Easy-to-read language: information about the COVID certificate

What is the COVID certificate?

How do you get a COVID certificate?

Find out more about the COVID certificate here.

What is the COVID certificate?

The COVID certificate is like an ID document.

The COVID certificate can say 3 different things:

  • Whether you are vaccinated.
    This means that you have been given a vaccine against the coronavirus
  • Or whether you are recovered.
    This means that you were infected with the coronavirus.
    But now you are healthy again.

  • Or whether you have been tested.
    This means that you have taken a coronavirus test.
    The test was negative.
    Further information on coronavirus tests is available here: LINK

The COVID certificate also states for how long it is valid.

What does a COVID certificate look like?

This is what a COVID certificate looks like if you are vaccinated, recovered or tested:

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Why do you need a COVID certificate?

You will need a COVID certificate
to be able to go to certain places.

For example:

  • Inside a restaurant
  • In a museum
  • In the theatre
  • In the zoo
  • In the swimming pool

Further information on this topic is available here: LINK

Tip:
Always take the COVID certificate with you
when you leave the house.

How do you get a COVID certificate?

This section is for people who have been vaccinated:

Did you get vaccinated BEFORE the end of June 2021?

Then you need to ask your canton.
Click here to see
who you can call: LINK

Did you get vaccinated AFTER the end of June 2021?

Then you will have received the COVID certificate after the vaccination.

This section is for people who have recovered:

Were you infected with COVID in the last 6 months?

Then you need to ask your canton.
Click here to see
who you can call: LINK

This section is for people who have taken a COVID test:

Tell the employees at the test centre
that you would like a COVID certificate.
You will then be given the COVID certificate.

How do you show the COVID certificate?

You have to show the COVID certificate at some places
so that you can go in.
Further information is available here: LINK

An employee will ask to see your COVID certificate.
You now need to show the COVID certificate and a form of ID.

You can show the COVID certificate in 2 different ways:

  • On your smartphone
  • Printed out on paper

How to show the certificate on your smartphone:

1. Download the app.
The app is called COVID Certificate.
You can download the app here:

2. Use the app to scan the QR code.
The QR code is the black square that contains lots of square dots.

3. Show the employee the app with the QR code.

4. The employee will check the COVID certificate.
You can then go in.

How to show the COVID certificate on paper:

1. Show the employee the printed-out COVID certificate.

2. The employee will check the COVID certificate.
You can then go in.

Are you still not sure about what you need to do?
Or do you have any questions about the COVID certificate?

Then call this number: 058 463 00 00

You can call this number between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m..


Last modification 18.09.2021

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Federal Office of Public Health FOPH
COVID-19 vaccination Infoline
Tel. +41 58 377 88 92

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