NHS Covid Pass: what is it and how do I get one?
The NHS Covid Pass allows you to show others the details of your Covid-19 status in a secure way:
- when travelling abroad to some countries or territories
- as a condition of entry to certain venues, such as nightclubs, unseated indoor venues with more than 500 people, unseated outdoor venues with more than 4,000 people, and any venue with more than 10,000 people that use the service in England
You can get an NHS Covid Pass:
- digitally through the NHS App or online via NHS.UK
- as a letter sent to you in the post
- a valid text or email confirmation from NHS Test and Trace can also be used as proof that you have completed a negative PCR test or negative rapid lateral flow test within the past 48 hours
You can find out the eligibility requirements on the website.
The NHS App is not the same as the NHS COVID-19 App.
Guidance for visitors to venues, events and settings
If you are aged 18 or over, to enter certain venues and events in England you must have proof that you:
- are vaccinated with 2 doses of an approved vaccine (or one of the single-dose Janssen vaccine) – this will be kept under review as boosters are rolled out, OR
- have taken a PCR or rapid lateral flow test within the last 48 hours with a negative result, OR
- are exempt from vaccination or testing on the basis of a medical exemption or clinical trial participation.
You should take tests as late as possible before attending the event, ideally within 12 hours. This will strengthen the protection testing provides.
If you were vaccinated in another country, you can show alternative proof of vaccination if this is accepted at the UK border. International visitors can also show a valid text or email confirmation of a negative rapid lateral flow or PCR test from NHS Test and Trace.
For more guidance on using your Covid Pass for travel and at venues click here.
Guidance for organisations (event organisers, venues, businesses)
Venues and events where the NHS Covid Pass, or alternative proof of Covid-19 status, must be used as a condition of entry are:
- nightclubs, dancehalls and discotheques
- other late night dance venues, where all of the following apply:
- the venue is open between 1am and 5am
- it serves alcohol after 1am
- it has a dancefloor (or space for dancing)
- it provides music, whether live or recorded, for dancing
- indoor events with 500 or more attendees, where those attendees are likely to stand or move around for all or part of the event, such as music venues with standing audiences or large receptions
- outdoor events with 4,000 or more attendees, where those attendees are likely to stand or move around for all or part of the event, such as outdoor festivals
- events with 10,000 or more attendees, whether indoor or outdoor, such as large sports and music events
For exemptions to these rules see Gov.uk.
What organisations must do
Organisations must take reasonable steps to make sure that all visitors aged 18 or above show an NHS Covid Pass, or approved proof of vaccination, testing, or an exemption, to enter the venue or event.
Evidence of natural immunity must not be accepted as an alternative to proof of vaccination or testing.
Expectations for workers
Covid-19 status checks are not mandatory for workers, but organisations should take reasonable steps to make sure that all adults working or providing services (as an employee, contractor or volunteer) in customer-facing roles show evidence of one of the following:
- a valid NHS Covid Pass
- an acceptable alternative proof of either vaccination, clinical trial participation, or medical exemption, for example, international equivalents accepted at the UK border
- an alternative proof of a negative COVID-19 test result, for example, text or email confirmation from NHS Test and Trace
More guidance for organisations and businesses can be found here.