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Guidance: Using your NHS COVID Pass for travel abroad and at venues and settings in England

Department Of Health

December 6
17:00 2021

This page applies to England. See information about COVID certificates in Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man.

From 19 November, you can see details of your COVID-19 booster vaccination in your NHS COVID Pass. See COVID booster vaccinations below.

NHS COVID Pass: what it is and how to get it

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 status:

  • when travelling abroad to some countries or territories
  • as a condition of entry at those venues or events that use the service in England

You can get an NHS COVID Pass:

  • digitally through the NHS App or online via NHS.UK
  • as a letter sent to you in the post

You can find out the eligibility requirements on the NHS website.

Getting a digital NHS COVID Pass

Get your NHS COVID Pass letter

If youre in the UK armed forces, visit My health care hub on the Defence Gateway (login required) to find out how to get your NHS COVID Pass.

The NHS App is not the same as the NHS COVID-19 App.

How to use the NHS COVID Pass when travelling abroad

You can show the vaccination records contained within your NHS COVID Pass as proof of your COVID status when travelling abroad.

You will also need to follow additional rules when travelling abroad.

You should register with the NHS App before booking international travel.

You should check that your first name and your surname on your passport match how they are displayed by your NHS COVID Pass at least 2 weeks before you travel. If the names are different, contact your GP practice to have your details updated.

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.

See advice about travelling abroad from England during the pandemic

COVID booster vaccinations

If youve received a booster vaccination it will show in your NHS COVID Pass within 5 days. Youll see a 2D barcode for your full course of vaccinations plus your booster vaccination.

Your vaccinations will show in reverse order, with the most recent first. This is also the case if you download a PDF of your NHS COVID Pass for travel, or store it within the Apple Wallet or Google Pay Wallet.

If youre about to travel, you should download an updated PDF version of your NHS COVID Pass, or store an updated version in your Apple Wallet or Google Pay Wallet.

Youll also see your detailed booster vaccination information in the View COVID-19 records section of the NHS COVID Pass within the NHS App and online service.

Some countries now require travellers to demonstrate that they have received 2 doses of a COVID-19 approved vaccination within 180 days, or a booster dose no less than 14 days before entering the country.

Your NHS COVID Pass can now be scanned to check and validate your COVID status in venues in over 40 countries, including those in the EU.

Find out more about the EU Gateway

How to use the NHS COVID Pass at domestic venues and settings in England

Some events and venues may ask you to show your NHS COVID Pass as a condition of entry.

Use of the NHS COVID Pass is voluntary for individual organisations in England. However, the government encourages 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:

  • 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

See guidance around working safely from step 4, including how the NHS COVID Pass can be used to reduce the risk of transmission at venues or events in England.

Further guidance on how organisations can use the NHS COVID Pass.

You do not need a COVID-19 booster vaccination to get an NHS COVID Pass for domestic use in England. However, you can see your booster vaccination information in the View COVID-19 records section of the NHS COVID Pass within the NHS App and online service.

What the barcodes and expiry dates mean

On your NHS COVID Pass for domestic use, youll see a single barcode.

On your NHS COVID pass for travel, you may see more than one barcode. If youve received a full course of a vaccine requiring 2 doses, you will see 2 barcodes: one barcode for each vaccination dose. A full course of vaccine requiring one dose will be displayed as a single barcode.

If youve had a booster jab, this will appear as an additional barcode.

You will see the barcodes either:

  • within the NHS COVID Pass in the NHS App
  • if you save or print a PDF of your NHS COVID Pass

The expiry date does not apply to your vaccination status. Any expiry date refers only to the barcode and will update automatically in the digital version of the COVID Pass. The barcodes have expiry dates to protect your data privacy.

However, if you download and save or print a copy of your NHS COVID Pass, the expiry date will eventually show as expired and will not automatically refresh. You will need to log into the COVID Pass service in order to generate a new copy.

Storing your NHS COVID Pass in Apple Wallet

If you get your NHS COVID Pass through the NHS App or Safari web browser using an Apple iPhone, you can store your COVID Pass in Apple Wallet.

You can store separate passes in Apple Wallet for:

  • entry into events and venues in England
  • international travel

You can then show either COVID Pass, even if your device is offline.

To add your NHS COVID Pass to the devices wallet, tap the Add to Apple Wallet button within the NHS COVID Pass service.

If you store an offline version of your NHS COVID Pass into your Apple Wallet it will only be valid until the expiry date shown on the COVID Pass. The expiry date will not refresh automatically. This means you will need to store an updated NHS COVID Pass to your Apple Wallet before you next plan to use it if your original COVID Pass has or is due to expire.

Storing your NHS COVID Pass in Google Wallet (officially called Google Pay)

From 6 December, if you get your NHS COVID Pass through the NHS App or by using the Google Chrome web browser on an Android phone, youll be able to store your NHS COVID Pass to your device.

Youll see the Google save to phone button within the NHS App. You can then show your NHS COVID status at events and venues in England and for international travel.

The NHS COVID Pass will be saved on your Android phone home screen and also accessible in Google Pay. It is available to

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