From today, the 27th January 2022 it is not mandatory for you to show an NHS COVID pass at venues and events by law. However, it is best to not delete the App on your phone because:
- You may be asked to show your pass to get into some events. Check with the venue to see if they have entry requirements in place.
- If you are travelling abroad, you may be asked to show the NHS COVID Pass. Find out about the entry requirements for the country you're visiting on the Government website.
If you're planning to travel abroad or want to know more about your COVID-19 status:
Getting your vaccination status is FREE
Your vaccination status can be obtained for free through the NHS app, NHS website or by calling 119.
Be wary of scams: do not respond to messages claiming to allow you to apply for your ‘Coronavirus Digital Passport’ and asking for personal and payment details.
Who can get an NHS COVID Pass
If you're aged 16 or over, you can get a digital NHS COVID Pass for travel. People under 16 may need to show a negative test result.
If you're 18 or over, you can also use your digital NHS COVID Pass for domestic events and venues. People under 18 do not have to show proof of their COVID-19 status for domestic events or venues in England.
If you had your vaccination in the UK or the Isle of Man, it will automatically show on your NHS vaccination record within 5 days.
What you need to get a pass
- 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine in England - you can get your pass 2 weeks after your 2nd dose
- Negative PCR test or rapid lateral flow test within the past 48 hours - you can get your pass As soon as you get your result. If you did a rapid lateral flow test at home, report your rapid lateral flow test result on GOV.UK first
- Positive PCR test within the past 6 months - you can get your pass after you've finished self-isolating and up to 180 days after taking the test
If you were vaccinated as part of a trial, you’ll receive a letter confirming your status as “fully vaccinated”.
Children under the age of 16
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.
How to get your NHS COVID Pass
There are different ways to get a COVID Pass.
- Get a digital version
- Get a paper version (vaccination status only)
Medical exemptions from COVID-19 vaccination and testing
You can apply for a medical exemption if you cannot get vaccinated, or vaccinated and tested, for medical reasons.
You'll be able to get an NHS COVID Pass for domestic events and venues when your medical exemption is confirmed.
Find out who can apply and how to apply for a medical exemption on GOV.UK.
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