How to Install the Covid Green Certificate on your Phone

Smartphone application
23.10.2021 / 18:08

The requirement to present a covid vaccination certificate when visiting establishments and other public places has made many people remember that they have one, but it is on paper or as a pdf. Others have yet to be vaccinated and will receive one. However, here are some smart ways to make it easy to use over the phone.

Add to Apple Wallet and Google Pay. The electronic wallets of both companies with their operating iOS and Android systems allow the addition of a certificate. This happens after downloading the document from the website of the Ministry of Health. Upon completion of filling in all the details and issuing it, the system gives two options for downloading it - in PDF or PKPASS. To add it to the wallet, download the second format. Then in Apple Wallet the addition is usually done directly by clicking the "add" button. The principle is the same as adding boarding passes when flying an airplane. For Android users, the path may be a bit longer. In case it does not work, the Pass2Pay application must be downloaded. It is almost mandatory for Google Pay as well. After installing Pass2Pay, you must log in to the Covid Coridor page to accept the terms and conditions. Then the certificate file with the extension PKPASS is added to Pass2Pay, it recognizes it, scans it and extracts the data from it on the screen. The blank fields are filled in with a Covid Certificate, after which Google Pay already recognizes it as a card and takes out its QR code. Your certificate is in the e-wallet, and you can use it and install it in the same way on a smartwatch.

Cardbox. Currently, this is the most common application for this purpose, which was created by Bulgarian developers and allows digitization of loyalty cards, discounts and others. The upload of the certificate is done directly by scanning the QR code from a paper or electronic file downloaded from the website of the Ministry of Health. The big plus with it is that it also stores a certificate of post-illness and test results.

Just the pdf in the phone. This is the easiest way possible, but then it takes the longest time to get to the certificate each time it is displayed.


How to scan a certificate

If you are the owner of a restaurant or place, access to which requires a certificate, then its verification is done with CovidCheckbg, which was created by "Information Services". The application allows for validation of a vaccination certificate by scanning the QR code; certificate of illness, as well as a certificate of negative result from NAAT or RAT test. However, these documents cannot be stored in it.

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