The German government has decided that people who have been fully vaccinated and those who have passed the coronavirus, the so-called “recoverees”, can count on the same concessions in everyday life, e.g. when visiting catering establishments, as people who have a negative coronavirus test result. In addition, exemptions from certain quarantine obligations apply to these groups of people. So how does one obtain recovery status in Germany?
How to get recovery status in Germany?
You can obtain recovery status in Germany if you have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 by PCR, PoC-PCR, or other nucleic acid detection method within the past 90 days, and the test result occurred at least 28 days ago. The status of “recovered” is therefore only effective from 28 days after infection. These 28 days are nevertheless included in the 90 days. The status of “recovered” in Germany is therefore only effective for 62 days.
Which certificate confirms the status of recovery in Germany?
So far, there is no special “recovery identity card” or certificate that needs to be applied for. The confirmation document must include as the most important criterion that the infection was confirmed by a PCR test. Also, in addition to the date of the test/report, it must be clear to which person the document was issued. Both digital and paper versions are accepted.
The following documents can be used as evidence:
- PCR test result from the laboratory
- PCR test report from a doctor
- PCR test result from the testing center
- medical certificate if it contains information about the type of test (PCR) and its date
- certificate of isolation, if it contains information about the type of test (PCR) and date of test/report
- other certificates from German authorities if it contains information about the type of test (PCR) and date of test/report
However, the following documents are not recognized:
- certificate of rapid antigen test
- Certificates of isolation that do not contain information on the type of test and/or date of test/declaration
- ordinary disease certificate that does not include information about the type of test and its date