Information and FAQ for Teaching Staff

Status: 30 November 2021

Given the rising case numbers, the Executive Board of the University today decided to expand the obligation to wear masks at UZH.

From 1 December 2021, masks will be compulsory in all indoor areas of UZH, regardless of whether an area is subject to mandatory Covid certificates. Mandatory masks do not apply to workplaces in non-public indoor areas and speakers for the duration of their talk if the relevant safety concepts (social distancing, hygiene, etc.) can be observed.

The aim of UZH is to enable students to complete the semester as normal. Expanding the obligation to wear masks helps us achieve this goal.

Masks Mandatory

A general obligation to wear a mask applies to all buildings, in all indoor areas at UZH as well as in the indoor areas operated by UZH.

The general obligation to wear masks aims to provide additional protection in addition to the previous Covid certificate requirement for all teaching and research activities of Bachelor's and Master's degree programs as well as PhD and continuing education events, in libraries as well as for all other events or premises of UZH that are subject to mandatory Covid certificates.

The mask requirement does not apply to speakers at events for the duration of their talk if a distance of at least 1.5m can be maintained.

General Ruling to Expand Mandatory Masks (in German) (PDF, 25 KB)

Covid Certificate Requirement in Events and Courses

From 20 September 2021, everyone attending on-site courses or other events at UZH must have a valid Covid certificate. The following documents are accepted:

  • Swiss Covid Certificate
  • Official certificates from EU/EFTA countries
  • UZH Covidpass

plus other certificates that are recognized under Swiss law.

People who do not have one of the above documents may have their foreign Covid certificate converted or request a Swiss Covid Certificate (see below), provided certain conditions are met. In the meantime they must get tested to obtain a pass. In this case they are entitled to use the free UZH testing service. 

Requesting a Swiss Covid Certificate

People who have been vaccinated abroad with Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, Janssen/Johnson&Johnson or AstraZeneca can apply for an official Swiss Covid Certificate, whatever their country of origin. If certain conditions are met, those vaccinated with Sinovac or Sinopharm can also apply for a certificate. Please request the Swiss Covid Certificate via your canton of residence.
Canton Zurich: Covid certificate for persons vaccinated abroad

Covid Pool Testing at UZH / UZH Covidpass

UZH is offering free Covid tests for students and employees who are required to have certificates, e.g. teaching staff, from Sunday, 10 October 2021 until the end of the February 2022 exam period. Testing facilities are located in front of the Dozierendenfoyer on Campus Irchel and the Foyer West of the Main Building on City Campus.

In the case of a negative test result, a UZH Covidpass is issued. NB. this is not a Covid Certificate valid throughout Switzerland; it is an electronic document 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 the UniversityHospital Zurich (USZ). It will be sent by e-mail and is valid for 72 hours after the test was done. Thus, for a normal week of university attendance, two tests would be required.
All Information on Testing at UZH
FAQ on Testing at UZH

New Directive: "Adapted On-Site Operations with Partial Certificate Requirement"

The Covid certificate requirement applies to students as well as to employees who are often or always present in on-site courses or continuing education classes for which Covid certificates are required. From 20 September 2021, the new directive on adapted on-site operations with partial certificate requirement replaces the previous directive of 24 August 2021.

UZH for Staff: Working Hours and Absences