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In the COVID Certificate app, the field «Validity in Switzerland» is no longer displayed on the COVID certificate. Instead, the app shows the time of the vaccination or test.
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.
Overview of certificate types
The following overview shows all certificates that are valid and can be used in Switzerland, including the conditions and period of validity. A COVID certificate that is valid in Switzerland does not, however, provide a guarantee for entry into other countries.
Vaccination in Switzerland
Documented in the vaccination tool
Every vaccination carried out in the canton of Zurich is documented in the cantonal vaccination tool VacMe. The certificate is generated directly via the vaccination tool after the vaccination has been completed and can be downloaded from the user account.
Persons who do not have their own user account will receive the certificate by post, provided they have consented to the forwarding of the data and thus to the receipt of a certificate. If you wish to give this consent subsequently, you can do so via the cantonal vaccination hotline 0848 33 66 11.
Apply for Swiss COVID certificate
Vaccinated with an EMA-approved vaccine
People vaccinated abroad (regardless of their country of origin) with a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) can apply for the Swiss COVID certificate via the national application platform. To do so, use the following online form. These vaccines are approved by the EMA:
- Comirnaty (Pfizer/BioNTech)
- Spikevax (Moderna)
- Janssen (Janssen)
- Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca, incl. licensed products Covishield, Fiocruz and R-Covi)
- Nuvaxovid (Novavax, incl. licensed product Covovax)
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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Request rejected or technical problems
Has your application been rejected or have you had technical difficulties? We will then be happy to see you at our stand in Zurich Main Station at Zurich Tourism. Beforehand, you can send your documents to firstname.lastname@example.org for examination and, if necessary, to arrange an appointment.
Persons with residence permit vaccinated with WHO emergency-approved vaccine
If you have received a vaccine that is on the WHO emergency use list and if you belong to one of the following groups of persons, you will receive a Swiss COVID certificate that is EU-compliant and meets the common validity period (currently 365 days in Switzerland).
You must have received one of the following vaccines:
- BBIBP-CorV (China Sinopharm Int. Corp.)
- CoronaVac (Sinovac Biotech)
- Covaxin (Bharat Biotech)
And you must belong to one of the following groups and be able to provide evidence of this:
- 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.
AJDMT Medical Services AG, Witzbergstrasse 23, 8330 Pfäffikon ZH (Bus 830 from Uster train station and Pfäffikon train station, bus stops directly in front of the building)
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People who have recovered from COVID-19
Recovery in Switzerland
Confirmation with PCR test
People who have recovered from a COVID-19 disease in Switzerland with PCR test confirmation can apply for a COVID certificate using the following online form. The certificate will then be sent by post in paper form within 7 days. Some laboratories also issue the certificates directly and send them by e-mail.
A person is considered to have recovered from the 11th day after the positive PCR test.
Confirmation with rapid antigen test
As of 2 May 2022, certificates of recovery will again be issued for positive rapid tests. These certificates are valid for 180 days and are – as it is a replication of the EU regulation – in principle internationally recognised. However, individual countries can issue stricter regulations at any time.
There are various ways to obtain this certificate:
- From 22 June 2022, certificates of recovery based on a positive rapid antigen test can only be applied for via the National Application Centre and can no longer be issued by the testing body.
- Persons who tested positive by means of a rapid test between 24 January and 16 February 2022 and who already had a recovery certificate that was only valid in Switzerland can apply for a new certificate from the Confederation via the «COVID Certificate App» by selecting the certificate directly via the national application office.
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:
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.
Only rapid antigen tests with a nasopharyngeal swab are now approved. Since the quality of samples from nasal swabs is insufficient, such tests no longer lead to a certificate. This will increase the reliability of the result and reduce the risk of infected persons receiving a certificate due to a false negative test result.
No certificate for self-tests
COVID certificates are not issued for self-tests.
Certificates for repetitive testing
In the canton of Zurich, it is possible to issue certificates for negative test results in the context of repetitive testing since 10 January 2022. These have a validity of 72 hours and will only be issued at request of those tested. The pool managers are responsible for this. The issuing is done via the Together We Test platform.
Validity and use
The certificate requirement was lifted in Switzerland on 17 February 2022. The sanitary measures for entering Switzerland have also been lifted. There is no longer any need to present proof of vaccination, convalescence or negative tests or to complete an entry form. However, the COVID certificate can still be used for travel abroad.
Period of validity in Switzerland only formal
As of 6 September 2022, the «Validity in Switzerland» field will no longer be displayed on the certificate in the «COVID Certificate App». Instead, the app shows the date of the vaccination or test. Since the certificate obligation in Switzerland was lifted in February 2022 the Swiss validity periods have only existed formally.
The Swiss validity period is also irrelevant abroad, as the rules of the respective country apply in each case. Holders must continue to find out for themselves how long a certificate is valid in the destination country or whether exceptions apply (for example, certificates for certain vaccines could only be valid from a certain time).
Most countries in Europe have now also removed the certificate requirement for entry. The «Validity abroad» function has therefore also been removed in the «COVID Certificate» app.
Now the app shows how many days or hours ago a vaccination or test was carried out. This makes it easier for keepers to find out whether their certificate complies with the rules of their destination country (if the country still requires a COVID certificate).
Information on regulations abroad
Helpful websites (besides the website of the authorities of the transit or destination country) on entry regulations and areas of use of the certificate in other countries are the following:
Period of vailidity after vaccination
270 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.
Period of validity after recovery from COVID
Tested positive with a PCR test or a rapid antigen test
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.
The COVID certificate on the basis of an antibody test is no longer issued.
Period of validity after negative test
PCR test: 72 hours from when the sample was taken.
Rapid antigen test: 24 hours from when the sample was taken.
Use for travel
A COVID certificate that is valid in Switzerland does not guarantee entry into other countries. Each country determines its own entry regulations and has the sovereignty to continuously adapt them according to the development of the epidemiological situation. Therefore, before each journey, you should inform yourself about the entry regulations on the official website of the destination country.
Recognition by EU/EFTA states
The Swiss COVID certificate is recognised by the EU/EFTA states. It can therefore be used in the entire EU/EFTA area.