Last updated on 11.10.2021

How can I get repeat tests?

How Switzerland is implementing the testing strategy

Repeat testing in organisations: cantons implementing with partners

Widespread repeat testing of people without symptoms in organisations such as businesses, schools and clubs helps manage the pandemic in a targeted way. All businesses, schools and institutions can in principle participate in the testing programme in their canton. Participation is voluntary and straightforward.

Explanatory film about regular testing in the workplace

Why is it worth getting yourself tested regularly in the workplace? Find out more in the explanatory film.

Contacts in your canton:

Find out how repeat testing is being implemented in your canton. The information from cantonal authorities on testing is continually being updated and added to:

+41 62 835 55 22

Appenzell Ausserrhoden
+41 71 353 67 97

Appenzell Innerrhoden

+41 71 788 96 02

Freiburg / Fribourg

+41 55 646 60 88

+41 81 254 16 00

Neuenburg / Neuchâtel

+41 41 618 76 02

+41 41 666 67 99

+41 52 632 70 01

+41 41 819 16 17

+41 32 627 93 07

+41 58 229 35 64

+41 91 814 33 30

Waadt / Vaud
+41 21 338 11 77

Wallis / Valais
+41 77 461 83 05

+41 41 723 65 23

+41 800 79 28 24

Fürstentum Liechtenstein

Koordination über das Ministerium

Home self-tests as an extra

Alongside repeat testing, home self-tests can help detect coronavirus infections early on. However, they are not suitable for repeat testing as they are not reliable enough. They complement testing in businesses, schools and other institutions.

You should ask your employer, school or any organisations you belong to whether repeat testing is being carried out. You can find out about implementation of testing on the relevant cantonal website.

Self-tests reduce transmission in social settings. For example, individual tests can be used before visiting friends or relatives, or before taking part in activities where there is a transmission risk.

Caution: the results of self-tests are less reliable than those of a PCR test or rapid antigen test. In some situations, we therefore recommend you don’t use a self-test and get tested by a professional instead. You‘ll find more information here.

Where to get self-tests

Since 1 October 2021, the federal government has no longer covered the costs of self-tests. Self-tests are suitable for testing immediately before taking part in activities in social settings. They can be purchased in pharmacies, drugstores and retailers. If you have symptoms or have been in contact with someone who has a confirmed case of COVID-19, you should get a COVID test done by a professional in a pharmacy, doctor’s surgery, test centre or hospital. Self-tests are not designed for this purpose and are therefore not recommended.

If you have symptoms: still get tested

Even if you get tested regularly when you don’t have symptoms. If you have symptoms, you should always get a PCR test. Find out on your canton’s website where you can get tested.