Quarantine and Self-Isolation FAQ

Latest update - February 9th, 2023

Starting on February 1st, Covid rules relaxed in France as the country brought an end to compulsory isolation for those who test positive for the virus.

Those who were in contact with someone who tested positive – ie a contact cases – will also no longer be required to take a test, though the public health body stressed that both testing after contact and isolating after receiving a positive test remain recommended.

Covid tests are still available is from most pharmacies and are free to people who are fully vaccinated and registered in the French health system. 

Unvaccinated people, or visitors to France, have to pay up to a maximum of €22 for an antigen test of €49 for a PCR test. 


In explaining the changes that began at the start of February, the French public health body also noted a drop in Covid-19 infections in the past month. 

As of January 30th, approximately 3,800 people in France had tested positive in the previous 24 hours for the coronavirus – which represents a decrease from the averages of 20,000 new cases per day about one month ago.

August 26, 2022 - Continuing Protocols

See the table below for the protocol now in place regarding testing.

You Are Vaccinated You Are NOT Vaccinated



You had direct, face-to-face contact less than one meter away from a Covid-positive person, and at least one of you wasn’t wearing a mask and for more than 15min.

(People with whom you cross path fleetingly in the public domain or who are wearing masks are not considered to be at-risk contacts). 


You should take a test (PCR, antigen or an at-home test) 2 days after your last contact. 






You had direct, face-to-face contact less than one meter away from a Covid-positive person, and at least one of you wasn’t wearing a mask and for more than 15min.


(People with whom you cross path fleetingly in the public domain or who are wearing masks are not considered to be at-risk contacts). 


You have to SELF-ISOLATE FOR 7 days after your last contact with the Covid-positive person

and get a test (PCR or antigen) after that period.






No test will be required at the end of seven days providing you haven’t had any symptoms in 48 hours.


YOUR SELF-ISOLATION PERIOD CAN END AT 5 DAYS if you take a test which comes back negative.


*positive results from an auto tests must be confirmed by a PCR or antigen test





No test will be required at the end of 10 days providing you haven’t had any symptoms in 48 hours.


YOUR SELF-ISOLATION PERIOD CAN END AT 7 DAYS if you take a test which comes back negative.


Update: December 21, 2021

If you are looking for a laboratory to get a PCR test, here are labs close to campus :

  • 41 avenue Bosquet
  • Most pharmacies perform antigen tests. On weekends, at night or during the holidays, you can check the Pharmacies de Garde. Just enter your address, select the date, and day/night.
  • If you have to self-isolate, use our delivery services list to get what you need.
  • For all health-related questions, please contact the AUP Office of Health and Wellness at healthataup.edu.
  • For other concerns related to balancing your academics with your health and wellbeing, please contact an AUP Guidance Counselor: Pamela Montfort (pmontfortataup.edu) or Charlotte Vernier (cvernierataup.edu)
  • Contact International SOS for 24/7 support and advice or to speak with a doctor: +33 1 55 63 36 35

Testing and Quarantine FAQ

What should I do if I’m not feeling well?

Students experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 should stay home and contact a doctor. The AUP Health Office can assist students with referrals and booking appointments, including remote sessions with a general practitioner. Students who miss class should be in touch directly with their faculty and provide a doctor’s note when possible.

Your doctor may prescribe a Covid-PCR test depending on the situation. If this test is positive, a French health authorities or your doctor will be in touch to require a period of self-isolation and to identify contact cases. When possible, students who are required to self-isolate should provide a medical note to their faculty and carry on with coursework remotely if they are feeling well enough. Students who are not well will be followed by French health authorities, their doctor and the Health Office.  

How do I monitor my health if I test positive?
  • If you test positive for PCR, whether or not you have symptoms of Covid-19, you will generally recover in a few days with some rest. In the meantime, keep an eye on any symptoms to see if they improve or worsen. 
  • Take your temperature twice a day 
  • If you have a fever or a headache, take paracetamol: please ask advice from a GP for the dosage that may be effective for you. Avoid ibuprofen, or another anti-inflammatory medicine 
  • If you are taking medication for another illness, don’t stop the treatment; if in doubt, contact your GP for advice 
  • Don’t start taking any other medicines without a GP’s advice 
  • If you have trouble breathing, call the SAMU (dial 15) immediately. 
  • Stay in touch with the AUP Health Office for support and advice. Remember that ISOS can also provide 24/7 support.
What if I had contact with someone who tested positive for Covid-19 but we were both wearing masks?

French health authorities consider this a low-risk contact. They advise you to monitor your health for 7 days after the initial exposure and to keep a close on your temperature. There is no need to self-quarantine or to get tested. If symptoms appear, you should see a doctor and ask for a prescription to be tested.

Strict quarantine: how do I organize my self-isolation?

The following are guidelines provided by French health authorities if you or someone you are living with test positive for Covid-19. Please contact the AUP Health Office and Residential Life for questions related to your specific case.

  • After consulting your doctor, stay home, assuming your living situation is suitable 
  • Your doctor will prescribe masks for the duration of the self-isolation 
  • Provide a doctor’s note to your faculty and plan on carrying on your coursework remotely assuming you are feeling well enough to do so
  • If sharing with others, stay in a separate room and keep the door closed. Don’t share a bed with anyone and don’t eat in communal spaces. 
  • Avoid contact with people living under the same roof; don’t touch or kiss anyone.  
  • Wear a mask in the presence of others. 
  • If possible, use a different bathroom and toilet to other people you live with. If this is not possible, make sure these spaces are cleaned regularly. Make sure everyone in the house washes their hands before and after using these shared spaces. 
  • Stay at least one meter away from others and limit discussions to 15 minutes. 
  • Don’t spend time with higher-risk individuals: people over 65; people with chronic illnesses like high-blood pressure, diabetes or cardiovascular disease; people with high obesity; third-trimester pregnant women. 
  • Wash your hands often with water and soap, and use a personal towel. 
  • Use a paper tissue when you sneeze or cough, then throw it in a trash can and immediately wash your hands. 
  • Don’t share everyday personal belongings: towels, soap, silverware, plates, phones, and so forth. 
  • If you are self-isolating on your own, ask close friends or family members to deliver your medication, groceries or meals or have these things delivered. Ask for these deliveries to be left at the door to minimize interpersonal contact. 
  • If you need medical or housekeeping help at home, the same person should always provide this help if possible. This person must wash their hands often and wear a mask. 
  • Provide regular updates to your relatives, close friends and the AUP Health Office
  • If you have to go to the doctor, the pharmacy, or the laboratory, wash your hands before leaving, wear a mask, stay away from others the whole time you are outside, and don’t stay out for long; check with your medical providers ahead of time to see if a remote session is possible
Do you have any sanitary tips for my apartment?

Yes. Clean your apartment regularly keeping the following in mind:

  • Ventilate the room you are staying in for ten minutes several times a day by opening windows. 
  • Clean and disinfect all surfaces – doorknobs, bathroom furniture, toilets, carpets and so forth – with my usual cleaning products, before then applying a product containing 70% alcohol or bleach and rinsing. 
  • Clean your dishes separately, with your own dish-soap, and dry them with our own dishtowel or you can use the dishwasher at 60°. 
  • Wash your laundry (linens, towels) at 60° for 30 minutes or more. 
  • Use kitchen tools like a sponge or a mop to avoid spreading dust. Don’t use the vacuum cleaner. 
  • After cleaning, wash your hands with soap and dry them. 
  • Get rid of any garbage that could be contaminated (or follow garbage disposal instructions if you have relocated) 
  • Use a plastic garbage bag (opaque, 30 liters max, closed garbage bag with ties) 
  • Keep this bag in your room 
  • Reserve this bag for the disposal of masks, paper tissues,    wipes, and all other disinfecting waste 
  • When the bag is full, put it in a second bag 
  • Don’t touch the bag for 24 hours 
  • Throw this bag in the building’s non-recyclable trash container 

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