Plans to use the NHS Covid Pass to regulate entry to events and venues has been ‘shelved’ but as we explain, it’s still an important travel aid.

The NHS COVID Pass – often referred to in the media as a COVID Passport – is not as widely discussed anymore. This follows the decision not to enforce a UK-wide application system for entry to all major events, venues and nightclubs.

There are some places and events that ask for proof of vaccination, though the digital vaccine passport is not as commonly requested as many people thought it would be. However, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said he may consider making it a more universal requirement, “if he has to”.

The COVID-19 Pass you obtain from the special NHS website – or via an app – is still important if you wish to travel.

This is true of the COVID passport England uses, and the Scottish version.

Many countries view it as the only way to prove you have been vaccinated. You may need to show it to gain entry to those destinations, but also to access such things as major tourist attractions and venues in some places.

An issue with the NHS COVID app and website recently created problems for many travellers. As they were unable to access their information online, leading to missed flights and being forced to pay for emergency PCR tests instead.

Knowing the current rules on flying abroad without proof of vaccination can be helpful, therefore, if you are going overseas soon and need to rely on a digital COVID pass.

Also, there is a growing possibility that the EU COVID-19 Passport may be opened up to UK citizens, which may simplify travel across the Continent.

As ever, the Oval Medical team will keep patients updated on COVID pass developments.

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