What is the NHS Covid Pass?
The NHS COVID Pass lets you share your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination records or test COVID-19 status in a secure way.
It allows you to show others the details of your COVID-19 vaccine (or vaccines) when travelling abroad to some countries or territories.
What can I use it for?
You can show the vaccination records contained within your NHS COVID Pass as proof of your COVID-19 status when travelling abroad.
In addition to your NHS COVID Pass, you will need to follow additional rules 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, please contact us to have your details updated.
The government is working with the devolved administrations to ensure everyone in the UK is able to show their COVID-19 status.
If you have not been fully vaccinated, you should continue to follow the entry requirements of the country you are travelling to, such as proof of a negative COVID-19 test on arrival. You should carefully research the requirements of your destination country before travelling.
Further details on entry requirements can be found on the GOV.UK foreign travel advice pages and on the websites of your destination country.
Domestic use in England
The government has recently announced that businesses in England can use the NHS COVID Pass.
Some events and venues may choose to ask for the NHS COVID Pass. The government will work with organisations where people are likely to be in close proximity to others outside their household to encourage the use of this.
Use of the NHS COVID Pass is voluntary for individual organisations. However, we encourage the use of the NHS COVID Pass in 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.
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 the NHS COVID Pass
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.
You need to be registered with a GP in England to use the NHS App. If you’re not registered with a GP, you can still access the NHS COVID Pass via the NHS website (NHS.UK) or via 119 (select the ‘NHS COVID Pass service’) to request a letter.
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 obtain your NHS COVID Pass through the NHS App using an iPhone or iPad, then you will be able to store your COVID Pass using the Apple Wallet. You can then use this to show your COVID-19 status at events and venues in England, but not for international travel.
You will see the ‘store in your Apple Wallet’ tab on your screen within the NHS App. If you store a PDF version of your COVID Pass in your Apple Wallet please note the expiry date – the PDF version will expire after 30 days. It will only refresh in the NHS App itself. This means you may need to download an updated NHS COVID Pass before you next need to use it.
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.
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. If you download and print a copy, the expiry date will eventually show as expired and will not automatically refresh.
Using the NHS COVID Pass for international travel
If you’ve received a full course of a vaccine requiring 2 doses, you will see 2 barcodes within the NHS App: one barcode per vaccine.
If you print a PDF of your COVID Pass status, your printed copy will show 2 barcodes. The printed copy is valid until its expiry date.
A full course of vaccine requiring one dose will be displayed as a single barcode.
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
are planning to travel in the next 4 weeks to a country that requires evidence of COVID-19 vaccination
You can obtain an NHS COVID Pass at age 16 plus but do not need one to access venues or events in England if you are under 18 years of age.
You can request an NHS COVID Pass letter:
- via the NHS website
- by calling 119 (select the ‘NHS COVID Pass service’) if you do not have access to a smartphone, computer or tablet
We expect the letter to take up to 5 working days to reach you.
The letter will be sent to the address registered with us. If you have recently moved house, make sure you’ve given your new address to us before requesting a letter.
The COVID-19 post-vaccination letter was rebranded from 5 July. It now displays the title ‘NHS COVID Pass’ and the logos of all 4 nations instead of just the NHS logo.
If you got a COVID-19 post-vaccination letter before 5 July, this is still valid. You do not need to apply for a new version.
If you intend to use the letter when travelling abroad, other countries will treat the old version of the letter in the same way as they treat the new one.
You should confirm the entry requirements of your intended destination country using the GOV.UK foreign travel advice pages, as requirements for testing and vaccination can vary from country to country.
Please note: we cannot provide letters showing your COVID-19 status.
If you have had your Covid Vaccines abroad
Please send us a copy of proof of your Covid vaccinations (i.e. a vaccination card) and we can enter this onto your medical records; please ensure that we have the Vaccination Manufacturer (e.g. Pfizer/Astrazeneca etc.), the batch number and the arm the vaccine was administered. However, if you have received a vaccine abroad it will not appear in the NHS COVID Pass even if we add it to your medical record as unfortunately the Covid pass currently only applies to those that have received the Vaccines in England. NHS Digital is currently working on a patient-facing solution to this problem.
Even in the event you are travelling, we unfortunately cannot resolve the issue at this time.