COVID-19 certificate

1. Overview

Since February 17th, 2022, measures enhancing the implementation of the COVID certificate in Switzerland to control the spread of the coronavirus will be lifted.

During its session of February 16th, 2022, the Federal Council decided to lift most of the national measures for an enhanced implementation of the COVID certificate to fight the spread of the coronavirus. This concerns in particular the 2G and 2G+ rule inside certain establishments such as cinemas, theaters and restaurants, as well as the 3G rule for outdoor events from 300 people.

While the national requirement to present a certificate in Switzerland has been lifted since 17 February 2022, Switzerland continues to issue euro-compatible COVID certificates as some countries still require a COVID certificate for entry into their territory or access to certain sites. 

All COVID certificates remain nonetheless valid in Switzerland until their expiry date. At this stage, it is recommended  to keep a copy of your certificate in PDF format and not to delete the COVID Certificate App from one's mobile phone.
 


The COVID certificate is a standardized, reliable, forgery-proof tool, recognized nationally and internationally. It is to be used by people who have been vaccinated, cured or recently tested negative. With a COVID certificate (in paper or digital format), a person can demonstrate that he/she is immune (i.e. cured or fully vaccinated) or he/she was recently tested negative. COVID certificates are issued free of charge.

In this leaflet, you will find all the information concerning the issuing of the COVID certificate in the canton of Geneva.


See also

FOPH Coronavirus : COVID Certificate

The COVID certificate briefly explained (FOPH film)

 

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2. Scope of the COVID certificate

1) Scope of the COVID certificate in Switzerland

During its session of February 16th, 2022, the Federal Council decided to lift most of the national measures for an enhanced implementation of the COVID certificate to fight the spread of the coronavirus. This concerns in particular the 2G and 2G+ rule inside certain establishments such as cinemas, theaters and restaurants, as well as the 3G rule for outdoor events from 300 people.

If it helps to protect the health of persons present, especially vulnerable persons, operators of facilities or managers establishments with public access and event organisers retain the option of limiting access only to persons with a COVID-19 certificate.

All COVID certificates remain therefore valid in Switzerland until their expiry date. At this stage, it is recommended  to keep a copy of your certificate in PDF format and not to delete the COVID Certificate App from one's mobile phone.

Since 17th February 2022, COVID certificates recognised only in Switzerland - namely the Swiss COVID vaccination certificate for tourists (30 days), the Swiss COVID recovery certificate on the basis of a positive serology or a positive rapid antigen test and the Swiss COVID-19 derogation certificate - are no longer issued.

 

2) COVID certificates for travelling abroad

Euro-compatible COVID certificates

While the national requirement to present a certificate in Switzerland has been lifted since 17th February 2022, Switzerland continues to issue euro-compatible COVID certificates as some countries still require a COVID certificate for entry into their territory or access to certain sites. For certificates relating to a vaccination or an infection diagnosed abroad, the issuing is limited to persons of Swiss nationality or with a residence permit. 

Unless otherwise stated, the COVID-19 certificate is recognised by the EU and EFTA States and by Turkey.
 

Types of euro-compatible COVID certificates issued in Switzerland and their validity period

The end of the national certificate requirement since 17th February 2022 also means the end of the issuance of certificates that are only valid in Switzerland. These were introduced in the autumn of 2021 in order to allow a wider circle of persons access to institutions, establishments and events subject to the obligation to present a certificate in Switzerland.

Euro-compatible certificates that continue to be issued in Switzerland are the following: 

  1. COVID-19 certificate of vaccination valid for 9 months : 
    - As of the 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.
     
  2. COVID-19 certificate of recovery after SARS-CoV-2 infection valid for 6 months : 
    - Following a positive PCR test and from the 11th day after the positive result.
     
  3. COVID-19 test certificate following a negative test result for SARS-CoV-2
    - Valid 24 hours in Switzerland and 48 hours in the Schengen area after sampling for a rapid antigen test, and only following a nasopharyngeal swab.
    - Valid 72 hours for PCR testing.
With regards to international passenger transport, the length of time before the COVID certificate is valid and the length of validity of the certificate may depend on the rules in force in the country you intend to travel to as well as the countries through which you may transit. It is therefore always necessary to find out about the entry conditions in terms of sanitary measures of the country you wish to travel to or transit through.

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).

 

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.

People who are vaccinated with a single dose of Janssen® vaccine receive a COVID certificate of vaccination which is valid for 22 days after the injection. During this period, they can undergo rapid antigenic tests freely to obtain a valid COVID test certificate.

 

Certificat COVID mai 2022

Download the document (in French)  Délivrance de certificat COVID

 

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3. COVID certificate for vaccinated persons

The validity of the COVID-19 vaccination certificate is of 9 months. This concerns certificates obtained:

  • After the booster dose.
  • After the last dose of a full 2-dose mRNA vaccination schedule or 1 recovery + 1 dose or as early as day 22 after a single dose of the Janssen® vaccine.

Obtaining a COVID certificate after vaccination

Issuance of the COVID certificate depends on the location of the vaccination and the type of vaccine. In all cases, the COVID certificate is free of charge.

Important
In the context of COVID-19 vaccination and COVID certificates, the canton does not use Twitter or WhatsApp accounts.

1) Booster vaccination certificate

Booster vaccination certificate

When you receive a booster vaccination in the canton of Geneva, the vaccination centre will issue a paper COVID certificate containing a QR code. By scanning this code, you can save your certificate on your mobile phone.

Since the introduction of the booster dose, it is now possible to have: 

  1. Two vaccination certificates
    Both are valid and it is not necessary to present both in case of control. One certificate is sufficient to prove that one is not contagious to SARS-COV-2.
    As the certificates have different validity periods, when the first certificate received at the time of the primary vaccination (2 doses or 1 recovery + 1 dose or 1 dose of Janssen vaccine) expires, the certificate of vaccination of the booster dose will take over.
     
  2. A recovery certificate and a vaccination certificate
    With the booster vaccination, it isn't possible to combine  vaccination and recovery in one certificate. A cured infection cannot be counted as an additional dose of vaccine, but it may entitle you to a separate certificate. Vaccination and recovery are therefore recorded in two separate documents.
     

Certificates associated with booster vaccination for persons who have been ill with COVID-19

Since 1st February 2022, the FOPH adopted a new encoding system for a series of certificates in order to comply with the European Union's requirements. This concerns persons who received a dose of vaccine and then got infected (or vice versa), and then received a booster dose. Currently, in this case, in order to reflect the booster dose, the certificate is encoded 2/1 (2 doses received in total and 1 dose for the primary vaccination) instead of 2/2 (same as the certificate of primary vaccination with 2 doses).

 

People who are in this situation and whose certificate is encoded 2/2 have received their corrected certificate (2/1) directly by post, sent by the FOPH. If this isn't the case, they may contact the COVID-19 Green Line (0800 909 400).

 

 

2) Primary vaccination (2 doses or 1 cure + 1 dose)

Vaccination after 21st June 2021 

Download and consult the chart (in French only) Délivrance de certificat COVID

Fill in the online application federal form or contact the COVID-19 Green Line (0800 909 400). 

 

Useful tips to obtain a COVID certificate through digital access

  • To obtain COVID certificate through digital access and to fill in the COVID Certificates e-démarches application form | ge.ch, one needs a mobile phone, a computer and access to internet. Without these digital tools, one may contact the COVID-19 General information line (0800 909 400). 
     
  • The digitally issued COVID certificate can either be stored on one's phone using the COVID Certificate application, downloaded and saved to one's phone or computer (PDF format), or printed out in paper format. You can also take a screenshot on your mobile phone.
     
  • The "COVID Certificate" application (blue) can be downloaded free of charge from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. It allows you to store one or more certificates, e.g. those of your relatives (not to be confused with the "COVID Certificate Check" application (green), which is used to control the validity of COVID certificates.
     
  • For faster processing of applications, people who have received two or three doses of vaccine can contact the COVID-19 Green Line directly (0800 909 400).

Persons residing in Switzerland and vaccinated abroad: obtaining a COVID certificate or having one's foreign certificate recognized in Switzerland

Full information in the leaflet FAQ - Adminstrative procedures to obtain a COVID certificate.

Persons who have been fully vaccinated in one of the Schengen countries and have a vaccination certificate with a QR code do not need to apply for a Swiss COVID certificate. The QR code of their vaccination certificate is equivalent to that of a certificate delivered in Switzerland.

Persons vaccinated outside the Schengen zone who have Swiss citizenship or a residence permit in Switzerland can apply for a Swiss COVID certificate if they have been vaccinated with a vaccine authorised by Swissmedic, by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) or by the WHO.

Download and consult the chart (in French only) Délivrance de certificat COVID​​​​​​​

A request may be made by filling in the COVID Certificates e-démarches application form | ge.ch.

For more information: 
European Medicines Agency 
WHO table of recognised vaccines

Persons vaccinated with a vaccine that has not been authorised by Swissmedic, the EMA or the WHO are not entitled to a COVID-19 certificate. 

Persons vaccinated abroad and who do not have Swiss citizenship or a residence permit in Switzerland are not entitled to a COVID certificate issued by Switzerland.
 

Does a first vaccine dose entitle me to a COVID certificate?

Only complete vaccination (2 doses of mRNA vaccine or 1 cure + 1 dose of mRNA vaccine) entitles you to a COVID certificate. Therefore, if you have had COVID-19 and are cured (positive PCR test) and you get vaccinated, you will get a COVID certificate.

If not, you will need 2 doses of vaccine in order to get the COVID vaccination certificate. In the meantime, you will need to continue to be tested to obtain a certificate. During this time, you can be tested free of charge.

The Swiss Confederation will pay the costs of your tests to get a COVID certificate: 

  • if you have already received a first dose of an mRNA vaccine recognised in Switzerland and are waiting for the second injection. During this time, but at the latest six weeks after the first injection, the costs of obtaining your  COVID certificate are covered.
  • if you have been vaccinated with the Janssen vaccine and have to wait 22 days to obtain the COVID certificate. 

 

How to register a COVID certificate on a smartphone or computer?

It is strongly recommended to save your certificate and store it on your mobile phone via the Covid Certificate APP. You can also save the pdf file on your computer or make a paper printout of your certificate.

For vaccinated persons who receive their certificate digitally, after having requested it by filling in the COVID Certificates e-démarches application form | ge.ch , it is necessary to provide an email adress and a mobile phone number.

Indeed, once the application for a COVID certificate has been validated, a download link is sent by email. After clicking on this link, the person receives a code by SMS that allows him or her to download the certificate onto his or her computer.
  

How to download the COVID certificate application in order to register my certificate on my mobile phone?

Certificats COVID APP
Certificats COVID APP

 

There are two applications available:

 
  1. The "COVID Certificate" (blue) application allows people to store their COVID certificate (and those of their relatives) on their mobile phone.
  2. The "COVID Certificate Check" (green) application is used to check the authenticity and validity of a COVID certificate. It scans the QR code on the paper certificate or on a mobile phone.

Both APPs are available for free on the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.

 

I received a link by email after having registered for a COVID certificate. What must I do with it?

In certain contexts, this link is necessary to obtain your COVID certificate.

You must click on this link. Within a few minutes you should receive an SMS with a code. By entering this code in the field provided on your computer, you can then download your COVID certificate.  

If you did not receive an SMS after clicking on the link, try clicking on the link again after about ten minutes. If this still does not work, you should receive instructions on your screen. You can also contact the COVID-19 Green Line on 0800 909 400.

 

I don't have a mobile phone or an email address. A family member signed me up for vaccination. How must I obtain my COVID certificate?

You should inform your relative that he/she will receive an email or an SMS containing a code which is necessary to download your COVID certificate.

  • If your relative has only provided his/her email address and your mobile phone number was given at the time of application, you should ask your relative to contact you when he/she has received the link to download the COVID certificate by email. Once your relative has clicked on the link, you will receive a text message on your mobile phone, which your relative will need to enter on his/her computer, before he/she can download the certificate and send it to you.
  • If your relative has only provided his/her mobile phone number, and your email address has been provided, you should contact him/her as soon as you receive the email containing the download link. Your relative will receive the code that you will have to enter into your computer within minutes of clicking on the link in the email.
  • Finally, if your relative has provided his/her telephone number and email address, he/she can download the certificate on his/her own.
     

I signed up a number of close relatives or friends for vaccination using my mobile phone. What must I do with all the emails and SMS that I receive?

It is recommended that you complete the download process for each certificate from start to finish, before moving on to the next. A new download link in an email should not be clicked until the previous certificate has been downloaded, so that the codes received by SMS do not get mixed up. 

 

My mobile phone isn't a smartphone and it doesn't have an interactive screen. Will I still be able to receive my COVID certificate?

Yes, you will only receive a code by SMS, which can be entered on a computer. No other operation from your mobile phone will be necessary.  

 

Can I store my spouse's COVID certificate on my mobile phone?

Yes, it is perfectly possible to download several certificates, for example, the certificates of a spouse or children, and to keep them at hand on a single cell phone. The "COVID Certificate" application (lue) which allows this operation is available free of charge on the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.
 

Can I receive a COVID certificate if the mimimum time interval between my two vaccines wasn't met?

Having received 2 doses of vaccine within 21 days or less for Pfizer and 28 days or less for Moderna is too short a time period to develop a sufficient immune response and is therefore considered to be a single dose.

If this is your case, you will need to receive a third dose of vaccine within the recommended timeframe to access the certificate. Please contact the COVID-19 Green Line on 0800 909 400 for more information or submit a request for a third vaccination by email.

 

I didn't mention a mobile phone number when I registered for vaccination. Can I still receive a COVID Certificate?

Yes, if you have access to a mobile phone, you may fill in online the COVID Certificates e-démarches application form | ge.ch.

Please note that a mobile phone is required to use the online COVID Certificate e-démarches form. 
Person who does not have access to digital tools (mobile phone, computer and internet tools) and who does not have a close relative with a mobile phone who could help him/her with the process, can contact the COVID-19 Green Line (0800 909 400). 

 

There is a mistake in my name on my certificate. What can be done about this?

When his/her certificate is being checked, the holder may be asked to prove his/her identity by means of an official photo ID (e.g. an ID card). 

The information - surname(s), first name(s), date of birth - on the certificate must be identical to that on the identity document.

It is important to check that the data matches when you receive your certificate and to report any necessary corrections to the authority issuing your certificate. 

If you are unable to obtain a new corrected certificate, you may apply online by filling in the COVID Certificates e-démarches application form | ge.ch , or you may contact the COVID-19 Green Line directly (0800 909 400).

 

The validity of my certificate indicates "expired" despite the fact I was vaccinated less than 9 months ago. What should I do?

If your certificate indicates "expired", this may be due to the fact that you don't have the latest version of the COVID Cert application and you need to update the application in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store accessible on your mobile phone screen

 


Recommendation upon receipt of COVID certificate

The COVID certificate is personal. When checked, one must prove one's identity with an official identification document with a photo (e.g. an identity card). The information on the certificate - surname(s), first name(s), date of birth - should be identical to the information on the identity document.

Upon receipt of your certificate, please check that the data matches. If such is not the case, a new certificate may be requested.  To obtain a new corrected certificate, you may contact the COVID-19 Green Line (0800 909 400). 

 

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4. COVID certificate for cured persons

Since 18th March 2022, the validity of the COVID recovery certificate is limited to 180 days. 

Switzerland issues COVID recovery certificates based on a positive PCR or rapid antigen test in the situations listed hereunder. As a reminder, COVID certificates are issued free of charge.

  • You had a positive PCR test. 
    • The laboratory that performed the PCR analysis is responsible for issuing this type of certificate in the canton of Geneva.
    • If you did not receive your certificate from the laboratory, or were tested in another Swiss canton, you can apply for a COVID certificate on the FOPH website
    • If you were tested in another country than Switzerland, but you are a Swiss national or you have a residence permit, you may apply online for a COVID certificate by filling in the COVID Certificates e-démarches application form | ge.ch.
    • In the European Union, the certificate is valid for 6 months (180 days) from the 11th day after the positive PCR test result.
  • You had a positive rapid antigen test, performed in Switzerland by a professional 
    • As of 2nd May 2022, the screening centre or professional who performed the test is responsible for issuing this type of certificate in the canton of Geneva.
    • If you took the test between 1st October 2021 and 1st May 2022, you may apply for a COVID certificate on the FOPH website or, for persons residing in the canton of Geneva, on the e-démarches Certificats COVID form | ge.ch .
    • In the European Union, this recovery certificate is valid for 180 days from the 11th day after the positive result of the rapid antigen test.
    • Note: If you are already in possession of a COVID recovery certificate  based on a rapid antigen test, issued in Switzerland between 24th January and 16th February 2022, it can be converted into an EU-compatible certificate using the "COVID Certificate" application. Find out more about the procedure on the national COVID Certificate application platform.

Another situation: you were tested positive and received 1 dose of vaccine at least 28 days after your test. The vaccination centre did not issue you a COVID Certificate :

o You can request your COVID certificate by filling in the COVID Certificates e-démarches application form | ge.ch.
o The certificate, which is a COVID vaccination certificate, is valid from the day of vaccination for 9 months.

 


Certificates associated with booster vaccination for persons who have been ill with COVID-19

Since 1st February 2022, the FOPH has adopted a new encoding for a series of certificates related to booster vaccination in order to align with the European Union's requirements. This concerns persons who received a dose of vaccine and then became ill (or vice versa), and then received a booster dose. 

In this situation, in order to reflect the booster dose, the certificate is encoded 2/1 (2 doses received in total and 1 dose for the primary vaccination) instead of 2/2 (similar to the primary vaccination certificate with 2 doses). 

 


Recommendation upon receipt of COVID certificate

The COVID certificate is personal. When checked, one must prove one's identity with an official identification document with a photo (e.g. an identity card). The information on the certificate - surname(s), first name(s), date of birth - should be identical to the information on the identity document.

Upon receipt of your certificate, please check that the data matches. If such is not the case, a new certificate may be requested.  To obtain a new corrected certificate, you may fill in the COVID Certificates e-démarches application form | ge.chor contact the COVID-19 Green Line (0800 909 400). 

 

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5. COVID certificate for negative tested persons

The COVID certificate is personal. When checked, one must prove one's identity with an official identification document with a photo (e.g. an identity card). The information on the certificate - surname(s), first name(s), date of birth - should be identical to the information on the identity document.

Upon receipt of your certificate, please check that the data matches. If such is not the case, a new certificate may be requested.  To obtain a new corrected certificate, you may contact the COVID-19 Green Line (0800 909 400). 


Obtaining a COVID certificate after a test

Testing centers, laboratories, pharmacies may issue COVID certificates for persons who have tested negative for COVID-19 (PCR test or rapid antigen test).

With regard to rapid antigen testing, only nasopharyngeal swabs taken by a professional are eligible for a COVID certificate. This excludes nasal tests.

Please note that no COVID certificates are issued for self-tests.

The Confederation covers the costs of rapid antigen tests to obtain COVID negative test certificate for everyone.

 

1) Negative PCR Test

Persons who have tested negative for a PCR test will receive their COVID certificate by email directly from the laboratory. They may then download the test on their mobile phone via the "COVID Certificate" application (blue)

The certificate is valid for 72 hours.

 

2) Negative rapid antigen test

For persons who have tested negative for a rapid antigen test, a COVID certificate will be issued and handed out on site in the testing facilities (i.e. in some pharmacies, laboratories, primary care physicians offering these tests and in the testing centers). People may then download the test on their mobile phone via the "COVID Certificate" application (blue)

The certificate is valid 24 hours in Switzerland and 48 hours in the Schengen area.
 

 


Which test do you need if you are travelling?
With regards to international passenger transport, the length of time before the COVID certificate is valid and the length of validity of the certificate may depend on the rules in force in the country you intend to travel to as well as the countries through which you may transit.

It is therefore always necessary to find out about the entry conditions in terms of sanitary measures of the country you wish to travel to or transit through.

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).

HUG - General information concerning COVID tests: List of countries

 

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6. COVID Certificates e-démarches application form

You can only complete this form if you are in one of the following situations:

  • You have been ill with COVID (positive test or serology) and you have received a dose of vaccine
  • You have been ill with COVID (rapid antigen test performed in Switzerland by a professional since 1st October 2021) and you are a resident of the canton of Geneva
  • You have been ill with COVID and your positive PCR test was done abroad
  • You were vaccinated against COVID abroad
  • You have received your Swiss COVID certificate but your personal details are incorrect and must be corrected.

For optimal use of the application, it is advisable to choose an up-to-date browser.


For all other situations, please refer to points 3 to 5 of the COVID-19 Certificate section: 

 
If you do not have the necessary digital tools (mobile phone, computer, internet access), you should contact the COVID-19 Green Line (0800 909 400) to obtain your COVID certificate.

 

The COVID certificate is personal. When checked, one must prove one's identity with an official identification document with a photo (e.g. an identity card). The information on the certificate - surname(s), first name(s), date of birth - should be identical to the information on the identity document.

Upon receipt of your certificate, please check that the data matches. If such is not the case, a new certificate may be requested.  To obtain a new corrected certificate, you may contact the COVID-19 Green Line (0800 909 400).

 

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7. FAQ on the COVID certificate

 

COVID Certificate - in general

What does the COVID certificate look like?

The COVID certificate consists of a QR code generated by the Confederation, with the consent of the person concerned, and issued at cantonal level by the competent authorities (e.g. vaccination centres; testing centres, analysis laboratories etc.).

Depending on the case, the COVID certificate can be issued either in PDF format by digital means or in paper format.

  • In addition to the surname, first name, date of birth and a certificate number, the COVID certificate in paper form contains information on the COVID-19 vaccination, the illness recovery or the negative result of a PCR test or a rapid antigen test. The QR code is the central element of the COVID certificate. An electronic signature of the Swiss Confederation makes it unforgeable and guarantees the authenticity of the document.
     
  • The digital version of the COVID certificate can be used via the "COVID Certificate" application, which you can download free of charge from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. All you have to do is scan the QR code of your COVID certificate with the application and save it on your phone. No data is saved in a centralised system.

You will be able to store multiple certificates in the COVID Certificate application, (e.g. multiple negative test results but also certificates of family members). The application will also inform you about the validity of your certificate and its expiry date in Switzerland.

To present the certificate, you can either use the paper document or the QR code on your phone.

Caution
In general, when inspected, your COVID certificate is only valid if it is presented together with your identity document. The information (surname and first name) on the COVID certificate must be identical to that on your identity document.
We invite you to check that these data match upon receipt of your certificate and to report any necessary corrections to the authority issuing your certificate.

 

What is the COVID "light" certificate?

Since the suspension of measures for an enhanced implementation of the COVID certificate in Switzerland effective from 17th February 2022, this certificate is currently no longer necessary.

The "light" version of the Covid certificate is only used in Switzerland. Its existence was imposed by the Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner to ensure data minimisation.

 

What is the validity length of my COVID certificate?

It depends on how you obtained it:

  • Certificate of vaccination COVID-19 valid for 9 months:
    • Valid after the last dose of a full 2-dose mRNA vaccination scheme or 1 recovery + 1 dose or from the 22nd day after the Janssen® vaccine dose.
    • Valid after the booster dose.
       
  • Certificate of recovery from SARS-CoV-2 infection valid 6 months: 
    • Following a positive PCR test and from the 11th day after the positive result.
       
  • COVID-19 test certificate following a negative test result for SARS-CoV-2:
    • Valid 24 hours after sampling for a rapid antigen test, and only following a nasopharyngeal swab;
    • Valid for 72 hours for a PCR test.

Time frames related to vaccination or to post COVID recovery may change (i.e. be extended or shortened) depending on the state of knowledge about the duration of immunity and the standards required by the European Union. In this case, you will not need to do anything as the extension will be implemented automatically and will be displayed on the QR code.

 

What is the "Swiss" COVID certificate?

Since the suspension of the measures relating to an enhanced application in Switzerland of the COVID certificate effective from 17th February 2022, the "Swiss" COVID certificates, recognised only in Switzerland, are no longer valid and are no longer issued.

These certificates included the Swiss COVID certificate in case of recovery, the Swiss COVID certificate for vaccination for tourists (valid for 30 days) and the Swiss COVID-19 derogation certificate for people unable to be vaccinated or tested due to a severe mental illness. 

Swiss certificates issued until 16th February 2022 remain valid until their expiry date.
 

Can a person have more than one COVID-19 certificate?

Yes, because there are three ways to obtain a COVID-19 certificate (vaccination, cure and test). For example, a vaccinated person, who has obtained a vaccination certificate, could - if tested - also receive a negative test certificate for a limited period of time. The same applies to a cured person. Both certificates of this person will each have a specific QR code. Each one will be valid for its assigned period.

Furthermore, with the introduction of the booster dose, it is now also possible to have 2 vaccination certificates. Both certificates are valid. It is not necessary to present both certificates in the case of a control. One certificate is sufficient to prove that you are not contagious to SARS-COV-2.

When the first certificate, which was received following the first vaccination scheme (2 doses or 1 recovery + 1 dose) expires the vaccination certificate received following the booster dose will take over.
 

How to control a COVID certificate?

To check the QR code on a COVID certificate, the "COVID Certificate Check" application must be used. Only this APP can guarantee that the certificate presented and the data it contains are authentic and have not been manipulated.

The following data is displayed:

  • name
  • first name
  • date of birth
  • verification result: green (valid) or red (invalid).

To ensure that the QR code presented belongs to the person, one must control that the name and date of birth in the "COVID Certificate" application match the data on the identity document presented with a photo (e.g. identity card, passport, driving licence, residence permit, student card, SwissPass or Caritas CultureCard) and that the photo on the identity document matches the person.
 

Difference between «2G» and «3G»

The verification mode depends on the rules applicable for the respective organisation/event. In the case of the «3G» rule, COVID certificates are accepted for people who have been vaccinated, or who have recovered or tested negative. In the case of the «2G» rule, COVID certificates are accepted for people who have been vaccinated or who have recovered. «Light» certificates can be verified solely in «3G» mode.

Mode Vaccination Recovery  Test Light Certificate
3G yes

yes

yes yes
2G yes yes no no

 

Since the suspension of the measures relating to the reinforced application in Switzerland of the COVID certificate to combat the spread of the coronavirus, effective since 17th February 2022, the 2G and 2G+ rule inside certain establishments such as cinemas, theatres and restaurants, as well as the 3G rule for outdoor events for 300 persons or more, have been suspended.

See also : FOPH Checklist: How do I check a Swiss COVID certificate? 

 

How does one obtain a COVID certificate?

There are three types of COVID certificates: vaccination, cured COVID illness or negative test.

Depending on the context (following vaccination, following a cured COVID illness of less than 6 months and documented by a PCR test, or following a negative PCR or antigenic test), the procedure to obtain a COVID certificate will not be the same.

Certificat COVID mai 2022Download the document in French Délivrance de certificat COVID


See also:

How to download the COVID certificate application in order to register my certificate on my mobile phone?

Certificats COVID APP
Certificats COVID APP

 

There are two applications available:

 
  1. The "COVID Certificate" (blue) application allows people to store their COVID certificate (and those of their relatives) on their mobile phone.
  2. The "COVID Certificate Check" (green) application is used to check the authenticity and validity of a COVID certificate. It scans the QR code on the paper certificate or on a mobile phone.

Both APPs are available for free on the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.


 

There is a mistake in my name on my COVID certificate? What must I do?

The COVID certificate is personal. When checked, the certificate holder may be asked to prove his or her identity by means of an official identification document with a photo (e.g. an identity card). 

The information on the certificate - surname(s), first name(s), date of birth - should be identical to the information on the identity document.

Upon receipt of your certificate, please check that the data matches. If such is not the case, a new certificate may be requested.  

  • For a test certificate: please report any necessary corrections to the authority who issued your certificate.
  • For a vaccination* or a post-cure certificate: to obtain a new, corrected certificate, please apply online by filling in the COVID Certificates e-démarches application form | ge.ch , or you may contact the COVID-19 Green Line directly (0800 909 400).

I lost my mobile phone with my COVID certificate, and I don't have a paper version of this COVID certificate?

If you lose your mobile phone where you stored your certificate using the « COVID Certificate Check », or the  « COVID Certificate » application, and if you don't have a paper document, you can obtain a duplicate in the following way:

 

 


COVID Certificate and travel 

Where shall I be able to travel with my COVID certificate?

The Swiss COVID certificate is internationally compatible with the digital certificate developed by the European Union, which has officially recognised the Swiss COVID certificate as equivalent.

However, a COVID certificate is not a guarantee for entry into other countries, as each state may enact and adapt its own entry regulations according to the evolution of the epidemiological situation. This is why the COVID certificate states: "This certificate is not a travel document / Le présent certificat n'est pas un document de voyage."

As far as its use in the European Union (EU) and the Schengen area is concerned, just like the digital certificate issued in Europe, the COVID certificate should facilitate the free circulation of persons in the EU and the Schengen area, but it will not be a condition for free circulation. Border crossings will ultimately depend on each state.

If you are travelling abroad, you should find out about the health requirements of the country you intend to visit and - if applicable - of the transit countries if you are travelling by land.

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I intend travelling with my family during the holidays. Will my certificate cover my children?

No. The certificate applies on an individual basis only. You should check with your travel agent or the appropriate authorities of the country you intend to visit to find out how children and young people can enter their territory.
 

As from when will my COVID certificate be valid to travel?

The COVID vaccination or test certificates are valid as soon as they are issued. The recovery certificate is valid as from the 11th day following a positive PCR test result.

The obligation to present it for travel depends on each country.

The length of validity of the certificate may depend on the rules in force in the country you intend to visit. It is therefore necessary to find out about each State entry conditions and sanitary measures applicable in the country you wish to travel to and also in all countries of transit.

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Does my COVID certificate allow me to return to Switzerland without restrictions after a trip abroad?

All sanitary measures applied at the borders for entry into Switzerland are currently lifted. It is therefore no longer necessary to present a certificate of vaccination or recovery, a negative test or an entry form.

See also:
COVID-19 - Travelling and quarantine
FOPH website Coronavirus- Entering in Switzerland.

 

 

 Other official documents vs COVID certificate

Can the vaccination certificates I received when I was vaccinated replace the COVID certificate?

The certificates issued by your vaccination centre may not be recognised abroad. They cannot replace the COVID certificate when this is explicitly requested.

It is therefore necessary to find out about the entry conditions in your destination country and any countries of transit, in terms of sanitary requirements.

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If you are planning to travel and your destination country requires you to have a booster vaccination, don't forget the following documents:
1) your COVID certificate of vaccination;
2) your identity card or passport;
3) proof of recovery from a COVID infection.

 

How about my yellow international vaccination leaflet? Can it remplace the COVID certificate?

This document may not be recognised in all countries.

It is therefore necessary to find out about the entry conditions in your destination country and any countries of transit, in terms of health measures.

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Data security 

Where will my data be stored for the COVID certificate?

The COVID certificate is only stored locally, in your mobile phone application (using the « COVID Certificate Check », or the  « COVID Certificate » applications). Neither personal data nor certificates are stored in a centralised system.

If your mobile phone where you stored your certificate or your paper document is lost, a new certificate must be requested. To obtain a new certificate, you can apply online, by filling in online the COVID Certificates e-démarches application form | ge.ch.

 

 

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Frequently asked questions (FOPH)

 

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