A Digital Vaccination Record in just a few steps
Download the CovPass-App now and use your smartphone to show an EU Digital COVID Certificate.
What the CovPass-App can do
1 Scan "EU Digital COVID Certificates"
Transfer the "EU Digital COVID Certificate", which you have received from the issuer on paper or on screen, easily to your smartphone via QR code.
2 Display QR code
The CovPass app displays the QR code as proof of Corona vaccination or recovery from a Corona infection. If required, you can also download the certificate as a PDF document from the app and print it out.
3 Presenting EU Digital COVID Certificate
Let the person checking your status scan the QR code in the CovPassCheck-App.
Easy. Secure. Paperless.
CovPass is an app for residents of Germany. It lets them load an EU Digital COVID Certificate for their Covid-19 vaccination onto their smartphone. They can then show it as needed. What’s more, the app can also be used to manage certificates for recovery from a Covid-19 infection. The app is a free service provided by the Robert Koch Institute. Using it is voluntary. Please be aware that the CovPass-App can only read certificates (i.e. QR codes) that meet European requirements. For example, a German-language vaccination certificate can be identified by the heading ‘EU COVID-19 Impfzertifikat’ or 'EU Digitales COVID-Impfzertifikat' (‘EU COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate’ or 'EU Digital COVID-Vaccination Certificate' in English). The EU Digital COVID Certificates can be issued by vaccination centres, doctor’s offices and pharmacies. Recovery certificates are currently only issued by doctor’s offices.
How the CovPass-App works
Load the EU Digital COVID Certificate onto your smartphone
Download the CovPass-App onto your smartphone and open the app. Hold your smartphone’s camera above the QR code and use the CovPass-App to scan the EU Digital COVID Certificate. The certificate and the QR code will be loaded onto your smartphone together.
You can obtain an EU Digital COVID Certificate directly after vaccination from a vaccination centre, doctor’s office or subsequently in pharmacies. Recovery certificates are only issued by doctor’s offices.
The CovPass-App displays your QR code
Using your QR code, you can show evidence of a valid EU Digital COVID Certificate for vaccination or recovery. Your current QR code is displayed directly in the CovPass-App after scanning it. When your QR code is checked, the only information displayed is the certificate status, your first name(s), your surname and your date of birth. If you have saved a vaccination or recovery certificate in the CovPass app, you can also download it as a PDF document to your smartphone and print it out if needed.
A QR code for full vaccination only becomes valid two weeks after your final vaccine dose. This is because vaccines only become sufficiently effective once two weeks have passed.
Check certificate validity
If you are planning to travel, you can use the CovPass-App to check beforehand if your vaccination or recovery certificate is valid in a certain country. The app checks your certificate against the travel regulations applicable in your chosen destination country. Travel regulations can change at any time. To be sure, you should also always look up information on the Re-open EU website. This website contains the current regulations.
Is your destination not listed? More countries are progressively being added in stages.
Show the QR code when needed
Have the QR code in the CovPass-App scanned by the examiner. Please have your identification document or the identification document of the vaccinated or recovered person ready.
Your data stays your data
You are the only one who decides when you show your digital vaccine record and who you show it to.
Data stored locally
Your full data is only ever stored on your smartphone.
Data minimisation and security
The QR code only contains a minimum amount of data, in accordance with EU specifications.
The data in the QR code is secured with a signature, preventing forgery.