CERN — The European Laboratory for Particle Physics

You will find below a summary of the rules and information to come to CERN with COVID 19 restrictions

Before returning/going to CERN sites
Coming to CERN from abroad
Visa requirements for Switzerland and/or France
Place your request selecting the type of visa you need below:
Short term (less than 90 days)     Multiple entries (max 90 days per 6 months period)    Long term ( More than 90 days)

Specific information for UK citizens following the Brexit.

If you need an invitation letter for your institute
Submit a request for your invitation letter for Institute

RT-PCR test
All travellers must be able to provide a negative RT-PCR test conducted a maximum of 72 hours before their departure at the time.

Arriving in Switzerland
by plane from countries concerned by specific restrictions (even if staying in France)
Members of the personnel coming to Switzerland from countries concerned by restrictions for stays of less than three months without a permit or visa are therefore advised to obtain a laissez-passer document from their local Swiss embassy or consulate in order to facilitate their trip.

If you are staying in France
You will have to fill the “Attestation de déplacement dérogatoire” and “déclaration sur l’honneur ”. These documents can be found on the French Ministry of the Interior’s website.
You must print/download the Justification for Professional Travel (justificatif de déplacement professionnel) during curfew or confinement times in France and keep it with you in case of controls during your professional trips.
Access to CERN sites
o    All members of personnel need authorization of their respective hierarchy to access the site.
o    Employed Members of Personnel as well as students, trainees, etc. shall come onto CERN sites only upon request of their supervisor and in accordance with instructions provided by the supervisor.
o    Users shall come into the site only on request of the Experiment Spokespersons or Technical Coordinators and in agreement with their Home Institutions.
o   Teleworking information can be found here :

CERN COVID-19 Training Course
Pass the CERN COVID-19 Training Course.

Please arrange to collect your Proximeter as soon as possible, and remember, it becomes mandatory while on-site at CERN from 1 March. You can book an appointment to collect your proximeter.

Personal protective equipment for COVID-19
You can find PPE : Meyin site in the room 2/1-034 and at Point 8 in the corridor the building 3894 or in the control room.

People arriving from a country or area that is considered by the Host States (France or Switzerland) to be high risk for COVID-19 are required to quarantine for ten days following their arrival in the local area. The quarantine may be reduced to seven days on presentation of a negative RT-PCR test conducted after seven days of quarantine.
French list
Swiss list - you can use this app to check the conditions of entries
Upon your arrival, declare yourself either by e-mail or by phone +41 22 766 7777

Those travelling for schedule critical activities such as the upgrade construction should contact Rolf Lindner

Useful links - CERN COVID-19 web pages
General information
Travel restrictions in Switzerland and France

Quarantine measures
Access and work on CERN site

o      Users’ Office:
In the light of the latest announcements, kindly note that the Users’ Office is closed to the public until further notice.
We are open by appointment only on Monday morning and Thursday morning. To book an appointment, please call +41 22 767 67 67
or email us at Swiss and French cards can be collected from or dropped at the Bldg. 55
o    Novae restaurants, Mail office, CERN Shuttle service and CERN hostel latest information can be found at the following link :

o    UBS bank is open mornings from 10 am to 12 pm. Advisors are available onsite and can be contacted. All bancomats are in operation.

o    Post office Meyrin site: open mornings, Monday to Friday 9 am to 12 pm.

o   All the information you need at your fingertips :

o   CERN
visits information are available HERE.

COVID-19 official information:
–    The safety rules are defined by the Memorandum from the Director General: CERN Instruction on COVID-19 Health and Safety Measures
o    CERN Wide: 2370902
o    EP Specific: 2368865 
–    Vulnerable people: Procedure, in French only for the moment:

Printers, water fountains and meeting rooms
o   Printers in common areas can be used, please ensure to wipe down any equipment after use with the disinfectant and wipes that have been made available. 2-1065-CANC3 and 2-R026-HP4050
o   Water fountains can be used, please ensure to wipe down the fountains after use.
o    LHCb meeting rooms remain closed until further notice.