From this week on Ministry of Health offers a new way to download our COVID digital certificate. Until now, it only allowed us to upload a PDF, but a new option allows us to request the COVID digital certificate directly in Passbook format.
The Passbook format is the one used by Apple Wallet to save the cards on iPhones, but this file also makes it a bit easier to save the COVID certificate on our Android mobile, as we don’t have to use third-party apps to convert the PDF in a Passbook, as we saw a few days ago of all the ways we need to install the COVID Certificate on our mobile.
Request the Certificate in Wallet or Passbook format
To download your Covid digital certificate in Passbook format, we need to reapply for the certificate, but only through the Ministry of Health we can download the file PKPASS that later with third-party applications that we will see later, we will be able to open on our Android mobile. The steps to download our COVID Certificate Passbook are as follows:
Once the request is complete, we just have to wait for an email notification and an SMS on our cell phone. In the email we will have access to download the PDF while In the SMS we will receive a link to the digital certificate in Passbook format. By clicking on the SMS link, we will access a form where, verifying our identity by indicating our identity document, we will download the PassBook file (PKPASS) on our mobile that we can open with third-party applications.
How to save the PKPASS file in Google Pay
If we want to register the Passbook in Google Pay to make it more accessible, we have to use an intermediary application to register the PKPASS file in Google Pay, because currently the Google application does not support the Apple file. The best app for adding Passbooks to Google Pay is Pass2Pay.
For this, we must install Pass2Pay on our mobile and open the downloaded .PKPASS file which will automatically fill in all the fields except the ‘Program name’ field that we have to fill in manually by typing “Covid Certificate”. Then we can personalize the card by adding an image and changing its color. We uncheck the box “Include the conditions of use of Pass2Pay” and click “Save to phone”. After the announcement, we can register the card in Google Pay.