Last updated on 16.08.2023

Where can the COVID certificate be used?

The Swiss certificate system will cease to operate definitively and in its entirety on 1 September 2023 (media release dated 16 August 2023, in german). From 1 September 2023, it will no longer be possible to issue COVID certificates. The COVID Certificate app and COVID Certificate Check app will also be shut down and removed from the app stores.

Existing certificates in the COVID Certificate app are only stored locally. It will therefore still be possible to display these in the app in a reduced form after the certificate system has shut down. For more information on displaying certificates in the app, please see the FAQ "What's going to happen to the COVID Certificate app?". All other functions in the app will no longer be available from 1 September 2023.

If you store your certificates exclusively in the app, it would be a good idea to export these as PDF files by 31 August 2023 and store them outside of the app, for example in the electronic patient record. After doing this you can delete the app if you wish. Please note that it will no longer be possible to create PDF exports from 1 September 2023.

To find out how to export your certificates from the app and for further information on the shutdown, please see the FAQ.

Switzerland’s EU-compatible COVID certificate is designed to allow access to places where a certificate is required and to facilitate travel. A Swiss COVID 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.

Please note that to enter the destination country and to use the COVID certificate in that country, it is not the Swiss rules on validity that matter, but the rules on validity in the destination country. For this reason, each time you travel you should first inform yourself about the entry requirements on the official website of your destination.

Travelling with the COVID certificate: entering other countries and regions

For trips abroad, our checklist shows what needs to be considered before, during and after the trip and provides important information on travelling with the COVID certificate.

The Swiss COVID certificate is compatible with the EU’s Digital Covid Certificate (DCC) and can be used in travel between the countries that are part of the EU’s DCC system. Besides the EU/EFTA states, the following countries and regions are part of the area covered by the DCC:

  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Armenia
  • Bahrain
  • Benin
  • Brazil
  • Cape Verde
  • Colombia
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Faroe Islands
  • Georgia
  • Holy See
  • Indonesia
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Kosovo
  • Lebanon
  • Madagascar
  • Malaysia
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • Morocco
  • New Zealand
  • Oman
  • Panama
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Republic of Korea
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • Singapore
  • Taiwan (Chinese Taipei)
  • Thailand
  • Togo
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • Uruguay
  • Vietnam

A Swiss COVID certificate provides no guarantee of entry to other countries and regions, each of which 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 and regions may have different entry regulations from Switzerland. It is also possible that in some states a foreign COVID certificate will have to be converted into a local one before or upon entry.  Not only this, but some states do no accept all types of certificate (for example recovery certificates). You should therefore always check the applicable requirements on the official website of the authorities of your destination before you travel.

For travel to EU/EFTA countries the following website provides an initial overview of the measures in place in the individual countries: https://reopen.europa.eu/en/

Or use the new function of the COVID Certificate app to find out whether your COVID certificate will be valid at the moment you enter your destination country. In the detailed view of your COVID certificate use the “Validity for travel” function. Follow the instructions in the app and take note of the tips.

Travelling with the COVID certificate: entering Switzerland

The interactive Travelcheck tool shows you what entry requirements apply in your individual situation. It takes account of the entry requirements set by both the FOPH and the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM).