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How to get your NHS COVID-19 pass

by Guy Murphy

Knowsley residents might be asked to provide proof of vaccination, or a negative COVID-19 test, when entering a venue, attending an event or travelling abroad.

The NHS COVID Pass shows your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination details or test results.

Anyone aged 16 or over can get a COVID pass for travel abroad. However, it is only available for domestic events for those aged 18 or over.

Travel abroad

You can access a COVID pass to travel abroad if:

  • You have had your one or two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine in the UK. This will usually take 24 hours following your vaccination. However, it can take up to five days for your records to be updated.
  • Or, you have had a positive PCR test within the past six months. This will only be available after you’ve finished self-isolating and up to 180 days after taking the test.

Domestic events

You can access a COVID pass for domestic events if:

  • You are fully vaccinated. The pass will be available two weeks after your 2nd dose of Pfizer, Moderna or AstraZeneca, or two weeks after your 1 dose of the Janssen vaccine.
  • Or a negative PCR or lateral flow test within the past 48 hours. The pass will be available as soon as you get your results.
  • Or, you have had a positive PCR test within the past six months. This will only be available after you’ve finished self-isolating and up to 180 days after taking the test.

You can find out more on where to get tested and how to get your vaccination on Knowsley News.

How to get your NHS COVID Pass

There are different ways to get a COVID pass. The easiest and quickest way is to get a digital version.

You can access a digital version using the NHS App or NHS website. You can then add it to your digital wallet, download it as a PDF or have it sent to you via email.

How to get your NHS COVID Pass

All passes have an expiry date:

  • a vaccine used in the UK – your pass lasts for 30 days, but the 30-day period refreshes every time you log in
  • a negative PCR test or rapid lateral flow test – your pass is valid for 48 hours after a negative result
  • a positive PCR test – your pass lasts 30 days, but the 30 day period refreshes every time you log in (for up to 180 days after you took the test)

If you download your COVID Pass as a PDF, always check the expiry date before using it.

If you’re fully vaccinated or had a positive test result, the barcode on a PDF is valid for 30 days.

Paper version

You can get an NHS COVID Pass letter sent to you in the post.

This shows you’ve been vaccinated against COVID-19. It does not show COVID-19 test results.

You can ask for a letter after having your 2nd dose of Pfizer, Moderna or AstraZeneca,, or after a single-dose Janssen vaccine. You may need to wait 5 working days before using the service, so that your record will be up to date.

You should get the letter within 5 working days.

You can use your letter at venues in England where you need to prove your COVID-19 status 2 weeks after you have been fully vaccinated.

You do not need to be registered with a GP surgery or have an NHS login for this.

You can get a letter by:

It is also known as a COVID-19 post vaccination letter. The paper version does not have an expiry date.