Reimbursement of COVID-19 Tests until 30 November 2021

As of 1st October 2021 until 30 November 2021

Test name

SARS-COV-2 detection  Conditions Reimbursement

RT-PCR test 


Rapid Antigen Test

Mucous membrane swab.

Detection and diagnosis of the virus in case of symptoms or suspicion.

Carried out in a test centre or drive-in recognised by the health authorities or on its mandate.


In strict compliance with the requirements pertaining to suspicion, tracing or prevention.

Reimbursed according to the General Rule.

(upon presentation of a medical prescription for those over 16 years of age)

RT-PCR test

Mucous membrane swab.

Detection and diagnosis of the virus

Duty Travel: Carried out by the CERN Medical Service

See Admin-e guide (summary table) and the dedicated HSE page here.

Saliva test



Authorized in France 

Collection of salivary fluid in the mouth.


Detection and diagnosis of the virus.

Screening in schools :

Carried out by health professionals, within the school, with parental authorization.

Reimbursed according to the general rule

(without prescription)

Carried out in a medical analysis laboratory when nasopharyngeal sampling is difficult, if not impossible

Reimbursed according to the General Rule. 

(upon presentation of a medical prescription for those over 16 years of age)

Saliva self test Not reimbursed
Serological test

Blood sample.

Identification of the presence of IgM and IgG antibodies specific to SARS-COV-2.

Determines an individual’s immune status at the time of blood sample, i.e. whether he or she has developed antibodies to the virus.

Serological analyses must be carried out exclusively by analysis laboratories that are authorised to perform them, in accordance with the laws governing epidemics and the associated implementing orders.

These tests are not relevant for the diagnosis of virus infection.

Not reimbursed

Serological tests

available over the counter in pharmacies or online, without medical prescription

Self-test performed by dripping droplets of blood onto testing strips. These tests are not medically recognised: the results are unreliable as false positives and negatives occur frequently. Not reimbursed

Antigen self-tests

available in pharmacies

Nasal swab self-tests

Detection of the virus.

Self-assessment, for asymptomatic people

In Switzerland: free of charge and paid for by the Swiss Confederation for residents (maximum of 5 months per person eligible).

Not reimbursed by the CHIS in all other cases.