Updated  1st April 2021

Cross-border commuters

Cross-border commuters subject to curfew or travel restrictions must carry a certificate of derogatory trip. The document can be downloaded from the dedicated page of the French government's Ministry of the Interior.

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 8 February 2021, the following persons must present a negative PCR test carried out no more than 72 hours before their arrival:
a. persons who have stayed in a state or zone with a high risk of infection at any time during the 10 days prior to their entry into Switzerland;
b. persons entering Switzerland by air.

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Quarantine for persons arriving in Switzerland

From 6 July 2020, anyone entering Switzerland from countries or zones with a high risk of infection must be quarantined.

There are two possible scenarios on arrival:
1.    If you come from a country which is not included in the list of countries at risk, in this case, apply the health rules in force ;
2.    You come from a country included on the list drawn up by the Confederation and you must carry out a quarantine. The list of countries and the details concerning quarantine can be found on the Confederation's website; this list is evolving, so please consult it regularly. The important points to take into account are the following:

  • The journey from your place of arrival to your place of quarantine can be made by public transport, wearing a protective mask ;
  • You must wear a mask at all times, even at your place of residence, unless you live alone;
  • You have two days to notify the cantonal doctor of your arrival;
  • 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
Employees subject to quarantine can refer to the indications in the "Human Resources" tab - section "Quarantine", which lists the different situations regarding the possibilities of teleworking during quarantine and the HR treatments relating to each situation.

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.

Exceptions to test and quarantine

Staff members travelling are exempt from quarantine on their return if they can prove that the event they attended (congress, conference) and their stay complied with a specific protection plan. Apart from participation in an event, they are also exempt from quarantine if the stay is justified by compelling professional grounds without the possibility of postponement and a protection plan was applied during their stay.

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 gone to countries or zones with a high risk of infection according to the FOPH's list are invited to consult the "Quarantine" page.

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.