As you may have read in the national press, the NHS covid vaccination certificate was, on Friday, given equal standing with the EU Covid-19 Vaccine Passport scheme. This makes your life far easier when trying to get into restaurants and other venues.
None of the coverage I saw went into exactly where you can now use your NHS app, so I thought I would look at this today.
The first thing to make clear is that you do not need to download any EU vaccination passport app.
You may, like me, have downloaded the French TousAntiCovid app in recent weeks and gone through the fiddly process of uploading your NHS vaccination QR code. This is no longer necessary.
Any establishment which is scanning an EU-issued vaccination app can also now scan the QR code in the NHS app. This makes travel across the 27 European Union countries substantially easier.
It isn’t just the EU though …..
What is important to know is that other countries have made similar deals with the EU and, under a reciprocity arrangement, will also now scan and accept the NHS app.
The following Schengen Area associated countries have implemented the EU vaccination passport:
In addition, the EU ‘microstates’ are also participating, which adds:
- San Marino
- Vatican City
The EU is also recognising vaccine certificates issued in the following countries – and vice versa – which also means that they will accept the UK NHS app in return:
- Faroe Islands
- North Macedonia
You can find out more on the European Commission website here.