COVID-19 certificate

3. COVID certificate for vaccinated persons

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 contact the COVID-19 General information line (0800 909 400). 


The validity of the COVID-19 vaccination certificate, which is currently 12 months, will be reduced to 9 months as of 31st January 2022 in order to align with the European Union. This concerns certificates obtained:

  • After the last dose of a full 2-dose mRNA vaccination schedule or 1 recovery + 1 dose or as early as day 22 after the Janssen® vaccine dose.
  • After the booster dose.


Obtaining a COVID certificate after vaccination

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.

1) Booster vaccination certificate

Booster vaccination certificate

When you receive a booster vaccination, the vaccination centre will issue a paper COVID certificate containing a QR code. By scanning this code, you can save your certificate on your mobile phone.

Since the introduction of the booster dose, it is now possible to have: 

  1. Two vaccination certificates
    Both are valid and it is not necessary to present both in case of control. One certificate is sufficient to prove that one is not contagious to SARS-COV-2.
    As the certificates have different validity periods, when the first certificate received at the time of the primary vaccination (2 doses or 1 recovery + 1 dose) expires, the certificate of vaccination of the booster dose will take over.
  2. A recovery certificate and a vaccination certificate
    With the booster vaccination, it isn't possible to combine  vaccination and recovery in one certificate. A cured infection cannot be counted as an additional dose of vaccine, but it may entitle you to a separate certificate. Vaccination and recovery are therefore recorded in two separate documents.


2) Primary vaccination (2 doses or 1 cure + 1 dose)

Vaccination in Switzerland

Vaccines authorised by Swissmedic and available in Switzerland are:

  • mRNA vaccines: Pfizer® and Spikevax® (formerly Moderna®);
  • Viral vector vaccines: Janssen® (available since 7 October 2021).

Persons fully vaccinated before 21st June

Persons  fully vaccinated between 28th December and 20th June inclusive:

  • 2 vaccine doses 

The certificate is obtained through an exchange of several SMS messages.

Consult the illustrated step by step guideline to fill in the COVID certificate (federal) application form and download your certificat either on a SmartPhone, or on your computer.

If you did not receive an SMS after your vaccination, you can apply for a certificate online by filling in the COVID Certificates e-démarches application form | 

  • A COVID cure documented by serology (PCR test or antigen test) + 1 vaccine dose

Apply for a certificate online by filling in the COVID Certificates e-démarches application form | 


Useful tips to obtain your COVID certificate through digital access

  • To obtain COVID certificate through digital access and to fill in the COVID Certificates e-démarches application form |, one needs a mobile phone, a computer and access to internet. Without these digital tools, one may contact the COVID-19 General information line (0800 909 400). 
  • The digitally issued COVID certificate can either be stored on one's phone using the COVID Certificate application, downloaded and saved to one's phone or computer (PDF format), or printed out in paper format. You can also take a screenshot on your mobile phone.
  • The "COVID Certificate" application can be downloaded free of charge from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. It allows you to store one or more certificates, e.g. those of your relatives (not to be confused with the "COVID Certificate Check" application, which can also be downloaded).
  • For faster processing of applications, people who have received two doses of vaccine can contact the hotline directly (0800 909 400) and not use the e-application form in any of the following situations:
    - Error on their COVID certificate
    - SMS not received
    - Difficulty downloading their certificate to their mobile phone or computer
  • People whose mobile phone isn't a smartphone will have to use a computer in order to apply for, download and save the COVID Certificate (PDF format).  To access the online form on your computer, you may simply copy the link received by SMS into the browser window on the computer. (In the web link you will copy, there are no letters "O" or "o", only zeros).
  • You may register a vaccination certificate as many times as you like to your smartphone or computer, from the URL link and the six-digit code that were sent by SMS. It is therefore recommended that you keep both SMS messages (the one with the code and the one with the download link).

Persons vaccinated abroad: obtaining a COVID certificate or having one's foreign certificate recognized in Switzerland

Full information in the leaflet FAQ - Adminstrative procedures to obtain a COVID certificate.

Persons who have been fully vaccinated in one of the Schengen countries and have a vaccination certificate with a QR code do not need to apply for a Swiss COVID-19 certificate. The QR code of their vaccination certificate is recognised in Switzerland.

Since 20 September 2021, vaccines authorised by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) can be issued with a Swiss COVID-19 certificate, as well as vaccines authorised by the WHO, but only for a restricted category of persons.

For more information: 
European Medicines Agency 
WHO table of recognised vaccines

Persons vaccinated with a vaccine that has not been authorised by Swissmedic, the EMA or the WHO are not entitled to a COVID-19 certificate. In particular, no COVID-19 certificate can be issued for vaccination with Sputnik V. 



Do you have any questions regarding the COVID certificate?

You may consult the FAQ list or contact the COVID-19 general information ligne (0800 909 400) - free call  - 7/7 - 8h-19h

From Switzerland: 0800 909 400
From abroad: 41 22 427 8590


Dernière modification
21 January 2022
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