Coronavirus: Travelling Abroad - Covid Passes




NHS COVID Pass – What you need to know

The 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 travel abroad, or at events and venues in England asking for proof of your COVID-19 status

Who can get an NHS COVID Pass in England?

People aged 18 or over, who:

  • Are fully vaccinated against COVID-19
  • Have had a negative PCR test, or rapid lateral flow test within the past 48 hours
  • Have had a positive PCR test within the past 6 months (after you've finished self-isolating).

COVID-19 status for children

The NHS COVID Pass is not available for children under the age of 18.

If you're travelling abroad, your child may need to show a negative test result. Check the entry requirements for the country you're visiting.

Children under the age of 18 do not need to show a COVID Pass to get into venues in England.

How to get your NHS COVID Pass:

1. As a digital version

You can get a digital version using the NHS App or NHS website. You can download it as a PDF or get it sent to you in an email.

You can get a digital version by:

You will need an NHS login to use these services. You'll be asked to create one if you do not have an NHS login already.


What is NHS login?

NHS login allows you to access lots of different health and care websites and apps with just one set of login details. You can securely access many digital health and care services with one email address and password.


How long are digital versions valid for?

If you've had:

  • the Moderna, AstraZeneca, Pfizer or Janssen vaccine – your pass lasts for 30 days, but the 30-day period refreshes every time you log in
  • a negative PCR test or rapid lateral flow test – your pass is valid for 48 hours after a negative result
  • a positive PCR test – your pass lasts 30 days, but the 30-day period refreshes every time you log in (for up to 180 days after you took the test).

If you download your COVID Pass as a PDF, always check the expiry date before using it.

If you're fully vaccinated or had a positive test result, the barcode on a PDF is valid for 30 days.


2. Get a paper version (vaccination status only)

You can get an NHS COVID Pass letter sent to you in the post.

  • 5 days after you’ve been fully vaccinated against COVID-19
  • It is valid for 2 weeks after your final vaccination.

You can get a letter by:


Protecting your data

When you access your NHS COVID Pass via the NHS App, or directly via the NHS website, you will use NHS login. NHS login has advanced security features to protect you and minimise any risk of fraud.

Your COVID Pass only shows your vaccination record or test results, and no other personal health records.


Vaccinated as part of Clinical Trial in England

  • If you were vaccinated as part of an official clinical trial in England, you should have received a letter confirming this. The letter explains that your COVID-19 status is “fully vaccinated”.
  • If you have not received a letter, contact your clinical trial site.
  • You can also get an NHS COVID Pass showing your vaccination status for domestic events using the NHS App or the online NHS COVID Pass service. You’ll be able to get a digital COVID Pass for travel abroad soon.

How do I get advice about travel requirements for a particular country?

Latest advice about travelling abroad, including the latest information on coronavirus, safety and security, entry requirements and travel warnings.

Please follow the travel advice for the country you are going, click here


Proxy Access for Children - Key Points

Children over 16 can get a COVID Pass for travel.

Children under 16 are currently unable to get a COVID Pass. This means that their COVID tests will not be available for them in a COVID Pass.

Parents may wish to link their SystmOne Online account or NHS App account to their child. They will be able to order prescriptions, manage appointments and see allergy information for their child. They will not be able to view the COVID Pass information for their child as it is not held at the practice. If a carer is given access to a child’s test results, they will be able to see COVID PCR test information, but not any lateral flow test results which may have been submitted on the government page for the child.

It may be that your child will require a PCR test within a specified time before travel.


COVID “Proof of Recovery Certificates”

Some countries are now accepting certificates confirming recovery from Covid-19 (during the last 180 days) as sufficient to enter the country.

This is not a service that we are commissioned to provide and therefore falls under Non-NHS workload. We do not have resources to provide this service but services can be found privately online by searching “Covid recovery certificates uk”.