Coronavirus: Tests

With effect from 1 January 2023, the costs of COVID-19 tests will no longer be met by the Swiss Confederation. If you wish to take such a test, you will have to pay for it yourself. In exceptional cases, however, such costs will be met by your canton or your health insurance.

The Swiss Parliament resolved in December 2022 that from 1 January 2023 onwards, the costs of COVID-19 tests would no longer be met by the Swiss Confederation. So from 1 January 2023 onwards you must pay for such tests yourself.

Important exceptions:

  • Your compulsory health insurance will pay the costs of any such tests individually ordered by a doctor if you have shown COVID-19 symptoms and the associated test diagnosis is needed to determine any therapy required – if, for instance, your doctor wishes to prescribe you COVID-19 antiviral medication. Any such payment will, however, be subject to your health insurance’s deductible and copayment provisions.
  • The cantons may order COVID-19 testing to help protect the population. In such an event, the costs of such tests will be met by the cantons.

If you feel you are developing cold symptoms or wish to additionally protect yourself or others, you can continue to observe the basic principles presented on the ‘Protect yourself and others’ page and have yourself tested at your own expense. If you are at especially high risk and develop such symptoms, you should contact your doctor or another medical specialist, so that if you are likely to have contracted COVID-19, appropriate treatment with antiviral medication can be swiftly considered.

For further information please see our ‘Protection against flu’ page.

Where you can get tested

You can continue to get tested for coronavirus infection at your own expense. For information on the testing facilities available, please consult your canton’s website:

What types of test are available?

The range of different tests and their availability is evolving constantly. Below you will find an overview of the different types of test.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Further information

Protect yourself and others

To protect yourself and others from such viral infections, try and keep to the following basic principles: get vaccinated, wear a facemask, keep your distance, ventilate several times a day, cough or sneeze into a tissue or your arm and wash your hands.

Disease, symptoms, treatment

Information on Covid-19, the symptoms and the range of illness severity as well as the origin of the coronavirus

Last modification 24.02.2023

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