Access and work on CERN site:

Last updated: 17 September 2020

Work on the CERN sites is resuming with caution and gradually, and with the implementation of specific COVID-19-related health and safety measures. CERN members of personnel shall work on-site as requested by their supervisor. Specific instructions apply to ill persons, persons above 70 and vulnerable persons (see below)

Please note that anyone (members of personnel, contractors, visitors or others) returning from a country/area mentioned in at least one of the lists of countries and areas with a high risk of coronavirus infection published by the Swiss or French authorities will not be allowed on CERN sites for 14 days after the date of their return to Switzerland or France.

Users shall come to the sites only at the request of the Experiment Spokespersons or Technical Coordinators and in agreement with their home institutions.

The COVID-19 safety course must be successfully completed for access to the CERN by all members of personnel and contractors.

All members of personnel and contractors who are newcomers to CERN must take note of CERN instructions on COVID-19 related health and safety measures , CERN instructions on COVID-19 related health and safety measure for contractors and complete the self-declaration form, which is mandatory to access the sites.

(ref: Annex 1; ch.2)

Access to CERN sites for people with vulnerabilities

Last updated: 25 September 2020

Part of CERN’s duty of care is to protect the health of persons with vulnerabilities, for whom the consequences of an infection may be more serious. In this context the following measures are in place at CERN:

  • Members of personnel with vulnerabilities, including persons over 65, those of all ages with vulnerabilities and pregnant women : specific protection measures shall be set up by the hierarchy. For members of the CERN personnel, the protection measures shall be discussed with the vulnerable person concerned and shall be verified by HSE
  • Members of personnel over 70: for those persons aged 70 and over, access to the CERN sites will only be permitted if their activity is certified as essential for strategic or operational reasons by the relevant Department Heads of the Spokespersons of the experiments.
  • Contractors shall comply with applicable national laws with respect to work on the CERN site of persons with vulnerabilities regarding COVID-19. 

(ref: Annex 1; ch. 2.2)

Access to CERN sites for visitors

Last updated: 22 July 2020

Professional visits deemed essential for CERN may be allowed, if approved by the relevant Department Head or experiment Spokesperson. Prior to access, visitors must receive all the relevant safety information including CERN’s instruction on COVID-19 related health and safety measures.

All visitors shall complete the self-declaration form, which is mandatory to access the CERN sites.

Please note that visitors returning from a country or area mentioned in at least one of the lists of countries and areas with a high risk of coronavirus infection published by the Swiss or French authorities will not be allowed on CERN sites during 14 days upon return.

(ref: Annex 1; ch 2.4)