NHS app: How will Covid travel passport work? Do you need to download a new app?

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If you’re looking to travel abroad this summer on holiday then you will need to show proof you’re been vaccinated or have tested negative for the coronavirus via an NHS app. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps revealed the Covid travel passport plans this week, and for Britons looking to travel abroad it’s essential to know. The Government previously said that international travel would not resume before May 17.

And in the run-up to this fast-approaching date, Mr Shapps confirmed the heavily rumoured Covid travel passport plans.

The Tory Cabinet minister also revealed that a traffic light system would be used for different holiday destinations, and that countries on the ‘green’ list would be revealed in the coming weeks.

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Speaking to Sky News, Mr Shapps said: “It will be the NHS app that is used for people when they book appointments with the NHS and so on, to be able to show you’ve had a vaccine or that you’ve had testing.

“I’m working internationally with partners across the world to make sure that system can be internationally recognised.”

Government sources, however, later clarified that the app needed for the Covid travel passport wouldn’t be the same one that’s used for contact tracing and checking into venues such as pubs and restaurants.

Instead, the NHS app needed for the Covid travel passport would be the same one that is used for booking general appointments.

As per Sky News, this app should be the one that shows proof of whether someone has been vaccinated against the coronavirus or tested negative for Covid-19 – which will be necessary before travelling abroad.

Mr Shapps went on to add: “In the next couple of weeks, I’ll be able to tell you about which countries will have made it into the traffic light system and that ‘green’ list in particular are the countries where you’ll be able to go to without needing to quarantine on your return.

“You will still need to take a pre-departure test and one test on your return.

“I think people are getting very used to testing now, not least because we provide testing up to twice a week for everyone in the country right now. So I don’t think a test itself is a big deal.”

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