Drive-Through Coronavirus Test Center
The new coronavirus test center has been designed as a drive-through facility, with the aim of relieving the strain on existing test centers. We also offer rapid antigen tests.
Current evaluation time
- PCR test: Generally, the waiting time for the test result is 24 hours, but it may take up to 48 hours in case of high demand.
- Rapid antigen test: Result is available within two hours.
Please wear a mask upon arrival and bring an official ID and your health insurance card to the test.
Test result via SMS
If the test result is positive, you will receive an e-mail in addition to the SMS. If you have not received a message via SMS or email, please send us an email.
You need a Covid certificate?
We are now issuing Covid certificates for PCR and antigen rapid tests, it is mandatory to bring an official ID with picture to your appointment. Learn more here.
Does the test center issue Covid certificates for tested people?
Yes, Covid certificates for PCR and antigen rapid tests are issued at the test center. Please make sure to bring an official ID with picture (ID, passport or driver's license) to your appointment.
How and when will I receive the certificate?
The Covid certificate will automatically appear in your blue Covid Cert app after the test has been evaluated. For this, please enter your 9-digit transfer code during registration or at check-in. If you do not enter a transfer code or enter an invalid transfer code, the Covid certificate will be delivered by email.
Where can I find my transfer code?
You can create the transfer code in the blue Covid Cert app. At least app version 2.0.0 is required for this. The instructions and answers to frequently asked questions can be found in the Covid Cert app. Important: The in-app delivery code is valid for seven days only, after that it expires and you will not receive a certificate.
Validity of the certificate
For the duration of validity, please visit the FOPH website.
Important: Recovery certificates
The Dübendorf test center cannot issue Covid certificates for convalescents; this must be requested from the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH): https://covidcertificate-form.admin.ch/.
Convalescent certificates are currently only issued for PCR tests. For more information, please contact the Coronavirus Infoline or visit the federal government's Covid certificate website: https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/de/home/krankheiten/ausbrueche-epidemien-pandemien/aktuelle-ausbrueche-epidemien/novel-cov/covid-zertifikat.html
Where can I indicate during online registration whether I want to take a PCR or rapid test?
In case of symptoms of disease or contact with positive cases, the Federal Office of Public Health (BAG) specifies which test is to be used. The check-in staff will inform you about this, it is not possible to choose the test.
For preventive, repeated testing of asymptomatic persons of companies, homes and Spitex, antigen rapid tests are used.
If you need the test for entry or exit or for your employer and you pay yourself, you can choose on the spot whether you want to do a PCR test or a rapid antigen test.
I am going on a trip abroad. When will I receive a travel certificate?
You will usually receive the test result via SMS directly from the laboratory within 24 to 48 hours. The travel certificate is created manually and arrives a few hours later. It will be sent to you by email as a PDF document.
How does the coronavirus swab test work?
Allocation of appointments
Coronavirus swab tests will only be undertaken if appointments have been allocated in advance. Please register using the online form below and choose your preferred appointment time. You will then receive an electronic confirmation, free of any charge.
Requirement to wear a mask
Please wear a mask inside your car when you arrive for your appointment. Anyone who does not have a mask will be issued with one at the first checkpoint.
What you need to bring with you
Please show the confirmation of your appointment when you come to the test site. You must also bring an official ID document and your health insurance card with you.
Charging and payment arrangements
From Monday, March 15, 2021, Corona rapid tests will be free of charge for all people in Switzerland – regardless of the symptoms. Only PCR tests that are required for entry into another country will remain subject to a charge.
Furthermore, whether the federal government covers the costs of PCR tests depends on why you are being tested:
- Costs for PCR tests are covered if, for example, you are getting tested because of symptoms, a report from the SwissCovid app, or official/medical orders.
- Costs for PCR tests are not covered if, for example, you need a negative test result for a trip abroad.
A PCR test costs CHF 150.00, a rapid test is free since 15 March 2021. When you check in at the Test Center, you will be advised whether your test costs will be paid by the Swiss Confederation. If this is the case, we will settle the invoice directly with your health insurance scheme, and you will not need to pay any deductible or excess payment. If the test is being carried out for reasons that are not covered by the Swiss Confederation (see above), please pay direct at the test center. Payments can only be made by card.
Testing in companies, institutions and schools
For repeated testing, see the website Testen in Betrieben, Institutionen und Schulen of the Department of Health (only in German).
Outbreak testing in schools
The test center offers outbreak testing in schools by order of the Elementary School Board/Contact Tracings. Interested schools should contact the relevant school medical service.
When does it make sense to make a test?
The coronavirus test center at Dübendorf can test people who:
- Have symptoms that are characteristic of Covid-19;
- at the recommendation of a physician
- as a result of the coronavirus check carried out by the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (the BAG)
- on suspicion of an infection (after contact with someone who is Covid-19 positive; test on the 5th day after contact, at the earliest)
- Need a negative test as evidence, so that they can travel to a country outside Switzerland;
- Want to undergo a test.
Can I test my children?
We offer tests for children from the age of four.
The rapid antigen test is performed by nasopharyngeal swab, the test result is available in 2-3 hours. If a PCR test is performed, a PCR saliva test (spit test) is also available for children under 12 years of age. You will receive the test result in 24-72 hours. Cost coverage/payment is the same as for adults (see charging and payment arrangements).
Directions and opening hours
The test center is open from Monday to Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please book your appointment via the online form. The test center is housed at the Air Force Center in Dübendorf.
I would like to postpone or cancel an appointment. How do I proceed?
There are two links in the confirmation email that can be used to reschedule or cancel the appointment. Alternatively, you can send us an email.
Corona Test Center
AIR FORCE CENTER
Appointments can only be arranged via the online registration system.
Monday to Friday
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
We extend our opening hours depending on the current demand.
0800 33 66 55
For questions on Coronatests in Dübendorf
+41 44 386 35 55
Not sure if you should have a test?
If you aren’t sure whether a test would be recommended, please complete the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (BAG) coronavirus checklist.
What happens after the test?
In the flyers below, we have summarised the important factors to consider after you take the test, and what you will need to do following a positive or a negative test result.