COVID-19 INFORMATION

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Recommendations & Frequently Asked Questions

The situation at Sciences Po, and the answers to your questions

Health Regulations and Recommendations to Follow

As of 19 May 2021, some of the Covid-19 government measures are reduced :

  • Shops, outside restaurant areas and terraces, museums, cinemas and theatres, as well as various open-air events, can reopen with a limited capacity;
  • Universities can welcome students on campus within a limit of 50% of capacity;
  • A curfew is in place between 9PM and 6AM. Going out and travelling without an exemption certificate is forbidden during these hours, subject to a fine of €135 and up to €3,750 in the event of a repeat offence.

You can download the certificate of travel restriction waiver here or fill it in online here (fr).

Since 12 May 2021, vaccination against Covid-19 is open to all adults if doses of vaccine are available from one day to the next. Make an appointment on Doctolib.

We ask the members of all our communities (students, employees, and faculty) to continue to respect barrier gestures when in the presence of others in order to preserve the health of all, and in particular the most fragile:

  • Wear a mask on all campuses, indoors and outdoors, continuously.
  • Wash your hands very regularly or use a hydro-alcoholic solution before and after manipulating your mask; 
  • Respect a distance of 1 metre to other people, or 2 metres in eating areas;
  • Cough and sneeze into a tissue (and immediately dispose of it afterward); or otherwise into your elbow;
  • When greeting, do not shake hands and avoid hugging or kissing;
  • Do not touch your nose, eyes or mouth;
  • Air out premises for at least 10 minutes, three times a day;
  • If symptoms appear, stay home and contact your doctor.
  • Use digital resources such as the government app Tous AntiCovid;

Covid-19 Auto-tests distribution

In order to continue the fight against the Covid-19 epidemic, the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation has decided to provide universities with self-tests.

From Thursday 20 May, students, staff and permanent faculty who continue to come to Sciences Po can collect a kit of 5 self-tests from the information desk at 27 Rue St Guillaume. A distribution is also planned on each regional campus.

In line with government advice, it is recommended to carry out a self-test every week before coming on campus.

 Please have a look at the tutorial video before completing a self-test.

International Travel

The return of French nationals living abroad and travelling of cross-border workers are authorised.

Because of the propagation of the COVID-19 variants:

  • Travellers entering France from an EU country must present a negative PCR test and a sworn statement confirming they present no symptoms and have not been in contact with any Covid-19 positive persons. You can download said statement here.
  • Where a PCR test cannot be conducted in the country of departure, a screening process is conducted upon arrival and travellers have to enter a mandatory 7-day quarantine.
  • Any entry and exit from France to or from a country outside the European Union is forbidden, except for imperious reasons. An exception is made for travellers from Australia, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Singapore and the United Kingdom, who are no longer required to provide an imperious reason.

> Read more about the rules for international travellers

> Consult all health measures and regulations pertaining to France on the government information site.

Last updated: 20/05/2021

Given the evolving context of this issue, your questions and suggestions are essential to help expand and develop these FAQs. Do not hesitate to address them via the email address: contact@sciencespo.fr

All our campuses remain open and accessible from 7.45 AM to 7.15 PM, Monday to Friday. Our students can continue to attend face-to-face classes within a 50% capacity limit (see details below). 

The libraries remain accessible only on reservation, according to schedules which may vary on the different campuses (see details below).

At your nearest CROUS cafeteria, you can enjoy two takeaway meals a day for €1 each, upon activation of your Izly account.

All financial aid and social services, as well as the Student Health Office, remain open and at your disposal to accompany you during this challenging period.

In view of the start of the 2021 academic year, we are preparing the conditions for reception and teaching in person. The start of the school year is set for the end of August, and the school year should follow the usual university calendar.

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Third-Year Students - 2020/21

Incoming international students for the 2020-21 academic year: Student visas and resident permit applications are being processed as a priority. We invite you to regularly check official information for updated information on specific countries.

> How to apply for a visa and residence permit
> Press Release by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs

Return & Repatriation

Last updated: 20/05/2021

> Read the latest information on student health

TO ALL STUDENTS: If you have tested positive for Covid-19 or if you have been in contact with a person who has, please fill out the following form, which will allow us to help the Regional Health Agency more effectively in the case of a tracing campaign:

Health contacts

The Sciences Po Health Centre's medical staff is available on campus or remotely, by appointment only. To make an appointment, please contact pole.sante@sciencespo.fr

The student health ambassadors are running group activities around health promotion and prevention. They are also able to share useful information and advice about health topics such as sleep, addictions and nutrition, and guide you towards the available sources of support if needed. They are present on social media (Facebook and Whaller) and are organising health workshops (on campus or online depending on the pandemic evolution).

In case of emergency: 

  • Dial 112 for emergency services throughout the European Union
  • Dial 15 for the SAMU (French emergency medical services)
  • Dial 18 for your nearest fire station, which also administers first aid
  • Dial 3624 for SOS médecin, a round-the-clock house visit service (calls cost 12 c/minute)
  • Duty chemist/night pharmacies in Île de France (in French only) or around France (in French only)
  • All hospitals have emergency services (in French only)
  • Medical services near campus
  • Help lines

Testing

In order to continue the fight against the Covid-19 epidemic, the French Ministry of Higher Education , Research and Innovation has decided to provide universities with self-tests.

From Thursday 20 May, students, permanent faculty and staff who come to Sciences Po can collect a kit of 5 self-tests from the information desk at 27 Rue St Guillaume. A distribution is also planned on each regional campus.

In line with government advice, it is recommended to carry out a self-test every week before coming on campus.

 Please have a look at the tutorial video before completing a self-test.

Please note that a virological test only establishes a diagnosis at a given time. Also, a negative test does not in any way exempt someone from respecting barrier gestures and physical distancing.

For those who wish to perform an individual screening, virological tests - which can determine if you are ill - are available to everyone, without a prescription, and reimbursed by Health Insurance. It is however recommended to obtain a prescription from your doctor for the test in order to receive results more quickly. These provisions are also applicable to people who are not covered by social security. You can find all the screening locations on the sante.fr website. The test is recommended as a priority if you are a person at risk, if you are in contact with fragile people or if you have participated in a large gathering. Take advice from a doctor.