How can I arrange a COVID certificate for travel within Europe? (step-by-step plan)

To be able to travel to other countries in the European Union/Schengen area, you need a COVID certificate (DCC). This can be based on a negative test result, proof of vaccination or proof of recovery from COVID-19. When travelling within the EU/Schengen area, you can present your COVID certificate using the CoronaCheck app. Follow these 7 steps to generate a COVID certificate (DCC) for travel within the EU/Schengen area.

See also the step-by-plan plan for arranging a coronavirus entry pass for going to restaurants and bars, events or other activities in the Netherlands.

Step 1: Check if you need a COVID certificate

Step 2: Find out whether you require other documents for your journey

Step 3: If you already have a coronavirus entry pass

Step 4: If you don’t have a coronavirus entry pass yet, find out how you can get a COVID certificate for travel

You can get a COVID certificate for travel (DCC) if you have:

  • proof of vaccination (if you are fully vaccinated); or
  • proof of recovery (if you had a coronavirus infection in the last 6 months); or
  • a negative test result (issued by a centre for testing for travel).

Step 5: Decide if you want a digital or paper certificate

You can choose how you want to present your COVID certificate when travelling within the EU/Schengen area. The options are:

Step 6: Generate your COVID certificate

Before you can travel within the EU/Schengen area, you must generate your COVID certificate in the app or on the CoronaCheck website:

Step 7: During your trip, present the CoronaCheck QR code when asked to show your COVID certificate

Even with a COVID certificate, the coronavirus rules still apply

Even when you are travelling with a COVID certificate, you must comply with the measures in effect in your country or region of destination (

Rules for the return journey

Travelling is always a risk. And the rules can change during your journey. See the checklist for entering or returning to the Netherlands from abroad before you travel. You cannot travel to the Netherlands if you have tested positive for coronavirus. If you are outside the Netherlands and have tested positive for coronavirus, you must self-isolate and avoid contact with others. 

Information in the QR code

The COVID certificate QR code shows certain information about you when it is scanned, such as:

  • the type of vaccine you received;
  • your vaccination date;
  • whether you are fully vaccinated.

Privacy of the CoronaCheck app

The CoronaCheck Privacy Statement explains how the app uses your personal data. The most important points are:

  • Your information is not stored centrally anywhere.
  • Your GPS and location data are not used or stored.