On Thursday afternoon, Minister of Health Paulette Lenert and Minister Delegate for Digitalisation Marc Hansen provided insight into the new Covid check system.

As of Thursday, people who get vaccinated or tested receive a certificate with an updated QR code, which can be scanned with the help of the new CovidCheck.lu application. As of Sunday, the code can be used to join events or dine inside restaurants that have registered for the Covid check. People that were vaccinated prior to June 10 will also receive an updated code, sent to their home in print via mail over the coming days. The codes can also be accessed on the civil platform MyGuichet.lu.

All these changes still depend on the approval of the new Covid laws, which are up for vote in the Chamber of Deputies on Saturday.

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People that recovered from a Covid-19 infection will receive a certificate by next week, given that the new laws have to be accepted first. The recovery status will be in place for up to six months following a positive test.

As of 1 July, the certificate and code will also be able to prove vaccination, test, and recovery statuses across the EU. PCR tests will be valid for 72 hours, rapid tests only for 48.

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Although the app can be downloaded by anybody to scan a QR code, the Covid check system can only be used by businesses, not private people. A registration for the process thus needs to be done beforehand.

Both print and digital versions of the certificate can be scanned. Businesses will only be able to check the validity of the status, but not the identity of a person. However, if a police control takes place, officers are allowed to request people's IDs. For businesses choosing not to implement the system, they will still have to adhere to social distancing rules and a maximum of four people per table.

On Friday, the state council will convene and discuss how people that have not yet been invited to a vaccination centre can receive more free tests to avoid unnecessary costs.

For further information, please consult the government website Covid19.lu.