COVID certificate

Here you will find information on where and how to get a COVID certificate in the canton of Zurich. Especially when you were vaccinated, have recovered from COVID-19 or have tested negative abroad.

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What is the COVID certificate?

The COVID certificate provides documentary evidence that you have had a COVID-19 vaccination, have had and recovered from the disease or have tested negative. You can store the COVID certificate in paper form or in the COVID Certificate app.

For further information see the websites of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH).

Important notes

 

Under 16s do not need a COVID certificate.

 

EU Digital COVID Certificate is compatible

Have you already got an EU Digital COVID Certificate or a certificate which is compatible with the EU Digital COVID Certificate? If so, you don’t need to apply for a Swiss COVID certificate as these are also recognised in Switzerland. Furthermore, there are other countries whose certificates are recognised by Switzerland. These are listed under the following link:

People who are vaccinated

Vaccination in Switzerland

Once you are fully vaccinated, you can request a COVID certificate. Please note that you must enter your personal details as they appear on your ID card or passport. This will avoid any difficulties when your certificate is checked against your identification document.

You will find information on how to request a COVID certificate when vaccinated in Switzerland on the cantonal website in German.

Vaccination abroad

Transitional arrangement until 24 October 2021

In a transitional phase until 24 October 2021, all foreign vaccination certificates for EMA-approved vaccines will be valid for access to events or facilities requiring a COVID certificate in Switzerland.

To find out what conditions must be met and what documents you need to show, please see the following website:

Apply for COVID certificate

People vaccinated abroad (regardless of their country of origin) can apply for the Swiss COVID certificate via the national application platform. To do so, use the following online form. The prerequisite is that you have been vaccinated against COVID-19 with a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA):

Advantages:

  • Comirnaty® / BNT162b2 / Tozinameran (Pfizer/BioNTech)
  • Spikevax® / mRNA-1273 / COVID-19 vaccine (Moderna)
  • Vaxzevria® / AZD1222 / Covishield™ (AstraZeneca)
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)

You must be resident in Switzerland, staying in Switzerland, or intend to enter Switzerland. You must also be able to provide sufficient evidence of the vaccination performed abroad and your stay in Switzerland, and be able to prove your identity.

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1. For your application, you require at least the following information:

Advantages:

  • Information on your nationality or on your residency status in Switzerland (e.g. copy of passport)
  • Confirmation of vaccination (e.g. vaccination certificate with details of the vaccines, date of last vaccination, number of doses received, existing certificate if applicable)
  • Reason for your stay in Switzerland, how long you are staying and where
  • Proof of address or residence or proof of arrival in Switzerland (e.g. plane ticket, train ticket, or accommodation booking)

2. The necessary documents must be in Latin script and must be submitted in German, French, Italian or English.

3. Download the COVID Certificate app free from the Apple App Store, Google Play Store or Huawei App Gallery. Your COVID certificate can also be directly delivered to the app.

If you are not resident in Switzerland, you will be charged CHF 30 for your application to be processed. This sum should be paid by credit card during the application process.

In the canton of Zurich an application usually takes no longer than 24–48 h to process. We strongly recommend that you apply for a certificate one week before your trip to Switzerland. You should also check your e-mail inbox at regular intervals. The relevant agencies may ask you to provide further information and documentation if they have doubts about the authenticity of the submitted documents or have any queries. They can also reject applications if the doubts cannot be resolved. In such cases, you will not be entitled to any refund of your fee.

Vaccinated with Sinovac or Sinopharm

People who have been vaccinated with Sinovac or Sinopharm vaccines can only apply for a Swiss COVID certificate under certain conditions. You must belong to one of the following groups and be able to prove this accordingly:

Advantages:

  • You are a Swiss national.
  • You are a foreign national with a short-term residence permit, residence permit, permanent residence permit or cross-border commuter permit.
  • You are deemed provisionally admitted.
  • You are deemed in need of protection.
  • You are an asylum seeker with a permit or confirmation.
  • You hold a legitimation card under the Host State Ordinance.
  • You hold a Ci permit.

You must submit the application to the issuing body in person so that your details can be checked on the spot. The following location is currently available for this purpose:

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For your application, you require at least the following information:

Advantages:

  • Information on your nationality or on your residency status in Switzerland (e.g. copy of passport/residence permit)
  • Confirmation of vaccination (e.g. vaccination certificate with details of the holder, administered vaccines, the institution that performed the vaccination, date of last vaccination, number of doses received, existing certificate if applicable)
  • Reason for your stay in Switzerland, how long you are staying and where
  • Proof of address or residence.

The necessary documents must be submitted in German, French, Italian or English.

You can also download the COVID Certificate app free of charge from the Apple App Store, Google Play Store or Huawei AppGallery. Your COVID certificate can also be delivered directly to the app.

Are you resident in Switzerland? If you apply for the certificate in the canton of Zurich where you live you will not incur any costs.

If you are not resident in Switzerland or if you are applying for the certificate in a canton where you do not live, you will be asked to pay a contribution for the issuing of the certificate.

Important note

If you received the Sinopharm or Sinovac vaccines and are travelling to Switzerland as a tourist, you cannot apply for a Swiss COVID certificate at the moment. Nor can a COVID certificate currently be issued for vaccination with Sputnik V.

People who have recovered from COVID-19

You can get a COVID certificate if the COVID infection was confirmed with a positive PCR test and was no more than 180 days ago. A person is considered to have recovered from the 11th day after the positive PCR test.

Application form for recovery in Switzerland

People tested positive in Switzerland and having recovered now, can apply for the COVID certificate via the following online form. It is then delivered in paper form by post.

Application form for recovery abroad

People tested positive abroad (regardless of their country of origin) and having recovered now, can also apply for the Swiss COVID certificate via the Confederation's central platform. To do so, use the following online form. To this end, you need to present an official document confirming the lifting of your isolation period with the name and address of the official body and proof of the positive PCR test. 

For more information on the application process, the required information and the costs, please click here:

No certificate for confirmations with rapid antigen tests or antibody tests

You cannot get a COVID certificate to certify recovery from COVID based on a positive rapid antigen test. COVID certificates cannot be issued to certify recovery following a serology (antibody) test either. While a serology test can prove that you have had contact with the virus, it doesn’t indicate how long ago the infection occurred.

People who have tested negative 

Negative PCR test

The COVID certificate will be delivered directly to your COVID Certificate app on application. Already when the sample is taken you must say that you want a COVID certificate.

Negative rapid antigen test

You can request the COVID certificate from the test centre directly. This can either be done on the spot at the centre, or you will receive your certificate digitally by email or direct to your COVID Certificate app.

No certificate for self-tests or antibody tests

COVID certificates are not issued for self-tests or antibody tests.

Period of validity

The validity period varies according to whether your COVID certificate documents a vaccination, recovery from COVID-19 or a negative test. The validity may be adjusted on the basis of new scientific data.

Important: The following information is valid in Switzerland. Other countries may specify different periods of validity.

For people who have been vaccinated

365 days from when the last vaccine dose was administered.

The following exemption applies to people who received the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine: The certificate is only valid from the 22nd day after the vaccine dose is administered.

For people who have recovered from COVID

The certificate is valid from the 11th day after the positive test result and lasts for 180 days from the date of the test result (in other words, the certificate is valid for 169 days in total).

For people who have been tested negative

PCR test: 72 hours from when the sample was taken.
Rapid antigen test: 48 hours from when the sample was taken.

Use of the COVID certificate

Contact

Gesundheitsdirektion – Impfung

Address

Stampfenbachstrasse 30
Postfach
8090 Zürich
Route (Google maps)

Phone

+41 84 833 66 11

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