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Annika
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Dec 5, 2021 - 11:27 AM in reply to mario777

Hi Mario,

That's correct. The 2nd test performed between day 4 and 7 after arrival can be either a PCR test or a rapid antigen test. The 1st test that has to be done before entry to Switzerland has to be a PCR test. We've updated our information about this in the 1st post of this thread. Don't worry abou the empty posts, I deleted them :-).

Annika
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Dec 5, 2021 - 11:32 AM in reply to Ithinkusc

Hi Ithinkusc,

A passport would certainly be fine to request for the certificate. You should normally receive confirmation within 5 working days (please refer to #5 in the 1st post of this thread).

bear2019
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Dec 5, 2021 - 11:34 AM

Hi all,

when should i apply digital covid certificate? Is it 5 days before my departure date? Appreciate your advice

Annika
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Dec 5, 2021 - 11:36 AM in reply to Tamy

Hello Tamy, welcome to MySwissAlps!

Yes, there are many test locations in Switzerland accessible to tourists. You can use the link under "Important notes" at www.myswissalps.com/forum/topic/does-the-corona-virus-affect-trips-to-switzerland to find locations in or near your base town(s). You'll have to pay for the tests yourself, and I'm not sure it the costs are covered by the GHIC. I suggest you contact them to make sure.

Yenhan10
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Dec 5, 2021 - 11:46 AM

What's the average costs of doing PCR or Rapid Antigen test in Switzerland?

Annika
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Dec 5, 2021 - 11:50 AM in reply to bear2019

Hello bear2019!

Processing a certificate request can take about 5 working days, so I'd apply earlier than that if I were you. About 10 days would be a safe time frame I think.

Last modified on Dec 5, 2021 - 11:51 AM by Annika
Annika
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Dec 5, 2021 - 11:58 AM in reply to Yenhan10

Hi Yenhan10,

You'll find sample prices using the link with test locations under "Important notes" at www.myswissalps.com/forum/topic/does-the-corona-virus-affect-trips-to-switzerland. A PCR test may cost roughly between CHF 100 and CHF 190, a rapid antigen test between CHF 35 and CHF 80. But prices will differ per location and also depend on how quickly you need results.

bear2019
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Dec 5, 2021 - 12:05 PM in reply to Annika

Thanks! I will apply soon

Tamy
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Dec 5, 2021 - 12:45 PM in reply to Annika

Thank you Annika.

mario777
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Dec 5, 2021 - 1:25 PM in reply to Annika

Many thanks Annika!

Fballguy
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Dec 5, 2021 - 4:59 PM

Just sharing our experience...My wife and I applied for our Covid Certificates on 11/28 and rec'd approval on 11/29.

Annika
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Dec 6, 2021 - 3:42 PM in reply to Fballguy

Thanks for letting us know Fballguy! That's a very quick response :-).

jorodri
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Dec 6, 2021 - 3:56 PM

Im trying to make a COVID test appointment on my 5th day after arrival but the appointment forms that I have seen are asking me for my health card number. I can't leave on blank this field. Can I use my travel health insurance number? Can I just walk in? Thanks.

sjomishkin
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Dec 6, 2021 - 4:04 PM in reply to Annika

Does our Swiss certificate work in other EU countries like Italy? Or do we need to apply for separate Italian green vaccine cards? Are the Swiss ONLY valid in Switzerland?

thank you!

Anna
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Dec 6, 2021 - 8:05 PM in reply to sjomishkin

Hi sjomishkin,

If you received one of the vaccines approved by the EMA (European Medicines Agency), you will be issued with a Swiss COVID certificate that is valid in EU member countries. For those jabbed with vaccines not authorised by Swissmedic or EMA but approved by the WHO (such as Sinovac and Sinopharm), the Swiss COVID certificate is only valid in Switzerland.

You can find more information about the Swiss COVID certificates including various important links, in the first post of this thread, in Section 3.

Regards,

Anna

Anna
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Dec 6, 2021 - 8:11 PM in reply to jorodri

Hi jorodri,

Welcome to MySwissAlps.

Some test centres do accept walk-ins. However it's recommended to make prior appointments to avoid long queues. And it's quite common for test centres to request for your health insurance no. In your case, you should provide your travel health insurance details, if you have one.

Hope this helps.

Regards,

Anna

sjomishkin
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Dec 6, 2021 - 8:13 PM in reply to Anna

Wonderful! So our Swiss COVID certificates we were issued for having gotten then Pfizer vaccine will work in Italy as well, so I don’t need to apply for any more certificates.

thank you!

Anna
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Dec 6, 2021 - 8:29 PM in reply to sjomishkin

Hi sjomishkin,

That's right.. Since you received the Pfizer vaccine, you will be issued with a Swiss COVID certificate that is also recognised in Italy. However be sure to check out the latest travel requirements in Italy. It seems like the measures have been tightened recently.

Regards,

Anna

Last modified on Dec 6, 2021 - 8:31 PM by Anna
jorodri
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Dec 6, 2021 - 8:49 PM in reply to Anna

Wow that was fast!! Thanks for your answer.

Still I don't know what to write when the field is asking for a 80756XXXXXXXXXXX number... I found one forum on the internet that recommended to write zeroes after 80756 for foreign nationals... I can try to do that... hope it works... I have only the travel insurance. Can the pharmacy deny the covid test because you don't have a Swiss health card?

Thanks for your help. This forum is quite helpful!!!

bear2019
bear2019
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Dec 7, 2021 - 2:20 AM in reply to jorodri

hi,

I have same problem with Jorodri. I tried to find online appointment for Covid testing in Zermatt from 22-25, i could not find any slot available.

then i also look up lauterbrunnen and interlaken on 22-27 also no online appointment available.

hope anyone can share input, if they will increase the testing center. between day 4 to day 7 happen to be for me is Christmas week.

Last modified on Dec 7, 2021 - 2:40 AM by bear2019

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