Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Measures lifted

As we informed you on 31 March, EPFL lifted all pandemic-related measures on 1 April. These measures were contained in the Directive Setting Out the Conditions Underpinning EPFL’s COVID-19 Protection Plan. Now that things are back to normal, the directives issued by the cantonal and federal governments have expired. EPFL’s directive is no longer needed either, and it has been rescinded by the EPFL Direction.

Students should be aware that they will require a medical certificate in order to be excused from an exam in the upcoming exam session. A positive PCR test will be accepted too. More information

We would also like to remind everyone that you can still be tested for COVID-19 at our testing center (for travel or other reasons).

Remote working is no longer required or recommended. Nor is it a right; it is only authorized under the conditions set out in the new Regulations Applicable to Teleworking (LEX 4.1.8), which took effect on 1 March. The Agreement on Regular Teleworking is also in effect and accessible online.

Of course, employees at especially high risk can discuss appropriate safety measures with their supervisor. They may also wish to consult EPFL’s occupational health specialists.

Anyone who wants to continue wearing a face mask for their own protection and/or to safeguard those around them should feel free to do so.

We ask that they be spared any criticism; the virus is still making the rounds, and it’s perfectly normal to want to be careful.

We recommend that anyone who has tested positive for COVID or who thinks they are infected or are showing symptoms not come to campus.

For students taking an exam: be aware that they will require a medical certificate will be required in order to be excused from an exam in the upcoming exam session. A positive PCR test will be accepted too. More information

Please refer to the FOPH list of high-risk countries and countries that the FDFA discourages people from visiting before making any travel plans, as restrictions are still in effect in many countries.

As we gradually return to our campuses, we want to ensure that all members of the EPFL community feel safe.

Now that it’s no longer necessary to wear a face mask in the classroom, we strongly encourage teachers to provide their students with recordings of their lectures, even if they’re from a prior year. The webpage on flexible teaching describes various teaching options along with the support available from the Teaching Support Center (CAPE) and the Center for Digital Education (CEDE).

More information

For more information on the measures being taken in Switzerland, we suggest you regularly consult the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) website.

Alternatively, you can call the FOPH coronavirus infoline at +41 58 463 00 00 (every day from 6am to 11pm).

The canton of Vaud also has a telephone hotline for the population and for travellers. More information on the canton’s website (in french).