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How do I apply for a COVID Recovery certificate?

If you have received a positive COVID-19 PCR test in Northern Ireland, you may be eligible to apply for a Recovery certificate for domestic use and international travel.

You can only receive a Recovery certificate if you are a resident in Northern Ireland. Contact your local service if you are a resident in another jurisdiction.

For entry to UK premises where evidence of COVID-19 is required, you cannot use the COVID Recovery certificate until 30 days after you tested positive.

For international travel, the Recovery certificate is available 10 days after your positive test.

If you’re eligible, you can apply for a COVID Recovery certificate, in the form of a QR code, through the COVIDCert NI app.

Parents and guardians can apply through their nidirect account, for Recovery certificates for young people up to the age of 17.

You will need to upload a photo of the young person’s passport as part of the validation process.

The certificate is valid for up to 180 days from the date you took the PCR test.

How to apply

There are two possible ways to get a Recovery certificate.

If you already have an nidirect account

If you already have an nidirect account, log in to your account and click the green button ‘Apply for a COVID certificate’.

You will be guided through the Recovery application and once your certificate has been generated it will be visible on the COVIDCert NI app.

If your application is not processed automatically, the NI COVID certification service will email you directly when your application has been successfully processed, telling you when you can download your certificate online or view it on the app.

If you haven’t got an nidirect account

If you don’t have an nidirect account, you will have to create one.

Updated: March 2, 2022 Posted: September 8, 2021 Share: