Information regarding the Pandemic

On-Site Teaching Suspended / General Obligation to Wear Masks

Status: 18 January 2021

Working from Home

From Monday, 18 January 2021, employees are working from home.

Exams, libraries, study spaces and courses are not substantially affected:

  • The ongoing exam session will go ahead as planned by the faculties (digitally as well as on-site). 
  • Library services will continue to be provided.
  • Study spaces will remain available to students.
  • Courses in the 2021 Spring Semester will be held using digital formats, as is currently the case. Classroom teaching remains suspended until further notice. As before, this does not apply to teaching activities that require on-site presence (e.g. teaching in labs or clinics) and one-on-one sessions (e.g. certain exam types).

The Following Rules Still Apply:

  • On-Site Teaching Suspended: On-site events at UZH are prohibited until further notice. Courses (including continuing education programs) will be held entirely in digital formats. Exceptions are courses that require attendance in person (e.g. practical classes in a lab or clinic) and selected individual lessons (e.g. for certain forms of examinations). Your faculty will inform you of exceptions in good time.
  • General Obligation to Wear Masks: Masks are now obligatory in all indoor and outdoor areas of UZH.
  • Services (e.g. libraries, advisory services, cafeterias) will continue to be provided as far as possible.
  • Study spaces in libraries, public areas and selected lecture halls continue to be available for you to use. At the moment you must make a reservation via the booking system for study spaces in the libraries. Please note the opening hours.

Further information for UZH Students

Entering Switzerland

Status: 19 February 2021

New rules applying to everyone entering Switzerland from February 19, 2021. 
  • Entry form: Until now, only the contact details of people arriving in Switzerland from a high-risk country or region have been recorded. From now on, all persons arriving from abroad by air, boat, bus or train must complete an online form before arrival. 

Link to entry form

  • Negative test result: If you enter Switzerland by air, you must be able to show proof of your negative test already upon boarding. Without a negative test result you are not allowed to board the aircraft. You must also provide a negative test result if you have stayed in a so-called high-risk country within ten days of entering Switzerland. In this case you must always be able to show proof of a negative test result, regardless if you enter Switzerland by bus, rail, car, etc.

Link to high-risk countries (please check this list regularly)

  • Quarantine for individuals entering from high-risk areas: The mandatory quarantine requirement is governed by the list valid at the moment of entry into Switzerland. Were you in one of the countries or areas on the list at any point in the last 10 days before entry into Switzerland? If so, you are legally required to go into quarantine and report your arrival in Switzerland to the cantonal authorities. Please find out more about the measures from the canton of Zurich here.


Entry to Switzerland

Visa applications for education and training purposes are being processed. Please refer to the information from the State Secretariat for Migration SEM: 

Information from the Migration Office Zurich (German only)

FAQ entry restrictions from the State Secretariat for Migration SEM

FOPH Federal government measures


Measures and ordinances in Zurich

The wearing of masks is compulsory in all public indoor areas. This rule applies to all of Switzerland and also includes the following:

  • Outdoor areas of institutions and businesses (e.g. shops, event locations, restaurants, bars and markets)
  • In busy pedestrian areas and any place in which the necessary public social-distancing measures cannot be observed

What to do when you experience symptoms?

The following measures apply:

  • Stay at home if you experience symptoms. If you are feeling sick, it is recommended that you stay at home. This will prevent the disease from spreading to others.
  • Always call ahead before going to the doctor's or the emergency department. Call the canton’s medical hotline (phone 0800 33 66 55) to discuss the next steps.

Fact Sheet: Procedure for COVID-19 Infections