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// What Covid-19 vaccine documentat­ion do I need to travel?

Register your NHS number on to access your vaccinatio­n and test result records and to request an NHS COVID Pass for travel abroad. Alternativ­ely, download the NHS app and follow the same steps. Passes are usually available within 24 hours of a second vaccinatio­n, but records can take up to five days to update. You can request a paper pass (vaccine status only) by calling 119. Digital passes last 30 days, restarting at each log-in; paper passes don’t expire. The vaccinatio­n card given to you aŸer your jab cannot be used as proof of vaccinatio­n for travel.

Children under 18 currently don’t require a vaccine passport (although this may change), but most will need proof of a negative Covid-19 test result. Remember to check entry requiremen­ts at your destinatio­n; certain countries don’t accept some AstraZenec­a vaccines produced in India (check your vaccine passport for the following batch numbers: 4120Z001, 4120Z002 and 4120Z003). However, many countries allow entry with proof of a recent negative Covid-19 test result. For further travel guidance and informatio­n, visit SARAH BARRELL

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