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Who can get an NHS COVID Pass for travel

You can get an NHS COVID Pass for travel if you are aged 5 or over.

An NHS COVID Pass for travel can be based on either your vaccination status or on a positive NHS PCR test result in the last 180 days (6 months).

You can no longer get an NHS COVID Pass based on a medical exemption. But, if you already have a medical exemption, this will show in the NHS App when you select “Check your COVID-19 vaccine record”.

Find out how to get an NHS COVID Pass.

Information:

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

Vaccination requirements

You can get a digital NHS COVID Pass for travel if you have had at least 1 dose of a COVID-19 vaccine recognised in the UK.

However, always check the entry requirements of the country you’re visiting, as countries that ask for your vaccination status usually require 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine recognised in the UK, or 1 dose of the Janssen vaccine.

To get an NHS COVID Pass for travel in other formats (a letter, audio, big print or Braille) you need to have had 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine recognised in the UK, or 1 dose of the Janssen vaccine.

It can take up to 5 days for your record to be updated after your latest dose.

Positive PCR test requirements

You can get an NHS COVID Pass for travel if you've had a positive NHS PCR test in the past 6 months (not available in the Isle of Man).

The NHS COVID Pass based on a positive NHS PCR test is available 10 days after the test and is valid for 180 days after the test. Only NHS PCR tests are accepted.

You cannot get an NHS COVID Pass based on tests done for scientific research, by private companies for example for travel, or tests for antibodies.

You can get a digital NHS COVID Pass based on a positive NHS PCR test if you’re aged 12 or over.

Children aged 5 to 11 can get an NHS COVID Pass letter sent by post.

If you were vaccinated on a clinical trial

If you took part in an official COVID-19 clinical trial in England which was “unblinded” (this means you were informed of the vaccine used), then you should be able to get an NHS COVID Pass if your trial site has uploaded your vaccination information onto the NHS vaccine database.

Contact your clinical trial site if you cannot get your NHS COVID Pass.

If you were vaccinated abroad

If you live in England and had certain vaccines abroad, you can ask to have this added to your NHS vaccination record. Once it is added you can get an NHS COVID Pass.

You can have the Gamaleya (Sputnik V) vaccine added to your NHS record. But it will not show in your NHS COVID Pass as it is not recognised by the UK Government.

You can find out which vaccines are accepted when you tell the NHS about coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccinations you've had abroad.

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