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 will be available from:
Instructions on downloading the NHS App can be found by visiting
It may take more than a week for your identity to be checked and verified so you can use this service. However, in most cases, the NHS app can do this within 2 hours, but please factor this into your plans.
The app has a prominent link saying “Check your Covid-19 vaccine record” on the home screen that patients see after they log in. There is also a link saying “Share your Covid-19 vaccine status” which allows users to click through some options and either download a PDF letter or display a QR code. At the time of writing details of what function the QR code provides have not been published.
If you cannot access the online services, 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.
This practice is not able to provide you with a letter that shows your COVID-19 vaccination status.
When you’re planning your travel, check the latest information on demonstrating your COVID-19 status when travelling abroad on the gov.uk website. Make sure there is time to get proof of your vaccination status before you leave.