2. Scope of the COVID certificate
1) Scope of the COVID certificate in Switzerland
Measures relating to the use of the COVID certificate in Switzerland to prevent the spread of the coronavirus have been lifted (February 2022).
There are no longer any restrictions on access to events, establishments or demonstrations associated with the COVID certificate.
A COVID certificate is no longer required to travel in Switzerland (e.g. tourism), neither to enter Switzerland nor to travel within.
If this serves to protect the health of people who are present, especially vulnerable people, managers of facilities or premises with public accass and event organisers still retain the possibility of limiting access to people with a COVID certificate.
2) COVID certificates for travelling abroad
Euro-compatible COVID certificates
Switzerland continues to issue euro-compatible COVID certificates as some countries still require a COVID certificate to enter their territory or to access certain sites.
It is therefore recommended to keep the mobile application "COVID Certificate" and/or to keep a copy of your certificate in PDF format.
Unless otherwise stated, the COVID certificate is recognised by the EU and EFTA states and by Turkey.
Euro-compatible certificates that continue to be issued in Switzerland are the following:
- COVID-19 certificate of 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-19 certificate of recovery after SARS-CoV-2 infection valid for 6 months :
- Following a positive PCR test (performed in Switzerland or abroad) and from the 11th day after the positive result.
- Following a positive rapid antigen test (with a nasopharyngeal swab, performed by a health professional, in Switzerland) and from the 11th day after the positive result.
- COVID-19 test certificate following a negative test result for SARS-CoV-2
- Following a negative PCR test (performed in Switzerland or abroad).
- Following a positive rapid antigen test (with a nasopharyngeal swab, performed by a health professional, in Switzerland).
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).
To find out which countries still require a COVID certificate, you can also check the following sites:
- Coronavirus: Travel (FOPH)
- Re-open EU
- Iata Travel Centre - Know before you go
- TCS - Voyage et Covid-19 (in French, German and Italian)
3) How to obtain a COVID certificate
Depending on the personal situation of each individual (vaccination; cured and documented COVID-19 illness with or without vaccination; negative PCR or antigenic test), the procedure for obtaining a COVID certificate is not the same. In all cases, the COVID certificate is issued free of charge.
Download the document (in French) Délivrance de certificat COVID
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