Sumary of EU says it will recognise NHS Covid pass ‘soon’:
- Trips to Europe over October half-term could become easier for British travellers after Brussels said a technical tie-up with the EU ensuring the NHS Covid pass is recognised across over 40 countries would be “going live soon”.
- In some European countries, such as the Netherlands, tourists from the UK have faced constant Covid tests as the NHS app proving full vaccination status is not recognised at the Dutch border or in its bars, restaurants and museums.
- ”The decision will ensure that all 27 member states and 16 non-EU countries already tied up with the bloc’s system will automatically allow entry to visitors from England, Scotland and Wales carrying the NHS Covid pass, which contains a QR code.
- The tie-up will fold data held by the UK’s NHS app into the EU Digital Covid certificate (EUDCC), allowing other countries to access users’ vaccine status and test results at the border.
- The NHS Covid pass would also be recognised by hospitality premises in countries where proof of vaccination is necessary for entry to bars, restaurants and cultural events.
- The UK government is also changing its policy, as part of a reciprocal arrangement with the EU, in order to recognise the vaccination status of people who have been jabbed with doses from different brands.