Updated  6 july 2020

Professional and academic travel

Professional travel to countries or zones with a high risk of infection, as defined by Ordinance COVID-19, is prohibited. The deans of faculties, the directors of inter-faculty centres and institutes and the Rectorate may grant an exemption if compelling reasons justify the move.

For any other destination, UNIGE encourages its employees to refrain from unnecessary travel abroad in accordance with the recommendations of the FOPH

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we strongly recommend staff members seek information from the destination country's embassy or consulate before traveling abroad. In all cases, staff members must be sure to comply with the hygiene and behavior rules issued by the federal and cantonal public-health authorities. They should also make sure they are aware of UNIGE's policy on high-risk regions.

Work travel is subject to UNIGE's air-travel policy, which seeks to halve the University's greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.


From 6 July 2020, anyone entering Switzerland from countries or zones with a high risk of infection must be quarantined for ten days. In case of symptoms of the disease during the quarantine, it is important to inform the competent cantonal authorities immediately. They will decide how to proceed, e.g. whether to carry out a test.

> Consult the list of regions at risk

As a general rule, anyone returning from a stay abroad is subject to the regulations of the FOPH and the conditions of entry into the country.

Personal travel

The UNIGE encourages everyone to follow the recommendations of the FOPH and to refrain from unnecessary travel abroad. Employees who must observe a quarantine after having deliberately gone to a risk area and who are unable to telework must take unpaid leave covering the time not worked from their working hours or holidays or, failing that, take unpaid leave covering the time not worked.

Before traveling abroad, you are strongly advised to contact the embassies or consulates of your country of destination. In all situations, it is essential that you respect to the letter the rules of hygiene and behavior established by the federal and cantonal health authorities. Members of the UNIGE community must also be aware of the UNIGE policy regarding risk areas.