Saliva-based COVID PCR Test from home, pain-free, no nasal swab or online consultation
Saliva-based COVID PCR Test
Our saliva-based COVID PCR Test is designed for taking your sample at home by simply gurgling with the enclosed liquid for 30 seconds. No need to insert a swab into your nose. Guaranteed pain-free testing.
Sampling also does not require an online consultation. Instead, you take a selfie-video for identity verification.
After taking your sample, you return it to our lab partner, Synlab, by dropping off the included Retourbox in any Swiss Post mailbox before it is emptied that day. You will generally receive your results and your COVID certificate online the next day. Time to result may vary if testing capacity at labs across Switzerland is strechted, for example during times of very high numbers of new infections. Check here for current expected time to results
What you get with the PCR Test from home
Detect COVID-19 infection
PCR tests are the gold standard for COVID testing. Especially with the Delta Variant - which antigen tests are not as good at detecting - it is recommended to take a PCR test check for a COVID-19 infection.
A negative result with our COVID PCR test will also make you eligible for a COVID certificate and with a positive test result, you will receive a "Genesungszertifikat" valid 11 days after you tested positive.
You can record a transfer code from the COVID Cert app when you activate the test online and we will deliver your certificate directly to the app.
Your results include a lab report which you can download in case you want to discuss your results with a doctor. The lab report is provided by our partner lab Synlab and will be recognized by any doctor in Switzerland.
How it works
Order your COVID PCR Test online
- if you order before 5:30pm, your test will arrive the next working day with Swiss Post
- if you order after 5:30pm it arrives on the 2nd working day
- we propose to stock up with a few PCR tests so you already have them at home when you need one
Generate transfer code in COVID Cert app
- Download the COVID Cert app and generate an official transfer code
- this allows us to send your COVID Certificate directly to the official COVID Cert app once it is available
Activate test online & take your sample
- activate your test online using the code in the test box & the transfer code from the COVID Cert app
- to verify your identity, take and upload a selfie video showing us your ID and how you suck on your sampling-swab
Return your sample to our Siwss lab
- Option 1: Use one of our drop-off locations (fastest way to get your test analysed)
- Option 2: put the sample into the Retourbox and return it to our Swiss lab by dropping the box into any mailbox. Make sure that the mailbox is still emptied on the same day
Get your test results & COVID certificate
- generally get test results online the next working day incl. Saturday, check here for current expected time to results
- COVID certificate will be directly sent to the COVID Cert app
COVID Certificate: Right timing for your test
Your test results & certificate will generally be available on the next working day including Saturday after you send back your sample with Swiss post or drop your test off at a drop-off location.
Check here for current expected time to results to be sure your result will arrive in time.
Important for delivery with Swiss Post: Make sure that the mailbox you use to drop of your test is still being emptied on that day!
CityLab Stadelhofen (3. OG)
Einkaufszentrum Neuwiesen, 4. OG
Tests results & Travel certificate
We will notify you via SMS or email when your test results are in. You just log in with your user account to view them. Results will tell you if you have COVID-19 and also provide a lab report.
You will automatically get your COVID certificate delivered to your COVID Cert app if you receive a negative test result. You will also receive a "Genesungszertifikat" with a positive test result (valid 11 days after testing positive). You just enter a COVID Cert app transfer code when you activate the test online.
More about the test
How quickly do I get the results?
You can expect to get your test results the next working day inluding Saturday after you have shipped your sample to the lab. The only day, when test results and certificates are not delivered, are Sundays and holidays. Also, during peak testing times - for example with a very high number of COVID cases - time to result may very. Check here for current expected time to results.
Important: make sure that the Swiss Post mailbox is still being emptied on the same day when you drop of your sample. Usually this happens between 5pm and 7pm.
Do I get a COVID certificate with this test?
Yes, you do. If you test negative, you will receive a travel certificate. Just enter a transfer code from the COVID Cert app when you activate your test online and we will deliver the travel certificate directly to the COVID Cert app.
Important: there are very few countries which do not accept saliva-based PCR Tests. Please check this with your destination country before taking the test.
Who analyses the test?
Your sample is analysed by a large Swiss lab, Synlab. They also provide your official lab report.
Is the test as accurate as the test at a test center?
Saliva-based PCR Tests are slightly less accurate than the "nose-swab" PCR Tests which you generally receive at a test center. They are, however, still very accurate and more precise than the antigen tests taken at test centers or from home.