How to read your test certificate

Have you received a test certificate and want to know more about what the information means? The following guide describes what the certificate contains and what the different parts mean.

En bild som beskriver ett testbevis, förklaringen ligger i text under.

The test certificate contains the following information

1. Last name and first name

Your full name. 

2. Date of birth 

Your date of birth (which is also the first eight digits of your Swedish personal identity number).

3. Unique ID for the certificate 

Each covid certificate has a unique identity number. 

4. Member country where test was performed

Here it says which country you have received the test.

5. Type of test

Type of test, so that it shows that the test is a type of test that is approved within the EU. It can be one of two types of test:

1. Rapid immunoassay = RAT (Rapid Antigen Test).

2. Nucleic acid amplification with probe detection = NAAT/PCR-test.

6. Disease or infectious agent

Here it says COVID-19.

7. Test results

"Not detected (negative)" should be written here, which means that you have tested negative for COVID-19.

8. Test manufacturer (optional for NAAT tests) 

The name of the test manufacturer can be written here. However, it is optional for NAAT tests (for example, PCR tests).

9. Date and time of sample collection 

Based on the date and time of the sample collection, you can calculate the validity period for the test certificate. Please note that the validity period is usually short, only 48-72 hours. Check to see the validity period that applies to your destination.

10. Location of sample collection (optional for RAT) 

The health care provider where you received your test is listed here.

11. This certificate is not a travel document/Det här beviset är ingen resehandling

This wording is only intended to clarify that the certificate is not to be equated with a passport, driving license, ID document or ticket to travel. The certificate can and must be used for travel within the EU and other European countries that accept the covid certificate, for example, Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Liechtenstein.