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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 3 April 2021, and for a period of four weeks, measures to curb the epidemic will be applied throughout metropolitan France: 

  • It is still allowed to go outside without a time limit, within a 10 km radius of your home, by presenting a proof of residence in case of a police control;
  • Travel further than 10km from your home is forbidden, except for imperative or professional reasons;
  • The local prefects have the option of prohibiting certain gatherings in the public space.
  • Only businesses selling essential goods and services can remain open, including record shops and bookshops.
  • Universities continue to operate at the current rhythm;
  • A curfew is in place between 7PM 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).

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;

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. Travel to the French overseas territories is only authorised for imperious reasons.

> Read more about the rules for international travellers

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

Last updated: 06 April 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:

The enhanced measures that apply from 3 April 2021 do not change the conditions of access to our campuses.

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 20% 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).

For students, the enrollment certificate and the timetable available online can be presented as proof in the case of a police control when travelling between your home and Sciences Po after 7 PM.

For faculty teaching until 7 PM, the certificate issued by the faculty services centre remains valid, including for travel to and from regional campuses.

Please feel free to consult Useful Resources for Remote Learning, available on our Students website.

There are more than 120 in-person activities for students planned this semester (35 of which may be subject to change according to any new lockdown regulations) and nearly 15 exclusively remote ones, depending on your campus.

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. It is very important that you remain attentive and careful, both for yourself and for the well-being of others.

Finally, it is crucial that we all work to maintain a strong link between Sciences Po and its students. As such, we will share with you information about a series of student activities to take place virtually that will help to keep us engaged in building our community together.

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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: 22 March 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

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


To fight the Covid-19 pandemic, Sciences Po is launching a testing campaign, free and open to all faculty, staff and students. 

Antigen tests are available on the Paris, Reims, Le Havre and Nancy campuses from 8 March 2021. On other campuses, tests are possible through external partners (SIUMPPS, laboratories or local pharmacies). Please reach out to your campus administration for more specific information.

Modalities to get tested on the Paris campus:

  • Testing is available in the cafeteria of the 56, rue des Saints-Pères, Mondays to Fridays from 11 AM to 1:30 PM
  • Appointments are compulsory and must be taken on the website Doctolib

You can find all other testing facilities on the website

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 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.