How can I obtain a Digital COVID Certificate?
If you would like to travel within the European Union, or if you would like to attend an event or activity in the Netherlands; you may be asked to show a negative COVID test result, proof of vaccination or proof of recovery from the coronavirus. You can present these using the CoronaCheck App. The COVID Certificate for travel with the CoronaCheck App is also known as the EU Digital COVID Certificate.
How to obtain the Digital COVID Certificate?
You can obtain 1 of 3 forms of COVID certificates via the Coronacheck app.
- Proof of vaccination
Full vaccination for COVID-19, with a vaccine authorised by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).
- Proof of recovery
Proof that you recovered from COVID-19 less than 6 months ago
- Test result
- In case of travel: A negative result from a PCR (NAAT) test or a rapid antigen test. Which of the 2 tests you need depends on your destination and form of transport. In July and August you can have a free test done for your trip.
- In case of events and activities: A negative result from a test administered less than 24-hours before the event.
How to upload proof of vaccination?
Go to the CoronaCheck app or the website CoronaCheck.nl.
You will need to log in with your DigiD. Check whether your DigiD works. Applying for a new DigiD takes a few working days.
The information about your vaccination will be automatically downloaded from the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) (if you have given permission for this), the Municipal Health Service (GGD), or the hospital, and then automatically uploaded in the CoronaCheck app or on the website CoronaCheck.nl.
You will require your DigiD (digital authentification used by the Dutch government) to upload your proof of vaccination. The paper Digital Corona Certificate is not available yet.
How to get a DigiD?
- If you are registered with a municipality in the Netherlands you can apply for a DigiD via https://www.digid.nl/en. You will need your citizen service number (BSN) for the application. After registration, You will receive a letter with an activation code within a maximum of 3 working days.
- If you are not registered with the municipality (only registered as non-resident via Non-Resident Database or Protocol and Host Country Affairs Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
- EU/EEA-nationals can register for DigiD online. After registration, they need to pick up an activation code at a DigiD service desk. The DigiD service desks have a long waiting time at this moment (7 weeks waiting time in The Hague).
- Non-EU/EEA nationals must first register with a municipality to be able to apply for a DigiD.
If you work for an international organisation or embassy and live in The Hague, Delft, Leidschendam-Voorburg, or Rijswijk; and you are only registered at the Protocol and Host Country Affairs Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, you can make an appointment with The Hague International Centre for your municipal registration. Otherwise, you need to contact your own municipality.
What if I do not have a DigiD?
The Dutch government acknowledges that a significant group of people may be unwilling or unable to apply for a DigiD. The government is still working on a procedure for those who have been vaccinated in the Dutch national vaccination programme to obtain a paper version of the Covid Certificate.
In July, the CoronaCheck app will be updated to enable the uploading of the QR code contained on the paper version into the app, so that a person can generate a digital certificate if they wish.
How to upload proof of recovery from the coronavirus?
If you have received a positive PCR test result from the GGD within the past 180 days, but not within the last 12 days, the GGD will issue a digital proof of recovery. The GGD will not issue digital proof of recovery if you have received a positive result from a rapid antigen test.
Persons who do not have a DigiD are invited to contact +31 247 247 247 to obtain a paper certificate. A recovery certificate is only accepted if the traveller has received the certificate from health authorities from an EU-country. For now, only PCR tests administered at a GGD are issued as recovery certificates.
Upload test result
From 1 July 2021, all persons can make an appointment with one of the designated test facilities listed on the website www.testenvoorjereis.nl (in Dutch). A test is also possible without a DigiD with one of the designated commercial test facilities. Alternatively, testing is possible through the GGD (only with DigiD). In either case, tests are administered free of charge in July and August 2021.
Make an appointment for a test
For the purpose of travel, you can make an appointment to be tested free of charge for travel in July or August. Make your appointment no earlier than 5 days before your departure.
How to obtain a Digital COVID Certificate if I received my vaccination abroad (i.e. not through the Dutch vaccination programme)?
- Vaccinations administered by authorities in another EU member state
Please contact your vaccination provider within the EU member state concerned to obtain a digital covid certificate.
- Vaccinations administered in a third (non-EU) country
If you live in the Netherlands and have been vaccinated with an EMA or WHO approved vaccine in a third (non-EU) country and are able to provide a certified vaccination certificate from your vaccination provider, you will be able to obtain a Digital COVID Certificate in the Netherlands. The Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports is currently developing a procedure for this track.
For more information on Requirements for proof of vaccination issued outside the EU, visit government.nl
COVID Certificate for travelling (in Dutch)