Covid: people must show NHS passes or vaccination status to attend nightclubs or large events in Wales

Wales’ rugby international against New Zealand on 30 October will be one of the first mass events to require Covid passes.

People in Wales need to show an NHS Covid pass to be able to attend nightclubs and large scale events from Monday (11 October).

The pass is compulsory for over-18s, and requires people to show proof of double vaccination against Covid or a negative result on a lateral flow test.

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At a glance: 5 key points

  • Use of the NHS Covid pass will be required to attend nightclubs and big events in Wales from Monday (11 October). The new rules are compulsory for people over-18 in Wales.
  • People in Wales will be required to show proof of double vaccination against Covid or a negative lateral flow test result. 
  • The rule applies to indoor non-seated events for more than 500 people, outdoor non-seated events for more than 4,000 people, or any event with more than 10,000 people. 
  • Wales’ rugby international against New Zealand on 30 October will be one of the first mass events to require Covid passes.
  • Anyone who is over 16 and has been fully vaccinated in Wales or England, or has had a negative lateral flow test result within the past 48 hours, can get a pass.

What’s been said?

Speaking to LBC on Sunday (10 October), Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford has revealed he expects Covid passes to continue into 2022.

He said: "Mask-wearing in crowded public places, continuing to ask people to work from home, a Covid pass for high-risk locations - that is the suite of measures we hope will see us through this autumn and winter without needing to do anything else, but I do expect they will continue into the early part of next year."

How to get NHS Covid pass?

The NHS Covid pass is available digitally on your mobile phone or from the NHS website.

You will need to upload a photo of your ID (passport or a full UK or European driving licence).

This will provide you with a 2D barcode which can be shown on your phone, or downloaded into an Apple or Google wallet. The barcode can also be downloaded as a PDF.

People in Wales will not be able to access the pass via the NHS app. This is only available to people in England.

The Covid pass app is available to download from the Apple App store and Google Play Store.

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