COVID-19 certificate

4. COVID certificate for cured persons

Since 18th March 2022, the validity of the COVID recovery certificate is limited to 180 days. 

Switzerland issues COVID recovery certificates based on a positive PCR or rapid antigen test in the situations listed hereunder. As a reminder, COVID certificates are issued free of charge.

  • You had a positive PCR test. 
    • The laboratory that performed the PCR analysis is responsible for issuing this type of certificate in the canton of Geneva.
    • If you did not receive your certificate from the laboratory, or were tested in another Swiss canton, you can apply for a COVID certificate on the FOPH website
    • If you were tested in another country than Switzerland, but you are a Swiss national or you have a residence permit, you may apply online for a COVID certificate by filling in the COVID Certificates e-démarches application form | ge.ch.
    • In the European Union, the certificate is valid for 6 months (180 days) from the 11th day after the positive PCR test result.
  • You had a positive rapid antigen test, performed in Switzerland by a professional 
    • As of 2nd May 2022, the screening centre or professional who performed the test is responsible for issuing this type of certificate in the canton of Geneva.
    • If you took the test between 1st October 2021 and 1st May 2022, you may apply for a COVID certificate on the FOPH website or, for persons residing in the canton of Geneva, on the e-démarches Certificats COVID form | ge.ch .
    • In the European Union, this recovery certificate is valid for 180 days from the 11th day after the positive result of the rapid antigen test.
    • Note: If you are already in possession of a COVID recovery certificate  based on a rapid antigen test, issued in Switzerland between 24th January and 16th February 2022, it can be converted into an EU-compatible certificate using the "COVID Certificate" application. Find out more about the procedure on the national COVID Certificate application platform.

Another situation: you were tested positive and received 1 dose of vaccine at least 28 days after your test. The vaccination centre did not issue you a COVID Certificate :

o You can request your COVID certificate by filling in the COVID Certificates e-démarches application form | ge.ch.
o The certificate, which is a COVID vaccination certificate, is valid from the day of vaccination for 9 months.

 


Certificates associated with booster vaccination for persons who have been ill with COVID-19

Since 1st February 2022, the FOPH has adopted a new encoding for a series of certificates related to booster vaccination in order to align with the European Union's requirements. This concerns persons who received a dose of vaccine and then became ill (or vice versa), and then received a booster dose. 

In this situation, in order to reflect the booster dose, the certificate is encoded 2/1 (2 doses received in total and 1 dose for the primary vaccination) instead of 2/2 (similar to the primary vaccination certificate with 2 doses). 

 


Recommendation upon receipt of COVID certificate

The COVID certificate is personal. When checked, one must prove one's identity with an official identification document with a photo (e.g. an identity card). The information on the certificate - surname(s), first name(s), date of birth - should be identical to the information on the identity document.

Upon receipt of your certificate, please check that the data matches. If such is not the case, a new certificate may be requested.  To obtain a new corrected certificate, you may fill in the COVID Certificates e-démarches application form | ge.chor contact the COVID-19 Green Line (0800 909 400). 

 

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Last updated
3 May 2022

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