General FAQ (stay invisible)

Covid Certificate:

I am a student and do not have a Covid certificate. Can I still continue my studies?

Everyone has the possibility of getting a certificate, either by testing or vaccination. Further, when selecting your courses, you can choose to opt for online courses where available. The faculties will ensure that students without a certificate receive an appropriate alternative to on-site teaching (for example, provision of digital materials or other measures). The respective module coordinators can tell you how this will be implemented in individual cases. 

I cannot have the vaccine. Some of my courses are offered as on-site classes only. Do I have to drop these courses now?

Even if you cannot have the vaccine, you can still get a certificate by having a Covid test. Further, when selecting your courses, you can choose to opt for online courses where available. The faculties will provide reasonable alternatives to on-site teaching, such as simply providing digital materials or more extensive measures. The respective module coordinators can tell you how this will be implemented in individual cases. 

Students at particularly high risk will be provided with 70 FFP2 masks per semester, free of charge, to be worn during on-site classes. If this applies to you, please send the following documents and your address to arbeitsmedizin@su.uzh.ch:

  • Medical certificate confirming that you are in a particularly high-risk group according to appendix 7 of the Covid-19 Ordinance
  • Copy/scan of your valid student identification card

After reviewing the documents, 70 FFP2 masks will be delivered to your home.

I need to get tested to study. Do I have to pay for the tests myself?

UZH will offer free tests (until the end of October) to students and staff subject to mandatory Covid certificates who do not have a Covid certificate. Covid tests are free-of-charge until 30 September in any case.

Is there an obligation for on-site courses to also be made available as livestreams or podcasts, or is it possible that certain lectures and seminars will be held exclusively in-person (with a Covid certificate requirement)?

No, in general there is no requirement for the university as a whole to provide livestreams or podcasts. Therefore, some events will take place exclusively on-site and in-person. However, certain faculties have made it mandatory for their teaching staff to offer livestreams and podcasts; please check the website of the respective faculty.

I am vaccinated with a vaccine not used in Switzerland. Will my certificate be valid?

In addition to the Swiss Covid certificate, other vaccination certificates from abroad will also be recognized if the vaccine used is approved in the EU or listed in the WHO’s Emergency Use Listing. This includes certificates issued for vaccinations with the Chinese Sinovac and Sinopharm, but not for the Russian vaccine Sputnik. Students whose certificate is not recognized can get tested for free.

How will UZH check whether students have a Covid certificate?

Sufficient and regular spot checks will be carried out to ensure compliance with the certificate requirement. The pandemic management team is currently determining how these checks will be carried out. Teaching staff are not responsible for carrying out spot checks, but may do so if they believe it is necessary.

As an instructor, may I ask my students to present their Covid certificates?

Teaching staff are not responsible for carrying out spot checks, but may do so if they believe it is necessary.

Testing:

What possibilities are there at UZH for coronavirus tests?

All UZH members can get tested for coronavirus at the Covid Test Station in the Dozierendenfoyer on Irchel Campus. People without symptoms can also get tested at the UZH Corona Center. 
Book an appointment at the Irchel Test Station (via OneDoc)

Book an appointment at the UZH Corona Center

UZH is setting up two additional test centers in the center (KOL, Foyer West) and in Oerlikon (Andreasstrasse 15). These should be operational during the Monday morning September 20. 

You can also book an appointment in your local area:

Book an appointment via OneDoc (please enter "Covid-19")
Canton of Zurich: Where I can get testet (in German)

Mask-Wearing:

Where do I have to wear a mask?

Masks are mandatory in all publicly accessible indoor rooms at UZH except for classrooms due to the certificate requirement. However, the Executive Board of the University continues to strongly recommend that all attendees continue to wear masks in classrooms.

Do I have to wear a mask even though I am vaccinated, have recovered from a Covid-19 infection or have tested negative?

Yes. You must wear the mask in all publicly accessible rooms even if you are vaccinated, have recovered from an infection or tested negative. In classrooms or during lectures, masks will no longer be mandatory due to the certificate requirement. However, the Executive Board of the University continues to strongly recommend that all attendees continue to wear masks.

How do I choose the right mask?

Hygiene masks are medical products and must meet the requirements of the EN 14683 standard and be marked with a CE mark. There are three types of these masks (type I, type II and type IIR). Healthcare professionals must wear type II and type IIR. Type I can be worn by patients and by the general population during a pandemic. For commercially produced textile masks (community masks), the recommendations of the Swiss National COVID-19 Science Task Force apply. Home-made masks are not recommended by the FOPH. Scarves and shawls are not a valid replacement for masks.

Respirator masks (e.g. FFP2 or KN95 masks) are considered to be personal protective equipment. Even in the current situation with the spread of the new virus variants, the FOPH does not recommend respirator masks for general use (status on 27.1.2021). FFP2 masks are worn by healthcare professionals when they are treating COVID-19 patients and there is the possibility of aerosols being produced. Respirator masks are also worn, if necessary, by persons at increased risk after consultation with their doctor. However it should be noted that due to the greater restrictions on breathing that such respirator masks cause, the FOPH and the manufacturers of such masks advise against their use for people with certain pre-existing conditions. The higher benefit of this mask depends on the mask being worn correctly, i.e. it must fit snugly on the face. Please refer to the instructions for use. Respirator masks with exhalation valves should not be used to prevent COVID-19 transmission.

Where can I buy masks at UZH?

You can buy masks at various ZFV cafeteria sites (as of January 2021)

At Irchel Campus there is also a vending machine with masks (in front of building Y23 / Facility Management Irchel Campus info counter).

On what grounds can someone be dispensed from the obligation to wear a mask?

Persons who can prove that they are unable to wear face masks for medical reasons are dispensed from the mask requirement. A medical certificate issued by a doctor or psychotherapist is required as proof of dispensation on medical grounds.

Children under the age of 12 are exempted from wearing a mask.

Will UZH pay for masks?

In general, students and external persons are responsible for their own personal supply of protective masks.

Students who are particularly at risk are exempt from this. They will receive 70 FFP2 masks per semester free of charge for participation in on-site events. To do so, they are required to send the following documents and their mailing address by e-mail to arbeitsmedizin@su.uzh.ch:

  • Doctor's certificate confirming that they belong to a particularly vulnerable group in accordance with Annex 7 of the Covid19 regulation
  • Copy/scan of the valid student identification card

After validation, 70 FFP2 masks will be delivered by mail.

The regulations for UZH staff can be found in the detailed provisions of the Directive on Adapted On-Site Operations (in German):
Detailbestimmungen zur Weisung angepasster Präsenzbetrieb: Beschaffung, Finanzierung und Verwendung von Masken

I am particularly at risk. Will I be provided with masks?

Yes. Students at particular risk will receive 70 FFP2 masks per semester free of charge for participation in on-site events. To do so, they are required to send the following documents and their mailing address by e-mail to arbeitsmedizin@su.uzh.ch:

  • Doctor's certificate confirming that they belong to a particularly vulnerable group in accordance with Annex 7 of the Covid19 regulation
  • Copy/scan of the valid student identification card

After validation, 70 FFP2 masks will be delivered by mail.

The regulations for UZH staff can be found in the detailed provisions of the Directive on Adapted On-Site Operations (in German):
Detailbestimmungen zur Weisung angepasster Präsenzbetrieb: Beschaffung, Finanzierung und Verwendung von Masken

What is the mask-wearing requirement based on?

The obligation to wear masks is specified in Art. 6 of the COVID-19 Ordinance Special Situation.
COVID-19 Ordinance Special Situation (in German)