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Children under 18 and the NHS COVID Pass

If you're aged 5 to 17 years old, you can get an NHS COVID Pass for travel if you're going abroad.

Children under 5 cannot get an NHS COVID Pass. They may need to show proof of a negative test when travelling.

You do not need an NHS COVID Pass to go to domestic events and venues in England.

Information:

If you're going abroad, check the foreign travel advice on GOV.UK to find out the entry requirements of the country you're visiting.

How to get an NHS COVID Pass

Age 5 to 11

You can request an NHS COVID Pass online for a child aged 5 and over if you are their parent or legal guardian.

Their NHS COVID Pass can be sent by email immediately if they:

  • live in England or the Isle of Man
  • have a mobile phone number or email address on their GP record – check with the GP surgery if you're not sure

If your child lives in Wales, or does not have a phone number or email address on their GP record you can get an NHS COVID Pass letter. This can take up to 7 working days to arrive.

Age 12 or over

You can get an NHS COVID Pass online if you're aged 12 or over. You'll be asked to create an NHS login if you do not have one already.

What is NHS login

NHS login makes it easier and quicker for you to securely access digital health and care services with 1 username and password.

NHS login registrations may take longer than usual when there are high numbers of requests. You will need to register at least 2 weeks before you want to use your NHS COVID Pass.

If you do not have an NHS Login, and you're aged 5 or over, you can request an NHS COVID Pass online to be emailed to you immediately.

Age 13 or over

You can get an NHS COVID Pass online or using the NHS App if you're 13 or over. You'll be asked to create an NHS login if you do not have one already.

If you do not have an NHS Login, and you're aged 5 or over, you can request an NHS COVID Pass online to be emailed to you immediately.

Information:

If you need an NHS COVID Pass in other formats

You can also get an NHS COVID Pass in other formats (a letter, audio, big print or Braille) using the Get your NHS COVID Pass letter service.

These can take up to 7 working days to arrive.

Vaccine and test requirements for the NHS COVID Pass

If you're aged 5 to 17, the same requirements apply as for people aged 18 or over. You need to have 1 of the following:

  • at least 1 dose of a COVID-19 vaccine that's recognised in the UK
  • a positive NHS PCR test within the last 180 days (6 months)

If you're asking for an NHS COVID Pass letter (including other formats such as audio, big print or Braille) you need either:

  • to have had 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine recognised in the UK (or 1 dose of the Janssen vaccine)
  • a positive NHS PCR test within the last 180 days (6 months) – only for children aged 5 to 11 years in England or Wales (not available in the Isle of Man)
Information:

To request an NHS COVID Pass letter for travel in Wales or Isle of Man (age 12 or over), visit:

More information

Page last reviewed: 24 October 2022
Next review due: 24 April 2023