Covid Testing

Free Pooled Covid Tests at UZH

From 10 October until the end of the exam period in February 2022, students at all levels (Bachelor’s, Master’s, PhD and continuing education) as well as staff including teaching personnel subject to mandatory Covid certificates can get tested for free at the official UZH test centers with pooled PCR tests if they can provide a valid UZH Card. If your test comes back negative, you will receive a UZH Covid Pass by e-mail.

The UZH Covid Pass is not a Covid Certificate valid throughout Switzerland; it is an electronic certificate valid only for events subject to mandatory Covid certificates, libraries and museums at UZH. It is also valid for courses at other Zurich higher education institutions and at the UniversityHospital Zurich USZ. It  valid for 72 hours after the test was done. Thus, for a normal week of university attendance, two tests would be required.

Note: The UZH Covid Pass is not valid for cafeterias and cafés or the Academic Sports Association Zurich (ASVZ) facilities.
FAQ on the pooled Covid tests and the UZH Covid Pass

Testing Sites

UZH City Campus, main building, Foyer West
Get appointment through OneDoc: Pooling 1
Get appointment through OneDoc: Pooling 2
(On Sundays, use the entrance from Künstlergasse)

UZH Irchel Campus, test center in front of the Dozierendenfoyer
Get appointment through OneDoc: Pooling 1
Get appointment through OneDoc: Pooling 2
(On Sundays, use the main entrance)

​​​​Opening hours from Monday to Thursday during the day and on Sunday afternoon. 
Opening hours may vary. Please check the current opening hours on the relevant booking platform.

Walk-in appointments are available; however, people with prearranged appointments are given priority. Entering your personal data online in advance speeds up the testing process at the University.

Turnaround Time for UZH Covid Passes

Test day Sent by
Mon-Thu
Test before 10:00am
Results sent by 5:00pm on the same day
Mon-Thu
Test between 10:00am
and 4.30pm
Results sent by 6:00am on the following day

Sun

Results sent by 6:00am on Monday

The times provided cannot be guaranteed and represent standard times for processing test results. Delays may occur in exceptional cases.

Testing Method

Tests at UZH are pooled, i.e. 10 saliva samples are mixed together in a pooled sample, which is then tested for Covid. 

  • If the pooled sample is negative, all 10 tested people receive a UZH Covid Pass.
  • If the pooled sample is positive, all 10 tested people will be asked to get an individual test immediately and self-isolate until their individual test comes back negative.

Test results are available within five to eight hours. 

Rapid Antigen Tests and regular PCR-Tests

Other tests are still available at UZH; however, these tests are no longer free from October 11 2021.

UZH City Campus, main building, Foyer West
Get an appointment through OneDoc
(On Sundays, use the entrance from Künstlergasse)

UZH Irchel Campus, test center in front of the Dozierendenfoyer
Get an appointment through OneDoc