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How Brits can get Switzerland’s Covid certificate

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Brits with proof of vaccination can get Switzerland's Covid certificate relatively easily. Photo by Jean-Paul Wright from Pexels
Tourists visiting Switzerland without a Covid certificate might miss out on bars, restaurants, sporting activities, weddings and much more. Here's how Brits in Switzerland can get the Covid certificate.

Since September 13th, Switzerland’s Covid certificate has been required to access bars, gyms, restaurants, private parties and a range of other areas.

The pass “provides documentary evidence that you have had a COVID-19 vaccination, have had and recovered from the disease or have tested negative”.

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For anyone from the United Kingdom heading to Switzerland, having a Covid certificate will make the trip a whole lot more enjoyable. 

Fortunately, it is relatively easy for vaccinated Brits to get a Swiss Covid certificate – although it can take a few days, so try and get it sorted before you set off. 

Please note that while the Swiss Covid app accepts vaccination proof along with proof of recovery from the virus in the past six months and negative tests (72 hours PCR, 48 hours antigen), only Brits who have been vaccinated are allowed to enter Switzerland.

You do not need a Covid certificate to enter Switzerland. In order to enter Switzerland from outside the EU/Schengen zone, you need to prove you are fully vaccinated. 

READ MORE: Do I need a Covid certificate to enter Switzerland? 

How do Brits get a Swiss Covid certificate?

This is relatively easy. Using original evidence of vaccination from the UK, you can get a Covid certificate.

Vaccination with vaccines approved in Switzerland – Moderna, Biontech/Pfizer and Johnson and Johnson – will be permitted, as will all varieties of AstraZeneca. 

Issuing Covid certificates is up to health authorities in every canton. The process is similar in each one.

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You need to get in touch with cantonal authorities, either by email or using the contact form online.

As of November 2021, the Swiss government has launched a central platform through which everyone visiting Switzerland can apply. 

The direct link to the government site is here. 

Keep in mind that while this centralised portal serves each of Switzerland’s 26 cantons, if you receive follow up requests, you will need to deal directly with cantonal authorities. 

Also, The Local has heard from readers who have applied directly with cantonal authorities rather than through the centralised platform and who have not had to pay the 30CHF fee (which is automated on the online platform application). 

Official proof of vaccination or recovery from Covid, with all the pertinent dates included, must also be sent, along with identification and other information.

If you qualify, you will receive the certificate back by email.

A guide to how you can do this in each Swiss Canton is available below, including contact details and procedural steps. 

As of October 11th, the Covid certificate will cost 30 francs for Brits, Americans and other non-EU tourists in Switzerland

Canton-by-canton: How visitors can get Switzerland’s Covid certificate

Can I use my NHS app in Switzerland? 

Fortunately, as of November 1st, 2021, the NHS app is officially accepted in Switzerland. A full list of foreign apps accepted in Switzerland can be found here

This was confirmed to The Local by a representative from Switzerland Tourism.

You will be able to scan your NHS app into Switzerland’s Covid Check framework and it will be accepted, i.e. with the same status as a valid Swiss Covid certificate. 

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Do I need to be vaccinated to get a Covid certificate in Switzerland? 

No. You can get a Covid certificate by taking a negative test, or by proving that you have recently recovered from the virus. 

However, keep in mind that if you are coming from the United Kingdom, you must be vaccinated to enter Switzerland. 

Therefore, it makes the most sense to use the same proof of vaccination you will use to enter the country to get the Covid certificate. 

To get a Covid certificate with proof of a test completed in Switzerland, you can scan your test details into the Covid certificate app.

More information about this is laid out at the following link.

EXPLAINED: How to get Switzerland’s Covid certificate with a negative test

Note: This story was updated to reflect a confirmation from Swiss tourist authorities that the NHS app can be used domestically. 


Member comments

  1. I applied for mine and received it the following day. The central website now has a single form for all Cantons, which makes the process relatively simple. However, if you have any issues then you must follow up with the Canton like I had to.

  2. The latest UK Government advice at https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/switzerland/coronavirus suggests that the NHS vaccination record is sufficient:

    Switzerland will accept the UK’s proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record. You will also need to show photographic ID (e.g. passport, driving licence). If you are travelling with a printed PDF proof of vaccination status, it must date from 1 November to ensure that the certificate can be scanned successfully, if domestic certification is required.

    If you are unsure, some Cantons still appear to be issuing Covid vaccination certificates free of charge as long as you contact them directly rather than via the national web site.

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