Swiss authorities have decided to issue COVID-19 recovery certificates for persons who tested positive for the virus with a rapid antigen test, on the basis of a decision of the European Union to include such tests in the EU Digital COVID Certificate.
“Certificates of recovery can now also be issued in Switzerland on the basis of a positive rapid antigen test or a laboratory-based immunological analysis for SARS-CoV-2 antigens. These certificates are valid for 180 days and – as this is an adoption of the EU regulation – are in principle recognised internationally,” the Council notes.
The Council also notes that Swiss authorities were issuing such certificates between January 24 and February 16 this year, but stopped doing so in order to align with the EU rules, as at the time, the EU did no issue recovery certificates based on positive rapid antigen tests. “Certificates already issued on this basis must be applied for again and re-issued for international compatibility,” the Council explains.
It further reveals that the amendment to the rules on the issuance of Swiss COVID Certificates will come into effect on Monday next week, May 2.