Read more about novel corona virus if you are a student at UCL. Scroll down if you want to access the FAQ.
What is a close contact?
The following persons are considered close contacts:
You are considered a close contact if you have had close contact with an infected person from 48 hours before the person started displaying symptoms until 48 hours after the symptoms have ceased.
If the person who has tested positive has no symptoms, you are considered a close contact if you have had close contact with the infected person from 48 hours before they were tested positive until seven days after the test.
If more than 14 days have passed since you had close contact with an infected person, and provided you have no symptoms, you are considered infection-free and therefore do not have to take any special precautions.
I am a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. What should I do?
If you are a close contact of someone at UCL who has testet positive for COVID-19, here is what you should do:
If you are a close contact of someone outside of UCL who has testet positive for COVID-19, please self-isolate as soon as possible.
If you are informed that you are a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you should have a test done as soon as possible, even if you have no symptoms. As a close contact, there is no way of knowing if you are infected until you have been tested. Therefore, you must act as if you were infected until you have had the result of your test.
Until you receive the test result, you should:
2. Practise good hygiene
3. Make sure to clean thoroughly
4. Be alert to possible symptoms of COVID-19
How do I get testet?
When you are told that you are a close contact of a person who is infected with COVID-19, you must contact Coronaopsporing (Corona Tracking), a division of the Danish Patient Safety Authority, which can refer you for testing. Once you have been referred for testing, go to coronaprover.dk and
book times for two tests:
First test: Book a time for your first test as soon as possible after your referral, but please note that the first test should be done a minimum of four days after your initial close contact with the infected person. If you have had close contact with an infected person for some time, e.g. because you live together, you should book a time for the first test as soon as possible.
Second test: The second test should be done two days after the first test. If more than six days have elapsed since you last had close contact with the infected person, you do not need two tests. In that case, you only have to book a time for one test.
If you are unsure about how and when to book a time for testing, please contact Coronaopsporing (Corona Tracking) on tel. 32 32 05 11 for guidance.
When can I return to campus?
If you have been sent home as a close contact due to infection at UCL, do not show up on campus until you have two negative tests.
If you studying in what we call mixed teams and cannot comply with the 1 metre distance requirement, you must wear a face mask.
There will be signs in all rooms stating the maximum number of people allowed in the room for permanent and mixed teams respectively. If this limit is exceeded, you must wear face mask. Your timetable will inform you if the study activity involves mixed teams. If all your study activities take place within the same team for a minimum of one week, we consider this a permanent team.
You will have to bring your own face mask, but in the time to come UCL will help you if you cannot get hold of one. We have no requirements concerning what type you use, but recommend that you follow the health authority guidelines in this respect. Guidelines are constantly being altered, and may possibly be altered again in the future.
UCL's fitness and training facilities are closed indefinitely due to the situation with COVID-19.
I have tested positive for COVID-19. What should I do?
If you as a student at UCL are tested positive for COVID-19:
The emergency team will ask about your movements and your close contacts at UCL in the time leading up to the positive test. The questions must ensure that we can take the correct measures for the other students and staff to avoid the spread of infection.
You may also be contacted by Coronaopsporing from the Danish Agency for Patient Safety, who will help to map and possibly contact all your close contacts. UCL will only ask you for close contacts in the UCL context.
You must contact your Head of Studies about the coming time. Here you will, among other things, be able to get information about the possibility of online teaching.
When can I return to campus?
If you have had symptoms, you can cancel the self-isolation 48 hours after you are free of symptoms. However, loss of taste and smell can last for a long time without being considered contagious. Therefore, you may well cancel the self-isolation if these are your only remaining symptoms.
If you have not had any symptoms, self-isolate until 7 days after taking the test.
You do not have to be tested again to be declared healthy. It is the absence of symptoms for 48 hours that determines whether you can consider yourself infection-free.
If you think you are in higher risk of severe illness with COVID-19, contact your own doctor to assess whether you are in the higher risk group.
If your doctor confirms that this is the case, you must agree with your education how you can be active in your studies. The same applies if someone in your household is in the higher risk group.
UCL Instructions for mobility stays abroad in the spring 2021:
Below you will find guidelines explaining what behaviour is expected of you on our campuses in the near future. We appeal to all staff and students at UCL - keeping the following guidelines and those of the Danish Health Authority in mind - to find at the local level responsible practical solutions to the challenges that may arise, so that it becomes clear who is to do what and how.
Everyone on our campuses during the gradual reopening phase is covered by these guidelines.
The guidelines lay down the general principles and apply to all campuses and physical facilities at UCL.
However, it is not possible to describe in detail how students and staff should behave in every conceivable situation. Conditions on the individual campuses differ, and require different practical solutions. For this reason, please be aware that there may be special local guidelines on individual campuses, in relation to specific activities and physical facilities, that students and staff must respect.
Absolutely no access to campus if you are ill. You must be healthy and have no symptoms that could be related to COVID-19.
If you are ill or have symptoms indicating illness, stay home until you are completely recovered. Even with mild symptoms, like colds, stay at home. Remain at home for 48 hours after the last symptoms have disappeared.
There are special precautions to be taken for staff and students who are particularly vulnerable, live with a person who is particularly vulnerable, or have a child who is particularly vulnerable.
Management and staff are responsible for guidance to students concerning proper behaviour, ensuring that all students have been informed of the guidelines, including rules concerning conduct and hygiene, to ensure that we reduce the risk of spreading infection. It is also the students' own responsibility to ensure that they do not get too close to each other in the room they are working in.
Lifts should preferably only be used by disabled people or those with mobility problems.
In general, please use the toilets on the floor that you are on.
Other toilets are cleaned twice a day.
Smoking only in designated places. Students must be readmitted to the building after smoking. Remember to use hand sanitizer when accessing the building.
Water dispensers must NOT be used.
The assembly ban does not apply to teaching activities at higher education institutions in respect of activities that are already - or have been - allowed to reopen gradually.
Guidelines regarding larger gatherings, including parties, cafés or the like, must comply with the relevant health authority legislation.
You can find further information:
About COVID-19 at https://politi.dk/en/coronavirus-in-denmark - where the Danish authorities have gathered all information concerning the virus.
The Ministry of Higher Education and Science: Q/A at ufm.dk
The Danish Health Authority recommendations and FAQ.
It is the responsibility of management to assess these general guidelines in relation to the specific activities and physical environments that fall within their remit, and to ensure in dialogue with staff and students that they are applied and carried out within each department and course of study.
The local task force leaders must ensure that students have been clearly informed about what precautions especially vulnerable people should take, including who such students can contact within the institution in order to discuss their particular case.
If you have questions concerning the guidelines, you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org, your teacher, line manager, or the local task force leader.
Here is a list of local task force leaders: