Travellers have been warned to redownload the PDF of their NHS Covid Pass before heading abroad, as those dated before November 1 won’t be recognised by destinations in Europe.
Brits could be denied boarding on flights or entry into certain venues while away, if they have a copy of the old pass.
The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) have advised holidaymakers to make sure they have an updated version of their NHS Covid Pass, available after November 1.
From this date the UK joined with the EU Gateway, which allows the UK and all EU member states to scan their respective citizens’ Covid vaccination status, meaning the NHS pass is now valid in venues and events in over 40 countries.
Previously, most EU countries accepted the pass but only a few were able to scan them. Now holidaymakers need to ensure their pass is updated with the new QR codes so they can be read in the EU.
Those who’ve stored their NHS Covid Pass in the Apple Wallet on an iPhone need to make sure they have the updated version stored.
Holiday operator TUI has also warned their customers to be aware of the update.
TUI said: “We would advise any customers who have printed PDF copies of their NHS Covid Pass before 1 November to print a new copy to ensure it is accepted.
“Please note that holiday destinations have their own entry requirements which may vary, and we recommend that customers check the FCDO advice for the country they are travelling to.”
The full list of countries participating in the EU Gateway can be found here.
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