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The Government has published details of the Covid-19 Digital Certificate scheme which will allow for travel within the EU. GP’s have no role in providing Covid Digital Certs and will not be issuing any certificates or letters for travel to any patient. Any letter or email from GPs will not be valid as a Digital Certificate.

You can see the full details of the Digital Certificate here on the Government website.

Please see below a summary of information from the Government in respect of the 4 types of Digital Covid Certificate – in particular please note that a helpline is being established for Certificate Based on Recovery (Positive Covid Test).

There are 4 types of Digital COVID Certificate:

You can get this certificate if you have been vaccinated against COVID-19. If the HSE has a valid email address for you from the vaccination process – you will get your Digital COVID Certificate by email. Otherwise, you will get your certificate via post.

The Digital COVID Certificate will be in PDF format when emailed to you. You may download it to your phone, where the QR code on the PDF may be inspected or scanned.

These Digital COVID Certificates will be emailed or posted in the coming days.

If you don’t get your Digital COVID Certificate in the coming weeks
Certificates based on vaccination will be issued to those eligible via post or email from Monday 12 July. This process is scheduled to take a number of days so please be patient. If you have not received your DCC based on vaccination in the coming weeks, you can call the Department of Health helpline by telephoning: 1800 851 504 or 1800 807 008.

Certificate based on recovery
A certificate of recovery will be available from 11 days after a positive test, and will be valid for no more than 180 days. You can request this DCC via the Department of Health helpline by telephoning: 1800 851 504 or 1800 807 008.

Certificate based on negative RT-PCR test
You can obtain a RT-PCR test privately and a Digital COVID Certificate will be provided by the private RT-PCR testing service.

Certificate based on negative antigen test
You can obtain an antigen test privately in Ireland and a DCC will be provided by the private testing service.

NOTE: A DCC based on an antigen test will not be accepted for entry to Ireland, but is acceptable in a number of other countries – find out more on the ReOpen EU website.