Using proof of recovery to generate a COVID Certificate

Have you been tested positive for coronavirus? You can retrieve your proof of recovery via the CoronaCheck app or CoronaCheck.nl. For instance if you'd like to travel.

Requirements for proof of recovery

Proof of recovery shows that you once tested positive for coronavirus. You will only receive proof of recovery if:

  • you tested positive following a test conducted by the municipal health service (GGD). A positive result following a self-test or a blood test cannot be used as a basis for proof of recovery
  • you tested positive at least 11 days ago
  • you tested positive no longer than 180 days ago.

Additional requirements for travel

If you wish to use your proof of recovery to travel, you can only do this if:

  • you tested positive following a PCR test conducted by the municipal health service (GGD). Antigen tests are not permitted in this case.

Antigen test results can be used as a basis for proof of recovery within the Netherlands. For instance, if you wish to gain entry to an event.

Only tests done by the GGD

CoronaCheck retrieves positive test results from the municipal health service (GGD). At present, GGD systems only contain results for tests conducted by the GGD. This includes both PCR tests and antigen tests.

I had coronavirus more than 180 days ago: one dose is sufficient

If you had coronavirus more than 180 days ago, one dose of vaccine is sufficient to provide you with enough protection. Once you have received one dose of vaccine, you can request proof of vaccination. Of course, you can choose to receive two doses if you prefer.

Retrieving proof of recovery via CoronaCheck

Most people will be able to retrieve their digital proof of recovery via the CoronaCheck app or use CoronaCheck.nl to generate a paper version. This can then be used to generate:

  • a COVID Certificate to enable you to travel within the European Union; or
  • a COVID Certificate to access events.

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