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Last updated: 1 September 2021
We are acting together as One INSEAD to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of our community. Learn about the measures in place to protect ourselves and each other. It is up to all of us to ensure we have a safe campus. Thank you for playing your part!
FAQs for our participants
We are committed to providing a safe environment for our community by adhering to and often going above and beyond local government regulations. We also have the flexibility to close our campuses and move activities online should the crisis escalate again.
Cleanliness on Campus
Hand sanitiser and disinfectant are available throughout our campuses/locations to ensure everyone plays their part in maintaining a clean and hygienic learning and working environment. This ranges from hand sanitiser dispensers to disinfectant wipes in meeting rooms and amphitheatres.
The frequency of cleaning has been increased. Indoor air quality has been enhanced with regular disinfection as well as regular cleaning and replacement of filters. Adjustments have also been made to increase the amount of fresh air in-take.
Safety Measures for Coffee Breaks
Individuals will be expected and required to take responsibility to adhere to social distancing directions and guidelines in dining and coffee break areas. We urge people to avoid peak times.
Safety Measures in Restaurants
Social distancing markers are in place throughout our campuses/locations.
Safety Measures in Amphitheatres
Frequently Asked Questions
INSEAD Badge will be required to enter campus.
Testing prior to coming on campus is not required unless prescribed by a doctor or mandated by the government.
- Download and activate the TousAntiCovid app.
- If you are not fully vaccinated, it is highly recommended to carry out a RT-PCR test before coming on campus. The test must be taken less than 72 hours prior to accessing campus. Go to insead.synlab.fr to book yours.
- 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]
Download and activate the ALHOSN App.
As of Friday, 20 August, 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 month.
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 by 20 September 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 have not returned from traveling for 10 days or less, except if travelling from a "green" country.
- 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.
With the harmonisation of the European “health pass” since 1 July 2021, you are able to travel freely in Europe. The "EU Digital Covid Certificate" includes all proof of vaccination, negative test or recovery. Since 1 July 2021, the QR Code on the French “sanitary pass” can be read anywhere in Europe, directly from the #TousAntiCovid application.
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);
- The QR code of a negative RT-PCR or antigen test of less than 72 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.
European travelers will be able to present the QR code of the certificate to border police or airlines regardless of the language in which the certificate is written. A green or red light will indicate whether the traveler can enter the territory or not. It will also be possible to present a paper version of their certificate.
This certificate is recognised in all member countries of the European Union and six other countries (Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, Switzerland), but the entry and exit rules remain specific to each country.
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 gouvernement.fr to learn more about the health pass.
How can I apply for a COVID certificate if I was vaccinated abroad (procedure for non-European tourists and students)?
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, click here for details on how to convert your vaccine certificate into the health pass.
Since 27 August, the requests for the QR code are made online.
For foreign nationals, except students, go to: demarches-simplifiees.fr/commencer/passe-sanitaire-etrangers
For foreign students, go to demarches-simplifiees.fr/commencer/passe-sanitaire-etudiants
If you stay a long time on the French territory, the return ticket is not mandatory. Please explain your situation in the online form.
As processing these requests may take some time, in the meantime, you can obtain a temporary health pass via a recent negative test result. Tests are available at labs and pharmacies in France and appointments can be made via doctolib.fr. RT-PCR testing is also available every Thursday morning on the Europe Campus until mid-October. Go to insead.synlab.fr to register.
Please take a look at the answers to the most frequently asked questions listed below:
- An electronic travel reservation/itinerary is a valid ticket.
- If you stay a long time on the French territory, the return ticket is not mandatory. Please explain your situation in the online form.
- You can submit your application if you have obtained two doses of vaccine in two different countries (in the case of vaccines recognized by the French authorities). Vaccination schemes including two vaccines are allowed (example: first dose Pfizer, second dose Moderna). Only the vaccines are taken into account and not the proof of recovery.
- If you have been vaccinated in France and have a question about your QR code or your vaccination schedule: contact your vaccination center.
- If you are a foreign national living in France and vaccinated abroad outside the EU, you can submit your request.
- If you are the spouse or beneficiary of a French citizen. See the procedure for French nationals abroad.
From 20 August 2021, 2359 hours, the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) will issue a tamper-proof vaccination sticker (Annex E) to be affixed onto the passport of newly arrived travellers who were fully vaccinated overseas with a WHO-Emergency Use Listing (EUL) vaccine, and who can furnish a valid, English-language vaccination certificate. These travellers will be eligible for vaccination-differentiated safe management measures if they produce their passport with the valid tamper-proof sticker affixed. To obtain this sticker, travellers should produce their English-language vaccination certificates to ICA officers at the Singapore immigration checkpoints upon arrival.
Those who arrived before 20 August 2021, can visit a private healthcare provider onboard this initiative with their overseas COVID-19 vaccination documentation. Upon positive serology test result, the individual’s vaccination records will subsequently be reflected on HealthHub after a few days. Please call the clinic before going there as their requirement differs.
Only those who are fully vaccinated may access the restaurant, bar and gym on campus. Please present your Trace Together, Health Hub or the tamper-proof sticker affixed to your passport.
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. You may remove your mask when eating or drinking, but please put it back on straight after.
You do not need to wear your mask when outdoors on the Europe Campus, except for in certain cases, such as at gatherings or in queues. Employees may remove their mask when alone in their office.
- 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. You may also inform any of the appointed Safe Management Ambassadors.
PCR testing is offered on campus every Thursday morning (7:30 am - 10:30 am) until mid-October. You can book your slot on insead.synlab.fr and can expect results within 24 hours.
Testing can take place only by appointment. There are strictly no walk-ins.
Plan ahead. Book your appointment up to 12 hours in advance at insead.synlab.fr using your @insead.edu e-mail address. If no slots are available, you will need to book for another day.
Only book an appointment if you know you can make it. It is a matter of courtesy and respect.
Rescheduling of appointments is not possible. Please stick to the time of your appointment or cancel if you cannot make it.
Antigen tests are also available in pharmacies everywhere in France.
If you or one of your family members tests positive start isolating immediately, there is no need to wait for an email from ARS (Agence Régionale de Santé; the French health authorities). Please also collect the names of your close contacts during the seven days prior to your positive test, noting when you were last in contact with them.
- 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 must be taken less than 72 hours prior to accessing campus.
- Testing prior to coming to the Asia Campus is not required unless prescribed by a doctor or mandated by the government.
- Testing prior to coming to the Middle East Campus is required every two weeks.
You can get tested on our Europe Campus. You can book your slot at insead.synlab.fr and can expect results within 24 hours.
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.
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. The cost has been fixed by the authorities at Aed 50.
There are three external medical labs in or around Fontainebleau / Avon where it is possible to take the RT-PCR test:
- LBM Medibiolab Fontainebleau, 8 rue Richelieu, 77300 Fontainebleau - https://www.mlab-groupe.fr/laboratoire-fontainebleau#RDV-COVID-Fontainebleau
- LBM Medibiolab Avon, Centre Commercial la Butte Monceau, 77210 Avon - https://www.mlab-groupe.fr/laboratoire-avon-cc-butte-montceau
- Labs in Melun - https://www.doctolib.fr/laboratoire/melun
You can also take an Antigen test at the following locations:
- In Pharmacies everywhere in France – you can find one and book a slot on Doctolib (here is the list of Pharmacies in Fontainebleau / Avon– you have to call them and book an appointment by phone)
- CDG Airport - https://www.doctolib.fr/centre-depistage-covid/roissy/depistage-covid-aeroport-charles-de-gaulle
- Orly Airport - https://www.doctolib.fr/centre-depistage-covid/orly/cerballiance-aeroport-d-orly-orly
To find another testing lab, you may visit the Agence Régionale de la Santé website for your region. For Ile de France, go to: https://www.iledefrance.ars.sante.fr/covid-19-lieux-dedepistage-en-ile-de-france
Alternatively, you may go to a Synlab facility worldwide, though the cost of the test is only covered by the French Social Security in France: https://www.synlab.com/lablocator.
Auto-tests are not provided on campus. We encourage our community to get vaccinated. Rapid antigen tests are available at local pharmacies, with results normally within 15-20 minutes.
Auto-tests are only available to those who are required to test as per government guidelines.
If you are not fully vaccinated, the test should be taken less than 72 hours prior to accessing the campus.
The lab on the Europe campus will provide the test result via SMS and /or email in 95% of the cases within 24 hours, but at the latest in 48 hours to the individual tested on their individualised Synlab portal, to the doctor indicated on the consent form and to SI-DEP, the central COVID-19 test database of the French government. Based on the test result, the lab will also provide each individual with a certificate indicating whether such individual may study/work on campus. Such a certificate, available on an individualised Synlab portal, will not indicate whether the test is negative or positive.
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.
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 INSEAD Covid-19 Health and Safety Measures.
If the result is positive, self-isolate immediately and await further instructions from the health authorities.
If you receive a positive test, you must isolate straight away and not come on campus. You will be contacted by health authorities and informed of next steps including instructions for your isolation, tracing and informing your close contacts.
If you are in France, according to French regulations, the test result must also be shared by the lab with the SIDEP database. This is a secure platform, where all COVID-19 test results are recorded to ensure that all positive cases are contact traced by the French health care system. The French medical authorities will also initiate the contact tracing for this individual in 48 hours.
If you are in another country, please follow the guidelines of the country you are in, do not come to and INSEAD Campus with a positive test result.
We welcome family member of INSEAD employees, students and participants who need to be tested to complete their testing at the Europe Campus.
No, the family member will be contacted by the health authorities.
Please avoid booking an appointment if you are not sure you can make it. If it turns out that you cannot make your scheduled appointment, please refer to the confirmation email you received from Synlab and click the provided link to cancel your appointment.
Please do not take a test more than once a week, unless specifically requested.
Please avoid booking an appointment if you are not sure you can make it. It is not possible to reschedule your appointment. Please refer to the confirmation email you received from Synlab and click the provided link to cancel your appointment. You will then need to make a new appointment at insead.synlab.fr.
Please do not take a test more than once a week, unless specifically requested.
Please send an email to [email protected].
The ARS is the Agence Regionale de Santé, the French health authority. Synlab is obliged by law to communicate directly with the ARS if someone tests positive in order to track and trace their close contacts
I have had Covid-19 before, do I still need to do the RT-PCR test before coming on the Middle East Campus?
Yes, you still need a negative RT-PCR test before coming on the Middle East Campus.
I have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19, do I still need to test before going on the Middle East Campus?
Please send your vaccination certificate to [email protected] to benefit from a six-month pass without having to do regular PCR testing to access the Middle East Campus.
Fitness Centre, Accommodation and Transport
In line with new measures that came into effect in France on 9 June 2021, from 14 June the Fitness Centre on our Europe campus is open as follows:
- Only a limited number of people may access the Fitness Centre and signing-up is required. Workouts cannot exceed 45 minutes
- Please vacate the area at the end of your workout to allow the staff to disinfect the equipment and air the room
- The Fitness Centre changing areas and showers are closed. Squash players, forest runners and users of the municipal football and rugby pitches should make alternative arrangements to dress and shower
- Only individual workouts are permitted. Group classes are not currently possible
- Only current INSEAD students, participants and employees may access the Fitness Centre at the present time. Employee family members and retirees cannot access at the present time
On the Asia Campus the centre will reopen from 21 June 2021. We will share further details about this here soon.
INSEAD Residences on our Asia Campus cannot accept guests at this time. Our booking agents can support our community with alternative options.
If you are taking a taxi to our Europe Campus please take note of the following, as per local government guidelines:
- There may be a maximum two passengers per car, excluding the driver, with no front passenger.
- Masks are obligatory for the passengers and the driver.
- If the car is fitted with a partition wall, the driver is exempt from wearing a mask.
- Hand sanitiser is available in cars.
- The car will be ventilated and disinfected after each customer.
What will be the maximum number of participants by programme?
The number of participants welcomed on programmes has been adjusted and limited to respect one metre social distancing measures and to account for different learning spaces i.e. flatrooms or amphitheatres. At the same time, we will ensure social distancing measures are in place in breakout rooms.
Will programmes still use breakout rooms for group work?
Breakout rooms will be used for programmes where group work is required. Typical six and eight-seater capacity rooms will accommodate five and six people, respectively, as well as a coach (where coaching forms part of the programme).
Should you have any further questions, please send an email to [email protected].
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Mirroring the diversity and dynamism found in a typical INSEAD classroom, our online programmes provide a rich learning experience focused on maximising business impact.
Working with a learning coach throughout the programme, you will also practise applying your learning to your own context by working on Action Learning Projects (ALPs), to build a concrete action plan aligned with your organisation and your personal learning objectives.
Our Online Programmes can cater to groups and multiple teams coming from the same organisation - helping you to leverage further the group learning outcome.