Last updated on 24.01.2022

COVID certificate

In view of the current epidemiological developments, the Federal Council decided on 3 December 2021 to take additional measures to protect the population. Among other things, the duration of validity of COVID certificates for people who have tested negative based on antigen rapid test will be reduced. Since Saturday, 4 December 2021, COVID certificates for people who have tested negative will be valid as follows:

  • PCR test: 72 hours
  • Rapid antigen test: 24 hours

This regulation also applies to COVID certificates for people who have tested negative issued before 4 December 2021.

Have you had a COVID-19 vaccination, had and recovered from the disease or tested negative (with a PCR or rapid antigen test)? If so, you are able to request a COVID certificate on paper or in digital form in all cantons. The COVID certificate can be transferred to the COVID Certificate app.

You’ll find the latest information on the COVID certificate in the information flyer and below.

This page is being continually updated and added to. A lot of extra information, functions and elements will be provided. Please check back from time to time to make sure you don’t miss any new information on the COVID certificate.

What is the COVID certificate?

The COVID certificate is an official document that confirms you have been vaccinated against COVID-19, have recovered from the disease, or have recently had a negative PCR test or rapid antigen test.
Two videos provide a short and simple explanation of the COVID certificate and show how it is delivered straight to the COVID Certificate app. Find out what a ‘certificate light’ is and how to activate it, and get information on the EU Digital COVID Certificate.


How do I obtain a COVID certificate and how do I use it?

Here you can find out who can issue the COVID certificate and how you can get one. You’ll find an overview of use cases, issue methods and validity. You’ll also find information on applying for a certificate and the cost if you were vaccinated abroad.


Where can the COVID certificate be used in Switzerland?

There are three different zones regarding use of the COVID certificate in Switzerland: settings where showing a certificate is mandatory; settings where the certificate can be used to be exempt from certain requirements; and settings where use of the certificate is not envisaged. You can also find out more about accessing places with a certificate requirement if you were vaccinated abroad, and about entering Switzerland and other countries.


Are my data secure?

No personal data or COVID certificates are stored on central federal government systems. Here you can find out how the security of the certificate is tested.


Frequently-asked questions

Here you’ll find answers to frequently-asked questions on the COVID certificate.