Covid-19 Pass

An NHS COVID Pass shows your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination details or test results. This is your COVID-19 status. You may be asked to show your pass to get into some events, where the COVID Pass is being trialled, or to travel abroad. Always check the entry requirements for the venue or the country you're visiting. If you're planning to travel abroad or want to know more about your COVID-19 status please visit: https://www.gov.uk/travel-abroad please also see https://www.gov.uk/guidance/demonstrating-your-covid-19-status

Who can get an NHS COVID Pass?

If you’re aged 18 or over, you can get an NHS COVID Pass for domestic venues and events.

If you’re aged 16 or over, you can get an NHS COVID Pass for travel abroad but you should follow the entry requirements of the country you are travelling to.

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PLEASE NOTE: The NHS COVID Pass is not available for children aged 15 or younger. If you're travelling abroad, your child may still need to show a negative test result. Check the entry requirements for the country you’re visiting. Children do not need to show a COVID Pass to get into UK venues.

For travel abroad

You can obtain your NHS COVID Pass after receiving either:

  • 2 doses of the Moderna, AstraZeneca or Pfizer vaccine
  • one dose of the Janssen vaccine
  • proof of natural immunity shown by a positive PCR test result for COVID-19, lasting for 180 days after the date of the positive test and following completion of the self-isolation period

You must have been vaccinated in England.

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.

For domestic use

For domestic purposes, those 18 and over can obtain an NHS COVID Pass if one of the following applies:

  • 2 weeks after completing a full course of vaccination, whether that requires 2 doses or one dose (that is, 2 doses of the Moderna, AstraZeneca or Pfizer vaccine, or 1 dose of the Janssen vaccine) (according to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency authorised schedule).

  • with evidence of a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or rapid lateral flow test taken within 48 hours of entry to a venue, with both at-home and on-site (where available) being accepted. A lateral flow test taken at home will need to be reported into the Gov.UK website: https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result

  • proof of natural immunity shown by a positive PCR test result for COVID-19, lasting for 180 days from the date of the positive test and following completion of the self-isolation period

You must have been vaccinated in England.

Exemptions for domestic use

If you have received a trial vaccine as part of a formally approved COVID-19 vaccine trial in the UK, you will be able to prove your status through the NHS COVID Pass or with a letter confirming your participation in the trial from your trial site.

See Residents in England who have taken part in COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials below.

If you have a medical reason which means you cannot be vaccinated or tested, you may be asked to self-declare this medical exemption.

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How can I get a Covid-19 Pass? 

There are 2 ways that you can view and get a Covid-19 Pass. The first is by downloading the NHS App on your smartphone this is available in all major app stores. Please note the NHS Covid-19 app is different to the NHS App. You need to ensure you are downloading the NHS App. After setting up an account and passing verification you will be able to view your vaccination record and also your medical record if you have access through your Surgery. 

Please note if using the app there will be a verification process that you need to go through. This includes uploading photo identification and then using their scanning tool to verify yourself against your ID. The Verification process can take anywhere between 12-48 hours to be processed depending on the number of users of the app needing verification at that time.

The alternative way if you cannot or do not want to download the app is to visit the NHS website https://covid-status.service.nhsx.nhs.uk/. After setting up an account this will provide a Covid-19 pass as long at you have had your vaccinations or negative tests. 

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(All information is correct as of June 2021)

For more information regarding the Covid-19 pass and how to use your pass please visit:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/demonstrating-your-covid-19-status 

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/covid-pass/

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