Certificate of recovery for purposes of travel
A certificate of recovery certifies that you have recovered from a prior COVID-19 infection. To qualify for a certificate of recovery, you must be tested by trained medical workers, or other qualified test-administrators, who physically test you for COVID-19 infection. Tests that are self-administered are not applicable.
As of 12 August, three different types of COVID certificate are available for travel purposes:
- Vaccinated individuals can receive a vaccination certificate.
- Unvaccinated individuals have the possibility to test for COVID-19 infection. Individuals who receive a negative test result can receive a test certificate.
- Individuals who have recovered from a prior COVID-19 infection can, in certain cases, receive a certificate of recovery.
For most people, receiving a vaccination certificate or a test certificate (following a negative COVID-19 test) is quicker and easier than obtaining a certificate recovery, since a certificate of recovery requires that certain conditions be met.
Certificate of recovery conditions
In certain cases, it may be possible to receive a certificate of recovery.
For this to be possible, you must meet several criteria:
- You must have tested positive for COVID-19, and this test result must be recorded in your medical records.
- Testing must have been carried out my trained medical personnel in Sweden. Medical staff must have carried out the COVID-19 test on you, in person. The test must be of the so-called NAAT, or Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (PCR or similar). Tests self-administered are not valid. Note also that antibody tests are not valid under the applicable regulations.
- At least 11 days must have passed since your first positive test result.
- The certificate may apply within max 180 days of the date of your first positive test result. That is, the period of validity is six months following your test result.
- You must be at least 16 years of age, with a Swedish personal identity number and a registered home address. (The option to generate a certificate of recovery for individuals without a personal identity number will be available at a later date).
If you meet these criteria, consult 1177.se regarding the requirements for requesting a certificate of recovery in your region.
How to obtain a certificate of recovery
- You have been infected with COVID-19. You have, by means of a NAAT test conducted by a trained medical professional in Sweden (not a self-administered test), received a positive result for COVID-19 infection.
- After recovery, and at least 11 days after testing positive, you can request a certificate of recovery from your medical provider. Contact your medical provider via 1177.se, and click to your region’s webpage to read about what applies where you live.
- Your medical provider will send a request to the Swedish eHealth Agency, generating a certificate of recovery.
- If you have a digital letterbox (Digimail, E-boks, Kivra or Min myndighetspost) your certificate of recovery will be sent there.
- If you do not have a digital letterbox, your certificate of recovery will be sent by post to your home address as recorded in the Swedish population register.
For how long is a certificate of recovery valid?
A certificate of recovery is valid within 180 days of the date you first tested positive for COVID-19.