Covid: How to get the QR-code for a recovery certificate?

You had the Covid and would like to obtain a recovery certificate as part of the health pass. Problem: you do not have access to the QR-code associated with your last positive test. We explain the procedure to you.

Lucile Boutillier

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That’s it, the health pass came into effect on June 9 in France! If you have been vaccinated or tested negative, you can enter your certificate in the TousAntiCovid application using a QR Code. Just take a picture of it from the “My Notebooks” tab in the app.

But if you had Covid less than three months ago, you can’t get vaccinated yet. To avoid repeating PCR tests every 72 hours, you can use a positive test dated at least two weeks ago which will act as a certificate of recovery.

However, many people who have been sick with covid have encountered difficulties in obtaining the QR code generated at the time of their positive test, a test which is sometimes several weeks old.

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Only the last test is available

To access your tests and the associated QR-code, you must connect to From there, your Ameli codes allow you to access your personal space. In this space, your last test carried out presents the QR code which allows you to download it into TousAntiCovid.

However, many people affected by covid have taken a test, once they have recovered, which this time turned out to be negative. However, it is this last test, negative, which is the only one available on SI-DEP. But a negative test does not allow you to obtain a certificate of recovery.

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How to recover your old test?

According to Dr. Jean-Louis Pons, vice-president of the National Professional Council of Medical Biology, all laboratories in France have “the regulatory obligation to keep all examination results for ten years”, including the results of PCR tests. . A patient therefore has the right to request the reissue of an examination result throughout this period and the laboratory has the obligation to provide it.

Regarding the QR-code associated with the result, it is also the laboratory that takes care of the procedure to send it to you. However, says Dr. Pons, it is the SI-DEP system that provides the QR-codes.

This system is designed to overwrite data after three months. Your laboratory will therefore not be able to provide you with a QR-code if your test is earlier, but you can then be vaccinated and use the vaccination certificate as a health pass.

What about testing centers?

If your sample did not take place in a traditional medical analysis laboratory, don’t worry. All PCR test samples go through a laboratory to detect the virus, so there is a trace of it in a conventional laboratory, confirms the Synlab Nord de France laboratory.

All you have to do is find the laboratory with which your screening center is associated, then contact it to obtain your test result accompanied by its QR-code.

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