About the COVID-19 certificate

The COVID-19 certificate shows whether you have been vaccinated, whether you have recently had COVID-19 disease, and your test result if you have recently had a negative COVID-19 test.

How do you access your COVID-19 certificate?

If you have a Norwegian national ID number or a D number, you can access your certificate by logging in to Helsenorge.

 

You can also easily access the certificate by downloading the Helsenorge app:

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If you do not have a national ID number or D-number, there are other solutions to get the COVID-19 certificate.

If you do not have access to your digital certificate, you can order it by post or by phone.

How to use your COVID-19 certificate

Check how to use the COVID-19 certificate in order to visit other European countries.

Important information before you travel

All EU/EEA countries are obliged to accept the COVID-19 certificate as proof of having had COVID-19 disease, vaccination or a negative test result when travelling.

Before you travel, you should consider to print out or download a copy of your certificate - especially if your child is about to turn 16. If you do, you will still have access to your certificate in case of problems with digital services such as helsenorge.no or BankID.

Note that your COVID-19 sertificate has a 90 days technical validity from the date you print or download a copy. 

Also note that each EU country adopts its own rules, and the documentation that is required will vary. You must find out the rules that apply in the country you intend to travel to. You will find an overview of this at Re-open EU.

It is also important that you check that all the information in your certificate is correct well before departure. For example, is the number of vaccine doses correct? 

Several countries outside the EU have adopted the EU COVID-19 Certificate. You will find more information and a list of which countries this applies to on the European Commission's website.

Some countries require additional documentation when entering, beyond the COVID-19 certificate. Read more about requirements for additional documentation when using a COVID-19 certificate on NIPH's website (in norwegian).

What is needed for a valid COVID-19 certificate

Different rules within the EU determine if you have a valid certificate. The rules may be revised in the event of changes linked to the vaccines, the disease itself or the infection situation.

EU country adopts its own rules, and the documentation that is required will vary. Even if you have met the requirements for within Norway, and have one or more QR codes in your certificate, it is not certain that the certificate will be accepted in all countries you are traveling to.

You must find out for yourself which rules apply for entry into the country you are going to, and what kind of documentation is required.

How long is the certificate valid for?

  • Each time you open your COVID-19 certificate, its technical validity (expiry date) will be stated, which is 90 days into the future. 
  • The reason why the COVID-19 certificate is only technically valid for 90 days is to avoid misuse.
  • There is a difference between how long the certificate is technically valid for and the requirements that must be met for a valid certificate. Medical rules determine whether or not your certificate is valid based on the test and vaccination information that has been registered about you.
  • The technical validity will in general expire after 90 days from todays date. This date is sliding, so the next time you go in and view the certificate, it will be valid for another 90 days.

    In some cases the technical calidity will be shorter than 90 days, this apply to:
    • Negative test gives valid certificate for 72 hours from test time
    • Reviewed illness where it is less than 90 days until the medical validity expires
  • The COVID-19 certificate is valid for 180 days (around six months) after you have had COVID-19 disease, 270 days (around nine months) for those who have received the basic vaccinations, and for an unlimited period of time for those who have received a booster dose.
  • Certificate based on vaccine will always show 90 days validity - even if 270 days validity after basic vaccination expires in less than 90 days.

What does the COVID-19 certificate show?

The Norwegian control page

The COVID-19 certificate is not used in Norway.

How the vaccine doses are shown in the certificate

The EU has decided that only your last vaccine dose will be shown in the COVID-19 certificate. In order for this to provide the controller with sufficient information, it must be stated which number in the series of vaccinations the last dose is.

Therefore the dose is shown as two numbers that make up a fraction.

Do you need to take a COVID-19 test for the certificate?

If you need to document a negative test result, check the municipality's website if they offer this. Private clinics also offer testing.

COVID-19 certificate for children

The COVID-19 certificate works in the same way for children as for adults. Children can be issued with a valid COVID-19 certificate based on a negative test result, after having had COVID-19 disease or after being vaccinated. 

Find out more about COVID-19 certificates for children and adolescents at NIPH (in Norwegian).

If you are a parent or guardian of children under the age of 16, you can access their COVID-19 certificates by logging in to Helsenorge.

In the case of children aged between 16 and 18, you will not normally be able to access their COVID-19 certificate, unless they have given you power of attorney.

Sixteen and seventeen-year-olds must obtain an electronic ID, either BankID, Buypass or Commfides, in order to log in and download their own COVID-19 certificate on Helsenorge.

If your child soon turns 16, you may want to print or download a copy of their COVID-19 certificate, outside Helsenorge, before their birthday. 

Then the child is guaranteed access even if there should be a waiting time when ordering an electronic ID. Note that the COVID-19 certificate has a technical validity of 3 months from storage or printing.

Guide: COVID-19 certificates for children

Have you found any errors or omissions in your COVID-19 certificate?

If any information is missing or incorrect in your COVID-19 certificate, the certificate may be invalid when you attempt to use it. 

Different dates of birth in the COVID-19 certificate and passport?

A few people may have different dates of birth in their COVID-19 certificate and passport. Everyone who is affected by this will be notified by the National Population Register at the time the number is assigned.

Retrospectively register vaccinations or positive test results

Privacy and the COVID-19 certificate  

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) is the controller for personal data about you in connection with any use of your COVID-19 certificate.

The legal basis for COVID-19 certificates is the Norwegian Infection Control Act and two EU Regulations.

Here, you will find more information about how personal data about you in your COVID-19 certificate is processed (in Norwegian) and your rights.

Information hotline is closed

The information hotline for Covid-19 is now closed.

Do you have questions about corona? Use the chat in the right corner or read updated information here at Helsenorge.

If you need a covid-19 certificate, but do not have digital access, you can order your certificate by letter or telephone.

Content provided by Norsk Helsenett , Norwegian Institute of Public Health

Last updated Thursday, September 15, 2022