Demonstrating your COVID-19 vaccination status when travelling abroad
The service will go live from Monday 17 May
Demonstrating your COVID-19 vaccination status allows you to show others that you’ve had a full course of the COVID-19 vaccine when travelling abroad to some countries or territories. A full course is currently 2 doses of any approved vaccine.
There are not many countries that currently accept proof of vaccination. So for the time being most people will still need to follow other rules when travelling abroad – like getting a negative pre-departure test.
- check the entry requirements for your destination country on the GOV.UK foreign travel advice pages
- get up-to-date information from the website of your destination country
How to access your COVID-19 vaccination status
You can access your COVID-19 vaccination status through the free NHS App from 17 May. You can access the app through mobile devices such as a smartphone or by tablet. Proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status will be shown within the NHS App. We recommend that you register with the app before booking international travel.
If you do not have access to a smartphone and know that the country you are travelling to requires COVID-19 vaccination status, you can call the NHS helpline on 119 (from 17 May) and ask for a letter to be posted to you. This must be at least 5 days after you’ve completed your course of the vaccine. We expect the letter to take up to 5 days to reach you.
Using the NHS App
To use the NHS App, you must be:
- registered with a GP in England
- aged 13 or over
If you’re aged 13 to 15, you’ll need to contact your GP surgery to request access to GP online services before you can use the app.
Once the registration has been provided to the practice, access to these services can take up-to 14 days (it may be longer depending on GP workload)
You can find the online access form on our website by typing in the search bar ‘patient online access’ then downloading the form.
Find out more about the NHS App
We recommend that you register with the NHS App:
- before booking your international travel
- at least 2 weeks before your departure date and once you’ve had a full course of vaccinations, which is currently 2 doses of an approved vaccine
For more information please follow the link below to the GOV website