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

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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Where do you need to have a COVID certificate?

Switzerland

From 17 February 2022,
you no longer need to have a COVID certificate in Switzerland.

Your old COVID certificate is still valid.
The COVID certificate states until when it is valid

There may be stricter rules in some cantons,
You might still need to have a certificate in these cantons.

Outside of Switzerland

Would you like to travel outside of Switzerland?
You will still probably need a COVID certificate in many countries.

You can get a COVID certificate from Switzerland,
if you want one.
But you must be vaccinated.

How do you get a COVID certificate?

This section is for people who have been vaccinated:

You will receive 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 may still have to show the COVID certificate in some places.

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. Show also a form of ID:
For example an identity card or the SwissPass.

5. 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. Show also a form of ID:
For example an identity card or the SwissPass.

3. 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 from Monday till Friday between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m..


Last modification 04.05.2022

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Federal Office of Public Health FOPH
Infoline Coronavirus
Tel. +41 58 463 00 00

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