Why does my Covid pass expire? How to renew the barcode on your NHS pass to prove your vaccination status

An NHS Covid Pass shows your coronavirus vaccination details or test results

The NHS Covid pass allows people to display their coronavirus vaccination status or test records in order to allow them to enter certain venues or travel abroad.

But why do some passes have an expiry date and what does this mean?

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What is a Covid pass?

An NHS Covid Pass shows your coronavirus vaccination details or test results. This is your COVID-19 status.

You may be asked to show your pass to travel abroad, or at events and venues in England which ask for proof of your Covid status.

You need to check the entry requirements for the country or the venue you’re visiting.

If you’re planning to travel abroad, or want to know more about your Covid-19 status you can read about travel abroad from England during or find out how to demonstrate your Covid status on Gov.uk.

Why do Covid passes expire?

You may have noticed when you go to download your Covid pass on the NHS app that there’s an expiry date on it.

However, although your vaccination status does not expire, the digital pass itself can.

If you have received both doses of the Covid vaccine, with your second dose at least 14 days ago, then the barcode on your digital pass will be valid for 30 days from when you first access it or download it as a PDF.

However, the digital pass for a negative PCR test or rapid lateral flow test lasts for 48 hours.

How do I renew my Covid pass?

To renew the barcode on your Covid vaccination pass you need to log into the NHS app and view it again, or choose to download it again on your device.

It’s worth noting that passes for Covid tests only last for 48 hours so you will need to take another test in order to renew this.

If you download your Covid pass as a PDF then you should also check the expiry date before using it.

You can access a digital version of your Covid pass by using the NHS app or NHS website.

You can then choose to download the pass as a PDF or get it sent to you in an email, but you must be registered with a GP surgery in England in order to use the app.

To be able to use these services, you will also need an NHS login, and will be asked to create one if you do not have one already.

Alternatively, you can get a physical letter by either requesting a COVID Pass letter online or  calling 119.