Using proof of vaccination to generate a COVID Certificate
Have you been fully vaccinated against coronavirus? You can retrieve your proof of vaccination via the CoronaCheck app or CoronaCheck.nl. For instance if you'd like to travel.
Retrieving proof of vaccination via the CoronaCheck app or on CoronaCheck.nl
Most people will be able to retrieve their digital proof of vaccination 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.
Linked to RIVM and GGD registration systems
CoronaCheck retrieves vaccination data from the registration systems of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) and the municipal health services (GGDs). If you gave permission for your data to passed on to RIVM, the organisation that vaccinated you will have done so. But you can also get proof of vaccination even if you did not give permission. If you were vaccinated recently, you may not yet be able to retrieve your data via CoronaCheck. It can take up to 3 days before your data is processed.
Requirements for proof of vaccination
You are entitled to proof of vaccination when you are fully vaccinated. This is when one of the following situations applies to you:
Proof of vaccination becomes valid 2 or 4 weeks after vaccination in the Netherlands
Your proof of vaccination will become valid 2 weeks after the date you receive your second dose. Please note: if you are vaccinated with Janssen on or after 14 August 2021, your proof of vaccination will become valid 28 days after you are vaccinated.
The rules in other countries may be different. These rules can be found in the travel advice for your destination (in Dutch only).
You can still get coronavirus
You can still get infected with coronavirus even after you have been vaccinated. You can also pass the virus on to others. Bear this in mind when you go places or receive visitors, for instance.
No impact on proof of vaccination
If you are fully vaccination but test positive for coronavirus, this will not affect your proof of vaccination in the CoronaCheck app or on the CoronaCheck website. However, you will need to self-isolate and avoid contact with others, in order to prevent passing the virus on.
Situations in which you have no valid proof of vaccination
Contacting the organisation that vaccinated you to have your data updated
- If you were vaccinated by the GGD and are unsure whether the details you provided were correct, or if you are having trouble generating proof of vaccination, contact the GGD on 0800 5090. They will check your data and update it where necessary. It may take a few days before the updates can be seen in CoronaCheck.
- If you were vaccinated by your GP, at a hospital or at a care home or similar location you cannot update your details. However, the organisation that vaccinated you can issue you with printed proof of vaccination. Check the website of the organisation that vaccinated you for more information. Or send the organisation an email. Only do this if you genuinely require proof of vaccination, as many organisations in the healthcare sector are very busy at present.
Travelling abroad without proof of vaccination
If you wish to travel abroad, before your proof of vaccination becomes valid, you can obtain a COVID Certificate for travel by getting tested for coronavirus. Coronavirus tests for travel are free until 1 October 2021.
If you want to attend an event, you can get tested for coronavirus in order to obtain a COVID Certificate for entry to events.
Yellow vaccination booklet is not proof of vaccination
Even if your COVID-19 vaccination has been recorded in your yellow vaccination booklet it is not official proof of vaccination, so you generally cannot use it to travel.