Covid recovery certificate: validity period, on Sidep?

Covid recovery certificate: validity period, on Sidep?

People who test positive for Covid have a “recovery certificate” whose validity period varies according to the vaccination status. It may be accepted for travel. Where can I find my recovery certificate? How to download it? With what test? On Ameli? Sidep? Practical Guide.

the certificate of reinstatement of the Covid corresponds as a result of a positive PCR or antigen test to the Sars-Cov-2 virus which proves that you have been infected with the virus. Her expiry date varies according to vaccination status (from 4 months to unlimited depending on the case). How obtain a Covid recovery certificate? Where the to find ? On Sidep ? Ameli? How the Download on his phone? Is he accepted for a trip? Practical Guide.

What is a Covid recovery certificate?

The certificate of reinstatement corresponds to a positive PCR or antigen test for Covid which proves that one has been infected with the virus. Since the risk of contagiousness for these people is lower, they can use this certificate as sanitary pass.

To obtain the Covid recovery certificate, you must complete a PCR test Where antigen (only the PCR is valid for travel to Europe). This Covid test must be positive. The serological tests who can attest to a past infection with Covid are not accepted as proof of recovery from Covid. Same thing for the self-tests. To be valid, the PCR or antigen test must be positive and date ofat least 11 days. Its validity period ranges from 4 months to more depending on the case (see below).

  • The process for retrieving proof of a positive test is the same as for negative tests via SI-DEP.
  • The patient can connect to the portal via the link received by email or SMSor by clicking on the button FranceConnect present on SI-DEP.
  • To identify yourself with FranceConnect you will need your access codes to your Ameli account, your MSA account, your tax area… The connection is only open to beneficiaries of a French health insurance scheme.
  • L’importing the proof into the TousAntiCovid application is possible from the paper or PDF of the test result by scanning the QR Code or by clicking on a link to import and store the result in the TousAntiCovid Notebook.

Covid test results are not not downloadable from (as is the Covid vaccination certificate). To retrieve the reinstatement certificate, you must connect to the platform with your FranceConnect credentials or click on the link sent by email or SMS. This certificate includes identification data (name, date of birth) and information relating to the screening (date and type of test, negative or positive result) and a QR code that you can scan and import into the TousAntiCovid Carnet application.

SI-DEP is the government platform on which you can find your Covid test results (positive or negative). It allows to recover the proof of a positive PCR or antigen test to act as a certificate of reinstatement. All you have to do is connect to the platform with your FranceConnect credentials or click on the link sent by email or SMS after the test has been carried out. All PCR or antigen tests generate proof as soon as the professional enters the result into the SI-DEP database, which can be printed directly and which is also made available to the patient via email and SMS to go to the recover on SI-DEP. Antigen test (negative or positive) or RT-PCR (negative or positive) test result certificates are authenticated with a QR Codeand can be imported into TousAntiCovid.

How long is a certificate of reinstatement valid?

The period of validity of the recovery certificate depends on when you tested positive in relation to the stage of vaccination (excluding recall), recalls the French government site MesConseilsCovid. For example, a person positive for Covid 3 months or more after having received their two doses of vaccines Covid has a unlimited reinstatement certificate.

Time of positive test Period of validity of the certificate
Before the 1st dose of the Covid vaccine 4 months
Between the 1st and 2nd dose of the anti-Covid vaccine 4 months
Less than 3 months after vaccination 4 months
3 months or more after vaccination Unlimited

Yes, a positive coronavirus antigen test is recognized as proof of Covid infection and can serve as a certificate of recovery in France (in the same way as a PCR test). In contrast, in Europe, only a PCR test positive is valid as a certificate of recovery for travel.

Is a serological test valid as a certificate of recovery?

Even if the serological test can evoke a past Covid infection by highlighting the presence of antibodies directed against Sars-Cov-2, it is not recognized as proof of recovery from Covid. Only a positive Covid PCR or antigen test can serve as a certificate of recovery.

Can I travel with a certificate of recovery?

The reinstatement certificate can be used for travel abroad according to the rules that apply in each country, warns the French government. But only if it is a positive PCR test, as specified on the European Council website. The result of a positive antigen test for Covid infection is not taken into account at borders, nor is a self-test. The positive PCR test must be dated less than 180 days (6 months) according to Council rules European. The unlimited duration reinstatement certificate is only valid in France. The 27 member states of Europe must in theory accept it, but it is still better to check the conditions of each country of destination on before leaving.

How to download your certificate of recovery in Tous Anti Covid?

The covid recovery certificate can be presented in paper or digital version. To integrate it into the TousAntiCovid application, it’s very simple: just scan the QR Code of their SI-DEP document via the link received by SMS following the completion of the test and to open it in the application. The document will then be saved in the “TousAntiCovid Carnet” functionality. SI-DEP is the secure platform in which the results of the RT-PCR tests carried out in the laboratory are stored.

Infographic to import your Covid recovery certificate
Infographic “How to import your Covid recovery certificate” © TousAntiCovid.gouv


Vaccination pass: what changes from February 15? Ministry of Solidarity and Health, January 27, 2022.

Sanitary pass: the recovery certificate is now kept for 6 months

Recovery certificates obtained before implementation of the QR Code. DGS July 29, 2021.

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Test certificates and vaccination certificates to secure travel within the European Union, Ministry of Solidarity and Health.

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Health Pass Info, Government

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