COVID-19 certificate

3. COVID certificate for vaccinated persons

Obtaining a COVID certificate after vaccination

  • Valid as of the last booster dose. 
  • As of the last dose of a complete 2-dose mRNA vaccination schedule or 1 recovery + 1 dose or from the 22nd day after the Janssen® vaccine dose. For basic immunisation: from the last dose of a complete 2-dose or 1 infection + 1 dose (in any order) or from the 22nd day after the Janssen® vaccine dose. Infection must be proven by a positive PCR test result (performed in Switzerland or abroad), or by a positive result of a rapid antigen test (with a nasopharyngeal swab, performed by a health professional, in Switzerland).
  • Some specific serologies may be included in the documentation of an infection, but they are assessed on a case-by-case basis by the Geneva health authorities (Direction générale de la santé). 

COVID euro-compatible certificates are recognised in Switzerland: it is not necessary to apply for a Swiss certificate.

Issuance of the COVID certificate depends on the location of the vaccination and the type of vaccine. In all cases, the COVID certificate is free of charge.

For special cases please consult the COVID Certificate FAQ.

 

Overview of possible scenarios for obtaining a COVID certificate of vaccination

Basic immunity
as of 5 years 

Basic immunity
as of 5 years 

Basic immunity
as of 5 years 

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Booster 1
as of 12 years

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Booster 2
as of 80 years

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General population

Dose de vaccination COVID

 

Dose de vaccination COVID

2/2

Dose de vaccination COVID

3/3

Dose de vaccination COVID

4/4

General population

Dose de vaccination COVID Dose de vaccination COVID Infection au COVID

 

2/2

Dose de vaccination COVID

3/3

Dose de vaccination COVID

4/4

General population

Infection au COVID Dose de vaccination COVID

1/1

Dose de vaccination COVID

2/1

Dose de vaccination COVID

3/1

General population

Dose de vaccination COVID Infection au COVID

1/2 (incomplete)
+recovery certificate

Dose de vaccination COVID

2/1

Dose de vaccination COVID

3/1

Immunosuppressed persons

Dose de vaccination COVID Infection au COVID Dose de vaccination COVID

2/1

Dose de vaccination COVID

3/1

Dose de vaccination COVID

4/1

Immunosuppressed persons

Dose de vaccination COVID Dose de vaccination COVID Dose de vaccination COVID

3/3

Dose de vaccination COVID

4/4

Dose de vaccination COVID

5/5

Immunosuppressed persons

Infection au COVID Dose de vaccination COVID Dose de vaccination COVID

2/1

Dose de vaccination COVID

3/1

Dose de vaccination COVID

4/1

Janssen®

Dose de vaccination COVID

1/1

Dose de vaccination COVID

2/1

Basic immunity

Dose de vaccination COVID

 

 

Vaccines: There are several types depending on age and therapeutic indications (e.g. mRNA vaccine, viral vector vaccine, or recombinant protein vaccine). 

To find out more about vaccine recommendations according to your age and the type of vaccine, or the number of doses required, you may consult the pages Getting vaccinated against COVID-19.

Infection au COVID

A COVID infection is determined by:

  • A positive result of a molecular biology test (PCR test) for SARS-CoV-2 performed in Switzerland or abroad.
  • A positive result of a rapid antigen test (RADT test) with a nasopharyngeal swab, performed by a health professional, in Switzerland.
  • In some cases, a serology may be accepted to document an infection. The serology must meet certain criteria analysed on a case-by-case basis by the Geneva health authorities (Direction Générale de la Santé).

 

Prior to an infection (positive test), only one dose of vaccine is needed to achieve full immunisation (basic immunisation), provided that the time interval between the first dose and infection is observed. In this case, a second dose is not required; the person receives a certificate of incomplete vaccination (1/2) for dose 1, and a certificate of recovery for the infection but basic immunisation is considered complete.
After an infection (positive test), only one vaccine dose is required to achieve full immunisation (basic immunisation), provided that the time interval between the first dose and infection is observed. In this case, the person receives a certificate of recovery after infection and a certificate of full vaccination 1/1 and basic immunisation is considered complete.

A booster dose is only valid with one dose of vaccine; an infection cannot be regarded as a booster.

 


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 online the COVID Certificates e-démarches application form | ge.ch or contact the COVID-19 Green Line (0800 909 400). 

 

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Last updated
29 September 2022

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