EU COVID Certificate
On July 1, the EU Covid Certificates (UCC) system starts operating in Poland. The system is designed to facilitate travel around the EU during a pandemic and will be helpful when you return home.
The EU COVID Certificate is a mutually recognized document in the EU containing a QR code and a unique identifier , facilitating the verification of the traveler in terms of epidemic risk.
EU COVID certificates are an option that can be used, but not mandatory. It also does not entitle you to travel. Each Member State may accept the certificate on a different basis and this information should still be checked prior to each journey. This may concern, inter alia, the number of vaccine doses received, the validity period of the tests performed, the obligation to test children depending on their age.
The RE-open EU application is helpful in this regard, which allows you to check the currently applicable rules in individual Member States.
UCC confirms that the person:
- has been vaccinated against COVID-19 or
- tested negative for COVID-19 or
- has had COVID-19 disease
Depending on the title of obtaining the certificate, its validity will vary.
The certificate can be downloaded for free:
- personally from the website of the Patient Online Account in PDF format suitable for presentation on mobile devices and for printing (login via patient.gov.pl ) or
- personally through the application myIKP and mObywatel or
- via vaccination points
- Via any healthcare professional who has access to the app gabinet.gov.pl
– Certificates are issued after each vaccine dose with a cycle marking (1/2, 2/2, 1/1),
– In Poland, the certificate will be valid from 14 to 365 days after the administration of the last dose of the vaccine,
– Certificates may also be issued to parents on behalf of their children,
– Certificates contain a QR code, can be in digital or paper form, are free of charge, are issued in the national language and in English,
– UCC will be recognized in the European Union as well as Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein, although the system will not start operating everywhere from 1 July this year, due to the existing six-week transition period,
– During the inspection by the relevant services, a special application EU COVID Certificate will be scanned – the QR code. During the verification process, the status of the certificate holder, its identity, and the authenticity and validity of the certificate will be checked.