COVID-19: Keeping our campuses safe

Keeping our campuses safe

COVID-19: Latest news

Swiss Education Group schools have been proactive in implementing the health and safety measures required by the Swiss Health Department to ensure the safety and well-being of our staff and students.

Following the most recent Federal Council meeting

From September 13, a COVID certificate will be required in order to access indoor areas and restaurants, cultural and leisure facilities, and events held indoors. This requirement will be in place for a limited period, until January 24, 2022.

The COVID certificate is available to anyone who is either vaccinated, recovered from COVID or who has tested negative. The certificate can be presented using the app or on paper.

Detailed information on the measures following the council meeting can be found here.

Measures taken on campus

COVID-19: What you
should know

  • Health and Safety
  • Program arrangements
  • Administration and finances
What is Swiss Education Group's response to the latest Federal safety measures (September 13, 2021) to combat COVID-19?

•    We are in regular contact with the Swiss Health Authorities to ensure we are continuously implementing the latest health and safety initiatives.  
•    We have communicated the latest measures to our students and staff across all campuses, advising on best practice protocols and regularly sharing most up-to-date information.
•    A SWISS Covid Certificate is mandatory to enter any campus facility. It can be obtained having received full vaccination (with sufficient proof), or recovered from Covid-19, with adequate proof and through testing, either via PCR (valid for 72 hours) or Rapid Antigen (valid for 48 hours).

What type of Health & Safety procedures should I follow as I travel to campus? 

Help us help you - with the three W's - Wash hands, Watch your distance, Wear a mask.

  • Wear a mask to keep your nose and mouth covered when in public settings, including on public transportation and in transportation hubs such as airports and stations. It is mandatory to wear a face mask when using or waiting for public transportation in Switzerland (airports, train, bus, boat, cable-cars, etc.). You must also wear a mask outside entrances to restaurants, shops, in busy pedestrian zones, and whenever it is not possible to keep the recommended distances (1.5 m). More detailed information can be found here.
  • Avoid close contact by staying at least 1.5 meters from anyone who is not from your household.
  • Wash your hands often and use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol).
  • Avoid contact with anyone who is sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
What do I need to know about entering Switzerland? 
  • Anyone entering Switzerland must fill in the entry form before traveling.
  • Students entering Switzerland must provide proof of vaccination (no older than 12 months/365 days) or proof of recovery (within the last 6 months/180 days).
  • Students entering Switzerland by bus, train or ship must fill in entry form.
  • Travelcheck – Can be done prior to arrival to see entry requirements (see here)
  • If you are not vaccinated or have recovered from Covid-19 (with proof), you must:
    • On entry provide your negative test result (either PCR test, no older than 72 hours, or Rapid Antigen test, no older than 48 hours). 
    • 4-7 days after arrival you will need to do another test (either PCR test, no older than 72 hours, or Rapid Antigen test, no older than 48 hours). The school will provide you with information of where to schedule an appointment. Please note these tests are at the student‘s own expense.  
  • If the Swiss authorities ask upon arrival, please provide your school address as the location where you will stay:
If I am not vaccinated and either the entry test or second test a few days later comes back positive, what would I do?
  • As per directive of federal authorities, any person who is positive must undergo quarantine for 10 days. During the 10 days, you will be quarantined in your room and the school will provide you with meals, support and care.
What should I expect when I arrive on campus? 
  • Upon arrival on campus, students will have their temperature checked, complete a health survey, receive health and safety information and a face mask.
  • Anyone presenting flu symptoms, a fever, breathing difficulties, or respiratory problems will immediately quarantine on campus, and all necessary support will be provided.
  • Quarantine on campus is mandatory for students arriving from the list of countries with variant of concern updated and valid from June 26, 2021:
    • Persons coming from countries with variant of concern that have been fully vaccinated with an approved vaccine or persons that have fully recovered from Covid-19 within the last 6 months (must show approved valid certificate) may be exempted from the quarantine, but you must still provide a negative entry test result at the border (PCR test no older than 72 hours or rapid antigen test no older than 48 hours).
  • Students will receive information in a dedicated induction session during arrival weekend, including Student Counselor opening hours, contacts for medical advice, etc. Students will also complete any outstanding forms, such as emergency contacts, medical history forms, etc.   
  • In the interest of our staff’s safety, students and pre-approved visitors’ face masks must be worn in all indoor public areas on campus (including in classrooms).
What type of Health & Safety measures can I expect on campus? 
  • Face masks are mandatory in all indoor public areas (including on campus and in classrooms). Masks must be worn while in the campus restaurants and only removed once seated at the table.
  • Hand sanitizers and face masks are available to everyone on all campuses and in all administrative offices.
  • Temperature checks are carried out daily during the first two weeks of a new term for all staff, students, and pre-approved visitors. Checks take place at the campus reception area, where a face mask is also provided. 
  • We encourage everyone to maintain strict social distancing (in Switzerland, the minimum distance is 1.5 meters). The use of approved disinfecting products is encouraged.
  • Download the SwissCovid tracing app (on Google Play Store or Apple Apps Store)
  • All external visitors are required to seek formal approval before considering visiting a campus.
  • Additional cleaning and disinfection of campuses, particularly public areas. 
  • Every student, staff member, and pre-approved visitor must fill out a health questionnaire before entering our campus premises. Staff or visitors showing symptoms of flu, fever (38°C+), breathing difficulties, or respiratory problems will not be allowed on campus.
  • Class group timetables are arranged to have a steady flow of students at meals and optimize restaurant space.
  • Priority medical appointments are available for any student who require medical assistance – please contact the front desk or the Residence Management Team.
  • Any activity outside regular classes and meals is monitored and all social distancing measures are followed. We continually follow the latest governmental mandates for any updates.
When do I need to self-quarantine? 
  • In case of flu-like symptoms or upon arrival from High-Risk country:
    • Students who are worried that they may have flu-like symptoms should phone the student counselor and, if not available, the Resident Management Team that is available 24/7.
  • Quarantine, when required, takes place on campus. The academic and operations teams will provide you with all the necessary support during this time. 
  • Any student who is in self-quarantine on campus will be required to stay in the provided accommodation. They will not be permitted to interact with any other person. A staff member will check up on students in self-quarantine each day to follow up on the daily preventative measures and provide meal service.
Is it possible to be vaccinated in Switzerland? How do I go about it?
  • Yes, students can be vaccinated during their stay in Switzerland without charge if all criteria are met.
  • During the induction session with the student counselor you will receive the relevant information and will be supported on how/where to subscribe.
Until I receive my vaccination in Switzerland, what is done?
  • Any student not vaccinated or recovered from Covid-19, will need to provide proof of their entry test result upon arrival and, until 10th of October, present weekly rapid antigen test results to the front office.
    • Please note measures will vary from canton to canton and your school will inform you in a seperate session during arrival weekend
    • This is also updated on regular basis and you will be informed accordingly by your campus.
I was vaccinated before in my own country, can I get a Swiss COVID Certificate?
  • Yes, you can get a COVID Certificate. The vaccination you received must meet the following requirements:
    • Vaccinated with one of the following
      Comirnaty / BNT162b2 / Tozinameran (Pfizer/BioNTech)
      Spikevax / mRNA-1273 / COVID-19 vaccine (Moderna)
      Vaxzevria / AZD1222 / Covishield‚ (AstraZeneca)
      COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)
      SARS-CoV-2 vaccine (Vero Cell) (Sinopharm/BIBP)
      CoronaVac (Sinovac)
    • You must submit the application via the offical links and you might need to show up in-person so that they personal details can be verified.
    • The proof must be in Latin script (either German, French, Italian or English)
    • The vaccine must be authorised in Switzerland
    • The vaccination must be complete; in other words it must include the number doses as per FOPH Recommendations
Is there a testing plan carried out on campus?
  • Any student not vaccinated or recovered from Covid-19, will need to comply with the entry testing requirements upon arrival and, until 10th of October, present weekly Rapid Antigen test results to the front office.
    • Please note measures will vary from canton to canton and your school will inform you in a seperate session during the arrival weekend
    • This is also updated on regular basis and you will be informed accordingly by your campus.
Is Covid-19 PCR or Rapid Antigen testing available while on campus?
  • Yes, it is possible to get tested in case of concern or if any symptoms are being displayed (there may be a cost incurred). For further details, please refer to the student counselor. 
  • PCR and Rapid Antigen testing is carried out by a doctor, medical or testing center, with results available within 48 hours.  
  • In case of symptoms, students awaiting PCR or Rapid Antigen test results must self-isolate.
What if I have more questions? Where should I go for answers?