COVID-19 Testing

We are currently only offering COVID-19 testing to those without symptoms and for travel certificates. We do testing for both children and adults (Children 4 years of age and older must wear a mask inside of our clinic). Please book a separate appointment for each person. If you currently have symptoms, and need a COVID-19 test, we kindly ask that you contact one of the other test centers in Zürich.

We perform a brief consultation for each client before your test, during which a medical professional can address your individual situation and recommend which test to take. This consultation is included in the cost of the test. Exception: If you need the test for a trip, please find out in advance which test is required by the respective country.

Book an appointment online via the link below.

If you need to cancel your appointment, please let us know either via email at coronazentrum@ebpi.uzh.ch or simply follow the cancellation instructions in your appointment confirmation email.

Please note that if you do not notify us of your cancellation at least three hours before your scheduled appointment time, you will be charged a flat fee of 30 CHF.

Testing information

When is a test recommended?

The current recommendations from the BAG on testing can be found here.

If you do not know if you need a test or if you have any other medical questions, please contact the Federal Office of Public Health Infoline (058 463 00 00).

Coverage of Costs

The government will cover the costs of your COVID-19 Test based on this criteria.

Rapid Antigen Tests

Rapid antigen tests are performed via a nasopharyngeal swab.

The federal government of Switzerland covers the costs of Rapid Antigen Tests.

PCR Tests

PCR tests are performed via a nasopharyngeal swab. For children up to 12 years of age, the PCR test can also be performed with a saliva sample "spit test".

IMPORTANT: In order for the spit test to be as accurate as possible, please do not eat or drink anything for at least one hour before the test.

The federal government covers the costs of individual PCR tests in the following cases if:

  • you have symptoms.
  • you have been in close contact with a confirmed case.
  • you have been instructed by a cantonal authority or a doctor to have a test.

If you need a COVID-19 Test for a trip, you will have to cover the costs of this test yourself. Payment must be made at the time of your test and only via credit card or Twint.

Price List

Prices include consultation fees.

  • Rapid Antigen Tests - free
  • PCR Test for Travel - 160 CHF
  • Travel Certificate - 15 CHF (this additional service is performed only in combination with a test. It includes your passport number and our official stamp and signature)
  • Fit-to-Travel Certificate - 50 CHF

When will I get the result?

For the PCR Test: You will usually receive the result within 24 hours (max 48 hours).
For the Rapid Antigen Test: You will receive the result by e-mail usually within 30 minutes (max 2 hours).

Swiss COVID-Certificate

If you are tested with us for a COVID-Certificate, and the test is negative, you will receive your certificate via email with your test result.

There are however a few instances where a certicate may not be issued even in the event of a negative test. These are if:

  • you are experiencing coronavirus symptoms.
  • you have been in close contact with a confirmed case.
  • the government pays for your test to visit a healthcare institution.
  • you need a PCR test to confirm the result of a Rapid Antigen Test.

What Do I Need to Bring With Me?

Please always bring your health insurance card or details of your health insurance (insurance number, card number) with you to your appointment. We need these even if your test is free of charge for you. If you are getting a travel certificate and want your passport number on your travel certificate, then please bring that with you as well.

FAQ

Does the COVID-19 Test Center also issue travel certificates?

Yes, as long as you do not have COVID-19 symptoms. Once your test result is ready (in English), we will send the travel certificate by e-mail. The issuing of a travel certificate costs 15 CHF, which must be paid upfront and in person at our cashier. The travel certificate can be issued in English, French or German. Please note that a travel certificate is not the same as a Fit-To-Travel certificate. A Fit-To-Travel certificate varies by country and requires a medical consultation. The Fit-to-Travel certificate costs 50 CHF.

How long is the wait time at the COVID-19 Test Center?

We make every effort to complete the testing process quickly and efficiently. Therefore an appointment is required for testing. Even with an appointment though, in some cases, there may be shorter waiting times.

There are no more free appointments. What can I do?

You can inquire at the Ärztefon (0800 33 66 55) about other test sites in your area.

Is your laboratory ISO 15189 certified?

Our laboratory that analyzes our PCR tests is ISO 17025 certified and its accreditation (in English) can be found online here.

Some travel destinations, such as Hong Kong, require a specific ISO certification and/or lab accreditation. Please verify with the embassy of your respective destination whether or not our lab accreditation is sufficient.

There is a spelling mistake on my Travel Certificate. What can I do about it?

Please tell us and we can fix it for you! You can reach us either by phone (044 634 60 00) or email (coronazentrum@ebpi.uzh.ch).

Last update: August 17, 2021 at 2:10:39 PM