From 1 July onwards, the Covid certificates will allow you to travel more easily within the European Union. If you have been vaccinated, recently had a negative Covid test or recently recovered from a Covid-19 infection, as of 1 July, you can use one of these certificates to prove that you can travel Covid-safe.
Please note: Belgium already launches the Covid certificates on 16 June. The EU member states are only obliged to recognise these certificates from 1 July, so if you are travelling in between 16 June and 1 July, the old rules are still in force. Make sure to check which specific measures apply in the country of your destination. More information below.
Which information is on a Covid certificate?
There are three types of certificates:
- a vaccination certificate, which indicates when you were vaccinated. This certificate is valid for one year from the date of vaccination.
- a test certificate, serving as proof of a negative COVID-19 test. This certificate is valid for 72 hours after the test was taken.
- a recovery certificate, for people who have recovered for at least 11 days after a positive COVID-19 test. This certificate is valid for 180 days from the date of the test.
A single person can have several certificates. A certificate is created for each vaccination dose and each test. Vaccination certificates also indicate for which vaccination the certificate has been issued, e.g. whether this is the first or second dose of a specific type of vaccine. Each shot thus generates a new certificate, each time with a maximum validity period.
The certificates are a European agreement and contain a unique QR code. EU Member States scan this code, allowing them to check whether the certificate is correct and valid. The certificate is drawn up in English and in the three national languages.
When will my Covid certificate be available?
The certificates are available:
- For a vaccination certificate, the morning after the day on which the vaccination centres entered the data into the Vaccinnet database. This is usually the day of the vaccination or a few days later. We can’t say for sure.
- For a test certificate, it is 1,5 hours after the laboratory has entered the test results into the Sciensano database. In practice, this is at the same time as, or shortly after, you are notified of your test result.
- A specific procedure applies for a recovery certificate. This certificate is available 1,5 hours after the laboratory has entered the test results of a positive Covid test in the Sciensano database. Even though the certificate is already available at that time, it will only be valid 11 days later.
How can I obtain a Covid certificate?
You can download it via the mobile app CovidSafeBE or via the websites brusselshealthnetwork.be or masanté.be / mijngezondheid.be. You can only download your personal certificate or that of your children.
If you have difficulties to access the internet, you can also call 02/214.19.19. Via an automatic selection menu, you can choose to have your certificate sent to your eBox 24/7, if you have already activated this tool, or to have it sent by post to your official address. Please take into account that there is a delivery period of 5 working days. Test and recovery certificates are not sent by post.
What if the information on my certificate is incorrect?
It is important to check your data as soon as possible, especially if you are planning to travel. Go to masanté.be, mijngezondheid.be or brusselshealthnetwork.be or install the CovidSafeBE app right away. You can log in using your electronic ID-card, ItsMe or another digital key.
Where can I find more information?
- More information about the CovidSafeBE and frequently asked questions about the Covid certificate can be found on CovidSafe.be.
- More information about the measures in place in your country of destination can be found at https://reopen.europa.eu/en.
- Travel advice from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs can be found here (available in French & Dutch): https://diplomatie.belgium.be/fr/Services/voyager_a_letranger/conseils_par_destination
- Information on travel is available on https://www.info-coronavirus.be/en/safe-travel/