The EU has announced that the NHS COVID pass will be accepted as full proof of vaccination in all countries in the bloc from Friday.
In reality, many EU countries already recognise the NHS COVID pass as proof of vaccination, but today’s announcement will mean all states should do so.
It will mean UK citizens who’ve been double vaccinated can use the pass when travelling and entering bars, restaurants and events where proof of vaccination is required.
“Safer travel is a reality thanks to the EU digital Covid certificate, which is now the leading global standard: 45 countries in four continents are connected to the system and more will follow in the coming weeks and months. We are open to other countries to join our system,” Didier Reynders, the EU Commissioner for Justice, said in a statement.
Sixteen other countries will now also accept the NHS COVID pass, including Switzerland and Turkey.
In return, the UK has agreed it will accept the EU Digital Pass as proof of vaccination for EU citizens travelling to the UK.