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How to get the NHS COVID Pass to prove that you are vaccinated against COVID-19.

First published:
14 May 2021
Last updated:

The fastest way to get an NHS COVID Pass is to apply online for a digital version of the pass. The NHS COVID Pass can be downloaded and printed.

The NHS COVID Pass is a way to show your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination status or test results.

To apply for a digital NHS COVID Pass you must:

  • be aged 12 or over
  • be registered with a GP in Wales or England

You will need to upload a photo of one of the following:

  • passport
  • full UK driving licence
  • full European driving licence

You may also be asked to record a short video of yourself.

Get your digital NHS COVID Pass (nhs.uk). Once you have downloaded your NHS COVID Pass, the barcode will be valid for 180 days. This will automatically update every time you log into the service.

You cannot use the NHS England app to get the COVID pass as this functionality is for NHS England only.

Children aged 5 to 11

Children aged 5 to 11 years old who have had a full course of vaccinations can now get an NHS COVID Pass. This will be valid for 180 days.

A person with parental responsibility for a child can request the letter on their behalf online at Get your NHS COVID Pass letter (NHS).

The letter is sent to the address held on the child’s NHS record (the address held by their GP). It will show all COVID-19 vaccinations they have received.

Help getting your NHS COVID Pass and what to do if you are not eligible.

If you cannot apply online (people aged 12 and over)

If you are unable to access the digital version or do not have photographic ID, you can request a paper certificate. 

This paper certificate has been designed for international travel. The paper NHS COVID certificate only provides evidence of full vaccination.

Paper certificates can only be issued if:

  • you have had a full course of the COVID-19 vaccine (you should wait 5 days after your final dose before requesting it)
  • you are aged 12 or over

Call 0300 303 5667 to request a COVID Pass (please only request this if you are unable to use the digital NHS COVID Pass). Rydym yn croesawu galwadau’n Gymraeg/We welcome calls in Welsh.

It can take up to 10 working days for a certificate to arrive. No requests can be fast tracked, and certificates cannot be collected.

You can call 7 days a week between 9am and 5pm.

Calls are typically charged between 2p and 40p per minute and are included in free call packages.

GPs and health boards cannot provide letters showing your COVID-19 status.