Getting a Covid Pass

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Age 12 and over

People in England who have satisfied vaccine requirements against COVID-19 or can prove their prior infection (recovery) status can use the NHS COVID Pass to demonstrate their COVID-19 status.

If you’re aged 12 or over you can get a digital NHS COVID Pass for travel abroad (children aged 5-11 who have received a full primary course of COVID-19 vaccination can also get an NHS COVID Pass letter) but you should follow the entry requirements of the country you are travelling to. See the GOV.UK website for more information about the NHS COVID Pass for children.

For details of vaccination requirements, including vaccinations recognised in the UK, visit the NHS.UK website.

Vaccine status will be available through the NHS COVID Pass service from: 

  • the NHS App which you can download from app stores 
  • the NHS website 
  • 119 – by requesting a paper letter

You will need to register to use the online services, if you have not already. It may take more than a week for your identity to be checked and verified.

If you cannot access the online services, and you have had both doses of the vaccine (or one dose of the Janssen single-dose vaccine), you can request a paper letter from the NHS by calling 119 or requesting a letter at the NHS website. Only call 119 if you are due to travel outside the UK in the near future and have had your second dose (or one dose of Janssen) more than 5 working days ago. It may take up to 7 working days for the letter to arrive.

This practice is not able to provide you with a letter that shows your COVID-19 vaccination status. Please do not contact the practice about your COVID-19 vaccination status unless you have been advised to by the 119 service.

When you’re planning your travel, you should check the latest information on demonstrating your COVID-19 status when travelling abroad on the website. Make sure there is enough time to get proof of your COVID-19 status before you are due to travel.

Age 5 to 11

You can use the Get your NHS COVID Pass letter service for a child aged 5 or over living in England, Wales or the Isle of Man. You can also ask for other formats (audio, big print or Braille).

An NHS COVID Pass letter for a child aged 5 to 11 can be based on their vaccination status or a positive NHS PCR test within the last 180 days (6 months). A letter based on a positive NHS PCR test is available in England or Wales only (not available in the Isle of Man).

You must be the child’s parent or guardian to request this letter.

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