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NHS APP: Download the NHS App to help demonstrate COVID-19 Vaccination Status for International Travel

Find out more about the NHS App.

From 17 May 2021, people in England who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can demonstrate their vaccination status for international travel. A full course is currently two doses of any approved vaccine. Vaccine status information will be available from:

  • the NHS App which you can download from app stores. It may take more than a week for your identity to be checked and verified so you can use this service.
  • If you cannot access this online service and you have had 2 vaccines, you can request a paper letter from the NHS by calling 119.  Only call 119 if you are due to travel abroad in the near future and have had your second dose more than 5 working days ago.  It may take 7 working days for the letter to arrive.

Please be aware that the Practice is not able to provide you with a letter that shows your COVID-19 vaccination status. We therefore ask that you please do not contact the surgery to ask about your COVID-19 vaccination status as GP Practices are not able to provide a letter to confirm this.


When you are planning your travel, check the latest information on demonstrating your COVID-19 status when travelling abroad on the website.

Make sure there is time to get  proof of your vaccination status before you leave.

You can show your COVID-19 vaccination status as proof of your status when travelling abroad.

There are currently not many countries that accept proof of vaccination. So people will still need to follow other rules when travelling abroad, such as getting a negative pre-departure test.

You should:

  • 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

You may still be required to show other proof like a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, and you may still have to isolate on arrival.


If you have not been fully vaccinated

People should continue to follow the entry requirements of the country they are travelling to, such as proof of a negative COVID-19 test on arrival. You should carefully research the requirements of your destination country before travelling.

Further 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.