The NHS COVID Pass validity has been extended to 180 days

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Another day, another step towards flying without fuss — this time following the news that the NHS has extended the validity of its COVID Travel Pass to 180 days.

Previously, British travellers entering foreign countries had to generate a fresh NHS COVID Pass every 30 days to prove their status. Now, however, passes will run for a whole six months to give travellers even greater flexibility as restrictions continue to fall worldwide.

“The expiry date on an NHS COVID Pass does not apply to your vaccination status, it applies to the barcodes on the NHS COVID Pass,” stresses the NHS. “The barcodes are valid for 180 days.”

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It’s a development which is bound to leave holidaymakers with one less thing to worry about as summer holidays loom. With six months validity, you’d be as well firing up the NHS app right now and updating your records regardless of when your next flight is.

Also available on the NHS website, or even by post, the pass allows a resident to prove a) they are fully vaccinated, b) have fully recovered from COVID-19, and c) a negative test result.

It’s been a real game-changer, too. While much of the travel industry was decimated by lockdowns, NHS travel passes were a great way of keeping U.K. travellers in the air, permitted through arrivals, entry to restaurants in certain countries and milling around museums across the continent and beyond.

Yep, far more than a golden ticket for landing, the pass has allowed visitors to indulge in normal activities while travelling through another country, its QR codes usually working in sync with whatever domestic COVID-19 passes a destination has in place. Just as with Italy’s now-iconic Green Pass (below).

Widely deployed by Italy’s hospitality industry after COVID-19 so brutally cut its way through the country, the Green Pass is no longer required for U.K. travellers in any day-to-day travel sense, but visitors will still need one to enter the country without having to isolate on entry.

Related: You no longer need a ‘green pass’ to move throughout Italy

As it happens, this week also marked the end of the NHS COVID Pass for domestic purposes. No longer can venues in the U.K. request them as a condition of entry.

However, when it comes to heading abroad, there’s no doubt it remains a vital tool in your armoury. Always check the foreign travel advice on Gov.uk.

Featured photo by Getty Images.

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