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Swiss COVID entry requirement- is home test OK ?

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Hello- I am going to Geneva in a couple of weeks and am trying to work out whether I can enter with an antigen test administered at home, like those sold by Collinsons. I have seen on the Geneva Canton website that “Self tests not accepted” but dont know what that means in practice and none of the official websites are any use at all- they just say “rapid antigen test” without saying what kind of rapid antigen test is acceptable. Can anybody help to put me out of my misery on this ? Many thanks in anticipation !
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@Blueinsmoke, NHS tests where you self certify are not acceptable, ones you paid for that supposedly someone checks your result are fine. Good luck!
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Definitely not - they need to be independently verified with a certificate produced. Mrs F did one yesterday morning (Randox) - she uploaded picture of the negative test, verification emailed back within 15 minutes.
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franga wrote:
Definitely not - they need to be independently verified with a certificate produced. Mrs F did one yesterday morning (Randox) - she uploaded picture of the negative test, verification emailed back within 15 minutes.


But isn't that a "home test"?
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Interestingly, this is from the Q&A on the Swiss BAG.ADMIN site

Question:
Some laboratories offer home testing kits. Samples are taken at home and sent in to the laboratory to be analysed. Are these tests’ results reliable?

Answer:
No, because taking a proper sample takes training and experience, and therefore needs to be done by an expert. You should not attempt to do this in your home.


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We flew out to Geneva (staying in Switzerland) on Boxing Day and I don’t think the rules have changed since then.

We bought boots at home lateral flow tests and took them on Christmas Day at home. You then have to upload a picture of them to the boots portal (very easy to do) and someone “verifies” your result. We got a certificate confirming negative status within 5 minutes and that seemed fine for travel.

I think the at home tests that aren’t allowed are the nhs free tests. You basically have to pay for someone to independently check the result. Hope this helps!
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Yes as long as it is independently checked via a provider and also not an NHS one. We don't have the same options like Collinson etc here so the Swiss wont have a separate rule for them.
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I think there's often confusion over terminology. In the UK we're using what we call 'home' LFT NHS tests all the time. They're free, but not supervised in any way. There are also private providers of LFT tests, often using the same kit as the free NHS ones, which are also done 'at home' (or whilst travelling) but you either have to do them while supervised on video, or upload a photo of the result with some i.d. Then the test provider sends certification by email. Which is what you need to get into your destination country.
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@caughtanedge,
I agree with your definition/clarification but the bit I quoted from the official Swiss website Q&A clearly goes further and advises against commercially provided home tests. Clearly, people are getting across the border having used these, but there must be a risk that the Swiss will spot this and refuse entry to people relying on these tests.
I’m going to play safe.
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I’m going to Switzerland and have followed all the instructions from Crystal’s website - bought a lateral flow from Randox and will test within 24hrs of departure.
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@DCG, I think you are right in your reading, but I dont think you can tell the difference between a certificate issued by one of the test providers that you do at home and upload a picture/video for a remote "technician" to certify and a test taken by an expert.

There was an EU document that I came across early in the pandemic when travel restrictions first came in that some EU countries referred to in their definition a to what constituted an appropriate test that said much the same thing but again they can't tell and its been shown that these home self-tests have been accepted by border authorities.

So doing what you are doing will give you total peace of mind and certainly but you could get away with these home self-tests.
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just flown in and out of switzerland with test at home lateral flows (antigens) from c19. do the test at home take a photo of it alonside your passport. accepted no problems at the airport.
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I have passed through Geneva airport outbound and inbound in the last couple of weeks. The lateral flow test certificate from Testing for All was perfectly acceptable to the immigration officials. This was an unsupervised test with the result verified by registration, uploading a picture of the test cassette/id number etc. Verification came through within five minutes with a piece of paper signed by the company's registered manager and a clinical adviser (doctor).
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Rich D wrote:
just flown in and out of switzerland with test at home lateral flows (antigens) from c19. do the test at home take a photo of it alonside your passport. accepted no problems at the airport.


Is that with Randox? If so, is the Certfly app also accepted when travel across the boarder into France? We fly into Geneva and transfer to Morzine.
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@Roscoe, C19 is a testing company, but Randox works in the same way
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albob wrote:
@Roscoe, C19 is a testing company, but Randox works in the same way


And both are accepted by both countries?
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Also keen to understand if the C19 or Randox test and picture upload are okay for flying into Geneva and then entering France. It is all very confusing.
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Hi we flew into geneva, had to show NHS vaccination - QR code worked fine. Passenger locator form - easy took ten minutes to fill out. Then the QR code for negative test result which was the done at home the night before travelling - results within about 3 hours. C19/randox pretty much the same.
We were skiing in Switzerland so didn't engage with any French stuff.
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Hi we flew into geneva, had to show NHS vaccination - QR code worked fine. Passenger locator form - easy took ten minutes to fill out. Then the QR code for negative test result which was the done at home the night before travelling - results within about 3 hours. C19/randox pretty much the same.
We were skiing in Switzerland so didn't engage with any French stuff.


Thanks @Rich D - We fly in March (but my brother goes in 3 weeks) so hopefully some of these restrictions (after the UK announcement earlier) are removed by that time.
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honestly it's really easy. No hassle whatsover in the scheme of things.
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Press release out today:

"Amended rules on testing to enter Switzerland
From Saturday, 22 January, persons who have been vaccinated or who have recovered from COVID-19 will no longer be required to present a negative PCR or rapid antigen test before entering Switzerland. Persons who are not vaccinated or who have not recovered from COVID-19 will still have to take the tests to enter the country."

https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home/das-bag/aktuell/medienmitteilungen.msg-id-86839.html
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ThreeBlades wrote:
Press release out today:

"Amended rules on testing to enter Switzerland
From Saturday, 22 January, persons who have been vaccinated or who have recovered from COVID-19 will no longer be required to present a negative PCR or rapid antigen test before entering Switzerland. Persons who are not vaccinated or who have not recovered from COVID-19 will still have to take the tests to enter the country."

https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home/das-bag/aktuell/medienmitteilungen.msg-id-86839.html


This is great news!!!!!!
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I don't know what the new rules mean for 12-16s, guess it follows the rules per the guidelines and no special exemptions for that age now.
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