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COVID 19 Testing & Procedure

5 August 2020, Emil Spago

All – Do the COVID 19 test results need to be in hard copy or soft copy?

Test results should be in hard copy and kept at reach during border crossing. Soft copy backup should be kept as well.

All – What type of COVID 19 test is required?

RT-PCR test (from nasopharyngeal swab) is the only considered valid, at the moment.

First Year – Testing requirements – before travel and after reaching

Certified RT-PCR taken at least 48h prior to arrival to Bosnia and Herzegovina is required by the state authority. Testing upon arrival is a safety measure to be implemented by the College.

First Year – Testing requirements before entering BiH

Students that are not citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia or Montenegro, or residents of Bosnia and Herzegovina (have a valid residential permit) must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) test result issued at most 48 hours before departure.

Second Years – Will the 48 hours before arrival testing be required for 2nd year students as well even though the BiH government does not mandate it?

It is not mandatory to citizens and residents of Bosnia and Herzegovina, but will be recommended to all of the Year 2 students and staff who have access to testing in their home countries.

All – How many days post arrival will the students be tested for Covid-19?

UWC Mostar plans to test all of the students 48h after they arrive and will implement measures such as limiting physical interactions and regular checks to identify any early symptoms. Requirements may be subject to changes mandated by the local authority.

All – Testing of local students. What will the
requirements be?

Local students will be tested upon their arrival in Mostar as well along with other students.

All – What is the process and the rationale for the period of isolation and testing?

A 14 day quarantine is not mandated by the authorities of Bosnia and Herzegovina. UWC Mostar plans to test all of the students 48h after they arrive and will implement measures such as limiting physical interactions and regular checks to identify any early symptoms. Requirements may be subject to changes mandated by the local authority.

All – Procedure when a student or staff member tests positive

Clear procedures and instructions to be followed in case a student or staff member tests positive for Covid 19 will be shared before the students arrive in Mostar (by the 10th of August). Any member of the community displaying any COVID 19 like symptom at all (list of symptoms will also be shared) must inform the college and isolate themselves immediately.

All – Pandemic specific safety protocol to be
followed by the students and staff in the
classes, in the residences, in the activities and
in the city

The college will issue a Pandemic Specific Protocol to be followed by all students and staff by the 10th of August

All – COVID 19 test requirement – Is it required every time someone reenters BiH?

The 48 hour rule applies to every time anyone enters BiH as of now

All – What kind of medical assistance connected with COVID-19 could be provided to the students who are in the risk group according to the health survey?

The College will have a stricter regular check schedule for these students. Any further actions or accommodations recommended by the doctor/nurse will be timely taken.

All – Will parents required COVID 19 testing if they travel to Mostar? Will the college provide these tests before they leave?

College will not provide testing for parents before they leave Mostar, but will give all necessary contacts to parents in order for them to be tested.

All – If the country of origin does not have COVID 19 tests available. What can be done?

You can do PCR tests at many European airports – eg Frankfurt and Vienna – if you have sufficient layover time, that might work. The COVID 19 test in Vienna takes during the week a max of 6 hours – but on the weekend until the next day 14:00

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