Please find below information about how to prove your vaccination status in order to travel or attend events. There are many ways to obtain proof of your COVID-19 vaccinations online, please do not contact your GP about this.
NHS COVID Pass: what it is
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.
You may be asked to demonstrate your COVID-19 status at places that use the service in England as a condition of entry to a venue or event.
The NHS COVID Pass also allows individuals to demonstrate their COVID-19 status at a series of event trials in England taking place until 25 July.
What you can use it for
Domestic use in the UK
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.
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.
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 your GP. If you have recently moved house, make sure you’ve given your new address to your GP practice before requesting a letter.