• 25th - 26th November 2022 | Troon | Ayrshire | Scotland
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Vaccine certificates in Scotland

This is perhaps the driest piece of text we have ever had to publish but it is for your safety and we would ask you all to read this as it outlines what we have to do to comply with the requirement for Proof of Vaccination ahead of entry.

We will publish our full scheme no later than the 15th of November giving clear and unambiguous information on how and where we will deliver check ins and wristbands. This will be done off site but indoors to ensure that your comfort will not be ruined by any inclement Scottish weather! Checking in will be open ahead of doors to ensure that everyone can access when they wish.

Certification Explained 

COVID vaccine certificates are needed to get into the following higher risk settings in Scotland:

  • late night premises with music, which serve alcohol at any time between midnight and 5am and have a designated place for dancing for customers
  • indoor events (unseated) with 500 or more people
  • outdoor events (unseated) with 4,000 or more people
  • any event with more than 10,000 people

Everyone attending these settings and events must show they have been fully vaccinated (unless exempt) to gain entry, unless they are:

  • under 18
  • not able to get the vaccine for medical reasons
  • participants in vaccine trials (either current or past participants)
  • the person responsible for the premises
  • workers or volunteers at the venue or event
  • emergency services responders and regulators carrying out their work

In settings where vaccine certification is required, premises and event organisers need to ensure there is a reasonable system for checking and restricting entry to only those who are permitted to be on the premises businesses and event organisers need to have a compliance plan - this should describe the system for checking and restricting entry that will operate for your premises and any other measures that are or will be in place to prevent or minimise the risk of COVID-19 being spreadworkers or volunteers at the venue or events.

  • the scheme will require a person seeking entry to regulated settings to show that they have been fully vaccinated with a UK approved vaccine (recognised by MHRA) and two weeks has passed for the vaccine to take effect
  • some people are exempt: under 18s, those not able to get the vaccine for medical reasons, taking part in vaccine trials and venue staff/volunteers
  • a negative COVID-19 test cannot be accepted as an alternative to a vaccine certificate
  • you can download the NHS Scotland Covid Status app or you can get a paper record of your vaccine status from NHS Inform

If you are resident in Scotland:

  • use the NHS Scotland COVID Status App which is free to download. This will allow access to a digital copy of your vaccine record on your mobile device. You need a passport or driver’s licence to complete the identity check.
  • request a paper copy of your vaccine certificate from NHS Inform. Use this is you don’t have a passport or driver’s licence.
  • use a downloadable PDF on your phone or a printed copy 

If you live elsewhere in the UK

  • use the NHS App (if from England or Wales)
  • use Covid NI (if from Northern Ireland)
  • use the paper letter of certification, issued by England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Jersey or Guernsey

All of these options have QR codes which can be scanned to verify that the certificate is genuine.

The paper letters from the NHS contain special thermochromatic ink that shows as a holographic image on a genuine certificate, and changes to the word ‘copy’ on a photocopied certificate. Certificates with the word ‘copy’ on them will not be accepted. 

If you received one of your first coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccinations outwith Scotland you can now upload your official proof of vaccination from that country to your Scottish vaccination record. 

People visiting Scotland

We will accept proof of vaccination from across the UK as well as from members of the EU Digital Covid Certificate Scheme. The EU scheme currently includes all EU Member States plus an additional 16 countries and territories.

Outwith the UK and the EU, to begin with domestic certification rules for international visitors will align with the current border rules – so visitors from other nations, such as USA, will need to provide the same proof of vaccination status that is accepted for entry into the UK.

The letter and app on your mobile device will contain a QR code which you will be able to present to the venue who will carry out a visual check or scan the code with a verifier app to confirm the record is authentic.

The verifier app does not retain people’s personal data. It only displays a person’s name, date of birth and vaccine status. The app does not store or transmit any personal data during the process.

Failure to provide confirmation

If you are unable to provide sufficient confirmation under the terms of the scheme you will be refused entry. You should check NHS Inform or the NHS Scotland Covid Helpline on 0808 196 8565 for guidance on how to receive the necessary confirmation of status.  The Covid-19 Status Helpline is free and open every day from 10:00-18:00. 

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