The costs of the treatments and the vaccination are covered.
You can find more information through the following link Federal Office of Public Health FOPH.
Billing/invoices - important!
The pharmacies and health centers must always bill the related tests directly to the responsible authority Gemeinsame Einrichtung (EAN: 7601003005530).
The insurer does not cover or reimburse the vaccinations and tests invoices.
From 01 January 2023
The Swiss Parliament has resolved that from 1 January 2023 onwards, the costs of COVID-19 tests will no longer be met by the Swiss Confederation and must therefore be paid by the individuals undergoing them.
COVID-19 tests ordered by a medical practitioner will have their costs met by the compulsory health insurance of the individual concerned, provided the test is required to determine any further medical action. Such costs will also, however, be subject to the insurance’s deductible and copayment provisions. The corresponding information on the website will be updated accordingly, with effect from 1 January 2023.
Please note: Implementation of testing is the responsibility of the cantons so that they may vary.
From 22 December 2021
The Swiss federal government covers the costs of individual PCR tests in the following cases:
You are being tested because you have symptoms.
You have received a notification from the SwissCovid app.
You have been in contact with a confirmed case.
You have been instructed by a cantonal authority or a doctor to perform a test.
The federal government does not cover the costs of individual PCR tests required to obtain a COVID certificate or travel.
Rapid antigen tests
You can get tested at a testing center, at your medical practitioner, at a hospital, or in pharmacies. The Swiss federal government covers the costs of nasopharyngeal rapid antigen tests for everyone.
The Swiss federal government no longer covers the costs of antigen self-tests.
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.
COVID VACCINATION ::
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". As well, you may choose "Cross-border" in the case if the online form requesting for Relation to Switzerland.
Cantonal websites at foph-coronavirus.ch.