COVID-19 - get tested

5. In preparation for a trip

In general

When planning a trip abroad, it is important to find out about the requirements of the destination country and, if applicable, of the transport company.

The requirements of each country may vary. It is therefore necessary to keep yourself informed right up to your travel dates.

The tropical and travel medicine consultation unit of the Geneva University Hospitals (HUG) provides an updated summary document with general information by country with regard to PCR and antigen tests (RDT) and to recognised COVID vaccination certificates or recovery certificates.

HUG - General information regarding COVID tests : List of countries (in French only).


Screening tests

People who need a rapid PCR or antigen test for travel purposes can book in advance to be tested at one of the screening centres in Geneva. In the case of a family, it is necessary to book as many appointments as there are person. Several screening centres test children and adults.

PCR tests for travel purposes are at the cost of the individual. However, rapid antigenic tests for comfort purposes are covered by the Confederation since 18 December 2021.

Since 2 May 2022, it has been possible to obtain a recovery certificate following a positive rapid antigen test under certain conditions. 

You will find hereafter a list of screening centres sorted by age category, as well as all the information you need to get tested : contact details, opening hours and days, types of tests performed, with or without appointment.


"Cleared to travel" certificate

A person who has tested positive for COVID-19 and wishes to travel is entitled to obtain a "Cleared to travel" document.

The "Cleared to travel" document is :

  • issued by the Cantonal Doctor's Office
  • sent at your request
  • issued within 48 working hours
  • valid as of the 11th day after a positive test.

CAUTION: The "Cleared to travel" document does not guarantee entry into the country of destination. Please refer to the provisions of the destination country.

Apply for a "Cleared to travel" document form 
Proof of your positive test and a copy of your passport or identity card are required to apply.

If a person wishes to travel before the 11th day following a positive test result, he/she can go to a screening centre to have a rapid antigenic test carried out, which, in the event of a negative result, enables him/her to obtain a negative test certificate (see above). 


COVID certificates

Find hereafter all the updated information on COVID certificates and on how to obtain a COVID certificate in the canton of Geneva :

Last updated
19 August 2022

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