5. COVID certificate for negative tested persons
Please note that as of Monday 11 October 2021, COVID certificates will no longer be issued to persons who undergo "targeted and repetitive tests."
See also (in French) : decree of the Council of State of 8 October 2021 modifying the decree of 1 November 2020.
Testing centers, laboratories, pharmacies may issue COVID certificates for persons who have tested negative for COVID-19 (PCR test or rapid antigen test). Since August 5, 2021, primary care physicians can also issue COVID certificates only for the rapid antigen tests they perform. In all cases, the COVID certificate is issued free of charge.
Persons who have tested negative for a PCR test will receive their COVID certificate by email directly from the laboratory. They may then download the test on their mobile phone via the "COVID Certificate" application.
The certificate is valid for 72 hours.
For persons who have tested negative for a rapid antigen test, a COVID certificate will be issued and handed out on site in the testing facilities (i.e. in some pharmacies, laboratories, primary care physicians offering these tests and in the testing centers). People may then download the test on their mobile phone via the "COVID Certificate" application.
The certificate is valid for 48 hours.
The COVID certificate is personal. When checked, the certificate holder may be asked to prove his or her identity by means of 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, we invite you to contact the laboratory or testing facility who delivered your certificate.
Which test do you need if you are travelling?
With regards to international passenger transport, the length of time before the COVID certificate is valid and the length of validity of the certificate may depend on the rules in force in the country you intend to travel to as well as the countries through which you may transit.
It is therefore always necessary to find out about the entry conditions in terms of sanitary measures of the country you wish to travel to or transit through.
The Geneva University Hospitals (HUG) tropical medicine and travel unit provide a summary document with the list of country requirements in terms of medical certificates, PCR test, antigen test (RDT), COVID certificates of recovery or Covid vaccination certificates (in French only).
HUG - General information concerning COVID tests: List of countries
See also : European Union information website on the various measures in place in different countries, including on quarantine and testing requirements for travellers.