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.
From 19 November 2021, your COVID Pass will include your COVID-19 booster vaccination if you have had one. There may be a slight delay between any vaccination appearing on your COVID pass but it should show up within 2 weeks.
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. You may also need to show proof of a negative PCR or antigen test and also isolate when travelling abroad, depending on the requirements of individual countries.
Your NHS COVID Pass can now be scanned to verify your COVID-19 vaccination status across venues and events in over 40 countries. Previously, most EU countries accepted the NHS COVID Pass but only a few were able to scan them. This agreement will now allow the UK and all EU member states to scan their respective citizens’ COVID vaccination status using the EU Digital COVID Certificate (DCC). It will make it easier for UK citizens to get into museums, restaurants and other venues requiring proof of vaccination across the EU and over 20 other countries.
Read more about the EU's DCC here.
If you have downloaded or printed a PDF of your NHS COVID Pass before 1 November, you will need to print or download a new PDF if you intend to use this when travelling to the EU, and remember to keep it up-to-date.
If you have stored your NHS COVID Pass in the Apple Wallet using your Apple iPhone, then you will need to store an updated version from 1 November.
PDF copies downloaded before 1 November are not able to be scanned by your travel operator 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.
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.
Alternative ways of accessing the NHS COVID Pass
- Request a COVID Pass letter via the NHS website
Request an NHS COVID Pass letter by calling 119
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
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.
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)