COVID-19 - get tested

1. Overview

With symptoms

Along with vaccination and barrier measures, testing is a fundamental measure in the fight against Covid-19. Getting tested at the first sign of symptoms allows for early identification of Covid-19 infection, and precautions can be taken to prevent transmission.

A test is therefore strongly recommended at the slightest symptom consistent with COVID-19.


Contact cases

When in contact with a Covid-19 case, one can be infected. In order to detect the infection before any symptoms appear, and bearing in mind that one third of people infected with Covid-19 have no symptoms, a test is strongly recommended in case of contact with a confirmed case.

This is why testing is strongly recommended at the start of a contact quarantine - i.e. a quarantine for  people who have been in contact with someone infected with Covid-19, within a given institution, for instance an elderly people's home, a business workplace or a school.

Furthermore, a negative test on the seventh day of the quarantine allows the quarantine to be lifted.

In case of symptoms or exposure to Covid-19, the tests are always paid for by the Confederation. However, they do not allow you to receive a COVID certificate.


In the absence of symptoms and of known exposure to a COVID-19 case

As of October 11, 2021, the Confederation will no longer cover the costs of rapid antigen tests for people without symptoms or not exposed to Covid-19. Indeed, until this date, any person who wished to be vaccinated has had the possibility to do so.

Likewise, since October 1, self-tests are no longer reimbursed. Anyone who wishes to purchase self-tests can continue to do so at his/her own expense, either in pharmacies, drugstores or retail outlets.

Rapid antigen tests without a COVID certificate will continue to be covered for visitors who have not been vaccinated or cured of Covid within the last 6 months and who visit a health care facility (hospitals, clinics, EMS, EPH, etc.).

In addition, the cost of rapid antigenic tests and the COVID certificate are still covered:

  • For children under 16 years of age. For pregnant women in their first trimester (with a certificate completed by the gynecologist).
  • For people who have received their first dose of mRNA vaccine and are waiting for their second dose (with proof of the first dose to be presented at the screening) and for people vaccinated with Janssen during the 22 days following the injection (with proof of the vaccination to be presented at the screening).
  • For individuals with a contraindication to the mRNA vaccine. If the criteria are met, the certificate is signed by a doctor (according to the Confederation's estimates, only about 100 people are concerned throughout Switzerland).

At the same time, since March 15, 2021, the Confederation has implemented a testing strategy that promotes the targeted and repetitve testing of asymptomatic persons without any known contact with Covid-19, in professional or educational settings.

Stratégie de testing
Stratégie de testing


  • 90% of COVID-19 cases occur within 7 days of the last contact with a positive person.
  • 1/3 of people infected with COVID-19 are asymptomatic, but can transmit the virus.
  • During the imposed quarantine period following a contact with someone who is infected with COVID-19, 1 in 5 people become positive.

You will find in this section all the information you need to get tested :

Dernière modification
13 October 2021
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