university libraries ("BU").
Opening conditions of the Joseph Fourier BU
Opening conditions of the "Droit et Lettres" BU
Opening conditions of other university libraries

VACCINATION

Will I be able to get vaccinated upon my arrival in France? How much does it cost?

You will be able to get vaccinated as soon as you register to the French Healthcare system (“Assurance Maladie”), or if you have a European Health Insurance Card.
The vaccination is free of charge, even for international students, doctoral students and researchers.
You can register to the French healthcare (“Assurance Maladie”) once you complete your administrative enrollment at the university, or, for researchers, once you sign your work contract.
 
Good to know
If you are a student living in a country listed in the "red zone", you can exceptionally start the registration before your arrival in France:
https://etudiant-etranger.ameli.fr/#/

Where can I get vaccinated? How can I make an appointment?

To know all about the vaccination centers, and how to obtain an appointment, please read our dedicated news on the subject:

I completed a full vaccination scheme approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) before entering France. Can I obtain a Pass Sanitaire?

Yes, you can ask for a health pass equivalence.
The procedure can be found in our news about the “Pass Sanitaire”
> Pass Sanitaire

I received only a first shot of a vaccine before coming to France, or completed a full vaccination scheme with a vaccine which is not recognized by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). Do I have to complete another full vaccination scheme here?

To know if you need one or two shots of vaccine, consult our news about the “Pass sanitaire”.
> Pass Sanitaire
 

DAILY LIFE

I have Covid-19 like symptoms, or have been in contact with someone with confirmed Covid-19. What should I do?

Read our dedicated news on the subject:
 
Published on  August 20, 2021
Updated on September 24, 2021