Children under 18 and the NHS COVID Pass
If you're aged 5 to 17 years old, you can get an NHS COVID Pass for travel if you're going abroad.
Children under 5 cannot get an NHS COVID Pass. They may need to show proof of a negative test when travelling.
You do not need an NHS COVID Pass to go to domestic events and venues in England.
If you're going abroad, check the foreign travel advice on GOV.UK to find out the entry requirements of the country you're visiting.
How to get an NHS COVID Pass
Age 5 to 11
You can request an NHS COVID Pass online for a child aged 5 to 11 if you are their parent or legal guardian.
Their NHS COVID Pass can be sent by email immediately if they:
- live in England or the Isle of Man
- have a mobile phone number or email address on their GP record – check with the GP surgery if you're not sure
If your child lives in Wales, or does not have a phone number or email address on their GP record you can get an NHS COVID Pass letter. This can take up to 7 working days to arrive.
Age 12 or over
You can get an NHS COVID Pass online if you're aged 12 or over. You'll be asked to create an NHS login if you do not have one already.
What is NHS login
If you do not have an NHS Login, and you're aged 12 to 15, you can request an NHS COVID Pass online to be emailed to you immediately.
Age 13 or over
You can get an NHS COVID Pass online or using the NHS App if you're 13 or over. You'll be asked to create an NHS login if you do not have one already.
If you do not have an NHS Login, and you're aged 13 to 15, you can request an NHS COVID Pass online to be emailed to you immediately.
If you need an NHS COVID Pass in other formats
You can also get an NHS COVID Pass in other formats (a letter, audio, big print or Braille) using the Get your NHS COVID Pass letter service.
These can take up to 7 working days to arrive.
An NHS COVID Pass recovery letter for travel that shows proof of a positive COVID-19 NHS PCR test in the past 180 days is now available for children aged 5 to 11. This new option is in addition to the NHS COVID Pass letter for travel which has been available since April for children who have received a full primary course of a COVID-19 vaccination.
The letters can be requested by parents or legal guardians via the NHS website or by calling 119, and the child will receive one or both letters depending on their eligibility. The letter is not available via GP practices. The letter will be posted to the address on the child’s NHS record. Further details can be found on the GOV.UK guidance pages