People in England who have had a full course of the COVID-19 vaccine will be able to demonstrate their COVID-19 vaccination status for international travel. A full course is currently two doses of any approved vaccine.
Please do not contact your GP surgery or the place where you were vaccinated about your COVID-19 vaccination status.
GPs cannot provide letters showing your COVID-19 vaccination status.
People can prove their vaccination status one of three ways:
1. NHS app – if you have a smart phone or tablet, you can download the NHS app by searching for ‘NHS App@ in your app store. Please note this is different from the NHS COVID-19 app. Once you have downloaded the app, you will need to create an account. You can find help and information on what you need to do here.
To use the NHS App, you must:
- Be registered with a GP in England
- Be over the age of 13 (if you are aged 13-15, you will need to contact your GP surgery to request GP online services access before you can use the app)
We recommend that you download the app prior to booking your international holiday, and at least two weeks before your departure date.
2. Online via the NHS website – more details to follow
3. On request by calling NHS 119 - If you do not have access to a smart phone or the internet and you know the country you wish to travel to will need to know your vaccination status on entry, you can call 119 (from 17th May onwards) and ask for them to send you a letter in the post.
This must be at least 5 working days after you have had your vaccine, and letters will take up to 5 working days to reach you. Make sure you leave yourself plenty of time to sort this if you are travelling abroad.
Your letter will be sent to the address your GP has recorded for you; the call handler will not be able to see your address to check this for you. If you have moved house, please update your GP with your new home address before calling 119.
For more information about COVID-19 vaccine passports, please look at the government guidance here.
Children cannot get COVID-19 vaccination status, as children are not currently being vaccinated against COVID-19.
For further information, please click here: Demonstrating your COVID-19 vaccination status when travelling abroad
Need help finding your NHS Number?
If you are registered with a GP practice, you will already have an NHS Number, a unique 10 digit code.
A service is available on the NHS.UK website to receive a reminder of your NHS number.
You should also be able to find your NHS Number on any letter or document you have received from the NHS, including prescriptions, test results, and hospital referral or appointment letters.
If you cannot find your NHS Number in these ways, you can ask your GP practice to help you. They should be able to provide the number for you as long as you are registered with them. To protect your privacy, you may be asked to show a passport, driving licence or some other proof of identity.