The CoronaCheck app has been in use as a corona entry pass for festivals, events, and sports matches since June 2021. From September, over 13-year olds also have to show their QR codes in hospitality businesses and cultural insttitutions. And since 6 November, a number of new locations has been added to the list: gyms, swimming pools, amateur sports matches, choirs, and theatres have to check their visitors for valid corona entry passes. Only visitors with a valid corona entry pass, combined with ID for all visitors aged 14 or over, may be admitted. That means either proof of full vaccination, proof of recovery from coronavirus, or a valid negative corona test result.
The Dutch government is looking into the possibility of extending the corona entry pass to the workplace, vocational education, and universities. This would require a change in the existing legislation.
Corona entry pass
If you reside in the Netherlands, you can use one of the following proofs to demonstrate that you are not likely to transmit the coronavirus because you have been vaccinated or tested, or that you have acquired immunity:
- a test, no older than 24 hours
- an immunity declaration
- a declaration of vaccination
Visitors can add these proofs to their corona entry pass online or using the CoronaCheck app, generating a QR code that can be presented on screen or printed. The corona entry pass can be used throughout the European Union. There is not going to be a separate EU app.
Visitors from a different EU country can use the corona entry pass valid in their country. QR scanners are built to recognise all EU-generated Digital Corona Certificate codes, Dutch or otherwise. Testing for corona to get a QR code is free of charge.
How does it work?
Scan your visitors' digital or paper QR codes at the entrance. If the corona entry pass is valid, your scanner will display a green 'safe' sign. Your visitor may enter, and no medical information is shared. You cannot see if they have been vaccinated or tested, or are immune. You do get to see initials and part of the date of birth. Combined with ID, you can verify that the QR code really belongs to that person. Note: it is important that you check your visitors' ID.
The CoronaCheck app generates 2 codes: 1 for the Netherlands, 1 for Europe. When a QR code is scanned abroad, it does give information on the type of proof presented (vaccination, test, or immunity).
What do I need as an entrepreneur?
To scan QR codes, you need an app on your and/or your employees' smartphone. You can download the CoronaCheck Scanner free of charge in the Apple of Google Play Store. Both the CoronaCheck and the CoronaCheck Scanner app can be used on all iOS and Android mobiles that are equipped with Android 6 / iOS12 or more recent versions (iPhone 5s and newer).
What does my customer have to do?
If your customer wants to use the CoronaCheck app to visit your event or location, they first have to upload their access data (proof of vaccination, immunity, or test result) using DigiD. If your customer has been vaccinated and has consented to sharing the data upon vaccination, the data will be automatically fetched from the GGD, RIVM, or hospital (or any other vaccination site). They also need to bring proof of their identity, so for instance a passport or driving licence.
Where do customers need a corona entry pass?
The government has made the use of the corona entry pass mandatory for several locations:
- restaurants, bars and other hospitality venues, including outdoor terraces, but not take out locations;
- events, such as festivals, parties, and concerts;
- business events, such as conferences and trade shows;
- professional sports matches;
- indoor amateur sports matches (visitors aged 18 or up);
- gyms, swimming pools, and other indoor sports activities (visitors aged 18 or up);
- sports canteens or bars (18 or up)
- cultural instititutions, such as cinemas, theatres, concert venues, museums, and monuments;
- events without allotted, fixed seating;
- artistic or cultural sessions, such as lessons or rehearsals. For instance music or drawing lessons. Or choir, dance, or play rehearsals.
QR code scanning is required at all these locations. Cinemas, theatres, and arenas are allowed to admit scanned visitors to full capacity.
Several municipalities use wristbands. Visitors who have been scanned receive a wristband that enables them to go into a city's hospitality venues. Entrepreneurs spend less time on checking customers that way, and customers do not have to show their corona entry pass at every turn. As entrepreneur, you need permission from the city council to use wristbands. Also, you have to follow the rules. Visitors wearing wristbands are allowed access to a specific location or activity for a maximum of 24 hours. You need to ensure that the wristband can only be used by 1 person.
Does the corona entry pass work offline?
To generate a QR code, visitors need an internet connection. Advise your customers to make the QR code at home, if possible. The CoronaCheck app can store the generated QR code. That way, you do not need an internet connection at your location's entrance. Your visitors do not have to be online to access the QR code they have stored in the app.
Does the app work as it should?
The CoronaCheck app can process up to 90,000 logins per hour. That sounds like a lot, but at peek hours it may not be enough. The maximum number of logins at the same time is 25 users. It is not inconceivable that this number will be exceeded, especially if there a re multiple festivals taking place at the same time. Urge your visitors to generate the QR code at home, to avoid problems and queueing at your location's entrance. Do you experience technical problems while using the app? Call 0800-1421, or send an email to email@example.com.
Paper corona entry pass
Visitors who cannot use the CoronaCheck app or do not want to, can generate and print a paper QR code on CoronaCheck.nl.
Self-testing is a quick way to find out if you have coronavirus; at least, so it seems. But a test result from a store-bought self-test is not a valid proof that you do not have corona. In the workplace, you can use self-testing if you want to convene with colleagues. Be aware that only a test result from a test facility is certain proof that you are not, at that moment, contaminated.
The Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport and the KVK Advice Team receive many questions concerning the corona entry pass, which are listed below. Hospitality sector organisation KHN has prepared a special FAQ page (in Dutch).