Employees

Quarantine and Isolation

Updated 29 January 2021

People who have had close contact with a person who has tested positive or have just arrived from a country or region where there is an increased risk of infection must go into quarantine.

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.

They 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).



If, during the 14 days prior to returning to Switzerland, people stayed in a country or area where there is an increased risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection, they are required, upon your arrival in Switzerland, to go immediately and directly to their home or to other suitable accommodation. They must remain there at all times for the duration of the quarantine following arrival.

They 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, two options are possible :

  • The destination was added to the list of risk areas during their stay. 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).
  • The destination was already on the list of risk areas at the time of departure :

    no leave of absence are granted in this case. The hours will be deducted from their overtime or annual leave. If they don't have enough overtime or leave left, their salary will be reduced based on the number of days you are absent.

Inform your supervisors immediately.

If you are placed in quarantine during your holiday as a result of close contact with a positive person or on your return to Switzerland from a country or area with a high risk of infection which was not on this list at the time of departure: 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").

You are placed in quarantine on your return to Switzerland from a country or area with a high risk of infection which was already on this list at the time of departure: your holiday is not cancelled. 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
> Reduction of quarantine following a trip

If you work at UNIGE and enter the country on a daily basis (cross-border commuters) or if or if you are entering Switzerland for compelling business reasons without the possibility of postponement, you are exempt from quarantine. You comply with the conditions for exemption on compelling professional grounds laid down in Ordinance on Measures to Combat the Coronavirus in International Passenger Transport.

Cross-border commuters living in a curfew zone who are required to travel outside the authorised hours must carry a proof of business travel. The document can be downloaded from the dedicated page of the French government's Ministry of the Interior.

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 of their recovery.


By way of exception, people who have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 and for whom no medical certificate has been issued must forward the test result to their HR representative to justify their sick leave. In this case, a medical certificate will be required from the 10th calendar day of absence.


Employees are not obliged to telework during the period of isolation.