Self-tests and costs for testing

Costs for testing

As of 18.12.21, testing costs for nasopharyngeal rapid antigen tests and for individual participation in salivary PCR pool testing are covered by the federal government for all individuals. For symptomatic people and people who have been in contact with a covid-19 case, the costs are also covered for individual PCR tests.  

Self-tests are not reimbursed by the federal government.

Detailed information can be found on the webpage of the FOPH.



Since 07.04.2021 self-tests are available in pharmacies. The field of application of these tests is limited to private testing at home, e.g. before a meeting in private as an extension of personal protection measures. In following situations the self-tests are not recommended:

  • When symptoms are present
  • After close contact to a person who tested positiv 

In these situations PCR testing or conventional rapid antigen testing by trained personnel at a testing center or pharmacy is required.