The costs for the Coronavirus tests and treatments are covered.
But please note that PCR tests are not covered by the government or any insurance if you need a negative test result for travel.
You can find more information from the Federal Office of Public Health FOPH.
From 01 October 2021
The federal government will only cover the costs of tests in the following cases:
- You are experiencing coronavirus symptoms;
- You have been in close contact with a confirmed case;
- You are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons. A medical certificate is required;
- You are under 16 years of age;
- You are visiting a healthcare institution and require a negative test result.
Please note: In this case you will merely receive confirmation of your test result, not a COVID certificate.
From 24 June 2021
The antigen self-test kits from pharmacies are free of charge only if:
If you are not in any of the above categories, you can still buy the self-test kits in drugstores and/or retail outlets in Switzerland, but at your own expense.
From 7 April 2021
Self-tests are available in Switzerland’s pharmacies, and you are entitled to 5 tests every 30 days free of charge. The pharmacy will bill the tests you obtain directly to the Gemeinsame Einrichtung KVG.
From 15 March 2021
All the costs of rapid tests requested by individuals, regardless of whether you have symptoms, will be covered by the federal government.
To get a rapid-tests by the pharmacies or any other health centers, you may simply state at the registration counter that you have student insurance and show them your ID card (permit/passport).
The pharmacies and/or health centers will bill directly to the Gemeinsame Einrichtung KVG.
From 2 November 2020
Rapid-tests have been carried out and are covered by the Swiss authorities, without taking into account the deductible and co-participation, in the case of those with specific symptoms or as a result of close contact with a person who has tested positive.
Before 25 June 2020
Tests and treatments are covered by the health insurance for those with severe symptoms or possible risk of complication, but deductible and co-participation are applied.
The costs of the COVID-19 vaccination will be covered by the Swiss federal government.
You may find more information from the Federal Office of Public Health FOPH.
For some of the Canton's online registration process, please note that there is a required 20-digits insurance card number which only applies to the Swiss statutory KVG/LAMal health insurance cards. This number is not available for all student/private insurances like Swisscare's Foreign Student Health Insurance Switzerland plan. With this insurance plan, you will fall into the category of Foreign Insurance "Ausland / Pays étrangers".
Cantonal websites at foph-coronavirus.ch.
The pharmacies and health centers must bill the related tests and vaccinations invoices directly to the responsible authority Gemeinsame Einrichtung (EAN: 7601003005530).