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

First published:
14 May 2021
Last updated:

Overview

The NHS COVID Pass lets you share your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination records and test results in a secure way.

It allows you to prove to others that you have been vaccinated, or that you have had a negative lateral flow test result. This could be for:

It will take up to 14 days after your vaccination before it shows in your NHS COVID pass.

Who can get an NHS COVID Pass in Wales

You can get an NHS COVID Pass if you are aged 16 or over and:

  • you were vaccinated in Wales, England, Scotland, Northern Ireland of Isle of Man
  • permanently registered with a Welsh GP
  • you are not vaccinated but want to use the Pass to show a negative lateral flow test result 

If you're unable to get vaccinated for medical reasons

We are working on a system which will automatically update the COVID Pass so people who are unable to get vaccinated for medical reasons are recorded on the system and will be allowed entry to a venue or events.

In the meantime, people who are unable to get vaccinated for medical reasons should show evidence of a negative lateral flow test taken 48 hours before entry to an event.

If you were vaccinated outside the UK

You need to get proof of vaccination from the country where you were vaccinated. Check if you were vaccinated in a country or territory that is on the list of approved vaccination programmes.

If you received one vaccination in Wales and another one outside the UK

We are working with partners on a system to recognise vaccinations administered outside the UK. If your vaccine information is not showing on the NHS COVID Pass you will need to show a recent negative lateral flow test result to enter large events and nightclubs.

How to get an NHS COVID Pass in Wales

You can get your NHS COVID Passes from the NHS UK website. You cannot use the NHS app to get the NHS COVID pass if you live in Wales. The NHS COVID Pass can be downloaded and printed.  

You must be:

  • aged 16 or over
  • 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

Get your NHS COVID Pass (on nhs.uk)

If you do not have photographic ID or a relevant smart device you will need to request a paper NHS COVID certificate.

Children

At the current time there is no COVID pass for under 16s.

Under 18s are exempt from having to show proof of a negative test or vaccination when attending large events or premises.

If you’re travelling abroad you may need to show proof of a COVID-19 test.

We are working with the UK Government to develop a system for under 16s.

Vaccine boosters

Booster vaccinations are only included in the digital NHS COVID Pass.

You do not need to show evidence of a booster vaccination to attend large events and venues in Wales.

For international travel, booster vaccinations will show on the digital NHS COVID Pass.

If you are registered with a GP in England

If you live in Wales but are registered with a GP in England you can access your vaccination record on the NHS COVID Pass.

NHS COVID Pass expiry date

A digital NHS COVID pass is only valid for 30 days. The barcode will update automatically every time you log into the service. This will extend it by another 30 days. Please download/print the most recent Pass for use.

If your NHS COVID Pass shows a shorter expiry date, it is likely that you have not fully validated your ID on NHS login. You will be given an option to fully validate your ID in order to get a Pass with a longer expiry date

Request a paper NHS COVID Pass

If you need a paper copy of your NHS COVID Pass you can download a pdf of your pass and print it. This will be valid for 30 days. This renews every time you log on and you can print a new copy.

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 but will be a valid evidence for entering a domestic venue or event. 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 16 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).

The phone service is experiencing high volumes of calls so you may need to wait for your call to be answered.

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.

Protecting your data

Your COVID-19 post vaccination status letter has been produced and printed with a range of embedded security features to help prevent fraud. It includes a barcode which provides a unique reference that can be used to verify your individual COVID vaccination record. Vaccination statement status service privacy notice.

Get help using the NHS COVID Pass

For any issues with NHS login contact NHS login help centre

If your vaccination status record is incorrect, please contact your local health board.

If your personal details are wrong you will need to contact your GP. Your COVID Pass will only show your first forename and surname in line with UK requirements.