FAQ Covid-Tests

Testing at UZH

Who can get tested for free?

Covid tests are free for students at all levels (Bachelor’s, Master’s, PhD and continuing education) as well as for employees subject to mandatory Covid certificates, e.g. teaching staff.

Can I also get a rapid antigen test at the UZH test centers?

Yes, rapid antigen testing will still be available. However, from 11 October 2021 these tests are no longer free.

Why is UZH carrying out pooled tests rather than rapid antigen tests?

Unlike some other testing methods, pooled tests are inexpensive and reliable.

Why can’t UZH issue an official Covid certificate with its free pooling tests?

UZH is cooperating with Together We Test, which is run by the Canton of Zurich. Together We Test doesn’t issue official Covid certificates.

If my pooled test comes back positive, do I have to get tested again?

Yes, you will receive an e-mail asking you to get a PCR test as soon as possible. Appointments at UZH test centers on City Campus and Irchel Campus are available from Sunday to Friday, as are walk-in appointments. In addition, you can also get tested at other test centers. The results of the individual tests are generally sent by e-mail within 24 hours.

My pooled test at UZH was positive. Can I get the required PCR test wherever I like? Do I have to pay for it myself?

Follow-up tests are paid for by the federal government and are free for you. You can get a PCR test at any official testing site.

I study at a different university and attend lectures at UZH. Can I get tested at UZH?

No, you have to get tested at the Swiss university where you are enrolled.

UZH-Covidpass

Where is the UZH Covid Pass valid?

The UZH Covid Pass is only valid for events subject to mandatory Covid certificate, libraries and museums at UZH. It is not valid for cafeterias and cafés or facilities of the Academic Sports Association Zurich (ASVZ).

Further, the test passes from UZH, ETH and PHZH are recognized by all three institutions, i.e. the UZH Covid Pass is also valid for courses at ETH and PHZH. UZH students wishing to participate in courses at ZHdK and ZHAW (Toni-Areal campus) can take a free Covid test on-site (allow 30 minutes). The free testing is not valid for other events (concerts, cinema, etc.). The UZH Covid Pass is also valid for courses at the UniversityHospital Zurich USZ.

Is my UZH Covid Pass valid at other higher education institutions and are test passes from other institutions recognized at UZH?

The test passes from UZH, ETH and PHZH are recognized by all three institutions, i.e. the UZH Covid Pass is also valid for courses at ETH and PHZH. UZH students wishing to participate in courses at ZHdK and ZHAW (Toni-Areal campus) can take a free Covid test on-site (allow 30 minutes). The free testing is not valid for other events (concerts, cinema, etc.). The UZH Covid Pass is also valid for courses at the UniversityHospital Zurich USZ.

Is the UZH Covid Pass valid for courses at the University Hospital Zurich USZ?

Yes, the Covid Pass is valid for courses at the University Hospital Zurich USZ.

Who will issue my UZH Covid Pass?

You will receive the UZH Covid Pass from the Morgental pharmacy by e-mail.

I’ve lost my UZH Covid Pass. What can I do?

In this case, you have to get tested again.