Updated 25 June 2021

Pilot Phase

As part of the national testing strategy, and in close coordination with the cantonal authorities, the UNIGE has been offering free testing at COVID-19 since 1 June. The pilot phase, initially planned until 30 June, has been extended during the summer to evaluate new formulas that best meet the expectations of the community in terms of flexibility, comfort and simplicity: switch to self-testing, new testing sites.

Why get tested?

  • 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.

Testing method

The tests are voluntary, free and available to all members of the academic community upon presentation of the multiservice card. The tests are aimed at detecting asymptomatic people who are carriers of the virus.

As a reminder, people with symptoms must not enter university buildings under any circumstances. They must isolate themselves and get tested immediately.

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. During this time, employees can work in the university premises and students can go to the library or studying areas, in strict compliance with protective measures.

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.

Communication of results

Only those who test positive for COVID-19 will be informed on the day of the test, and given instructions on how to proceed.

No certificate will be issued, as testing at the UNIGE does not provide a certificate for personal travel.

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


Places and schedule

 Monday to Thursday, 10am and 4pm.

Uni Mail: Central hall, opposite the Petit Œdipe cafeteria, next to the tram entrance.

Sciences: Sciences 2 entrance hall, on the E. Ansermet quay side.

CMU: Building C, 1st floor, Lombard side.