Vaccination certificates are a form of Digital COVID-19 Certificates (DCC). The proof of vaccination is recorded in an app, which generates a QR code that can be presented for events and travel.
Below you can find detailed information on how to get a valid vaccination certificate if you were vaccinated in the Netherlands, and what to do if you were vaccinated in another country (either within the EU or outside).
If you are not yet fully vaccinated, or are in the process of getting your vaccination outside of the Netherlands certified, check the Digital COVID-19 Certificates page. You may find this an easier or faster option to get a valid certificate (QR code).
Vaccination Certificates for Vaccines Received in the Netherlands
As of 1 July 2021, all persons who have received a COVID-19 vaccination as part of the Dutch national vaccination programme will be able to obtain a COVID-19 vaccination certificate.
After recieving a vaccination in the Dutch national vaccination programme, you can download the CoronaCheck app (via the Google Play Store for Android phones with Android 6 and up software and the Apple App store for Apple phones with iOS12 and up). See this website for more details regarding the app: https://coronacheck.nl/en.
For now, only those with a DigiD (digital identification) can use the CoronaCheck app. If you do not yet have a DigiD (which is useful for accessing many government services) you can apply for one through the following links:
•Regular citizens (registered with a municipality in the Netherlands) can apply at https://www.digid.nl/en
•Privileged persons registered with the Protocol and Host Country Affairs Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs:
- EEA/EU-nationals not registered with a municipality can register for a DigiD online at https://digid.nl/en/aanvragen_buitenland. After registration, they need to pick up an activation code at a DigiD service desk
- Non EEA/EU-nationals must first register with a municipality and may afterwards apply for a DigiD via the regular procedure at https://www.digid.nl/en
Don't want to get a DigiD?
Contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. You will then be referred to a special helpdesk. There you can request a paper corona certificate with your citizen service number (BSN) and your zip code.
Alternatively, if you urgently require a Covid certificate in order to travel, you are advised to take a Covid test. For this, please make an appointment with one of the designated test facilities listed on the following website: https://afspraak.testenvoorjereis.nl/evenement/type.
These facilities provide antigen rapid tests and PCR(NAAT)-tests free of charge in the months of July and August 2021. No DigiD is necessary at these facilities.
NB: EU member states adhere to different requirements regarding a negative test result and the duration of the test result’s validity. For the specific requirements of each member state, travellers are advised to consult the competent authorities within their country of destination and/or the travel advice per country published on www.nederlandwereldwijd.nl/reizen/reisadviezen.
Vaccination Certificates for Vaccines Recieved Outside of the Netherlands
Find the most up-to-date information on the Dutch goverment's website: https://www.government.nl/topics/coronavirus-covid-19/covid-certificate/proof-of-vaccination/vaccinated-outside-the-netherlands
Option A: Vaccinations administered by competent authorities in another EU member state
If you have been vaccinated as an EU citizen within the European Union, you are entitled to a DCC from the country in which you were vaccinated. The QR code generated by these apps (e.g.TousAntiCovid) are equivalent to those in the Dutch CoronaCheck app.
Option B: 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 demonstrate a certified vaccination certificate from your vaccination provider, you will be able to obtain a vaccination certificate in the Netherlands.
You must make an appointment in Utrecht or Groningen to have your vaccine documents approved.
Call for an appointment in Utrecht or Groningen
To register your vaccination you will need to make an appointment by calling +31 (0)30 800 2899. If other people in your family want to have their vaccination registered at the same time, you will need to make an appointment for each individual and you must all appear in person.
You will be sent the exact address with your appointment confirmation. You will need to take the following documents to your appointment:
- identity document: the details on the identity document must match the ones on your proof of vaccination, and/or
- a document bearing your citizen service number (BSN): only if your BSN is not on your identity document, and
- if you do not have a BSN, you must show proof that you are a Dutch national or that you live in the Netherlands. For instance, an employer’s declaration or a declaration of enrolment from your educational institution, and
proof of vaccination issued in the country where you were vaccinated that meets the requirements for proof of vaccination.
If you are unable to come to Utrecht or Groningen but wish to travel abroad or attend an event, you can generate a COVID Certificate for travel or a COVID Certificate to attend an event using proof of recovery or a negative test result.
More information can be found here.