The UK government introduced the NHS Covid pass – which shows the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination status and test results, to help prevent the transmission of COVID-19 within England.
The NHS COVID pass is designed to be used where large crowds of people from different households gather together at events and venues for a prolonged period of time. The holders of this NHS Covid Pass may also be able to utilise it while travelling abroad to specified destinations in some instances.
Who can get an NHS COVID Pass in England?
If you are aged 18 and over, you are eligible to get an NHS COVID pass for domestic venues, events, and travel, dependent upon your evidence of coronavirus infection, i.e. with a negative coronavirus certificate.
People aged 18 and above can obtain an NHS COVID pass for domestic purposes:
- Two weeks after being fully vaccinated, whether two doses of Moderna, AstraZeneca, or Pfizer and one dose of Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine.
- With proof of a negative PCR test or rapid antigen test taken within 48 hours of entry to a venue.
- With evidence of natural immunity shown by a positive COVID-19 test result, lasting for 180 days after the date of the positive test and following the completion of the isolation period.
For Travelling Abroad:
- Travellers must be fully vaccinated.
- Proof of natural immunity is shown by a positive PCR coronavirus test result, lasting for 180 days after the positive test date and after completion of the self-isolation period.
Take note that you must be vaccinated in England with an approved vaccine administered. Otherwise, your vaccination status will not be used to create an NHS COVID pass.
How to get an NHS COVID pass?
When getting your COVID pass, you have two options: either digitally through the NHS App or online NHS COVID Pass service. You can download the digital copy of your COVID pass and print it.
However, if you cannot apply digitally using the NHS App or the online service, for an NHS COVID Pass, a letter sent to you by post showing your COVID-19 vaccination status.
Remember to check the expiry date of your COVID pass as a PDF before using it as the digital versions of the pass are only valid for a certain period.
- If you have had the Moderna, AstraZeneca, Pfizer, or Johnson & Johnson vaccine, your pass could last up to 30 days, and the 30-day period refreshes with every login.
- If you have had a negative PCR test or rapid lateral flow test, your pass is valid for 48 hours after a negative result. On the other hand, a positive PCR test would mean your pass is valid for 30 days.
How to Access NHS COVID pass via NHS App or website?
When you access your COVID pass via the NHS App or website, you will need to use NHS login, which has advanced security features to protect customer data by maintaining strict confidentiality and prevent any fraud. The NHS COVID pass is free, and the NHS will never ask for payment or any financial details of customers.
You can demonstrate your COVID vaccination status at a venue or event using one of the following ways:
- Through an NHS App or smartphone
- Through a PDF shown on a smartphone screen
- Through the NHS COVID pass letter
If you have had a COVID-19 booster shot, it will also show in the pass allowing you to demonstrate that you have received a booster shot through the NHS COVID pass via NHS App and website.
COVID-19 Status for Children
The NHS COVID pass is not available for children under the age of 18. If you travel abroad with a child, you will need to show a negative coronavirus test result. It is best to check entry requirements and other safety protocols of the country you wish to visit. Also, children are not required to show a COVID pass in settings where the NHS COVID pass is used.
Are you looking for a testing provider?
Harley Medic International 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.