COVID-19 certificate

1. Overview

Measures relating to the use of the COVID certificate in Switzerland to prevent the spread of the coronavirus have been lifted (February 2022).

There are no longer any restrictions on access to events, establishments or demonstrations associated with the COVID certificate.

A COVID certificate is no longer required to travel in Switzerland (e.g. tourism), neither to enter Switzerland nor to travel within.

 

Validity of the COVID certificate abroad

Switzerland continues to issue euro-compatible COVID certificates as some countries still require a COVID certificate to enter their territory or to access certain sites. 

It is therefore recommended to keep the mobile application "COVID Certificate" and/or to keep a copy of your certificate in PDF format.

It is your responsibility to find out about the rules in force in your destination country.

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

To find out which countries still require a COVID certificate, you can also check the following sites:

 


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

FOPH Coronavirus: Measures and ordinances

FEDLEX COVID-19 Certificates Ordinance

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

Measures relating to the use of the COVID certificate in Switzerland to prevent the spread of the coronavirus have been lifted (February 2022).

There are no longer any restrictions on access to events, establishments or demonstrations associated with the COVID certificate.

A COVID certificate is no longer required to travel in Switzerland (e.g. tourism), neither to enter Switzerland nor to travel within.

If this serves to protect the health of people who are present, especially vulnerable people, managers of facilities or premises with public accass and event organisers still retain the possibility of limiting access to people with a COVID certificate.
 

2) COVID certificates for travelling abroad
Euro-compatible COVID certificates

Switzerland continues to issue euro-compatible COVID certificates as some countries still require a COVID certificate to enter their territory or to access certain sites.

It is therefore recommended to keep the mobile application "COVID Certificate" and/or to keep a copy of your certificate in PDF format.

Unless otherwise stated, the COVID certificate is recognised by the EU and EFTA states and by Turkey.

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

  1. COVID-19 certificate of vaccination : 
    - Valid as of the last 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. For basic immunisation: from the last dose of a complete 2-dose or 1 infection + 1 dose (in any order) or from the 22nd day after the Janssen® vaccine dose. Infection must be proven by a positive PCR test result (performed in Switzerland or abroad), or by a positive result of a rapid antigen test (with a nasopharyngeal swab, performed by a health professional, in Switzerland).
    Some specific serologies may be included in the documentation of an infection, but they are assessed on a case-by-case basis by the Geneva health authorities (Direction générale de la santé). 
     
  2. COVID-19 certificate of recovery after SARS-CoV-2 infection valid for 6 months : 
    - Following a positive PCR test (performed in Switzerland or abroad) and from the 11th day after the positive result.
    - Following a positive rapid antigen test (with a nasopharyngeal swab, performed by a health professional, in Switzerland) and from the 11th day after the positive result.
     
  3. COVID-19 test certificate following a negative test result for SARS-CoV-2
    - Following a negative PCR test (performed in Switzerland or abroad).
    - Following a positive rapid antigen test (with a nasopharyngeal swab, performed by a health professional, in Switzerland).
The time length before the COVID certificate is valid and the validity length 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).

To find out which countries still require a COVID certificate, you can also check the following sites:

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.

 

Obtenir un certificat COVID

Download the document (in French)  Délivrance de certificat COVID

 

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3. COVID certificate for vaccinated persons

Obtaining a COVID certificate after vaccination

  • Valid as of the last 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. For basic immunisation: from the last dose of a complete 2-dose or 1 infection + 1 dose (in any order) or from the 22nd day after the Janssen® vaccine dose. Infection must be proven by a positive PCR test result (performed in Switzerland or abroad), or by a positive result of a rapid antigen test (with a nasopharyngeal swab, performed by a health professional, in Switzerland).
  • Some specific serologies may be included in the documentation of an infection, but they are assessed on a case-by-case basis by the Geneva health authorities (Direction générale de la santé). 

COVID euro-compatible certificates are recognised in Switzerland: it is not necessary to apply for a Swiss certificate.

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.

For special cases please consult the COVID Certificate FAQ.

 

Overview of possible scenarios for obtaining a COVID certificate of vaccination

Basic immunity
as of 5 years 

Basic immunity
as of 5 years 

Basic immunity
as of 5 years 

Encoding

Booster 1
as of 12 years

Encoding

Booster 2
as of 80 years

Encoding

General population

Dose de vaccination COVID

 

Dose de vaccination COVID

2/2

Dose de vaccination COVID

3/3

Dose de vaccination COVID

4/4

General population

Dose de vaccination COVID Dose de vaccination COVID Infection au COVID

 

2/2

Dose de vaccination COVID

3/3

Dose de vaccination COVID

4/4

General population

Infection au COVID Dose de vaccination COVID

1/1

Dose de vaccination COVID

2/1

Dose de vaccination COVID

3/1

General population

Dose de vaccination COVID Infection au COVID

1/2 (incomplete)
+recovery certificate

Dose de vaccination COVID

2/1

Dose de vaccination COVID

3/1

Immunosuppressed persons

Dose de vaccination COVID Infection au COVID Dose de vaccination COVID

2/1

Dose de vaccination COVID

3/1

Dose de vaccination COVID

4/1

Immunosuppressed persons

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3/3

Dose de vaccination COVID

4/4

Dose de vaccination COVID

5/5

Immunosuppressed persons

Infection au COVID Dose de vaccination COVID Dose de vaccination COVID

2/1

Dose de vaccination COVID

3/1

Dose de vaccination COVID

4/1

Janssen®

Dose de vaccination COVID

1/1

Dose de vaccination COVID

2/1

Basic immunity

Dose de vaccination COVID

 

 

Vaccines: There are several types depending on age and therapeutic indications (e.g. mRNA vaccine, viral vector vaccine, or recombinant protein vaccine). 

To find out more about vaccine recommendations according to your age and the type of vaccine, or the number of doses required, you may consult the pages Getting vaccinated against COVID-19.

Infection au COVID

A COVID infection is determined by:

  • A positive result of a molecular biology test (PCR test) for SARS-CoV-2 performed in Switzerland or abroad.
  • A positive result of a rapid antigen test (RADT test) with a nasopharyngeal swab, performed by a health professional, in Switzerland.
  • In some cases, a serology may be accepted to document an infection. The serology must meet certain criteria analysed on a case-by-case basis by the Geneva health authorities (Direction Générale de la Santé).

 

Prior to an infection (positive test), only one dose of vaccine is needed to achieve full immunisation (basic immunisation), provided that the time interval between the first dose and infection is observed. In this case, a second dose is not required; the person receives a certificate of incomplete vaccination (1/2) for dose 1, and a certificate of recovery for the infection but basic immunisation is considered complete.
After an infection (positive test), only one vaccine dose is required to achieve full immunisation (basic immunisation), provided that the time interval between the first dose and infection is observed. In this case, the person receives a certificate of recovery after infection and a certificate of full vaccination 1/1 and basic immunisation is considered complete.

A booster dose is only valid with one dose of vaccine; an infection cannot be regarded as a booster.

 


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 online the COVID Certificates e-démarches application form | ge.ch or contact the COVID-19 Green Line (0800 909 400). 

 

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4. COVID certificate for cured persons

Switzerland issues COVID recovery certificates based on a positive PCR test (performed in Switzerland or abroad) or on a positive rapid antigen test (with a nasopharyngeal swab, performed by a health professional, in Switzerland). COVID certificates are issued free of charge.

  • You had a positive PCR test (performed in Switzerland or abroad). 
    • The laboratory that performed the PCR analysis is responsible for issuing this type of certificate in the canton of Geneva.
    • If you did not manage to obtain 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, you may, under some conditions, apply online for a COVID certificate by filling in the COVID Certificates e-démarches application form | ge.ch.
    • This recovery certificate is valid from the 11th day after the positive PCR test result.
       
  • You had a positive rapid antigen test (with a nasopharyngeal swab, performed by a health professional in Switzerland) 
    • The testing site or the authorised professional who carried out the test is responsible for issuing this type of certificate in the canton of Geneva.
    • If you did not manage to obtain your certificate from the testing site or the authorised professional, you may apply online for a COVID certificate by filling in the e-démarches Certificats COVID form | ge.ch.
    • This recovery certificate is valid from the 11th day after the positive result of the rapid antigen test.

 

The FOPH uses a new encoding system for a series of certificates related to booster vaccination in order to comply with the European Union's requirements. This concerns people who received a dose of vaccine and then were infected (or vice versa), and who 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).

People in this situation whose certificate is encoded 2/2 have in principle received their corrected certificate (2/1), sent directly by mail by the FOPH. If this certificate has not been received, it is advisable to contact the COVID-19 Green Line (0800 909 400).

 


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


Obtaining a COVID certificate following a negative PRC test (performed in Switzerland or abroad) or following a negative rapid antigen test (with a nasopharyngeal swab, performed by a health professional, in Switzerland)

Testing centers, laboratories, pharmacies may issue COVID certificates for persons who were tested negative for COVID-19 (PCR test or rapid antigen test), according to the document COVID Certificate Issuance (in French only).  In all cases, the COVID certificate is free of charge.

No COVID test certificate is issued for negative tests that were performed in case of symptoms, or in case of exposure (outbreak investigation).

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


1) Negative PCR Test

Persons who tested negative with 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).

 

2) Negative rapid antigen test

Persons who tested negative with a rapid antigen test will receive their COVID certificate directly on site from the testing facility or by email. People may then download the test on their mobile phone via the "COVID Certificate" application (blue).

 

 


Recommendation upon receipt of the 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 online the COVID Certificates e-démarches application form | ge.ch or contact the COVID-19 Green Line (0800 909 400). 

 

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6. COVID Certificates e-démarches application form

The authorities responsible for issuing COVID certificates in the canton of Geneva are

  • Vaccination sites (centres/clinics, pharmacies, medical practices, etc.) for COVID certificates of vaccination
  • Testing sites (centres/clinics, laboratories, pharmacies, medical practices, etc.) for COVID certificates of recovery and negative test
Only laboratories, since they perform the analysis of the test, are entitled to issue COVID certificates for a PCR test.

Please contact the institution responsible for issuing your COVID certificate in the first instance.

Download the document (in French only) Délivrance de certificat COVID

This form only takes into account requests in the following cases. Other applications will be refused.

COVID certificate of recovery

You can apply if:

  1. You have lost your certificate and the test site/laboratory no longer exists
  2. You have had a positive PCR test for COVID performed abroad and you are a Swiss citizen and/or resident in the canton of Geneva (with a residence permit), or with a work permit in Switzerland and an activity in the canton of Geneva
COVID certificate of vaccination

You can apply if:

  1. You have lost your certificate and the vaccination centre no longer exists
  2. You have received at least one dose of vaccine abroad and you are a Swiss citizen and/or resident in the canton of Geneva (with a residence permit), or with a work permit in Switzerland and an activity in the canton of Geneva
  3. You have had a positive COVID test (rapid PCR/antigen test or positive serology) and you have received at least one dose of vaccine
  4. You wish to obtain the status of your vaccination and/or immunity

 


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: 


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 apply online via the COVID Certificates e-démarches application form or 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.

 

What is the validity length of my COVID certificate?

The recognition of the COVID certificate issued in Switzerland, the period of time before it becomes valid or the duration of its validity may depend on the regulations in force in the country where you intend to travel 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).

To find out which countries still require a COVID certificate, you can also check the following sites:

 

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

Yes, because there are three ways to obtain a COVID 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.
 

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.

Obtenir un certificat COVID

Download the document in French Délivrance de certificat COVID


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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. 

 

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).
     

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.
 

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 by filling in online the COVID Certificates e-démarches application form | ge.ch.
 

 


COVID Certificate and travel 

How do I know if my COVID certificate is valid to travel abroad?

The time length before the COVID certificate is valid and the validity length 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).

To find out which countries still require a COVID certificate, you can also consult the following sites:

 

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.
 

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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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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