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Vaccine passport will be on the NHS app from NEXT WEEK

Vaccine passport will be on the NHS app from NEXT WEEK so tourists can prove they have received two jabs on arrival at holiday hotspots

  • Those vaccinated can use NHS app as vaccine passport from Monday
  • Once foreign travel ban is lifted, those travelling can prove they’ve had 2 doses
  • Those without smartphones are being urged to call their GP for help

Holidaymakers who have been fully inoculated against Covid will be able to use the NHS smartphone app as a vaccine passport from Monday.

Once Britain’s foreign travel ban is lifted on May 17, Downing Street said those going abroad could show the app upon arrival to prove they have had two vaccine doses. 

Those without smartphones are being urged to avoid calling their GP for help. Instead, they should ring 119 to order a letter confirming their vaccination status.

Official guidance from the Government published online states: ‘‘You can access your Covid-19 vaccination status through the free NHS App from May 17.

‘You can access the app through mobile devices such as a smartphone or by tablet.

Holidaymakers who have been fully inoculated against Covid will be able to use the NHS smartphone app (pictured) as a vaccine passport from Monday

‘Proof of your Covid-19 vaccination status will be shown within the NHS App. We recommend you register with the app before booking international travel.

‘Demonstrating your Covid-19 vaccination status allows you to show others that you’ve had a full course of the Covid-19 vaccine when travelling abroad to some countries or territories. A full course is currently two doses of any approved vaccine.’

Rules vary widely from country to country on international travel – but many are set to allow quarantine-free holidays for tourists who can show they have been vaccinated.

The app, developed by NHS Digital and NHS England, was originally designed to allow people to book appointments, repeat prescriptions and see their full medical records.  

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