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Use the NHS COVID Pass to show others, when travelling abroad, that you’ve had a COVID-19 vaccine.

First published:
6 October 2021
Last updated:

When travelling abroad you can use the digital NHS COVID Pass to prove that you have had a COVID-19 vaccination and booster.

Find out how to get your NHS COVID Pass.

In addition to your NHS COVID Pass, you will need to follow other rules when travelling, such as pre-departure testing. Check entry requirements such as COVID-19 tests and isolation for countries that you intend to visit (on GOV.UK).

You should check that the name on your passport matches what it is on the NHS COVID Pass for first forename and surname only. You need to do this at least 2 weeks before you travel. If the names are different, contact your GP practice to have your details updated. Make sure you familiarise yourself with the rules for foreign travel to and from Wales.

In some countries you do not need to show your NHS COVID Pass. You may need to either quarantine or provide tests to meet country entry requirements.

If you download and print a copy of the NHS COVID Pass, the expiry date will not update and you will need to print a new copy when it has expired.

You can now scan your NHS COVID Pass to check and verify your vaccination status in over 40 countries, including EU countries.

If you downloaded your NHS COVID Pass as a PDF or added it to your Apple Wallet before 1 November 2021, you’ll need to download, reprint or add an updated version before you travel so that your NHS COVID Pass is valid.

If you have not been fully vaccinated

If you have not completed your vaccine course, please follow existing entry requirements. Most countries will accept testing or quarantine as alternatives to a vaccination certificate.

You need to carefully research the requirements of your destination country before travelling.

More details on entry requirements can be found on the GOV.UK foreign travel advice pages and on the websites of your destination country.

See travel advice for British people travelling abroad during the pandemic.