3. Why, when and where can one be tested?

Why is getting tested important?

The purpose of screening is to :

  1. Rapidly isolate any sick person to prevent him/her from infecting others.
  2. Quarantine people with whom a sick person may have had close contact and who may have been infected.

This strategy aims to stem the outbreak of new cases and limit the epidemic's relapse during this period of gradual easing of measures.

If the population is not systematically screened at the onset of symptoms, there is a risk that we may have to revert to stricter containment and to a suspension of some activities or a reclosure of certain premises.

When should you get tested?

1. Symptomatic persons

If you present any acute respiratory symptoms (coughing, sore throat, shortness of breath) with or without fever, with an impression of fever or muscle pain and/or a sudden loss of smell or taste, it is strongly recommended that you undergo a screening test by contacting the Geneva University Hospitals (HUG) sampling centre.

Assess your need to undergo a screening test

Before doing a screening, you can also choose to assess your risk level by doing a HUG Coronarisk test. Answer all the questions of the Geneva University Hospitals (HUG) Coronarisk test (in French) as accurately as possible. The HUG will then advise you on the appropriate steps to take.

2. Asymptomatic persons who have received a notification via the Swisscovid application regarding exposure to a COVID-19 case.

A test is indicated 5 days after this notification. If the test is negative, the recommended hygiene measures must still be followed.

3. Persons with a test indication from the health authorities

Where can you get tested?


Adult ambulatory emergencies
9:00-12.00 - 14:00-18:00 | 7/7
By appointment (on line) only.
Direct access, from the outside, entry through the tent located behind the "Morier" building, sector E reserved for people presenting symptoms related to COVID-19.

Sector H pediatric
Young people under 16 years of age
9:00-19:00 | Mon-Fri
By appointment (on line)
No appointment in case of emergency
Separate entrance for Pediatric Emergency and Children's Hospital

For pre-travel screening, please contact the HUG - Travel Medicine Consultation Service.

Hôpital de la Tour

9:00-12:30 - 13:30-18:00 | Mon-Fri
9:00-15:00 | Sat

By appointment (on line) only.

Young people under 16 years of age
9:00-17:30 | Mon-Fri
9:00-14:30 | Sat
To make an appointment

Clinique de Carouge

9:00-172:00 | Mon-Fri
9:00-12:00 | Sat

For information and appointments, please call 0800 09 00 95
To make an appointment (Mon-Fri)


Cost coverage of the screening test

Since 25 June 2020, the Confederation pays the costs of COVID-19 analyses for people who consult one of the above-mentioned sites.

The screening must be indicated (see "When to get tested") and the person must be insured in Switzerland. Coverage is therefore free of charge for persons who meet these criteria. On the other hand, the cost of screening for travel reasons and for most asymptomatic persons remains at their expense or at the expense of the employer if the employer requests the analysis.

If further tests or swabs are required based on the clinical condition, the health professional must inform the person. In this case, the additional costs are covered by the health insurance, accident insurance or military insurance, as the case may be.

Indication for a screening test for children under 12 years of age is not recommended a priori but remains to be determined by the paediatrician.



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