A guide to your COVID pass

COVID passes may be required in some businesses as part of restrictions easing. This guide will help you understand what a COVID pass is and how to get one...
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What is a COVID pass?

Your NHS COVID pass shows the details of your COVID-19 vaccination or the details of your COVID-19 test results. 

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 a COVID pass?

If you are aged 16 or over, you can get a COVID pass for travel abroad.

If you are aged 18 or over, you can get a COVID pass for events and businesses in the U.K.

What you need for a COVID pass for travel abroad

You will need either of the following:

  • 1 or 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine used in the U.K. This will allow you to get a COVID pass usually within 24 hours of your vaccination. However, it can take up to 5 days for your records to be updated.
  • A positive PCR COVID-19 test within the last 6 months. This will allow you to get a COVID pass after you have finished self-isolating and up to 180 days after taking the PCR COVID-19 test.

What you need for a COVID pass for domestic events

You will need any of the following:

  • To be fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine used in the UK. This will allow you to get a COVID pass 2 weeks after your second dose of vaccine, or 2 weeks after your first dose of vaccine if you receive the Jansenn vaccine.
  • A negative PCR test or rapid lateral flow test within the past 48 hours. This will allow you to get a COVID pass as soon as you get your negative test result. If you did a rapid lateral flow test at home, report your test result on the Gov.uk website first.
  • A positive PCR COVID-19 test within the last 6 months. This will allow you to get a COVID pass after you have finished self-isolating and up to 180 days after taking the PCR COVID-19 test.

COVID passes and children under-16

The NHS COVID Pass is not available for children under the age of 16.

If you're travelling abroad, your child may need to show a negative test result. You should check the entry requirements for the country you are planning to visit and can do so on the GOV.UK website.

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

You can receive your COVID pass in either paper form or digital form.

Receiving a digital COVID pass

You can get a digital COVID pass by:

Both of these services will require you to have an NHS log-in. This is a username and password that you create and then use to access digital NHS services.

An NHS log-in can be created in the NHS app or using the online NHS COVID pass service if you do not already have one.

How long are digital COVID passes valid for?

If you've had:

  • a vaccine used in the UK – 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)

Receiving a paper COVID pass

Please note that paper COVID passes only confirm vaccination status and can not show COVID-19 test results.

You can ask for a letter after having your 2nd dose of the vaccine, or after a single-dose Janssen vaccine. You may need to wait 5 working days before using the service, so that your record will be up to date.

You should get the letter within 5 working days

You can get a letter by:

How long are paper COVID passes valid for?

The paper version does not have an expiry date.