The Swiss government has confirmed it will cover the costs of antigen tests which are taken for the purpose of travel.
Prior to the change, travellers would have to take the tests at their own expense, which could cost them anywhere from CHF20 to CHF90.
While the Swiss government has been covering the costs of tests for some time, this did not include tests taken for the purpose of travel.
Countries and airlines frequently require negative tests as a condition of travel or entry, even if a person is fully vaccinated or has recovered from the virus.
While the change was made on June 26th, Swiss media reports that testing sites and pharmacies across the country have continued to charge.
If you have paid for a test since this time, you can approach the testing site for a refund.
The refund will be given if you have proof of purchase, although Swiss news outlet Le Matin reports that testing sites may be able to charge a fee if they provided an additional service on top of the test, such as providing health advice or information about the requirements at destinations.
Martine Ruggli, president of PharmaSuisse, said mistakes may have been made by pharmacies who were not aware the rules had changed.
“We communicated this on June 24 to all member pharmacies of our company. The test and its certificate are free. This is a recent decision, so we are in a transitional situation where everyone has not yet applied the measure”
Unlike antigen tests, PCR tests – which are sometimes a requirement of entry – will not be covered by the government and therefore will need to be taken at the traveller’s expense.