COVID-19 certificate

1. Overview

With a COVID certificate (in paper or digital format), a person can demonstrate that he/she is not infectious with SARS-COV-2 - either because he/she is immune (i.e. cured or fully vaccinated) or because he/she was recently tested negative.

Three types of certificates are issued in Switzerland: 
  • Certificate of vaccination COVID-19 valid for 12 months (9 months as of 31st January 2022) :
    • Valid 270 days (9 months) as from 31st January 2022 to align with the European Union.
    • Valid after the last dose of a full 2-dose mRNA vaccination scheme or 1 recovery + 1 dose or from the 22nd day after the Janssen® vaccine dose.
    • Valid after the booster dose.
  • Certificate of recovery from SARS-CoV-2 infection :
    • Valid for 6 months, following a positive PCR test and from the 11th day after the positive result (certificate recognised by the EU and EFTA states and by Turkey).
    • Valid for 12 months, following a positive PCR test and from the 11th day after the positive result (certificate recognised only in Switzerland). As of 25 January 2022, valid 9 months (270 days).
    • Valid for 9 months (270 days) following a rapid antigen test  done by a professional with a nasopharyngeal swab. Certificate recognised only in Switzerland and as from 25 January 2022.
    • Valid for 90 dates, after a positive serology (done in Switzerland after 15 November), from the date of sampling (certificate recognised only in Switzerland).
  • COVID-19 test certificate following a negative test result for SARS-CoV-2:
    • Valid 24 hours after sampling for a rapid antigen test, and only following a nasopharyngeal swab.
    • Valid for 72 hours for a PCR test.

In this leaflet, you will find all the information concerning the issuing of the COVID certificate in the canton of Geneva.


See also

FOPH Coronavirus : COVID Certificate

The COVID certificate briefly explained (FOPH film)


Do you have a question regarding the COVID certificate?

You may consult the FAQ list or contact the COVID-19 general information ligne (0800 909 400) - free call  - 7/7 - 8h-19h.

From Switzerland: 0800 909 400
From abroad: 41 22 427 8590

Dernière modification
21 January 2022
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