Information regarding the Pandemic

On-Site Teaching Suspended / General Obligation to Wear Masks

Status: 29 October 2020

The Federal Council has announced new measures to contain and curb the second wave of the pandemic. As a result of these measures, UZH must further reduce its on-site presence. The following points now apply:

  • On-Site Teaching Suspended: As of Monday, 2 November, on-site events at UZH are prohibited until further notice. Courses (including continuing education programs) will be held entirely in digital formats. Exceptions are courses that require attendance in person (e.g. practical classes in a lab or clinic) and selected individual lessons (e.g. for certain forms of examinations). The faculties (or respective office of the vice president or directorate for some continuing education programs) are responsible for regulating such exceptions.
  • General Obligation to Wear Masks: Starting immediately, masks are obligatory in all indoor and outdoor areas of UZH except for in offices that are only occupied by one person and in which the minimum distance of 1.5 meters can be maintained.

Further information for UZH Students

Entering Switzerland

Status: 29.10.2020

Mandatory quarantine for persons arriving in Switzerland

Depending on where you are traveling from, you will need to undergo quarantine after your arrival in Switzerland. The list of countries affected is continually updated and you can find the newest information here.

Please find out more about the measures from the canton of Zurich here.


Entry to Switzerland

Some measures regarding entry restrictions have been eased and visa applications for education and training purposes are being processed again. Please refer to the information from the State Secretariat for Migration SEM: 

Information from the Migration Office Zurich (German only)

FAQ entry restrictions from the State Secretariat for Migration SEM

FOPH Federal government measures


Measures and ordinances in Zurich

Masks have been compulsory on all public transport since 6 July 2020. Also, as of August 27, wearing a mask is compulsory in all public indoor areas in Canton Zurich. Extended regulations on the wearing of masks came into force on 29 October and include the following:

  • Outdoor areas of institutions and businesses (e.g. shops, event locations, restaurants, bars and markets)
  • In busy pedestrian areas and any place in which the necessary public social-distancing measures cannot be observed

What to do when you experience symptoms?

The following measures apply:

  • Stay at home if you experience symptoms. If you are feeling sick, it is recommended that you stay at home. This will prevent the disease from spreading to others.
  • Always call ahead before going to the doctor's or the emergency department. Call the canton’s medical hotline (phone 0800 33 66 55) to discuss the next steps.