UZH employees who travel abroad on behalf UZH, for example for congresses, conferences or field research, including secondments, are automatically covered by the university’s travel insurance. Insurance coverage applies to employees, teaching staff and PhD candidates traveling abroad on behalf of UZH, as well as to students who travel abroad as part of their curriculum. Students are not insured during postgraduate study programs (i.e. MAS, DAS, CAS), semesters abroad, summer school and mobility programs for example.
The travel insurance provided by Chubb applies in case of accident or illness abroad and covers medical costs in case of emergencies abroad as well as the costs for repatriation. It also provides insurance cover in case of travel cancelation, loss of luggage or damage to property and personal injury, for example (personal liability insurance).
Overview of Chubb travel insurance coverage (PDF) (PDF, 93 KB) (Login required)
The company International SOS provides travel assistance services including risk assessment and preparation for travel abroad, country-specific travel information and support in case of emergencies and claims.
Authorization is required for travel on behalf of UZH to areas with an increased risk according to the International SOS assessment. Authorization is also recommended for travel to remote areas. Please read the information on the website:
UZH: Travel requiring authorization
No authorization is required for travel on behalf of UZH to any EU/EFTA countries. Likewise, no authorization is required for travel to countries and areas with an insignificant, low or medium risk according to the International SOS assessment.
In order to ensure insurance coverage for countries with high medical costs – e.g. USA, Canada, Japan, Australia – specific travel preparations (see travel preparation 3,4) are required. For optimal support in the event of illness or medical emergency, you must inform International SOS via the Assistance App or by telephone. They can then issue a payment guarantee, for example.
UZH: Travel preparations for business trips
Countries under sanctions
If you are traveling on behalf of UZH to a sanctioned country (e.g. Iran, Syria, North Korea, North Sudan, Cuba, Crimea, Russia), a sanction check must be carried out via International SOS at least one week before departure. See the following website for details: UZH: Travel preparations for business trips