Coronavirus information - for international students in the 2nd semester 2021-2022

Published on 05 January 2022

As of 4 December 2021, in order to combat the spread of Covid-19 and its new variants, new movement and travel rules have come into force.

From now on, anyone entering French territory must present a negative PCR or antigen test completed within the last 24 or 48 hours depending on the country of origin.

The only exception is that fully vaccinated persons do not have to present a test result when they arrive from a Member State of the European Union (except Italy), Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, the Holy See or Switzerland.

Apart from this point, the rules applicable to international students from countries in the green, orange or red categories remain the same and are recalled on the updated website of the Ministry of Interior:

However, as a precaution, and pending additional data on the Omicron variant, a "dark red" category of countries has been created, which currently concerns about ten countries (South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia, Eswatini, Malawi, Zambia and Mauritius). We invite you to follow any developments concerning these measures but, until further notice, travel to or from these dark red countries is subject to the obligation of providing a compelling reason, from which students are currently excluded, as are researchers or teachers.


URCA encourages all of its international students to:

  • Get booster vaccinations (for students already present in France)
  • Get vaccinated with a vaccine recognised by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) before leaving for France. (for newcomers)

The Caisse nationale d'assurance maladie (French national health insurance fund) will also continue to provide free conversion of vaccine passes obtained abroad on the basis of vaccinations which are recognised in France. The students concerned can make their request directly via the following link:

With regard to new arrivals in France, as soon as their possible self-isolation period is over, establishments must invite students to a health appointment during which, in the absence of an effective and recognised vaccination (vaccines already recognised by the EMA), a vaccination must be offered to them as soon as possible, either by the university health services (SSU) when they have a vaccination centre, or when a mobile vaccination team from ARS is welcomed into the establishment, either by mobilising the CPAM (French health care insurance fund) which will make a priority vaccination appointment for them, or by directing them to vaccination solutions in town (doctors, pharmacists, nurses, etc.).

Teacher-researchers and language assistants will be subject to the same protocol as students, but at the end of the possible self-isolation of 7 days, they will be called by the host establishment for personalised vaccination assistance provided by the occupational physician of the establishment who will help to make a vaccination appointment, or take care of the vaccination (in the absence of occupational medicine, the establishment will direct them to the nearest available vaccination offer).

Any person not yet vaccinated will be invited, pending their vaccination, to do a self-test every week; the establishment will provide a self-test box.

Affiliation to social security:

In order to facilitate the fastest possible care and vaccination, the Caisse Nationale d'Assurance Maladie (French national health insurance fund), in tandem with the MESRI, set up a derogatory regime last August which allows students from countries in the red category to pre-affiliate themselves with social security on the website

This system will be extended for students from these countries only. However, this pre-affiliation only becomes an actual affiliation on condition that the student, once on French soil, sends the CPAM his or her final certificate of registration in the establishment.

You are asked:

As soon as you have your certificate, we encourage you to take this step
If you are already in French territory and you have not finalised your affiliation, you must do so as soon as possible. Otherwise, the affiliation process risks being cancelled after six months.

Travel declaration certificate.

For students from red countries: pre-affiliation to social security