COVID-19 - get tested

1. Overview

After almost two years of the pandemic, the Federal Council announced on 30th March 2022, the end of the special situation. As of 1st April 2022, there are no longer any federal measures for the general population. 

Since mid-June, an increase in new COVID-19 infections has been observed in the canton as well as in Switzerland. The Omicron variant, which is in the predominant variant worldwide, continues to spread; its two sub-variants BA.4 and BA.5, which are more transmissible than BA.2 but not more virulent, are now in the majority in Geneva and are responsible for the current increase. 

We remind you that primary vaccination and the first booster dose are always recommended to the whole population. They protect against severe forms of the disease and against hospitalisation. In addition, some places require or strongly recommend the wearing of a mask: please follow their instructions carefully.

Since 5 July 2022, the renewal of the booster vaccination (also known as 2nd booster) is recommended for people aged 80 years and over, in order to increase their protection against a severe course of the disease since, due to their age, these people are more at risk of contracting a severe form of COVID-19. Recommendation for the 2nd booster vaccination renewal also applies to any person over 12 years of age with severe immunodeficiency. At present, the 2nd booster is not recommended for other groups of people.

COVID-19 will not disappear, but it no longer threatens health, lives or business continuity as it did over the past two years. However, we should see an increase in the number of cases, for example during the winter months.

So, generally speaking, the precautions to be maintained nowadays are as follows:

At all times

  • Ensure proper ventilation 
  • Wash your hands

In case of symptoms or a positive test 

  • Wear a mask at all times (even in open areas such as bus stops or railway platforms)
  • Limit your social life
  • Avoid contact with vulnerable people

When should you be tested?

If you have symptoms AND

  • You are a vulnerable person
  • Or you live with a vulnerable person or if you are in contact with vulnerable persons (medical and nursing staff)


More information
If you have symptoms or a positive test

Last updated
19 August 2022

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