Last updated on 11.01.2022

Where can the COVID certificate be used in Switzerland?

The COVID certificate is designed to allow access to places where a certificate is required and to facilitate travel. A COVID certificate valid in Switzerland does not guarantee that you will be able to enter other countries. Each country decides its own entry requirements and has the authority to adjust them on an ongoing basis according to how the epidemiological situation develops.

This means that it is still possible for certain countries to have more stringent entry requirements than Switzerland. For this reason, each time you travel you should first inform yourself about the entry requirements on the official website of your destination.

From when will the COVID certificate be in use?

Since 1 July 2021, only COVID certificates have been valid as proof in the relevant zones in Switzerland. Since 13 September, the certificate obligation has been extended.

A digital COVID certificate (the EU digital COVID Certificate) was also introduced by the EU, other EFTA states, Andorra, Armenia, the Faroe Islands, Georgia, Monaco, New Zealand, Serbia, Singapore, Turkey, Ukraine and the United Kingdom. Switzerland’s COVID certificate is generally interoperable with the EU’s; they are mutually recognised. The EU digital COVID Certificate is designed to facilitate safe travel during the COVID-19 pandemic and allow access to places where a certificate is required. It has been in use since 1 July 2021. Individual states will decide how the certificate can be used. For this reason you should inform yourself about the entry requirements of the country you are travelling to.

Where will the COVID certificate be used in Switzerland and what do 3G, 2G and 2G+ mean?

If you are aged 16 and over, to get access to certain places you must be able to show a COVID certificate. A distinction is made between the following areas:

  • 3G = you have been vaccinated, have recovered from COVID or have had a negative test.
  • 2G = you have been vaccinated or have recovered from COVID.
  • 2G+ = you have been vaccinated or have recovered from COVID and can additionally show a certificate for a negative test result.

Exception when access is limited to 2G+: Do you have a COVD-19 vaccination or recovery certificate (confirmed with a positive PCR test) that is less than 120 days old? Then you do not need an additional certificate for a negative test result. Do you have a COVID certificate for a positive antibody test? Then you must always additionally show a certificate for a negative test result.

To find out what rules apply in the various settings, see the page Measures and Ordinances.

Places and activities where access is restricted to 2G

This can include:

  • Indoor events (e.g. concerts, theatres, cinemas, sporting events, trade fairs and consumer fairs)
  • Indoor areas of (hotel) bars and restaurants
  • Leisure, sport and cultural establishments such as museums, libraries, zoos, casinos, gyms etc.
  • Private events held indoors at publicly accessible institutions and establishments (e.g. weddings)
  • Sports and cultural club activities in indoor areas (e.g. training sessions, music and theatre rehearsals)
  • Indoor gatherings of family and friends from 10 to a maximum of 30 people

In addition masks must be worn, and in restaurant-type establishments people must sit while consuming food and drink. If mask wearing or mandatory seating is not feasible, access must be restricted to 2G+ to eliminate mask and seating requirements.

Places and activities where access is restricted to 2G+

This can include:

  • Nightclubs, discos and dance events (with compulsory collection of contact data)
  • Indoor pools, water parks
  • Wind and brass band rehearsals, swimming

If access is restricted to 2G, 2G+ can be applied voluntarily, for example to be able to waive the mask requirement.

 

Places and activities where access is restricted to 3G

This can include:

  • Open air events (up to 300 people where guests don’t dance)
  • Learning activities at tertiary level

The COVID certificate can also be used voluntarily if there is no restriction on access.

This can include:

  • Outside areas of bars and restaurants (including in hotels)
  • Trade and consumer fairs in the open air
  • Workplaces (employers are responsible for reviewing whether this is permissible/ employees have a mandatory right to be heard)

To find out what rules apply in these places, please visit the Measures and Ordinances page.

Where is the use of the COVID certificate not foreseen?

The use of the COVID certificate is not foreseen in everyday settings. The general precautionary and hygiene measures still apply here, without exception.

  • Public transport
  • Shops
  • Hairdressing salons
  • Religious events and political campaign events up to max. 50 people
  • Parliamentary meetings and municipal assemblies
  • Staff canteens, catering establishments in transit areas of airports and places serving food and drinks in social or community drop-in centres (e.g. soup kitchens)

Travelling with the COVID certificate: entering other countries

The Swiss COVID certificate is recognised by the EU/EFTA states as well as by Andorra, Armenia, Faroe Islands, Georgia, Monaco, New Zealand, Serbia, Singapore, Turkey, Ukraine and the United Kingdom. It can therefore be used in these states/countries.

In addition, the countries and territories listed below are connected to the EU digital COVID Certificate system (like Switzerland). Their certificates are recognised by Switzerland. Guaranteed recognition of the Swiss COVID certificate by the countries concerned is currently under discussion:

  • Albania
  • Cabo Verde
  • El Salvador
  • Holy See
  • Israel
  • Lebanon
  • Moldova
  • Montenegro
  • Morocco
  • North Macedonia
  • Panama
  • San Marino
  • Thailand
  • Togo
  • Tunisia
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Uruguay

A COVID certificate that is valid in Switzerland provides no guarantee of entry to other countries. Every country defines its own entry requirements and has the authority to adapt them on an ongoing basis according to how the epidemiological situation is evolving.

This means that it is still possible that some countries may have more stringent entry regulations than Switzerland. You should therefore as a matter of urgency always check the entry requirements on the destination country’s official website before you travel. You should also check whether your certificate will be valid in the destination country at the time of travel. If it isn’t, you may need to get tested.

For travel to EU/EFTA countries, Andorra, Armenia, the Faroe Islands, Monaco, New Zealand, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine and the United Kingdom the following website provides an initial overview of the measures in place in the individual EU countries: https://reopen.europa.eu/en/

Travelling with the COVID certificate: Entering Switzerland

When you enter Switzerland, different requirements apply depending on the country you are arriving from. They also depend on how you are entering Switzerland. At the moment people who have been vaccinated or who recovered from COVID can enter Switzerland without being subject to the test and quarantine requirement. Depending on how they are entering Switzerland, people who have neither had the vaccination nor have recovered from COVID must show proof of a negative PCR or rapid antigen test. If you are returning from a country with a variant of concern, you must additionally go into quarantine.

To enter Switzerland, you must fill in an entry form. The certificates from EU/EFTA states, Andorra, Armenia, the Faroe Islands, Georgia, Monaco, New Zealand, Serbia, Singapore, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and recognised third countries that are connected to the EU system, are also recognised.

You will find further information under: Entering Switzerland (admin.ch).

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