The NHS app will be used as a digital pass for overseas travel this summer, transport secretary Grant Shapps has said.
Speaking to Sky News on Wednesday (28 April), Shapps laid out – for the first time – further details of the UK government’s plans to restart international travel.
He also said the long-awaited "green list" of destinations for which there will be no return quarantine requirement for travellers would be published "in the next couple of weeks".
A limited resumption of international travel is expected to resume from 17 May, as per the government’s Covid-19 roadmap and the findings of the Global Travel Taskforce – and Shapps said the data was "looking good" for that "from a UK perspective".
The transport secretary said he could confirm the government was working to extend the functionality of the existing NHS app, not the NHS Covid-19 app, to accommodate vaccine certification.
"We are working on an NHS application, in fact, it will be the NHS app people use when they book appointments and so on, to show that you’ve had a vaccine or that you’ve had testing," he said.
"And I’m working internationally with partners across the world to make sure that that system can be internationally recognised.
"So that’s the way forward, and I’m chairing a meeting of the G7 secretaries of state for transport next week on exactly this subject."