When should you get tested by a health professional ?
For people aged 6 years or older an antigen and/or PCR test, performed by a health professional, is indicated in the following situations
A test is indicated if you have at least one of the following symptoms :
- Respiratory symptoms (cough, sore throat, short breath or chest pain)
- Loss of taste or smell (without having a blocked nose)
- Generalized fatigue
- Muscle pain
- Cold (blocked/runny nose)
- Digestive symptoms (nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain or diarrhea)
- Cutaneous eruption or decoloration of fingers/toes
If you have performed a self-test which has come back positive, a confirmation test needs to be performed in an official test center or a pharmacy providing these services.
If you aren't doubly vaccinated and need a COVID certificate. In this case, a negative result is valid for 24h for rapid antigen tests an 72h for a PCR.
If you travel overseas, do inform yourself about entry requirements at the ambassy of the country of your destination. In numerous countries a proof of complete vaccination is sufficient. Sometimes, however, a test (antigen and/or PCR) is needed. Make sure that you do this test at a center which provides valid travel certificats.
If you arrive in Switzerland from overseas, please refer to the FOPH recommendations, in order to determine whether an entry form, a negative test and/or a quarantine are necessary.