Demonstrating your COVID-19 vaccination status
The app will allow travellers to prove they have been fully vaccinated or recently tested negative for the virus.
NHS COVID Pass: what it is
The NHS COVID Pass lets you share your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination results 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.
From 21 June, the NHS COVID Pass will also allow individuals to demonstrate their COVID-19 status at a series of event trials in England. You will not be asked to use the NHS COVID Pass in a domestic use setting unless you have been invited to take part in the Events Research Programme trials.
What you can use it for
You can show your NHS COVID Pass as proof of your COVID-19 status when travelling abroad.
It is likely that in addition to your NHS COVID Pass you will need to follow additional rules when travelling abroad. For example, you may still be required to:
- show other proof like a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test result
- isolate on arrival
check the entry requirements for your destination country on the GOV.UK foreign travel advice pages
get up-to-date information from the website of your destination country
The government is working with the devolved administrations to ensure everyone in the UK is able to show their COVID-19 status.
People taking part in event trials as part of the Events Research Programme will also be requested to use the NHS COVID Pass.
How to access the NHS COVID Pass
The NHS COVID Pass is available if you:
- have had a full course of the COVID-19 vaccine (a full course is currently 2 doses of any approved vaccine)
- were vaccinated in England
- are aged 16 or over
The NHS COVID Pass is available in digital or paper format. You can access your NHS COVID Pass 2 weeks after having your second dose of the vaccine.
Your NHS appointment card from vaccination centres cannot be used to demonstrate your COVID-19 vaccine status.
Access the NHS COVID Pass 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.You need to be registered with a GP in England to use the NHS App.We recommend that you register with the app before booking international travel. For access via the NHS App you do not need to contact your GP.The NHS App is not the same as the NHS COVID-19 app.
In the NHS App, your COVID-19 status includes a 2D barcode. The expiry date does not apply to your vaccination status. Any expiry date refers only to the barcode and will update automatically each time you go into the NHS App.If you store the barcode in your Google wallet or download and print a copy, the expiry date will eventually show as expired and will not automatically refresh.
Access the NHS COVID Pass 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. NHS login registrations may take longer than usual when there are high numbers of requests.
Request an NHS COVID Pass letter to be posted to you
Request a letter only if you:
have been fully vaccinated by the NHS in England (you should wait 2 weeks after your second dose)
are planning to travel in the next 4 weeks to a country that requires evidence of COVID-19 vaccination
are aged 16 or over
The letter will be sent to the address registered with your GP. If you have recently moved house, make sure you’ve given your new address to your GP practice before requesting a letter.
Request an NHS COVID Pass letter via the NHS website
You can ask for a letter by filling in a form online. We expect the letter to take up to 5 working days to reach you.
Request an NHS COVID Pass letter by calling 119
If you do not have access to a smartphone, computer or tablet and know that the country you are travelling to requires COVID-19 status, you can call 119 and ask for a letter to be posted to you.
We expect the letter to take up to 5 working days to reach you.
What if I can't find my NHS Number?
This service is for anyone living in England who has forgotten or does not know their NHS number. You can use this service for someone else.
How to register on the NHS App to get your COVID-19 Vaccine Passport
Anyone without a smartphone is being asked to avoid calling their GP and instead ring 119 to order a letter confirming their vaccination status or via the NHS Website: NHS COVID PASS
You can view your COVID-19 vaccination status online and download or print it as a PDF document.
“Proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status will be shown within the NHS App. We recommend that you register with the app before booking international travel.”
The NHS App is free to download from the App Store and Google Play.
You can also access NHS App services from the browser on your desktop or laptop computer.
The vaccination information is likely to come from a national computer system, and not your GP's computer system. Therefore, please do not contact your GP Practice to ask to see your COVID 19 Vaccination Passport status.
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