For patients

Why test?

A swab test for virus detection (PCR) and a medical examination can determine if you have contracted COVID-19, while also screening for other viruses and illness. This will help you better protect yourself and those around you. We would be happy to discuss with you by phone whether COVID-19 testing is right for you. The test is performed as a nose or throat swab and is then sent to the laboratory for virus detection. Our testing is based on the criteria of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH).

Further information on the disease and preventive measures can be found further down the page.

Who can be tested?

Anyone who shows symptoms of the coronavirus can be tested.

The most common symptoms are: acute respiratory disease (e.g. cough, sore throat, shortness of breath) with or without fever, a feverish feeling or muscle pain and/or sudden loss of sense of smell or taste.

The following symptoms are also possible:

  • Headache
  • General weakness, malaise
  • Sniffles
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms (nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, abdominal pain)
  • Skin rashes

In addition, asymptomatic persons who have received a message from the SwissCovid App that they have had contact with an infected person can be tested by us.

In these cases, the costs are covered by the Swiss government.

We can also test people without symptoms who need a test result, for example for urgent trips abroad or for participation in events where the organiser requires it. Please note that in these cases, the costs of the tests are not covered by the federal government, but must be paid by the individual. An important note: A test result is a snapshot in time and it does not prevent against possible infection with the coronavirus before or after the test.

How can I make an appointment?

Our testing is provided only by appointment.
Please call us on 044 634 60 00 to make an appointment. For capacity reasons, contact by e-mail is not possible at the moment. In addition, our telephone lines are currently very busy due to a significant increase in demand for testing. If you are unable to reach us, the medical hotline "Ärztefon" will be happy to provide you with information on other testing options in your area at the following number: 0800 33 66 55. Thank you very much for your understanding.


Antibody blood test and study

We have received a lot of inquiries in the last few days for the planned study on the antibody blood test. We were pleased with the great interest. However, the test capacities are still limited and we are currently unable to accept any new interested parties.

Furthermore, we would like to point out that, according to the current state of science, the detection of SARS-CoV-2 antibodies is no guarantee that one is immune and cannot infect oneself or others. Tests for antibodies are only useful if they are carried out as part of studies. Such studies provide more information about the validity of the tests and the immune protection.

We thank you for your understanding.

Your test team

For health care providers

With the COVID-19 Test Center, we are supplementing the existing range of tests in the canton of Zurich. If you are a primary care provider and do not offer COVID-19 tests yourself, you are welcome to refer your patients to us.

What services does the Test Center offer?

  • Telephone assessment in accordance with the current criteria of the Swiss Confederation by trained medical personnel, and if justified, an appointment at the test center
  • Medical clarification and examination including SARS-CoV-2 smear test. If pneumonia is suspected, an X-ray examination is carried out onsite. A specialist will also perform a co-assessment for other infectious diseases
  • Compliance with the hygiene concept approved by the canton
  • Further care by the referring primary care provider

How to register your patients for the COVID-19 test

Report the name and phone number of the person to us by phone 044 634 60 00 or email at: zuweisung.testzentrum@ebpi.uzh.ch. We will contact the patient, do the triage and make an appointment if a test is indicated. Follow-up care will be provided at your place again.

Due to significantly increased demand in testing, our telephone lines are currently heavily used. If your patient does not receive a call back from us within a reasonable period of time, there is the possibility of contacting the medical hotline "Ärztefon" at 0800 33 66 55 to find out about other testing possibilities in your area. Thank you very much for your understanding.

About us

On March 11, 2020, the Travel Clinic moved into its completely new and modern location and on March 12 we had to close again: In the time of Corona, travel recedes into the background. However, the University of Zurich didn’t want to leave the friendly, bright rooms, which meet the highest medical standards, unused and wants to support the canton and the public in the fight against the pandemic. After two weeks of intensive training and furnishing work, we were able to re-open as a COVID-19 Test Center on March 30th.

The Test Center’s team of doctors and nurses are available to answer questions about the coronavirus on the phone and on appointment on site and carry out tests. A hygiene concept approved by the canton ensures the necessary safety for our customers and employees at the center.

Contact

The Test Center is located in the Center for Travel Medicine of the University of Zurich.

COVID-19 Test Center
c/o Center for Travel Medicine
University of Zurich

Hirschengraben 84
8001 Zürich

Phone: 044 634 60 00
E-Mail for health care providers: zuweisung.testzentrum@ebpi.uzh.ch.

Self-registration by e-mail is currently not possible due to capacity reasons. In addition, our telephone lines are currently very busy due to a significant increase in demand for testing. If you are unable to reach us, the medical hotline "Ärztefon" will be happy to provide you with information on other testing options in your area at the following number: 0800 33 66 55. Thank you very much for your understanding.

Opening hours:
Test Center: Monday to Friday 9.00-16.30 Telephone: Monday to Friday 8.00-17.00

Parking spaces are available.