Franklin University Switzerland continues to implement a comprehensive and evolving response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This page will be updated as new information becomes available, so check here for the latest health and policy measures, and to learn about the resources available to students. For ease of access, we have created an easy-to-remember address: www.fus.edu/coronavirus.
Additional details for students are available on Moodle.
Additional information for applicants:
Admissions COVID-19 FAQ
Comprehensive plan for prevention and protection on campus:
COVID-19 Pandemic Protection Plan
General COVID-19 Vaccination information:
COVID Vaccination FAQ
Last modified: May 2, 2022.
Swiss COVID Certificate
If an individual was vaccinated outside of Switzerland, it is possible to obtain a Swiss COVID Certificate with a QR code if the vaccination meets the following conditions:
- You were vaccinated abroad.
- You are fully vaccinated.
- You received a vaccine that is approved by the European Medicines Agency
- Comirnaty® / BNT162b2 / Tozinameran (Pfizer/BioNTech)
- Spikevax® / mRNA-1273 / COVID-19 vaccine (Moderna)
- Vaxzevria® / AZD1222 / Covishield™ (AstraZeneca)
- COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)
- Sinopharm BIBP, Sinovac (Swiss citizens and residents of Switzerland only)
The supporting document (for example the WHO Yellow Card or other certificate) must be in a customary format. It must also be in German, English, French, Italian or Spanish, or be submitted with an officially certified translation in one of these languages. It must include the following details:
- Last name, first name and date of birth;
- Location or country where the vaccination was administered;
- Date of vaccinations;
- Vaccine used.
You can apply for the COVID certificate using the following online form. The canton where you are resident or staying will issue the certificate. If you are a Swiss citizen or have another official residence permit (i.e. a student residence permit) or permanent domicile in Switzerland, the procedure is free of charge. If you do not meet any of these requirements (for example if you are a tourist), the procedure costs CHF 30.
An application usually takes five business days to process, but this can take slightly longer in individual cases. The Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) therefore recommends that you apply for a certificate two weeks before your trip to Switzerland. You should also check your e-mail inbox at regular intervals. The relevant agencies may ask you to provide further information and documentation if they have doubts about the authenticity of the submitted documents or have any queries. They can also reject applications if the doubts cannot be resolved. In such cases, you will not be entitled to any refund of your fee.
For your application, you require at least the following information:
- Information on your nationality or on your residency status in Switzerland (e.g. copy of passport/residence permit)
- Confirmation of vaccination (e.g. vaccination certificate with details of the holder, administered vaccines, the institution that performed the vaccination, date of last vaccination, number of doses received, existing certificate if applicable)
- Reason for your stay in Switzerland, how long you are staying and where
- Proof of arrival in Switzerland (e.g. plane ticket, train ticket, or accommodation booking)
- The necessary documents must be submitted in German, French, Italian or English.
If you need help with your application for a COVID-19 certificate, you can call the following infoline:
+41 58 469 79 63
Please note the hours of operation:
7am to 8pm (CET), Monday to Sunday
Franklin University Switzerland strongly encourages the entire Franklin community to complete their COVID vaccinations. Vaccinations are covered by Swiss health insurance. In Ticino, you will be able to sign up for Pfizer/Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna. Vaccination appointments are scheduled through a portal and you will receive a text message with your confirmed appointment date and location.
Below are a few Apps to help students manage their COVID-related documents (vaccination and tests), support contact tracing, stay updated about conditions for European travel, and register at restaurants or other establishments. Students are encouraged to download these Apps to facilitate their new life in Switzerland and in Europe.
Swiss COVID App
Please download the Swisscovid app (for Android or iPhone), which is explained in this short video. This is now mandatory for all staff, teachers, and students to trace contact within our campus. Your participation will help keep our entire community safe.
Swiss COVID Certificate App
Switzerland launched the COVID Certificate App (COVIDcert App) to document when an individual has been vaccinated for COVID-19, recovered from COVID-19, or has a negative Swiss COVID test result. Students are encouraged to download the Swiss COVIDCert App from iTunes or Google Play.
The Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) mandates that individuals present a COVID Certificate in order to enter large events, discos, and nightclubs. In addition, certain events with no seating requirement may require individuals to present a COVID Certificate for entry.
If a student was vaccinated outside of Switzerland, it is possible to obtain a Swiss COVID Certificate with a QR code if the vaccination meets the following conditions:
- the vaccine is approved in Switzerland. View the list of COVID vaccines recognized in Switzerland in the COVID Vaccination FAQ document on this site.
- the vaccination is complete (for example it includes the number of doses according to the recommendations of the FOPH).
In order to validate a foreign vaccination and receive a Swiss COVID Certificate, a student must send the following documents to the Ticino Cantonal doctor’s office (Ufficio del medico cantonale) email@example.com.
- pdf scan or a clear copy of the student’s identity document (i.e.: passport)
- pdf scan or a clear copy of the student’s Swiss residence permit
- pdf scan or a clear copy of the student’s document certifying their vaccination
Contact the Coordinator of Student Medical Services and Well-Being if you have additional questions firstname.lastname@example.org.
Re-Open EU App
The Re-Open EU App provides information on the various measures for travel to EU countries to help travelers plan their trips in Europe while staying safe and healthy. Franklin recommends students download the Re-Open EU App to help understand the requirements for travel within Europe.
The Swiss SocialPass App is an application for organizers and restaurants to manage customer attendance and registration if required by authorities. Download the SocialPass App and scan the QR code at the restaurant or other establishment to register your
In almost all regions across the globe, there is a risk of COVID-19 infection. Franklin encourages students to be cautious and take all necessary safety precautions before traveling. If you must travel, please consult the Federal Office of Public Health’s (FOPH) Recommendations for Travelers.
If you develop any symptoms, you should immediately contact the Coordinator of Student Medical Services and Well-Being at: email@example.com.
Entry Into Switzerland
Travelers entering Switzerland from certain regions may be required to self-quarantine for ten days and/or provide a negative COVID-19 test if not fully vaccinated. See self-quarantine section below for more details. The list of at-risk countries is updated regularly by the FOPH. Travelers affected should be notified during the flight, on board coaches, and at border crossings. Franklin recommends that all students take the Swiss TravelCheck prior to arrival to Switzerland to verify conditions for their entrance.
All residences are operational.
Common areas are rigorously and frequently cleaned by our staff. If you have a roommate, please remember to practice social distancing. Clean the surfaces in your residence with chlorine or alcohol-based disinfectants. For a complete list of recommendations, see the Protecting Yourself and Others section.
If a COVID case is confirmed, all roommates in a shared bedroom and unvaccinated roommates in a shared apartment will be required to quarantine until they are authorized to exit quarantine by the Coordinator of Student Medical Services and Well-Being. Students who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 with a private bedroom in a shared apartment will not be required to quarantine, but are required to monitor their health for any flu like symptoms and immediately report any symptoms to firstname.lastname@example.org. All students must continue to follow the hygiene and social distancing rules and observe the mask-wearing requirement. Students are expected to follow the protocol available from OSL staff and on the OSL Moodle site if they or their roommates are required to quarantine or isolate in a private bedroom in a shared apartment.
Leaving your Campus Housing
Students leaving their campus housing temporarily or permanently should contact the Housing Department in the Office of Student Life for assistance.
Students who intend to leave on-campus housing must communicate their plans to their Resident Assistant and to the Housing Department and must leave their room keys and mailbox keys on the desk in their rooms when they go. In the event that the indicated plans change, students should communicate those changes to the Housing Department in the Office of Student Life.
For more information on current housing policies and procedures, please contact email@example.com.
If students, faculty, or staff begin to suffer from COVID-like symptoms, they must stay home and contact a health care professional. Symptoms vary from person to person. They include fever, cough, difficulty breathing, sore throat, loss of taste or smell. No one should go in person to seek health care without specific instructions from their doctor. After a verbal assessment, the individual will receive specific instructions on how to proceed with self-care or obtain assistance.
Faculty and staff should contact their doctors directly.
Students should contact the Coordinator of Student Medical Services and Well-Being at:
You must self-quarantine for the minimum 10-day period if:
- You are not vaccinated and not recovered from COVID and are entering Switzerland from a high-risk country.
- You share a bedroom with a roommate who tests positive for COVID or you are unvaccinated in a shared apartment with a roommate who tests positive for COVID. You will be required to quarantine until you are authorized to exit quarantine by the Coordinator of Student Medical Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- You are not vaccinated and not recovered from COVID and come into contact with a COVID-19-positive individual. Fully vaccinated students in a private bedroom are not required to quarantine for 12 months from the time you were fully vaccinated. A vaccination certificate may be required from Swiss authorities to verify your situation. Students who have recovered from COVID within the past six months and have a private bedroom are not required to quarantine. A COVID positive test result or recovery certificate may be required from Swiss authorities to verify your situation.
- You develop COVID-like symptoms: fever, cough, difficulty breathing, sore throat, loss of taste or smell. Contact the Coordinator of Student Medical Services for medical advice and assistance email@example.com.
Starting Fall Semester 2021, Franklin will allow students living in the on-campus Residence Halls to shorten their 10-day quarantine by following the protocol provided by the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH). If your situation qualifies for this option, it involves obtaining a negative COVID test on day 7 of your quarantine. You must remain in your 10-day quarantine until the Cantonal authorities release you. Contact the Coordinator of Student Medical Services for medical advice and assistance firstname.lastname@example.org.
Airlines are notifying the authorities when passengers arrive from at-risk countries, and the authorities will be conducting random checks to ensure quarantine periods are observed. The fines for quarantine violation can be as high as 10,000 CHF.
If you are starting the semester in quarantine, you will need to remain in your room for ten days. You can, however, spend time outside on your private balcony without having in-person interaction with others. If no symptoms occur within 10 days of the last contact with a COVID-19-positive individual, people can resume normal activity according to federal guidelines.
On-campus students who are required to quarantine should contact email@example.com for assistance in ordering meals from Food Service. For more options, the Franklin app has links for great places to order food and will be updated regularly - download from iTunes or Google Play.
Please note that any student living off-campus, who returns to Switzerland and is required by Swiss authorities to quarantine is also required to follow the self-quarantine mandate before interacting with anyone on campus: students, faculty, or staff. As an institution, we are doing everything we can to keep members of our community safe, and we need your help to minimize contact that could put others’ health at risk. Students who develop COVID-19 symptoms or have health-related questions should contact the Coordinator of Student Medical Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
People who fit one of the following descriptions are considered to be especially at-risk:
- People over the age of 65
- People suffering from cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular diseases or chronic respiratory diseases
- People with conditions or undergoing therapies that weaken the immune system
The Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) recommends simple measures to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus as part of their campaign:
Hygiene Rules and How to Behave
Wash your hands thoroughly.
Avoid shaking hands.
Stay at home if you have a high temperature and a cough.
Keep your distance.
Cough and sneeze into a tissue or the crook of your arm.
Always call ahead before going to the doctor’s or the emergency department.
The university recommends the following additional prevention practices in compliance with the directives of the Swiss public authorities:
- Wash your hands often. It is recommended to use hydroalcoholic solutions for hand washing in public places, gyms, supermarkets, pharmacies and other meeting places.
- Avoid close contact with people suffering from acute respiratory infections.
- Maintain, in social contacts, an interpersonal distance of at least 1.5 meters (5 feet).
- Practice respiratory hygiene (sneezing and/or coughing in a handkerchief, avoiding hand contact with respiratory secretions).
- Avoid the promiscuous use of drinking glasses and bottles, especially during sports.
- Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth with your hands.
- Clean surfaces with chlorine or alcohol-based disinfectants.