Employees

Quarantine and Isolation

Updated 3 December 2021

People who have had close contact with a person who has tested positive must go into quarantine, with certain exceptions for those who have been vaccinated or cured.

The UNIGE carries out targeted and repeated testing. You may be exempted from contact quarantine during your work and on your way to work. Please note: the quarantine obligation applies to all areas of private life. Your competent cantonal office will provide you with information on exemption from quarantine as a result of repeated testing.

People who have tested positive or have an acute illness which may be caused by new coronavirus must go into isolation.

The same rules apply to cross-border commuters and to staff residing on Swiss territory.

People who have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 must observe a quarantine at home, with certain exceptions for those who have been vaccinated or cured.

The UNIGE carries out targeted and repeated testing. You may be exempted from contact quarantine during your work and on your way to work. Please note: the quarantine obligation applies to all areas of private life. Your competent cantonal office will provide you with information on exemption from quarantine as a result of repeated testing.

People in quarantine must immediately inform their supervisors and continue their activity working from home.


If working from home is impossible and their supervisors cannot temporarily assign them other tasks, they will be given a special leave "sanitary confinement in connection with a quarantine". This leave is 10 calendar days (without pro rata) with continued salary. Staff members concerned by this situation can select this type of leave in GDA (select "confinement sanitaire en lien avec une quarantaine).


 

For the conditions of return to Switzerland, please refer to the requirements of the Swiss Confederation.

Inform your supervisors immediately.

If you are placed in quarantine during your holiday: your holiday is cancelled from the day of quarantine and you are entitled to the special "quarantine-related health containment" leave which you can select in GDA (select "confinement sanitaire en lien avec une quarantaine").

If the duration of the quarantine exceeds the duration of the planned holiday, the remaining time is taken from overtime or the balance of the holiday. If they are insufficient, a reduction in salary will be made according to the number of days of absence.

Quarantining a relative (e.g. a child) during holidays does not suspend the taking of holidays.

 

The duration of the quarantine is ten days.
From 8 February onwards, people may leave the quarantine earlier than the 10 days stipulated with the approval of the competent cantonal authority by carrying out a PCR test or a rapid antigenic test from the 7th day of quarantine with negative results.
> Reduction of quarantine for contact cases

If symptoms appear during the quarantine, the person concerned must be tested immediately and follow the prescriptions of the health authorities.

If the result of the medical test is positive for Covid-19, the person will be placed in isolation. The person is entitled to standard sick leave (see "isolation" below).

People testing positive or suffering from an acute illness that may be caused by the new coronavirus should be placed in isolation.
As in the case of a classic disease, they immediately inform their superiors and also inform them the date of their ability to return to work.

A medical certificate must be sent to the Human Resources Division.
Employees are not obliged to telework during the period of isolation.