What to do if your NHS COVID Pass expires


Written by Adonis Hakk

June 29, 2022

Many countries across the globe use COVID passes to gain access to venues such as restaurants, bars, gatherings, and more.  In the UK, the NHS COVID pass enables people to show proof of their vaccination status or coronavirus test records, allowing them to travel abroad or to other venues. This pass has barcodes on it that have expiry dates.

But why do some passes have an expiry date and what happens if they expire? Here is what you need to know:

How long are COVID certificates valid?


Digital NHS COVID Pass

The NHS COVID pass has barcodes on it, indicating its expiry date. But for those who have a digital version of the pass, it refreshes automatically every time a holder logs in and it will still be valid. This pass is valid for 30 days and the 30-day validity period will refresh and start again every time an individual logs in.

NHS COVID Pass for Travel based on positive NHS PCR test

Travellers with NHS COVID Pass for travel based on a positive PCR test will last for 180 days or 6 months after taking the Covid-19 test. If the NHS pass is digital, ensure to check the expiry date before downloading it. You will have to download a new one if the barcode expired.

NHS COVID Pass in other formats

The NHS COVID Pass is available in other formats such as letter, audio, big print, or Braille. Such COVID NHS Pass formats are valid for 180 days beginning the day they apply it. Before using it, people have to check its expiry date. For people with an COVID Pass letter, they must apply for a new one after it expires.

How do I renew my COVID pass?

To renew the barcode and refresh the date on the COVID pass, all you need to do is to login into the NHS app and view it again or opt to download it on your device. If you download a PDF version of your pass, ensure to check the expiry date before using it.

To download a PDF version of your pass, you can access the digital version of the COVID pass by using the NHS app or website then download the copy and send it to you in an email. However, you have to be registered with a GP surgery in England to use the app.

Ensure to have an NHS login to use such services. Alternatively, you can prefer to get a physical letter by requesting a COVID Pass letter online or calling 911.

Take Away

It is essential for travellers to ensure that their COVID Pass is valid otherwise, they will not be recognized as vaccinated and might be asked to provide PCR tests, proof of recovery, and even quarantine.

Many countries also require a booster shot for entry if a traveller’s initial vaccination was completed up to a year prior to travel. Accordingly, countries that announced COVID vaccine pass expiry dates are not allowing travellers without a booster shot to enter once their COVID Pass has expired.

Looking for a COVID-19 testing provider?

Harley Medic Global is a government-approved testing provider and an expert in COVID-19 testing. They have many locations across the UK, ensuring that a testing centre is near you. Getting a test is as easy as booking online and finding their closest clinic. Visit their website harleymedic.co.uk to learn more.

Read More: NHS Tests VS. Other Tests Explained

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