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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Domestic COVID certificate for applicants

The existing COVIDCert NI app, originally developed to support international travel, has now been updated to allow you to display a domestic use certificate as well as the existing certificate for travel. The Department of Health has introduced this service for citizens who have received one or both doses of their COVID-19 vaccinations in Northern Ireland.

Why do I need a domestic certificate?

In accordance with the NI Executive decision on 17th November 2021, domestic certificates will now be requested for entry into hospitality venues. This will be introduced on 29/11/2021 and enforceable on 13/12/2021.

 How do I get a domestic certificate?

There are two possible routes for you to obtain a domestic certificate.

  1. If you already have the COVIDCert NI app and obtained a Travel Cert, you should be able to see an option to apply for a Domestic Cert in the app as shown below;

Please note that you will need to use the most up to date version of the app for this option to be visible. Once you click the + button, it will prompt you to take a selfie and issue you a domestic certificate which should now also show on the home screen. You will only have one opportunity to take the selfie so please ensure you are happy with it before submitting.

  • If you have not yet downloaded the app or applied for a certificate, please follow the link below. You will have to create an NI Direct account and once your ID has been verified, you need to download the COVIDCert NI app and apply for your certificate. If your application is not processed automatically the NI COVID Certification Service will email you directly when your application has been successfully processed, telling you when you can download your certificate online or via the app.

How will my Covid Certificate be checked?

Organisations will use the official HSC COVIDCert Check NI app which is a secure way to verify an individual’s HSC COVIDCert and check that they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

The app can be used to scan and verify an individual’s COVID certificate, for entry to venues and events in Northern Ireland. The app scans the 2D barcode, in an individual’s HSC COVIDCert, ensuring it is valid. It does not store or transmit any personal data during this process.

The ‘Cert Check NI’ app can be used to scan the 2D barcode displayed on the app, in a PDF on your phone or in a printed certificate.

The protection of user privacy is central to the Cert Check NI. Its purpose is to display COVID Cert status information in a clear and readable manner upon each scan.

The ‘Cert Check NI’ app does not retain personal data. It only gathers metric-related information about the application itself, in order that the performance of the app can be monitored. The collected metric data cannot be referenced back to any individual COVIDCert user.

Request a paper certificate

If you cannot apply online, you can request a paper version using the telephone service 0300 200 7814, available Monday to Sunday from 8.00 am to 8.00 pm.

This process will take longer than the digital process and you will be required to verify your identity in person by presenting documents at an appointed time and location.

Once identity checks have been completed it may take up to 10 working days for the printed certificate to arrive.

This paper certificate issued at the end of this process is suitable for international travel.

The 2nd QR code in the paper certificate can also be scanned for domestic use however, photographic ID will need to be presented in addition to the QR code at the point of entry.

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Updated: 1 month ago Posted: November 17, 2021 3:49 pm