Updated 13 October 2021

As part of the national testing strategy, and in close coordination with the cantonal authorities, the UNIGE is offering free  COVID-19 testing to obtain a UNIGE test certificate valid for 72 hours. This UNIGE test certificate allowing to attend classes, to go to the Library and to the cafeterias, as well as cultural activities organised in UNIGE premises (courses, workshops). Members of the UNIGE community and people connected to the institution for study or work reasons are invited to take the test once or twice a week.

Note: for UNIGE events, only Covid Certificates are accepted.

The tests are voluntary, free and available to all members of the University community and visitors (students and staff connected to the institution for study or work reasons) to our premises. Access to the testing is possible upon presentation of the multiservices card or proof of a direct link with the institution.

During the results period (during the day), employees can work in the university premises and students can go to a non-covid space within the buildings, in strict compliance with the protection measures.

The aim is to detect as many asymptomatic cases as possible. As a reminder, people with symptoms must not enter university buildings under any circumstances. They must isolate themselves and get tested immediately


Uni Mail

Central hall, opposite the Petit Œdipe cafeteria, next to the tram entrance.
> Monday to Friday, from 10am to 4pm (last registration: 15:45).


Sciences 2 entrance hall, on the E. Ansermet quay side.
> Monday to Friday, from 10am to 4pm (last registration: 15:45).


Building C, 1st floor, Lombard side.
> Monday to Friday, from 10am to 4pm (last registration: 15:45).

Campus Biotech

Building B3-01 at the entrance of the corridor to building H8 from the Forum
> Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 11am to 12pm

> Accessible only to persons with access to the Biotech Campus, with an FCBG badge.

Only those who test positive for COVID-19 will be informed on the day of the test, and given instructions on how to proceed. The waiting time for results is about 12 to 15 hours.

The costs of this campaign are fully borne by the Confederation.


The tests and sampling methods chosen by the UNIGE in partnership with the Service du Médecin Cantonal, supervised by trained personnel, are salivary tests of the RT-PCR type, the results of which are available within the same day.

The tests are carried out in self-sampling, out of sight. Samples will be pooled in groups of 6 to 10 to allow for quick and cost-effective analysis. In the event of a positive result, the individual samples in the pool will be analysed separately.


  • A contact quarantine can be lifted in case of a negative result. Employees can be exempted from quarantine while working and on their way to work at the UNIGE. Students may also be exempted from contact quarantine during their studies at the UNIGE (class hours, library, etc.) and on their way to the UNIGE. Please note: the quarantine obligation applies to all areas of private life.
  • These free, painless saliva tests make it possible to quickly detect any positive cases in asymptomatic people, in order to ensure visibility of the real situation, both at individual and collective level.