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Is rapid antigen test free in Zurich / Basel / Geneva airport with Swiss insurance?

Will be travelling in a period of time and looking for the pre-travel testing options at Swiss airports.

Since the rapid antigen tests are currently free at a testing centre, at your doctor’s, in a hospital or at a pharmacy, as per FOPH, I would expect these to be free for the Swiss health insurance card holders as well:

For Zurich airport, as it`s located solely in Switzerland, and the lab is considered to be a testing centre, as well as the lab in the nearby Radisson hotel.

Not sure about the Basel airport - as per info on their website - testing lab is located on the French side, hence would expect this to be not free for Swiss health insurance card holders?

In Geneva - would expect it to be free as well, similar to Zurich airport?

Could anyone confirm that, as well as procedure, i.e. have to pay first, to be reimbursed via insurance company later, or not needed to be paid at all.
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Re: Is rapid antigen test free in Zurich / Basel / Geneva airport with Swiss insuranc

Why would travel tests be free of charge? Afaik you pay for the ones at the airports.
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Re: Is rapid antigen test free in Zurich / Basel / Geneva airport with Swiss insuranc

You don't pay for the test any more AFAIK. You might have to pay for the travel certificate. Have a look around, we have a million Covid threads here.

Also be sure to book an appointment in advance. Everyone wants tests for travel right now and many places stopped taking walk-ins. A report on the news the other night showed long waits at the ZRH airport.
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Re: Is rapid antigen test free in Zurich / Basel / Geneva airport with Swiss insuranc

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Why would travel tests be free of charge? Afaik you pay for the ones at the airports.
The government website states: ''The federal government covers all the costs of rapid tests that you have done at a testing centre, at your doctor’s, in a hospital or at a pharmacy.''

There are no exclusions stated for rapid tests (there are, on the other had, for the PCR tests: ''The federal government does not cover the costs of PCR tests in the following cases: You need a negative test result for travel.'')

On paper this sounds as rapid antigen test should be free in Zurich airport. Not sure how is that in reality at present
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Re: Is rapid antigen test free in Zurich / Basel / Geneva airport with Swiss insuranc

Just checked ZRH airport, you still have to pay. And afaik your insurance does not reimburse you as it is for travel.

Why would your health insurance pay for something that is not health related?
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yes, have seen a thread about rapid tests in pharmacies (there was a link to Zurich gov website which would show all the pharmacies providing such an option), but airport itself is also an option.

+ interesting to find out about Basel/ Geneva too.

Certificate, as far as it was stated in the news, should be free of charge since late June as well

the info there did not change for ages + it does not segregate for swiss insurance card holders and others, who don't hold it (as not only swiss will use that option, right, hence they will definitely pay). For example Geneva airport website states that tests are free for French nationals.

Why it should pay? as goverment said so, perhaps similar when 5 free tests were started to be given at some point.

Though both your and mine are only guesses, so would need someone`s, who has been through the procedure in the last 2 weeks, confirmation though

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Re: Is rapid antigen test free in Zurich / Basel / Geneva airport with Swiss insuranc

For a travel test you have to pay and your health insurance will not reimburse that.

As from your quote: travel tests are not covered by the free testing agreement.

Better book a spot now if you want to travel
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Re: Is rapid antigen test free in Zurich / Basel / Geneva airport with Swiss insuranc

PCR tests - yes, wont be covered for travel.
Rapid-antigen - are already covered in the pharmacies, https://www.englishforum.ch/travel-d...-cheapest.html
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Re: Is rapid antigen test free in Zurich / Basel / Geneva airport with Swiss insuranc

Getting one and a travel certificate will not be easy. Slots are apparently fully booked out.
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Re: Is rapid antigen test free in Zurich / Basel / Geneva airport with Swiss insuranc

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Getting one and a travel certificate will not be easy. Slots are apparently fully booked out.
I went away a couple of weeks back and as I wasn't at 14 days for the second shot had to take a PCR test. All good there and there is no reimbursement as you said. Still it was a cracking break, resort with a capacity of 1500, less than 100 guests and some goddamn sunsshine!
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Re: Is rapid antigen test free in Zurich / Basel / Geneva airport with Swiss insuranc

Do your best to book your travel tests at a pharmacy or an official test center to avoid the high airport fees.

I think that the ALL TEST SLOTS ARE BOOKED and YOU CAN'T GET A TEST SLOT stories are a combination of a strong reminder to book a test slot with the media getting more page views with stories scaring travellers and giviing non travellers a bit of Schadenfreude.

I just looked at the web site of the Corona test center in the Kasernenareal and there are plenty of appointments for rapid tests for travellers. The appointments are in no way all booked out.

Additionally... rapid antigen tests are fully covered by Swiss insurance at pharmacy's and official testing centers. It looks like the airport centers are private businesses meeting the demand of testing for people who didn't arrange the testing somewhere else while also earning a service fee for doing it. Just like your beer, your sandwich and everything else at the airport, it costs tons more money.
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Re: Is rapid antigen test free in Zurich / Basel / Geneva airport with Swiss insuranc

My significant other discovered yesterday evening she needed a test to travel today.

Kasernenareal, Airport and pharmacies were all fully booked for the morning, so she woke up early and went here at the opening:
https://walkin-labor.ch/
did the test after 15', got the QR code per E-mail after another 20'. She didn't pay anything.

Given the public transport in Zurich I guess this location is also compatible with a travel by plane.
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Re: Is rapid antigen test free in Zurich / Basel / Geneva airport with Swiss insuranc

I'm flying to Belgrade on Friday. Annoyingly they require a negative PCR test, no older than 48 hours (most countries, 72 hours). Meh. So Basel Airport it is.
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Re: Is rapid antigen test free in Zurich / Basel / Geneva airport with Swiss insuranc

A colleague of mine from the US just flew back there from GVA and the rapid antigen test at the airport was free. I didn't quite believe it for travel, but she assured me she didn't have to pay.
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Re: Is rapid antigen test free in Zurich / Basel / Geneva airport with Swiss insuranc

Here what is on the checkport website:
https://checkport.info/covid-testcen...afen-zuerich-2

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CHF 00.00 with Swiss health insurance card, the antigen test is free of charge. The travel certificate costs CHF 18.00. !!!

So ... not totally free then
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Re: Is rapid antigen test free in Zurich / Basel / Geneva airport with Swiss insuranc

Its often easier to use a pharmacy who will provide a travel certificate if you only need a rapid test (as I do for UK travel). There are plenty via the onedoc appoinment site which do this and will be free via your insurance.

https://www.onedoc.ch/en/covid-testing-center/zurich

Watch it though not all issue travel certificates so it's worth checking. Book well ahead as well because they fill up a week or two before the date quite often.
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CHF 00.00 with Swiss health insurance card, the antigen test is free of charge. The travel certificate costs CHF 18.00. !!!
Do people still need travel certificate to travel in EU or is it now replaced by the covid certificate (with QR code)? The covid certificate is free, right? I just got one for my daughter for a school event, didn't pay anything
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Just checked ZRH airport, you still have to pay. And afaik your insurance does not reimburse you as it is for travel.

Why would your health insurance pay for something that is not health related?
I think the issue is with the definition of "for travel" and the fact that it can not be determined.
The destination country accepts a test result, even if it was not done "for travel" purposes, so there is really no way for the health insurance to determine if a test was for travel purposes or not. The only way would be to force pharmacies to communicate whether a certificate was issued or not, and to reject those with written certificates - but that does not seem to be the case
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Re: Is rapid antigen test free in Zurich / Basel / Geneva airport with Swiss insuranc

As I understand it, you have to have a valid reason to have a free PCR test. Like, your doctor or contact tracers sent you to the test center, or you have symptoms, or your home test showed positive result etc. You cannot just have it for free in order to attend the meeting of your local club, or to visit your old parents, or to travel.
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Re: Is rapid antigen test free in Zurich / Basel / Geneva airport with Swiss insuranc

And if you are vaccinated is there a difference to the free antigen tests? Already the 5 free self test are not
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