COVID-19 tests

Temporary testing centre in Haus Spirit

In response to the high demand for testing capacities, a temporary testing centre has been set up in Zermatt in cooperation with the Salamin Laboratory. It is run with the help of volunteers. The test centre is based in Haus Spirit at Kirchstrasse 22, 3920 Zermatt.

Current opening times:

Thur. 14.10.2021 3pm to 6pm
Fri. 15.10.2021 3pm to 7pm
Sat. 16.10.2021 9 am to 11am and 3pm to 7pm
Mon. 18.10.2021 9 am to 11am
Tue. 19.10.2021 3pm to 6pm
Thur. 21.10.2021 3pm to 6pm
Fri. 22.10.2021 3pm to 7pm
Sat. 23.10.2021 9 am to 11am and 3pm to 7pm

Prices for the Haus Spirit test centre:

  • Rapid antigen test: CHF 50 per person
  • PCR test: CHF 150 per person

Please have the appropriate cash available for payment. A point-of-sale system is currently on order. A registration platform is also being developed; no appointments are required for tests currently (walk-ins).

From 11 October 2021, individual participation in tests for certificates will no longer be reimbursed by the federal government. The only exceptions are individual participation in saliva PCR pool tests and rapid antigen tests for:

  • Children and adolescents under 16 years of age
  • Persons who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons (medical certificate required)
  • Visitors to health care facilities (no issuance of a Covid test certificate)

The costs of tests for persons who have been vaccinated once as part of the test certificate programme will be borne by the federal government until 30 November 2021 (until complete vaccination). Please take the vaccination booklet with you for validation.

Persons with symptoms are still asked to contact their doctors.

Further test options

Rapid antigen test:

  • Are available in Zermatt’s medical practices.
  • Booking is essential.
  • The result is available within 15 minutes.
  • Foreign guests pay CHF 90 for the test in any case.
  • The Swiss government covers these costs for persons residing in Switzerland.

PCR test:

  • These can be carried out in the medical practices in Zermatt or at the Amavita pharmacy. 
  • Booking is essential.
  • The PCR test is analysed by an external laboratory.
  • The result can take up to 48 hours. 
  • Certificates are issued in German or English.
  • Foreign guests pay CHF 180 for the test in any case.
  • Persons residing in Switzerland pay CHF 156 for the test. The Swiss government covers these costs if the test is carried out on the basis of symptoms or contact tracing.

Antigen self-test:

  • You can test yourself for coronavirus using an antigen self-test.
  • You take the sample yourself by doing a nose swab, and then read off the result.
  • The result of the test is available within 15 to 20 minutes.  
  • You can obtain self-tests at pharmacies. People with a Swiss health insurer are entitled to 5 tests every 30 days free of charge.
  • Foreign guests cannot obtain antigen self-tests from pharmacies.

The federal government has been working on a national and electronic solution for converting foreign vaccination certificates (EMA vaccines) into a Swiss Covid certificate, which became available from 11 October 2021. The costs for this conversion will amount to CHF 30 and are payable by applicant.

As an interim solution, all certificates for vaccinations with an EMA vaccine that can be read by staff are now valid for indoor access without conversion until 24 October 2021.

Entry restrictions:

In line with the ruling from the Federal Council, unvaccinated guests or those still recovering from infection have to show two negative test results from 1 October 2021: one on entry into Switzerland, and one between four and seven days. Anyone arriving in the country (in line with the "3G rule" – vaccinated/recovered/tested) must also complete the entry form "SwissPLF" . 
Further information on entry restrictions can be found on the relevant federal government Travelcheck website.

More information on testing is available here