COVID Status: How it works

Your NHS Scotland COVID Status is your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination record. It contains details of the vaccine doses you've received. You can use it to prove you've been vaccinated against coronavirus.

If you’re 12 or over, you can show your COVID Status for international travel. You should also follow the entry requirements of the country you are travelling to. If you're 18 or over, you can show your COVID Status on your app when travelling abroad. If you're 12 to 17, you can request a copy of your vaccination status by phoning the COVID Status Helpline on 0808 196 8565.

If you’re 18 or over, you can show your COVID Status for venues and events within Scotland. This is known as 'domestic use' certification. Alternatively, you can show text or email record of a negative test taken in the last 24 hours. If you're under 18, you will not be asked to show your COVID Status to access events and venues within Scotland.

International travel

You can get your COVID Status after receiving 2 doses of the Moderna, AstraZeneca or Pfizer vaccine.

You can usually get your COVID Status within 24 hours of having your vaccination. However, it can take up to 5 days for your records to be updated.

In Scotland

You can get your COVID Status to use within Scotland if you're over 18. This will show that you are either fully vaccinated or have a record of a negative test (LFD or PCR) taken within the last 24 hours.

Anyone who already has a paper copy of their vaccination record with a QR code printed after 1 November 2021 can continue to use it. The downloadable PDF that's currently available will also remain valid from 1 November 2021. It’s important to obtain a new hard copy every 3 months to ensure the QR code has been updated.  

Proof of a negative test

You can show your record of a negative test confirmation text or email to enter events and venues in Scotland. This is an alternative to showing your COVID vaccination status.

You can order or collect packs of lateral flow device (LFD) tests to do at home. When you report your result, you’ll be asked to opt in to receive your result confirmation by text and email. 

You can use this result confirmation as a record of your test result at venues where certification is required. Please do not take your used test or a photo of your test to prove your result as this will not be accepted. The text message or email can be shown electronically or via a printed paper copy.

Exemptions for use in Scotland

Read common questions about exemptions

For businesses

There is a separate app to confirm customers' COVID Status.

NHS Scotland COVID Check app for businesses