How do I get the COVID certificate if I was vaccinated abroad?
Have you already got an EU Digital COVID Certificate or a certificate this 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.
If you don’t have a corresponding certificate, you can apply for a Swiss COVID certificate provided that you were vaccinated abroad with a vaccine that is approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). This concerns the following vaccines:
- 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.
You can also apply for a Swiss COVID certificate if you were vaccinated abroad with a vaccine that is on the WHO Emergency Use List but not authorised by Swissmedic or the European Medicines Agency (EMA). This concerns the following vaccines:
- SARS-CoV-2 vaccine (Vero Cell) (Sinopharm/BIBP)
- CoronaVac (Sinovac)
A Swiss COVID certificate is only issued under the following conditions:
- You must submit the application in person so that your details can be checked on the spot.
- You must belong to a certain group. You’ll find the list in the COVID-19 Certificates Ordinance.
- COVID certificates cannot currently be issued for vaccination with Sputnik V.