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Covid testing at Geneva airport

Anyone out there with recent experience of taking the Covid test at the airport. We’re trying to determine if we need another test upon arrival to Geneva once our flight lands. Will have taken a test before leaving the states and only stop will be changing planes in London to fly into Geneva. From Geneva we’ll get a bus into France.
Curious about ease of appointment and getting quick turnaround of test results.
Any other information would be appreciated too. Thanks

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We are just back 9 days ago from a stupendous 2 1/2 week trip to France (Alsace and Provence). We flew in and out of GVA (SAN to DFW to LHR to GVA, RT) as our family lives near the border in Haute-Savoie. I'll preface everything I say here that rules change rapidly. But, I'll share our experience.

We did COVID PCR testing before leaving ONLY because it was required for transiting LHR. Switzerland and France had no requirement for fully vaccinated travelers. The most thorough check we had done of documents was upon departure from SAN. We also used the VeriFly app used by American Airlines and British Airways. It was very worthwhile learning how to use the app. It definitely sped up our check-in process. The Swiss authorities at GVA briefly glanced at our CDC cards. The had no interest in seeing our QR code for our online Swiss entry forms - though the form is very simple to complete and is required. Pass Sanitaire wasn't in effect at that point. The only time we were asked for vaccine proof was to enter the Roman amphitheater in Orange and Chateau du Haut-Koenigsbourg near Selestat. Photos of our CDC cards on our phone worked fine. Though I suspect Pass Sanitaire requirements may be implemented in museums??

Upon return to the US, we did our COVID RT-PCR testing at a lab in Taninges in Haute-Savoie 2 days before departure. We had results emailed back to us within 12 hours with needed printable proof attached. All in all, very easy. We also saw that some pharmacies also had testing available. FYI - Upon return home, the UK authorities were checking that all persons had completed the online UK PLF forms and had printed out proof (even transit passengers). We had done so and were permitted to proceed immediately past the queue. It seems like it was a spot check as this didn't happen outbound. The UK PLF form is more tedious that the Swiss form. It can only be completed within 48 hours of your arrival to the UK - even if transiting.

Good luck and safe travels.

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Thanks to the great response from wandering nurses ( I am a recently retired RN). Really appreciated the information. Spouse will add Verifly app to our phones. Hope all will go smoothly.

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Just returned from almost 2 weeks in France and Switzerland. Interestingly, the one country most concerned with correct paperwork was the USA, followed by the UK- we were only in Heathrow for a transit stop before continuing on to Geneva. The Swiss QR paperwork was never looked at. And when we left Geneva, same thing.

2 days before we went back to Geneva to play tourist before returning to the USA, we received an updated Covid alert for the country. But many people just didn't bother wearing masks, sanitizing their hands, etc. The whole time we were in France we had to provide proof of vaccination. That only happened once in Switzerland.

Great trip overall in both countries!

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We couldn't get Verify to work, and my husband is a techie. Using it is optional. While at the airport gate, we could only find one person who was able to get Verify operational.
Safe travels!

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My husband also couldn’t get Verifly to download. Wasn’t a big deal. We scanned our documents into One Note and had the printed copies just in case. Never did get the Covid test at Geneva airport. They wanted $150 CF per test. Got it done in France 3 days out for only 25Euros.
Just surprised how the airports didn’t seem interested in the paperwork that the airlines requested.

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Anyone know if London Heathrow still requires a COVID test for passengers in transit and which test is acceptable? We will be flying from Nice to Geneva to LHR then onward on Oct. 1. If LHR requires a test, we'll probably have to get one in Nice prior to boarding our flight there. Thanks!

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Our friend who joined us on our trip left early and she had a connection through LHR. She got a rapid test PCR done 2 days before leaving Geneva and that was accepted in LHR.