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.

       
  • Another situation: you were tested positive and received 1 dose of vaccine but the vaccination centre did not issue you a COVID certificate :

 

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 COVID-19 Green Line (0800 909 400).

 


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
29 September 2022

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