Frequently Asked Questions

 

All Campuses

 

The health and safety of our community is our priority. We have put a number of measures in place to protect our community on campus. 
See Safety measures on Campus or watch this video  to learn more.

Please strictly adhere to the guidelines and measures provided by the INSEAD Crisis Management Team.   

Whether on or off-campus, you should:     

  • ​Respect safe distancing 
  • Avoid gatherings 
  • Wear a mask 
  • Wash or sanitise hands frequently 
  • Download and activate government-provided contact tracing apps 

Yes, it is mandatory to wear a mask at all INSEAD locations (indoors and outdoors). You may remove your mask when eating or drinking, but please put it back on straight after.   

Mask wearing:   

  • Is the law in all the countries where INSEAD campuses are located.   
  • Is mandatory on all INSEAD campuses.  
  • Reduces viral transmission.  
  • Prevents asymptomatic spread.  
  • Is a true act of altruism.   
  • Makes you look more attractive!   
  • Is another way to show your INSEAD spirit!  

You should feel empowered and entitled to respectfully call out anyone on campus who is not following the INSEAD Covid-19 Health and Safety Guidelines. This handy guide provides dos and don’ts to help you navigate a situation like this.  

Please refer to inse.ad/safetyambassador to learn about measures in place in the event that members of our community do not follow our health and safety guidelines.  

We have created guidelines, also available for reference or download here, to clarify some questions about different types of Covid-19 tests. Note that some information in this guide is specific to France, please refer to the links provided for reliable information sources for our other locations. 

What the different tests do 

  • A PCR test detects whether the SARS-CoV-2 virus itself is present in the sample 
  • An antigen test detects whether a sample taken from the nasopharynx (where the back of the nose connects to the soft palate) presents a reaction to SARS-CoV-2 virus proteins 
  • An auto test (also known as a self-test, lateral flow test, or ART) is also an antigen test, but the sample is taken in the nose itself. It is less reliable than a nasopharyngeal antigen test 

 Remember 

  • Being vaccinated or having a negative test result does not mean you should stop following health and safety measures 
  • Mask wearing, personal hygiene, hand washing, and safe distancing are easy and effective ways to stop the spread of the virus 
  • If you receive a positive result from any test: isolate immediately, follow the recommendations from the government (France specific), and inform the Crisis Management Team (informing your professor you will join classes via Zoom is not enough – you need to tell us too!) 
  • Be mindful that regulations differ per location, please see the specific guidelines for SingaporeAbu Dhabi and San Francisco, and refer to our FAQs for more details  

Wherever you are based, please ensure you follow the local recommendations and guidelines. You do not need to wait for an e-mail from INSEAD to take action!

  • Singapore: fill in this form and follow these guidelines from the Singapore government 
  • France: follow these guidelines from the French government (click here for summary in English) 
  • Abu Dhabi: click here for guidelines 
  • San Francisco: click here for guidelines 

If you test positive, please inform your class officer or programme manager and send an email to [email protected]. This applies to all locations – Singapore, Fontainebleau, Abu Dhabi and San Francisco – and is required as per government regulations. The relevant authorities will use this information for contact tracing. However, you can help them make a head-start by compiling a list of close contacts from the previous seven days and inform them yourself so they can take appropriate action as well.

A close contact is generally considered anyone who you have spent more than 10 minutes with, regardless of mask wearing or social distancing. This may include colleagues, study group members or classmates. For further details on how close contacts are managed in the countries we are located, see the links below:   

Close contacts are anyone within the past seven days who:  

  • shared the same living space as the confirmed or probable case;  
  • had direct contact with a case, face-to-face, within one metre, regardless of the duration (eg a conversation, meal, hugs). On the other hand, people crossed in a public space in a fleeting way are not considered as contact persons at risk;  
  • provided or received acts of hygiene or care;  
  • shared a confined space (office or meeting room, personal vehicle, etc.) for at least 10 consecutive minutes or accumulated over 24 hours with a case, or remained face-to-face with a case during several episodes of coughing or sneezing;  
  • is a student or teacher in the same school class (nursery, primary, secondary, tutorial group at the university).  

A confined space is a space that does not meet the social distancing criterion, i.e. a minimum distance of two metres around a person.  

Asia Campus / Singapore Specific

 

General

The Main Reception and the Operations & Campus Services Help Desk have merged to serve you better. Reception is open from 7:30 am to 7:00 pm, Monday to Friday. 

The following services will be provided at the Main Reception: 

  • Operations & Campus Services Help Desk 
  • Badge request and issuance 
  • Collection point for incoming/outgoing mail for staff and faculty 
  • Visitor check-in 

Email [email protected] for front desk related queries. 

Note that [email protected] is no longer available.

Business-related visitors are allowed on campus. Please register your visitors on VMS. Unfortunately, we cannot welcome visitors of a social nature to our Asia Campus at this time.  

 We regret that the campus is not open to alumni until further notice. 

As mandated by the Singapore government, you must have the TraceTogether App or Token to access campus and follow the SafeEntry protocol on entry.

You must be fully vaccinated to enter campus. Click here for more information. We will only accept those whose TraceTogether app or token shows a green tick in the vaccinated box.  

An INSEAD Badge is required to enter campus. You must tap in and out when arriving or leaving campus.   

We strongly encourage a once weekly ART test for all students, participants, staff, faculty, visitors and external contractors coming to campus. ART kits are available at the Main Reception. 

As of 1 February 2022, Executive Education participants must show proof of vaccination to access the Asia Campus.

Guest speakers are allowed on campus. Please register your visitors on VMS.  

The Grind&Brew bar is open from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday to Friday with a capacity of 35. The restaurant is open from 11.30 am to 2.30 pm Monday to Friday with a capacity of 82 people at IN The Hub, 78 people at the Mezzanine and 29 people at the Waterlily Courtyard. Once capacity is reached, you will be asked to wait until a space is available. There is a maximum group size of 5 people per table and no inter-mingling between tables.  

The Fitness Centre on our Asia Campus is open from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm weekdays and 9:00 am to 5:00 pm weekends.

Fitness classes are conducted in-person and via Zoom at 12nn and 6pm on weekdays. Click here to view the schedule.  

  • For high intensity classes, group size is capped at 5 and low intensity classes are capped at 11. 
  • Safe distancing of at least two metres between individuals whilst using the gym. 

Yes, the Mail Room is open Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 5:30pm. It is closed during the weekend.  

 

INstore is open Monday to Friday from 8.15 am to 6:30 pm. Weekend, Closed.

The Tanoto Research & Learning Hub on the Asia Campus is open 24/7 with badge access.

There is 24/7 book-drop to return items.

You can access online resources here.

Staff are present Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm. (Weekend & Public Holiday, No staff on duty).

INSEAD Residences on the Asia Campus is currently acting as a Government Quarantine Facility.

The Asia Campus can welcome 50 people maximum per class or per Amphi/Auditorium on campus. Groups of 5 people maximum, subject to the capacity of the room/BOR (as indicated on the door tags).  
 

Business-related visitors and meetings are allowed on campus. Please register your visitors on VMS. Meeting attendees are subject to the maximum room capacity and there must be one metre safe distancing between all individuals. Attendees must be masked at all times.  

All attendees will have to do the usual safe entry protocols.  

MOE and CPE are encouraging virtual graduations.  

However, should you wish to hold a graduation on campus it is possible as long as the complete group size is less than 50 (graduates + guest + INSEAD staff/faculty). If the event goes beyond 50 you will need to establish a Pre-Event Testing regime that we have estimated to cost approx. S$ 10k/event.   

Hence you are strongly advised to keep the entire group to less than 50.  

All attendees will have to do the usual safe entry protocols.  

In the Auditorium/Amphis you will have to have fixed seating (seating plan to be in place) and usual safe distancing between occupied seats.  

We can provide basic catering and drinks but this will need to be served at the individual seats.  

There should be no pre or post event socialisation on campus.  

Each group of 50 must be completely separate from each other with no shared coffee breaks, lunches etc.   

Testing

We strongly encourage a once weekly ART test for all students, participants, staff, faculty, visitors and external contractors coming to campus. ART kits are available at the Main Reception. 

We strongly encourage a once weekly ART test for all students, participants, staff, faculty, visitors and external contractors coming to campus. ART kits are available at the Main Reception. 

If you test positive, please click this link to report your status and follow these guidelines for the Singapore government. 

ART kits (Antigen Rapid Test) are available at the Main Reception for all students, participants, staff, faculty, visitors and external contractors.  

If you test negative, you are free to come to campus and no further action is required.  

If you test positive, please click this link to report your status. The link will guide you on the next steps based on the government protocols in place, please follow them closely.  

You may also click here to read the latest updated protocols from the government.  

Positive Cases & Close Contacts

Please click this link to report your positive status or if you have been issued with a Health Risk Warning (HRW). There is no need to report a negative status.  

You may click here to read the latest updated protocols from the government.  

Vaccination & Travel

Please click on this link to find out on the latest vaccination protocol.  

Travellers are required to be fully vaccinated with WHO Emergency Use Listing (EUL) COVID-19 vaccines to enter to Singapore. Please click on this link to find out more. 

Europe Campus / France Specific

 

General

  • The Main Reception desk is open from 7:30 am to 6:30 pm, Monday to Friday   
  • Taxi bookings are possible – note masks are mandatory in taxis and no more than two customers per car (not including driver)  
  • Shuttles between the Fontainebleau-Avon train station and campus are back from Monday to Friday:  
    • Pick up at the Fontainebleau-Avon train Station 8:30 am or 9:00 am  
    • Pick up at Plessis Mornay 5:30 pm or 6:05 pm  
    • On Wednesdays, pick up and drop off remains at the swimming pool due to the  difficult access with the Centre Aéré.  

We are able to welcome employees, students/participants, children of students, and alumni on the Europe Campus. The Family Room is open.   

Visitors should respect health and safety guidelines and wear a mask at all times. If not fully vaccinated, we recommend visitors to test 24 hours before coming on campus.  

We are happy to welcome guest speakers on the Europe campus.

Visitors should respect health and safety guidelines and wear a mask at all times. If not fully vaccinated, we recommend visitors to test 24 hours before coming on campus.

Download and activate the #TousAntiCovid App.  

If you are not fully vaccinated, it is highly recommended to carry out a test before coming on campus. The PCR or antigen test should preferably be taken less than 24 hours prior to accessing campus.  

Please refer to this French Government website to verify the travel requirements before you arrive in France.  

Please also read the INSEAD Safety Guidelines.   

For any questions, you can contact [email protected].  

Please take note of the following before coming to the restaurant.  

  • Employees and PhDs wishing to eat at the cafeteria are requested to do so between 11:45 am and 12:15 pm or after 1:45 pm, in order to facilitate the circulation of our programme participants in our restaurant. You are invited to adapt your working hours to suit these times, as far as possible.  
  • You are requested to wash or sanitise your hands before queuing for lunch;  
  • Facemasks are mandatory and must be worn until seated and put on again when moving around (going to heat food at the microwave; filling your glass at the water fountain or returning your tray etc)  
  • Lunches are served from 11:45 am to 2:15 pm;  
  • We encourage you to choose the dish of your choice from the display at the entrance of the cafeteria and go directly to the food station, avoiding backtracking.  
  • Any starters, desserts or fruit that you have picked up cannot be put back down.  
  • The preferred payment system is your INSEAD badge. You are encouraged to top up your cards before coming for lunch (at Mail Services, Freddy’s Bar or using the Card Reload Station next to the squash court). Recharging cards at the cafeteria cash point by credit card is time consuming and generates unnecessary queues.  
  • Please keep a safe distance when queuing at the microwaves and water fountains.  
  • Please vacate your table as soon as you have finished your meal;  
  • After returning your tray, you are requested to vacate the cafeteria using the nearest exit ahead and avoid backtracking.  

 

Lunch waves - 2021-2022
INSEAD Staff & PhDs 11:45 - 12:15 or after 13:35
MBA & MIM 12:00 - 14:15
EDP & Exec Degrees* 12:30
 *EDP & Exec Degree participants are strongly recommended to organise group meals at the Cercle Dining Rooms, the Rotonde or order lunch bags to be eaten outside the classroom

The Fitness Centre is open as normal. The health pass or “pass sanitaire” is required to access and use the Fitness Centre. Opening hours:   

  • Monday to Friday: 6:30 am to 10:00 pm (last entry is at 9:00 pm)   
  • Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm  

Yes. The Mail Services on the Europe Campus is open Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm. 

Yes, Printshop is open Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Footnote is open Monday to Thursday from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm and Friday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.

The Library/Research & Learning Hub on the Europe Campus is open 24/7 with badge access. 

Staff are present Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.

If no staff are present, you can check out books using our self-checkout machines on the ground floor.

Full seating capacity is possible.

The INSEAD Residences (Ermitage) is expected to open as of 28 August 2021. Please contact [email protected] or Lisa Toulis for further questions or enquiries.  

Positive Cases & Close Contacts

Refer to the table below for a summary of the guidelines in France regarding isolation rules if you are a positive case or a close contact. Note that these rules are the same regardless of the variant of infection.

If you are ... 

Positive and fully vaccinated*Isolate for 7 days from the day of the positive test Isolation is lifted after 5 days in case of a negative antigen or RT-PCR test
Positive and not vaccinatedIsolate for 10 days from the day of the positive testIsolation is lifted after 7 days in case of a negative antigen or RT-PCR test
A close contact of a positive person and fully vaccinated*No isolation required, but take an antigen or RT-PCR test on day 1Self-test on day 2 and day 4
A close contact of a positive person and not vaccinatedTake an antigen or RT-PCR test and isolate for 7 daysTake a second antigen or RT-PCR test 7 days after the last contact

*with a booster shot if necessary

You may also refer to ameli.fr for the most up-to-date guidelines. 
 

As a positive case or a close contact, you should not come on campus and must stay in isolation. Please request someone else to pick up your mail on your behalf and drop it off at your residence – respecting safe distancing measures. Please send an email to [email protected] to inform them if you are designating someone else to pick up your mail.  

Health Pass

The French government has introduced a health pass or “pass sanitaire” system which is required to access many public spaces.   

The health pass can be acquired either through full vaccination, a recent negative test result or recent recovery from infection. It can be presented in digital format on the TousAntiCovid app (imported via the QR code on the certificate given to you as proof of vaccine, negative test result or previous infection), or in paper format. If you have an EU Digital Covid Certificate, you may use this as your health pass or import it in the TousAntiCovid app via the QR code.     

The health pass provides proof of non-contamination of Covid-19 as follows:   

  • The QR code of the vaccination certificate, provided that you have a completed the  vaccination cycle:  
    • 4 weeks if you received a one-dose injection (Johnson&Johnson);  
    • 7 days after the second injection for two-dose vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca);  
    • 7 days after the injection if you have recovered from COVID-19 (in this case, only one dose is necessary);  
    • 7 days after a booster ARNm dose (Moderna or Pfizer) after two shots of a vaccine on the WHO’s health emergencies list (Sinovac/Coronavac or Sinopharm/BBIB-PVeroCells) 
  • The QR code of a negative RT-PCR or antigen test of less than 24 hours*.  
  • The QR code of a positive RT-PCR or antigen test attesting to recovery from Covid-19,  dating at least 15 days and less than 6 months.   

*As of 29 November, a negative RT-PCR test only activate a health pass for 24 hours instead of 72 hours.

Visit this French government site  to learn more about the health pass.     

The French government has introduced a health pass or “pass sanitaire” system which is required to access many public spaces (restaurants, bars, hospitals, shopping malls, cinemas and theatres). You also need it for air travel, long distance trains and coaches.   

You do not need the health pass to access the Europe Campus, though it is required for the following:     

  • To access the Fitness Centre  
  • To access the TreeHouse, Cercle and Rotonde restaurants (it is not required to access  the self-service lunchtime restaurant)  
  • For on-campus events where catering is offered  
  • For events with a majority external audience  

The health pass can be acquired either through full vaccination, a recent negative test result or recent recovery from infection. It can be presented in digital format on the #TousAntiCovid App (imported via the QR code on the certificate given to you as proof of vaccine, negative test result or previous infection), or in paper format. If you have an EU Digital Covid Certificate, you may use this as your health pass or import it in the #TousAntiCovid App via the QR code.      

Go to this French government site to learn more about the health pass.     

If you do not have an EU Digital Covid Certificate, but have been fully vaccinated with a vaccine which is accepted by the European Medicines Agency, you can go directly to a pharmacy in France to convert your vaccine certificate into the health pass. The cost to do it is €36.00. Note that you can go to the pharmacy de la Faisanderie in Fontainebleau (next to INSEAD), or to the Pharmacy Brunet (city center) without any appointment.  

For foreign students, you can submit your request directly online. 

More information for foreign students and tourists.

Testing

Testing is no longer available on the Europe campus. However, a COVID-19 test can be arranged at any of the pharmacies (antigen test) or medical labs (PCR test) in Fontainebleau.

If you are not fully vaccinated, it is highly recommended to carry out a RT-PCR or Antigen test before coming on the Europe campus. The test should preferably be taken less than 24 hours prior to accessing campus.   

Inform [email protected] if the result is positive.  

Our Paris community may get tested at Synlab locations in Paris and can expect results within 24 hours. Go to paris.synlab.fr to book an appointment at the Gare de Nord and Necker labs.  

There are external medical labs in or around Fontainebleau/Avon where it is possible to take the RT-PCR test:   

You can also take an Antigen test at the following locations:  

RT-PCR and antigen tests are no longer systematically covered by Health Insurance, as has been the case since the start of the health crisis. Test costs in France will continue to be reimbursed in certain conditions, such as for those who are fully vaccinated or have a prescription. See this page (in French) for more details on the fee structure for testing in France. Tests are available at labs and pharmacies in France and appointments can be made via doctolib.fr.   

Auto-tests (also known as self-tests, lateral flow tests and ARTs) are now available on campus for our community in Fontainebleau. Staff and students/participants can collect them from main reception, while faculty can get theirs directly from their area manager. 

Remember that if you test positive you should isolate immediately, follow government guidelines and inform us at [email protected] 

If you are not fully vaccinated, the test should preferably be taken less than 24 hours prior to accessing the campus.

It is faster to get the result with an antigen test. The pharmacy will be able to give you your result in just 15-20 min.  
Laboratories in France generally send PCR test results within 24 hours maximum. 
You will also receive the PCR or Antigen test results from SI-DEP directly.   

In order to upload the results in the #TousAntiCovid app (Health Pass), follow the instructions in the SI-DEP message. You must scan the QR code indicated on the SI-DEP certificate (not the one indicated on the Synlab Certificate).  

If the result is negative, no action is required. Please continue to respect the Health and Safety Measures.  

If the result is positive, self-isolate immediately, we highly encourage you to inform [email protected], and await further instructions from the health authorities.  

Vaccination

In France, anyone over the age of 12 can make an appointment to get vaccinated. To do so, go to the ViteMaDose website, enter your postal code, and search for availability.   

The Vaccination center in Fontainebleau is at the Gymnase Lucien Martinel, Route de l'Ermitage, 77300 Fontainebleau (next to INSEAD). To book a slot online, go to the Doctolib website.   

When going to your appointment, ensure you bring valid identification (a passport with your visa to work/study in France, if relevant) and your carte vitale or carte de sejour. If you do not have these, you are still eligible to get the vaccine, but you should bring a proof of address.    

In order to upload the vaccination certificate in the #TousAntiCovid app (Health Pass), you must scan the QR code indicated on the certificate.  

Vaccines accepted by France are those recognised by the European Agency of the drug (EMA): Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson.  

Proof of vaccination is valid only on condition that it certifies the completion of a complete vaccination schedule, namely:  

  • 4 weeks if you received a one-dose injection (Johnson&Johnson);  
  • 7 days after the second injection for two-dose vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca);  
  • 7 days after the injection if you have recovered from COVID-19 (in this case, only one dose is necessary);  
  • 7 days after a booster ARNm dose (Moderna or Pfizer) after two shots of a vaccine on the WHO’s health emergencies list (Sinovac/Coronavac or Sinopharm/BBIB-PVeroCells) 

Since 27 November, the vaccine booster is available to everyone aged over 18 as long as five months have passed since their last dose. You can already make an appointment via the Doctolib website;  

As of 15 January 2022, the health pass (“pass sanitaire”) will only be valid if your booster has been taken within seven months of you last vaccination; 

In France, if you have tested positive for Covid-19 in the past, only one dose of the vaccine is needed. Please provide this information to the healthcare professional at the time of vaccination in order to indicate it on your vaccination certificate.  

If you received your first injection in another country, you can receive the second one in France. Please bring the certificate of the first injection and show it to the healthcare professional. The same is true if you received the first injection in France and you wish to receive the second in another country.  

If you have been vaccinated with a vaccine which is not accepted by the European Agency of the drug (EMA), you can be revaccinated in France (we recommend booking a slot at the Vaccination Center, bring your vaccination certificate and discuss with a Doctor).  
The time to be observed between vaccination with a vaccine not authorized in France and revaccination with a vaccine authorized in France is approximately 4 weeks.  

Middle East Campus / UAE Specific

 

General

For the latest updates, you can visit The UAE Government Portal 

For a vaccinated person with symptoms of Covid-19, but who has not tested yet 

If symptoms appear, the person should perform a test immediately and self-isolate until receipt of the result. If the result is positive, the person will receive a text message from Seha telling them to report to a designated hospital and isolate in the meantime. 

For a positive person with or without symptoms of Covid-19 

High-risk patients or people with severe symptoms will take additional tests, followed by consultation with a doctor to determine if they need hospital care.  

People with mild or no symptoms must quarantine for 10 days either at home or in a facility depending on their living arrangements. 

For a person who has been in contact with a positive person for Covid-19  

The person will be advised to perform a RT-PCR test immediately and isolate. If the test result comes out positive, the isolation guidelines indicated above will apply. If the result is negative, the isolation period will depend on whether the person is vaccinated or not.  

  • If vaccinated: 
    • The isolation will last 7 days from the day of last contact with the positive case. The person must then take a PCR test on day 6, and can remove the electronic tracker watch on day 7 if they have tested negative.   
       
  • If non-vaccinated: 
    • The isolation will last 10 days, then the person must take a PCR test on day 9.

Electronic tracker watches are not systematically used during the isolation period. 

The Reception desk is open from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday to Friday.  

Download and activate the ALHOSN App.

Fully vaccinated individuals may enter the Middle East Campus, provided their Al Hosn app shows a green status. To maintain the green status, a RT-PCR test should be conducted every 14 days.

Those who are not fully vaccinated due to exemption should provide proof of exemption and a green status on the Al Hosn app. To maintain the green status in this instance, a RT-PCR test should be conducted every week.

Additionally, those who received their second shot of Sinopharm’s Covid-19 vaccine more than six months ago must get a booster dose  or else they will lose their green status.

Before accessing campus, you must go through a temperature screening camera at the lobby of the building.

You must also ensure: 

  • You have not been in contact with confirmed infected cases.  
  • You are not suffering from a Medical Condition: Medical Conditions include immunodeficiency, respiratory diseases (including but not limited to asthma), kidney or heart issues, or any other chronic diseases, including but not limited to high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, and chronic inflammation.  

Following the guidelines of the UAE authorities, anyone who has COVID-19 symptoms is required not to come to campus and must consult a medical doctor asap, undergo a test and remain in quarantine awaiting the result of the test.

The same guidelines stipulate that anyone who starts having COVID-19 symptoms while on campus, must immediately leave the campus while wearing a surgical mask and avoid public transport to go home. The person is also obliged to consult a medical doctor right away, preferably via teleconsultation.

Vaccinated residents and visitors from the other emirates must have a Green Pass on their AlHosn app to enter Abu Dhabi, while unvaccinated ones must present a negative RT-PCR test result received within 96 hours. 

Fully vaccinated/ officially exempted visitors with recent PCR test conducted in UAE (not older than 4 days) are allowed to enter the campus.

Fully vaccinated/ officially exempted visitors with recent PCR test conducted in UAE (not older than 4 days) are allowed to enter the campus.

Testing

Testing is not available on the Middle East Campus. However, a COVID-19 test can be arranged at any of the SEHA centres as well as at main private hospitals. Its cost has been fixed by the authorities at Aed 50.  

Auto-tests are not provided on campus. We encourage our community to get vaccinated.

Fully vaccinated individuals may enter the Middle East Campus, provided their Al Hosn app shows a green status. To maintain the green status, a RT-PCR test should be conducted every 14 days.     

Those who are not fully vaccinated due to exemption should provide proof of exemption and a green status on the Al Hosn app. To maintain the green status in this instance, a RT-PCR test should be conducted every week.    

Inform [email protected] if the result is positive.  

If you are not fully vaccinated with a proof of official exemption, the test should  be taken less than 96 hours prior to accessing the campus.

If the result is negative, no action is required. Please continue to respect the Health and Safety Measures.  

If the result is positive, self-isolate immediately, we highly encourage you to inform [email protected], and await further instructions from the health authorities.  

Vaccination

Those who have taken Covid-19 vaccines abroad that are approved by the UAE can register their details and vaccination certificates with the authorities by visiting smartservices.ica.gov.ae. Approved vaccines will appear on the Al Hosn App. 

Vaccination is widely accessible in the UAE. You can visit any vaccination centre by presenting your Emirates ID to get the vaccine. Please check the nearest facility  here  

Both Sinopharm and Pfizer- BioNTech vaccines are available for citizens and residents for free. 

No, those who are fully vaccinated are no longer required to quarantine in Abu Dhabi. However, those arriving from green list countries  will be required to show a negative PCR test taken a maximum of 48 hours before departure and take a PCR test at the airport on arrival and again one more test on day 6. On the other hand, those vaccinated and arriving from countries not on the green list, will be required to show a negative PCR test taken a maximum of 48 hours before departure and take a PCR test at the airport on arrival. They will not need to quarantine but will be required to take one more PCR test on day 4 and day 8 (Counting the day of arrival as day 1).   

  1. Before departure to Abu Dhabi:  
    • Register in the “ Register Arrivals” section of the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) through the ICA website or app.
    • Complete the register arrivals form and attach vaccination documents (certificate or exemption)  
    • The visitor will receive an approval message, including a link to download Al Hosn App.  
  2. On Arrival:  
    • Take a PCR test. You will be guided by the airport personnel  
    • Receive the Unified Identification Number UID at the airport or through ICA app  
  3. Download Al Hosn App:  
    • Register using UID and phone number used for ICA registration above, or when taking PCR test in the UAE  
    • Receive OTP to complete the Al Hoson registration process.   
    • Your Al Hosn App will be updated with result of your PCR performed at the airport. If it is negative, your App will display a green color allowing you to access public places, including our Middle East Campus  

It will depend on whether the person is coming from a green list country or not: 

  • Unvaccinated visitors arriving from green list countries will be required to show a negative PCR test taken a maximum of 48 hours before departure, take a PCR test at the airport on arrival and again one more test on day 6 and day 9.  
  • Unvaccinated visitors arriving from countries not on the green list, must quarantine for 10 days and test on day 9 (Counting the day of arrival as day 1).

If you face difficulties in uploading or activating Al Hosn app, whether you are a resident in the UAE or a visitor, you can contact Al Hosn hotline at 8004676 to fix the problem. 

If you are a visitor and still cannot fix the problem through Al Hosn Hotline, you have the possibility to show your vaccination certificate on the official app of residence country and your latest PCR test results on your phone when you visit the public places that require Al Hosn App for access.  

San Francisco Hub / US Specific

 

General

Yes the Hub is currently open Mondays – Fridays from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.   

Note that closing hours may vary. Kindly contact [email protected] for further updates.   

Anyone with full vaccination can visit the Hub. Proof of vaccination is required.

A non-vaccinated individual will need to show a negative COVID-19 test at least 48 hours prior to arriving at the Hub. KN95 masks are mandatory for both vaccinated and non-vaccinated individuals at the Hub and must be worn at all times.

Fully vaccinated individuals are allowed to enter the Hub. For individuals who are not vaccinated, a negative COVID-19 test is required taken 48 hours prior to their arrival at the Hub.  All individuals must show proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test result. KN95 masks are mandatory when at the Hub.   

Yes this is allowed. COVID-19 regulations still apply.

Testing

Testing is not available at San Francisco Hub. However, a COVID-19 test can be arranged at the South San Francisco (near airport) Testing Site.

Auto-tests are not provided at the Hub. We encourage our community to get vaccinated.

A negative test result is required before arriving at the Hub.  The test must be taken within 48 hours prior to arrival.

It is mandatory to provide a negative test result even if you have had Covid-19.

A fully vaccinated individual does not need to take the test before coming to the Hub. A proof of vaccination is sufficient.

Vaccination

As long as you are fully vaccinated, your vaccination card is recognised in the US.

San Francisco has lifted the local 10-day quarantine order but urges against non-essential travel.

Additionally, under the State travel advisory, people arriving in or returning to California from other states or countries should self-quarantine for 10 days after arrival.

Further Questions?

 

Should you have any further questions, please send an email to [email protected].

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