A recovery certificate is a covid certificate that shows that you have tested positive for COVID-19 in an NAAT test (PCR or similar) performed by a healthcare professional or other authorized testing personnel.
Self-sample collection and self-testing, which many regions have used, are not valid for recovery certificates according to EU regulations. The healthcare staff/authorized testing staff member must physically perform the test.
For most people, it is easier and faster to get a vaccination certificate or a test certificate (after a negative test for COIVID-19) instead of a recovery certificate, as the recovery certificate requires you to meet certain conditions.
Keep in mind that you cannot request a recovery certificate from the region based on the test results from a private health care provider.
Read more about what applies in your region at 1177.se. Also remember to check what applies in the country to which you intend to travel.
Conditions for recovery certificate
In certain cases, it may be possible to obtain a recovery certificate.
For this to be possible, you must meet certain conditions:
- You must have tested positive for COVID-19.
- The sample collection must have been performed by a healthcare professional at, for example, a health care centre or a hospital. The staff member must physically perform the test. Self-sample collection and self-tests are not valid. The test must be a NAAT test (PCR or similar). Please note that antigen or antibody tests are not valid according to the EU regulation.
- At least 11 days must have passed since your first positive test result.
- The certificate is only valid until 180 days after the date of the first positive test result. The validity period is therefore a maximum of six months from the test result.
- You must be 16 years of age and have a Swedish personal identity number or coordination number. Guardians can request recovery certificates for children who are under the age of 16.
How to get a recovery certificate
- If you meet the conditions above and have a positive test result from a public health care provider, you can visit the website 1177.se to see how to request a recovery certificate in your region.
- If you tested positive at a private healthcare provider after paying for a PCR test, the provider can issue a recovery certificate if they are linked to the regions' security infrastructure. Please contact the health care provider where you took the test.
- No sooner than 11 days after your positive test result, you can contact the health care provider that performed your test and request a recovery certificate.
- The health care provider then sends a request to the Swedish e-Health Agency, which creates a recovery certificate.
- If you have a digital mailbox (e.g. Kivra, E-boks, Billo or Min myndighetspost), your recovery certificate will be sent there.
- If you do not have a digital mailbox, your recovery certificate will be sent by post to your registered address. If you do not have a registered address, you can have the certificate sent to you by registered letter.
How long is a recovery certificate valid?
The recovery certificate is valid for 180 days from the date you first tested positive for COVID-19.