If you’re fully vaccinated with two doses of any approved vaccine, some destinations allow you to enter the country without showing a negative COVID-19 test result. You can check our travel requirements page for more information.
Instead, you’ll be asked to show proof of your vaccination status. An NHS COVID Pass shows your COVID-19 vaccination details (including if you’ve had a booster) or test results – this is your status. This is available for those aged 16 or over (12-15 year olds can get a COVID Pass letter) who have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine in England. This is different to an EU Digital COVID Certificate – see more information below.
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The NHS COVID Pass is different to an EU Digital COVID Certificate. And if you live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, your proof of vaccination process is also different. See more information below.
You can use the app on mobile devices and your NHS COVID Pass will be shown within it. If you don’t already have the NHS app, you’ll need to register, which can sometimes take a few days – it’s easier if you have your NHS number to hand. And make sure you download the app in plenty of time and familiarise yourself with where your COVID Pass is stored so you’re well prepped to show it when you travel.
You can view your NHS COVID Pass online and download or print it as a PDF document. You’ll need to register for an NHS login if you don’t have one already. You can also do this via the NHS app. If you printed your COVID Pass before you had your booster jab, you need to print an up-to-date version if you need proof of your booster for the destination you’re travelling to.
You can call 119 and ask for an NHS COVID Pass letter to be posted to you – just so you know, it can take up to five working days to reach you. If you had an NHS COVID Pass letter posted to you before you had your booster jab, you need to request a new one if you need proof of your booster for the destination you’re travelling to.
The difference between these is eligibility. An NHS COVID Pass is available for those aged 16 or over (12-15 year olds can get a COVID Pass letter) who have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine in England. An EU Digital COVID Certificate is available for EU citizens, and those of Switzerland, Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein, and non-EU nationals living in EU member states.
So as the UK is no longer part of the EU, the EU Digital COVID Certificate isn’t available to most Britons.