This section includes information for Researchers on Long-term Attachment to CERN. Information specific to Students can be found here.
Researchers - Information for the LTA Guidelines and the options for completing Visit Notices can be found here, under the Long-term Travel section. Once an Visit Notice has been approved, the Traveller will receive an email notification generated by the site. Important - the email is to be considered the official record of the LTA. Soon after, the Traveller will be contacted by the UK Liaison Office to discuss the details. Please don't hesitate to contact our team before your LTA has been fully approved, especially if you will need STFC accommodation.
Please review the attached document carefully as it includes Traveller Responsibilities and other important information. SUPPLEMENT TO LTA CONFIRMATION NOTIFICATION April 2019.pdf
Please go to the Travel and Claims page for full details concerning liability and insurance while on LTA.
Please ensure that you are in possession of a valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before leaving the UK. You will not be able to apply for an EHIC once you have left. Instructions for how to apply and full details for covered treatment in the region (Switzerland and France) can be found on the NHS site or by telephone on the
EHIC Helpline 00 44 (0)191 218 1999
presenting the EHIC to the doctor or hospital before your treatment
commences is sufficient. However, if the particular treatment required
usually carries a cost to local residents, you may be expected to pay at
the time of service. More information on claiming a refund for charges
can be found here.
Finding a Doctor
An excellent resource is
the CERN Medical Service site. The site includes details for local hospitals and a tool to search for health care providers. While on the CERN site, there is also the possibility to contact the Infirmary for guidance. The Emergency number at CERN is 74444.
Importation of Personal Effects
Please refer to the Guidelines, found on this page under Long-term attachment, Useful Information for specifics concerning removals at part of your LTA.
For Budget Holder approved removals, as the Traveller, please gather three quotes and forward them to the UKLO Team, with copy to your experiment PI. The UK Liaison Office will advise which quote is accepted. Generally, the Traveller must claim reimbursement of the removal charges. Here is a list of removal companies for gathering quotes. LIST OF REMOVAL COMPANIES 2017.docx
removals to Switzerland - Should you need to transport more than that
which you will carry with you at the time of your arrival and If we have
advised that your accommodation is located in Switzerland, at least two
weeks before your scheduled arrival, you will need to complete the form 1844 (EN).pdf and an Inventory_personal_effects.pdf
(example.) Then, forward both documents, along with a scanned copy of
the photo page of your passport, to our team at email@example.com. The
original copies of the 1844 and personal inventory list must be send by
mail to the customs broker at the below address:
Av. Louis Ruchonnet 57
Passports and Visas
must be in possession of a valid passport and are responsible for
checking that you have the necessary documents to live and work in
Switzerland and/or France. You will find more on the CERN Users'
Office site, please follow this link.
Accommodation at CERNSTFC
holds leases for several properties in the region for accommodating
students. Most accommodation are found in residential buildings located
in the St. Genis Poully area of France, with some in Meyrin/Geneva,
Switzerland. All of the STFC housing is located near to CERN - many
within reasonable walking distance.
Once you have been
provided with accommodation
by the UK Liaison Office, please be aware that the rules and customs for
rental accommodation may not be what you are used to. "Wear and tear"
is not recognized and tenants are expected to return properties in the
same condition as found in arrival.
damage, mould, leaks or broken items in your
accommodation must be reported to the UK Liaison Office immediately. It
is our obligation to inform the agencies/landlords, and often the
insurance agency, so
that we can minimise repair costs and damage to adjoining apartments.
Tenants must keep accommodation in a tidy and clean state. The
owner/agency may need to enter your apartment for maintenance checks or
emergency repairs. We will do our best to inform you before this
We will arrange with you a convenient date at
the end of your LTA for the Check-out. Accommodation
must be returned to us in the condition it was upon your arrival.
Smoking is not permitted within STFC accommodation.
is only permitted at stationary grills near the lake in Geneva or at
specific places in France and is absolutley forbidden on apartment
Internet Connection for your STFC Accommodation
Internet connection is already set up in each accommodation. You will receive an invoice from the UKLO for these charges.
will be responsible for setting up your internet service in your
accommodation and ending the contract at the time of your departure.
New contracts can be set-up in-person at the Orange shop in the Val
Thoiry Shopping Mall or by phone on the English helpline, 0033 969 36 39
To set up your internet account you will need:
- Proof of address/ Attestation de Residence (a document issued by the UK Liaison Office)
- The name of the previous tenant (You will receive this from the UK Liaison Office)
valid credit card, or a debit card that can be used abroad. (In France,
English debit cards are referred to as credit cards) Important:
Please ensure you have a means of payment before your arrival. If you are interested in setting up a direct debit from your UK bank account, please ask the Orange representative (contacted via the English Helpline) for a form for a UK bank.
UKLO is not responsible for the setting up of internet accounts, the
management of bill payment and the final closing of your internet
account. Before you return to the UK please ensure that you contact your
internet provider in order to pay any final bills and to make
arrangements for returning your Wi-Fi box.