CovidCheck app update adds travel features

The CovidCheck mobile application was launched on 10 June Photo: Matic Zorman / Maison Moderne

The CovidCheck mobile application was launched on 10 June Photo: Matic Zorman / Maison Moderne

Updates to the CovidCheck app have been made with holidaymakers in mind: you can now check the validity of the certificate against the official rules in place in six other countries.

Since 10 June, Luxembourg authorities have issued more than one million CovidCheck (EU DCC) certificates. In paper or digital form, this certificate and its QR code have become essential for travel or access to events and different venues, such as cinemas in the Kinepolis chain.

The document proves that the holder has been vaccinated against the coronavirus or has recently obtained a negative test (PCR or certified rapid antigen test), or has recovered from a Covid-19 infection in the last six months.

It is also an indispensable, or at least highly useful, document for holidays abroad. The ministry of digitalisation is aware of this and has released an update in the CovidCheck mobile app.

For easier travel

In time for peak summer travel season, it is now possible with the app to check the validity of certificates according to the official rules in place in certain other countries.

To do this, the application offers the user a list of national flags; with a few clicks, you can scan a certificate and check whether it is valid according to the rules published by the country selected.

A traveller to Spain, for example, no longer needs to use a Spanish application to check the status of their certificate; this can be done directly with the Luxembourg app. Or, in Germany, the app clearly indicates that Germany considers a two-dose vaccination “valid” only 14 days after the second jab.

The list of flags indicates which countries have published their validation rules in a way that the app can interpret them.

For the time being, six countries are included: Germany, Spain, Ireland, Lithuania, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. This list will be expanded as more countries publish their validation rules.

The CovidCheck application provides access to the health rules of other countries  Photo: ministry of digitalisation

The CovidCheck application provides access to the health rules of other countries  Photo: ministry of digitalisation

This article was originally published in Paperjam. It has been translated and edited for Delano.