The FOPH recommends that all persons with COVID-19 symptoms undergo a test. At the test centre at the Klinik Stephanshorn emergency room, COVID-19 swab tests (not rapid tests) are taken daily from 7.30 to 10.30 a.m. and from 12.30 to 3 p.m. by appointment. Therefore, we only perform coronavirus swab testing if you have made a prior appointment. The appointment includes a short evaluation and the swab test.

Please register below via the online appointment system and select your desired appointment time. You will receive confirmation by email. 

Currently, we require up to 72 hours for the test results. You will receive the test result via email and SMS code directly from the laboratory. We do not offer rapid tests. 

COVID-19 swab test due to travel

Please note that we can't guarantee a test result in 72 hours.


After the test you must isolate yourself immediately until you receive your test result from us.

The Coronavirus Test Centre is open to persons aged 16 years and older. Younger patients must go to a paediatrician.

Please note the separate access road to the emergency room where the test centre is located and use the parking spaces along Brauerstrasse. 

Time Schedule

Please register via online appointment and send the completed form in advance by email to the test centre.

How to find us

COVID-19 swab tests are taken at the test centre at the emergency room. Please note the separate access road to the emergency room and use the parking spaces along Brauerstrasse.

Opening hours

Monday – Sunday: 7.30 - 10.30 a.m. and 12.30 - 3 p.m.

Further information

Who covers the costs?

The federal government covers the costs for persons with symptoms of the disease (via health insurance, no excess, no deductible). Please refer to the FOPH page for information on typical symptoms of the COVID-19 disease, symptoms and treatment, origin of new coronavirus.

The federal government will cover the costs of the test for persons without symptoms of the disease if: 

  • The Cantonal Medical Officer has ordered the test.  
  • The person has received notification of contact with a COVID-19 case through the SwissCovid app and is asymptomatic. The test should be performed on or after the 5th day after the contact. 

The coronavirus test can be performed at the patient’s request (e.g. for a trip). An invoice will be mailed to the home address of patients residing in Switzerland. Patients residing abroad will receive an invoice after the test which must be paid (CHF 160.-) by credit card on the spot. 

What else do I need to consider?

  • Please make sure that you arrive at the appointment on time. Please report to the emergency room at the Klinik Stephanshorn in the Corona Test Centre container. Please note the separate access to the emergency room and use the paid parking spaces along Brauerstrasse. 
  • Please have your (physical) health insurance card ready, we will scan it. 
  • Sanitize your hands before entering and leave your mask on until the healthcare professional performs the swab test. 
  • The Coronavirus Test Centre is open to persons aged 16 years and older. 

When will I receive my test result?

It takes a while to assess the test. Please also observe the following important information at this time:

  1. After the test you must isolate yourself immediately until you receive your test result. 
  2. You will receive the test result via email and SMS code directly from the laboratory.  
  3. Any other documents, such as the isolation ordinance and confirmation, can be obtained from the contact tracing team of the respective canton. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please call us on 071 282 74 74.

Procedure in case of a negative test result

Please note that even if your test result is negative, if you have symptoms you must remain in isolation until you have been free of symptoms for 24 hours. Likewise, you must also remain in quarantine after close contact* with a COVID-19-positive person for a total of 10 days, even if you get a negative test result. 

*Close contact means that you have been close (a distance of less than 1.5 metres) to an infected person for more than 15 minutes without protection (face mask or physical barrier such as a sheet of plexiglass).