NHS COVID Pass: Demonstrating your COVID-19 vaccination status

How to get the NHS COVID Pass and demonstrate your coronavirus status when travelling abroad or domestically.

What is the NHS COVID Pass?

The NHS COVID Pass lets you share your coronavirus vaccination status in a secure way.

It allows you to show others that you’ve had a full course of the COVID-19 vaccine when travelling abroad to some countries or territories or domestically. 

When and where should I expect to need to show my NHS COVID Pass?

Using it when travelling abroad

You can show your NHS COVID Pass as proof of your COVID-19 status when travelling abroad. Though you will likely need to show proof of a negative PCR test and also isolate when travelling abroad.

You should check that the name on your passport matches how it is displayed by NHS COVID Pass at least 2 weeks before you travel. If the names are different, contact your GP practice to have your details updated.

Using it domestically 

Businesses in the UK can use the NHS COVID Pass, some events and venues may choose to ask for it, however use of it is voluntary for individual organisations.

Facilities or events where people are likely to be in close proximity to a large number of people from other households for a sustained period of time are likely to request to view this from individuals. 

This is likely to include settings that have the following characteristics:

  • crowded indoor settings such as nightclubs and music venues

  • large unstructured outdoor events such as business events and festivals

  • very large structured events such as business events, music and spectator sport events

How to access your NHS COVID Pass

The NHS COVID Pass is available if you:

  • have had a full course of the COVID-19 vaccine 
  • have been vaccinated in England, Wales or Scotland
  • are aged 18 or over

For domestic purposes: You can access your NHS COVID Pass 2 weeks after having your full course of the vaccine. 

For use while travelling abroad: You can usually obtain your NHS COVID Pass within 24 hours of having your vaccination. However, it can take up to 5 days for your records to be updated.

Accessing it through the NHS App

You can access your NHS COVID Pass through the free NHS app on a mobile device such as a smartphone or tablet. Proof of your COVID-19 status will be shown within the NHS App.

The NHS COVID Pass will show that you have had a full course of vaccinations.

Read our guidance on accessing the NHS login and app

Access it through the NHS website

You can view your COVID-19 status online and download or print it as a PDF document. To access the service, you’ll need to register for an NHS login if you do not have one already. 

Access the NHS COVID Pass via the NHS website

Alternative ways of accessing the NHS COVID Pass

Your vaccination status is obtained FREE through the NHS App, website or by calling the NHS on 119.

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Guidance in accessible formats

Translated versions

Read translated versions about what the NHS COVID Pass letter tells you.

Easy read

Read an easy-read guide about what the NHS COVID Pass letter tells you.

Braille and large print

You can get a Braille or large print version of the NHS COVID Pass letter via the NHS website or by calling 119.

Audio format

You can get an audio version of the NHS COVID Pass letter via the NHS website or by calling 119. Your letter and the audio file on a CD will be sent directly to you. It should arrive within 7 working days.

British Sign Language (BSL)

Watch a video about the NHS COVID Pass letter in BSL, not including personal details.



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