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The safety of our Fellows and staff is our top priority. VCCA will be following all recommendations and guidelines put forward by the French government. Although not identical, these guidelines are similar to those put forth by the CDC. These guidelines are subject to change.

On your residency contract, you will be asked to agree to abide by VCCA COVID guidelines. Fellows refusing to abide by the guidelines will be asked to leave.

All Fellows must have proof of vaccination and a negative COVID-19 test in order to enter France. Please be sure to read your airline’s requirements, as well as the Government of France information carefully before you travel. Please send an image of your CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card via email to Cheryl Fortier, Resident Director with “Vaccination Card” as the subject. Please send your signed waiver form to Cheryl Fortier, Resident Director with “Waiver” as the subject.

Monitor your health

While you may be a carrier and asymptomatic, we ask that you stay home if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms of COVID-19. We will work with you to reschedule your residency. If you develop any of these symptoms while at le Moulin à Nef, please notify the office immediately.

  • Fever or chills
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Diarrhea
  • Headaches

Before Traveling to France

Traveling to VCCA’s le Moulin à Nef

Please follow all CDC, airline, and Government of France guidelines while traveling to VCCA.

  • Use masks.
  • Practice physical distancing.
  • Practice hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette.

More information available here.

Upon arrival at VCCA’s le Moulin à Nef

  • Wear a mask and/or face covering while indoors at le Moulin à Nef or when in the VCCA vehicle, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status, unless alone in a closed room/studio or while eating. Note that VCCA staff will be masked at all times when in enclosed spaces.
  • Practice physical distancing.
  • Practice hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette. Cough into your elbow or a tissue. Dispose of the tissue after one use.
  • Air your bedroom and studio several times per day.
  • Use masks in indoor and outdoor public spaces such as markets while visiting Auvillar, Valence d’Agen, or any locations outside of VCCA’s Moulin à Nef. It is currently mandatory to wear masks on any public roads and in villages. Even if you observe that people are not wearing masks, we highly recommend that you do. While walking in the countryside alone you may choose not to wear a mask, but be sure to have it on hand at all times. You could receive a fine for non-compliance.
  • Do not bise (French air kiss). Instead, offer an elbow or fist tap as a greeting.


Please limit the frequency and duration of trips away from le Moulin à Nef. Be sure to practice masking, physical distancing, and good hand hygiene when out in the Real World. Please be aware that France has a large population of non-vaccinated citizens, so it is important to practice social distancing and mask wearing.

Each Fellow will be assigned a private bedroom as well as a private studio. Bathrooms are shared. They will be cleaned regularly and cleaning supplies will be provided in each one. We ask that you wipe down surfaces, switches, and door knobs.

Visitors are not allowed in our facilities at this time. Outdoor visits are fine. At this time VCCA does not allow overnight guests.

We encourage all Fellows to keep their distance from others, especially during their first week of residency.

COVID Testing

We require that you get a COVID-19 diagnostic test 3–5 days after arrival. We encourage you to get a PCR test, which is considered more accurate than an antigen test.

Antigen testing can be done at the Auvillar pharmacy by appointment only. You can drop in or call to make an appointment. The cost is 25€.

Pharmacie d’Auvillar: 05 63 39 65 04
From a U.S. cell phone: +1 33 5 63 39 65 04

Local nurses can do PCR tests by appointment (10€ if you go to an office; 15€ if a nurse comes to you). Call to schedule at least one day in advance. It takes 24 to 48 hours to get you your results, so plan accordingly. The total cost for lab work and the appointment is approximately 60-65€.

Cabine Infirmières (local nurses): 05 63 29 03 67
From a U.S. cell phone: +1 33 5 63 29 03 67

If you need help making appointments drop by the office during office hours.

A positive test

If you test positive, you will be required to self-isolate in your bedroom and studio for ten days with no interaction with other Fellows and staff. Staff will help to coordinate your meals.


Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the common areas around the property.

Cleaning supplies will be provided in every bedroom, bathroom, and studio. Wipe down door handles, light switches, and taps.

Housekeeping is done once a week in common areas. Your bedroom and studio will have been aired, cleaned, and made up for you before arrival. Once you are here it is up to you to clean your room and launder your linens. Laundry facilities are available for use by Fellows.

Between residencies, bedrooms and studios are aired out and cleaned thoroughly based on French government recommendations.


VCCA staff will prepare breakfast on your first morning in residence and two dinners per week. We will let you know when the dinners will take place. Please do not enter the kitchen when VCCA staff is preparing meals.

The kitchen is a shared space. We ask that you wear masks and use common sense when working in the kitchen with other Fellows and when dining together. Leave space at tables, alternate seating, and dine outdoors.

Cleaning and disinfecting supplies as well as clean dish towels will be left in the kitchen for your use. Please use the dishwasher at all times to ensure proper cleaning of dishes. For anything that cannot be cleaned in the dishwasher, be sure to use hot soapy water when washing. Staff will clean the kitchen a few times per week.

Updated September 1, 2021