COVID-19 certificate

4. COVID certificate for cured persons

Switzerland issues COVID recovery certificates based on a positive PCR test (performed in Switzerland or abroad) or on a positive rapid antigen test (with a nasopharyngeal swab, performed by a health professional, in Switzerland). COVID certificates are issued free of charge.

  • You had a positive PCR test (performed in Switzerland or abroad). 
    • The laboratory that performed the PCR analysis is responsible for issuing this type of certificate in the canton of Geneva.
    • If you did not manage to obtain 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, you may, under some conditions, apply online for a COVID certificate by filling in the COVID Certificates e-démarches application form | ge.ch.
    • This recovery certificate is valid from the 11th day after the positive PCR test result.
       
  • You had a positive rapid antigen test (with a nasopharyngeal swab, performed by a health professional in Switzerland) 
    • The testing site or the authorised professional who carried out the test is responsible for issuing this type of certificate in the canton of Geneva.
    • If you did not manage to obtain your certificate from the testing site or the authorised professional, you may apply online for a COVID certificate by filling in the e-démarches Certificats COVID form | ge.ch.
    • This recovery certificate is valid from the 11th day after the positive result of the rapid antigen test.

 

The FOPH uses a new encoding system for a series of certificates related to booster vaccination in order to comply with the European Union's requirements. This concerns people who received a dose of vaccine and then were infected (or vice versa), and who 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).

People in this situation whose certificate is encoded 2/2 have in principle received their corrected certificate (2/1), sent directly by mail by the FOPH. If this certificate has not been received, it is advisable to contact the local health autorities.

 


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 local health authorities

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Last updated
27 January 2023

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