Using proof of recovery to generate a COVID Certificate (for people living in The Netherlands)

If you have had coronavirus already, you can get proof of recovery. You can then use this proof as a COVID certificate to travel within the EU/Schengen or to travel back to the Netherlands.

Requirements for proof of recovery

Proof of recovery for use in The Netherlands

Most activities where a corona entry pass is required will be temporarily closed from Sunday 19 December 2021 onwards.

Proof of recovery shows that you once tested positive for coronavirus.

You can get proof of recovery for use in the Netherlands if:

  • you tested positive following a test conducted by the municipal health service (GGD) or another test provider in the Netherlands. A positive result following a self-test or a serological test (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 365 days ago.

Antigen test results can be used as a basis for proof of recovery within the Netherlands. For instance, if you want to go to a restaurant.

Additional requirements for use of proof of recovery for travel

If you want 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
  • you tested positive after 8 September 2021 following a PCR test conducted by another test provider and that test provider passed on your test details to the GGD 
  • you tested positive no longer than 180 days ago.

Information retrieved from GGD system only

CoronaCheck retrieves positive test results from the municipal health service (GGD). The GGD system contains the results of all tests conducted by the GGD. This includes both PCR tests and antigen tests. As of 13 October 2021 CoronaCheck can also convert positive results of tests conducted by other test providers into proof of recovery, even if the test was done before this date. However, the test provider must pass on the details to the GGD.

Serological test not sensitive or precise enough

You cannot prove that you have recovered from COVID-19 using a serological test because:

  • these tests are not always sensitive enough to show a person’s level of immunity; and
  • the result does not show when the infection occurred. Proof of recovery is always valid for exactly 365 days from the day of the positive test.  

The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) and Sanquin do however use serological tests for population screening.  

Retrieving proof of recovery via CoronaCheck

There are two options for getting a QR code:

Validity proof of recovery

Most activities where a corona entry pass is required will be temporarily closed from Sunday 19 December 2021 onwards.

365 days after your positive test result your proof of recovery will no longer be valid for use in the Netherlands. If you want to travel using your proof or recovery it will no longer be valid after 180 days. You will then have to get one dose of the vaccine for valid proof of recovery, or be able to show a negative test result.

Extending your proof of recovery

As of 30 November 2021 proof of recovery for use in the Netherlands is valid for 365 days. You will receive notification of this in the CoronaCheck app. You can use this to extend your proof of recovery. Proof of recovery for travel (the international QR code) will continue to be valid for 180 days. 

If you have received proof of recovery on paper that is valid for 180 days, in many cases you can now generate proof of recovery in CoronaCheck by retrieving your positive test result in the CoronaCheck app. This will then be valid for 365 days for use in the Netherlands. You can print your new proof of recovery via CoronaCheck.nl/print.  

One dose is sufficient if you have had coronavirus

If you have had coronavirus one dose of the vaccine will provide you with sufficient protection. Once you have received one dose of the vaccine, you can request proof of vaccination. Of course, you can choose to receive two doses if you prefer.

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