Covid Certificate

Updated 25 November 2021

> FAQ on the start of the 2021 semester and Covid certifcate

> Covid certificate control procedure

> Obtaining a Covid certificate in Geneva

The Covid certificate or UNIGE negative test certificate is mandatory for :
- Classrooms and auditoriums during teaching (students and teaching staff)
- Library (lending service and reading rooms)
- Indoor cafeterias
- Cultural activities in UNIGE facilities (courses, workshops)

The Covid Certificate is mandatory for :
- Public events, including events organised by Cultural Activities (film club, shows, concerts)
- Exhibition halls
- Sports activities
- For thesis defences and graduations, members of the university community can provide proof of a negative test certificate from the UNIGE.

The COVID certificate is not required for :
- Access to UNIGE buildings and common areas (corridors, passageways, work and relaxation areas)
- Offices, open spaces and laboratories for employees


Checks on COVID certificates

How are the checks carried out: by means of the COVID check application for holders of a QR code or visually for holders of a UNIGE negative test certificate. Identity is checked via the multi-service card or, alternatively, another form of identification.

Who is entitled to check: Security guards, designated employees and students hired by the UNIGE, e.g. for public events. Training and coordination is provided by STEPS.

Where are the controls carried out? Checks are carried out daily, at random, at the entrance to auditoriums, classrooms, the Library and cafeterias. There are no checks at the entrances to buildings that are open to the public, where masks must be worn.

What is a COVID certificate?

The COVID certificate is a means of documenting a vaccination, a cured infection, a negative test or a positive antibody test. It is issued on request, in paper form or in PDF format available on mobile phones. > Read more

what is a UNIGE test certificate ?

As of 1 October 2021, the UNIGE test certificate  is the result of a testing carried out in the free testing centres of the UNIGE. They will give access to classrooms, library and cafeterias. 

Why is the COVID Certificate compulsory for unige students ?

On Wednesday 8 September, the Federal Government announced a new set of measures to combat the Covid-19 pandemic, which includes an extension of the use of the Covid certificate.  A few days before the start of the academic year, universities have been forced to restrict the number of students on campus, either by introducing the Covid certificate for teaching activities, or by limiting the number of students to two-thirds of the capacity of the rooms and auditoriums.
In order to preserve face-to-face teaching and to guarantee access to as many students as possible, the UNIGE adopts the compulsory COVID certificate, while ensuring audio or video recording or streaming of all teaching activities for those who would be unable to attend.

Why is the covid certficate compulsory for teaching staff?

As of Monday 27 September, any person taking part in a teaching activity, whether a member of staff or mandated by the UNIGE, must therefore have a Covid certificate or a UNIGE negative test certificate to enter the classroom, as it is the case for students. Teaching staff means any person who is in a room or auditorium while teaching is taking place.

This decision follows a State Council decree specifying that the teaching staff of Geneva's universities would also be subject to the Covid certificate. This measure is in line with the institution's wishes. The personnel committee has been consulted beforehand and has also recommended that teachers be subject to the same requirements as students, provided that the tests remain free of charge.