COVID-19 certification – a guide
We are in ongoing discussions with the football authorities in relation to COVID certification at our matches following the Government’s publication of their COVID-19 Response: Autumn and Winter Plan 2021.
With this in mind, there will be spot checks on arrival to the stadium and all adult supporters (18+) should be prepared to present their NHS COVID Pass upon request to confirm they are either fully vaccinated or have received a negative COVID-19 test result within 48 hours of kick-off.
The process will be done through use of the NHS COVID Pass which is available via the NHS App or via other NHS services. The NHS COVID Pass lets individuals share their COVID-19 vaccination and test results in a secure way.
All adult supporters (18+) should be prepared to present their NHS COVID Pass upon request to confirm they are either:
- Fully vaccinated (’doubled jabbed’)
- or have received a negative COVID-19 PCR or lateral flow test result within 48 hours of kick-off. All children under the age of 18 are exempt.
How do you get an NHS COVID Pass?
One of the following three conditions must be met in order to receive an NHS COVID Pass. You will be able to obtain an NHS COVID Pass:
- two weeks after completing a full course of vaccination, whether that requires two doses or one dose
- after two doses of the Moderna, AstraZeneca or Pfizer vaccines, or after one dose of the Janssen vaccine
- with evidence of a negative PCR or rapid lateral flow test taken within 48 hours of kick-off of the match. Lateral flow tests taken at home will need to be reported into the public reporting system
- with proof of natural immunity shown by a positive PCR test result for COVID-19, lasting for 180 days from the date of the positive test and following completion of the self-isolation period
How do you show your NHS COVID Pass at the ground?
Please watch this short YouTube video created by the NHS to find out how to show your NHS COVID Pass at the stadium: https://youtu.be/hBqgM1h5D10
We recommend that you do this by downloading and using the NHS App on your smartphone. Once you have logged in to the NHS App, select ‘Get your NHS COVID Pass’ from the homepage, then follow instructions from the screen.
The NHS App is available on Apple and Android devices and can be downloaded using the links below:
- APP STORE
- GOOGLE PLAY
Please note that the NHS App is separate to the NHS COVID-19 app used for contact tracing and for checking in to venues. For further assistance, please click here.
If you obtain your NHS COVID Pass through the NHS App using an iPhone or iPad, then you will be able to store your NHS COVID Pass using the Apple Wallet. You will see the ‘Add to Apple Wallet’ tab on your screen within the NHS App. If you store a PDF version of your NHS COVID Pass in your Apple Wallet, please note the expiry date – the PDF version will expire after 30 days. It will only refresh in the NHS App itself. This means you may need to download an updated NHS COVID Pass before you next need to use it.
There are a number of ways to show your NHS COVID Pass to enable you to enter Old Trafford.
1. Through a PDF shown on a smartphone screen - Using the domestic option on the NHS App, you can download the NHS COVID Pass to your phone. This can also be printed off or requested via the online NHS COVID Pass service. You can also add your pass, once generated, to your phone wallet (currently available for iPhone) which we strongly recommend you do this ahead of attending in order to avoid any connectivity issues you may encounter at the stadium.
2. Through the NHS App on a smartphone screen - Using the NHS COVID Pass function on the NHS App, you can demonstrate your COVID status using the domestic option. Make sure that the expiry date and time are valid.
3. Through the NHS COVID Pass letter - You can request proof of vaccination by telephoning 119, or via the NHS website and have a letter sent to you
- How to get your NHS COVID Pass letter. This may take up to five working days
- be sure to order this in plenty of time ahead of your trip to Old Trafford.
4. Proof of clinical trial exemption - People who have received a vaccine as part of a formally-approved COVID-19 vaccine trial in the UK will be able to prove their status through the NHS COVID Pass or with a letter confirming their participation in the trial. Those who have participated in a clinical vaccination trial have been provided with a letter from their clinical research site.
5. Proof of test results – You may show a text message or email which confirms that you have received a negative COVID-19 test result within 48 hours of kick-off.
From 1 October 2021, the Government has allowed those with a valid exemption to register their status with the NHS. Registering will allow a supporter to generate an NHS COVID Pass in the same way as if they had completed full vaccination or negative test. Important note: All supporters will be required to demonstrate their exemption status in this way from mid-December. For further information on Government COVID Certification exemption policy please click here.
We recommend that supporters declare their exemption with the NHS before this requirement comes into force in mid-December.
We strongly advise that you prepare for this in good time ahead of the match. Do not leave it to the day of the game to get organised.
Why are we doing this?
- The government has indicated that mandatory COVID-19 checks could be introduced as part of their ‘Plan B’ mitigations for reducing the risk of COVID throughout the winter. The Premier League and its member clubs are therefore introducing these measures to help prepare for this scenario, as well as to create safe and enjoyable matchday environments, and help keep grounds safe and full for the rest of the season
Are children exempt?
- Yes. Individuals under 18 are not required to demonstrate their COVID status but we encourage under 18s to have an up-to-date lateral flow test before attending a match.
Can you be exempt for other reasons?
- There will be a small number of exemptions for fans who have a medical reason which means they cannot vaccinate or test. Government guidelines apply
- From 1 October 2021, the Government has allowed those with a valid exemption to register their status with the NHS. Registering will allow a supporter to generate an NHS COVID Pass in the same way as if they had completed full vaccination or negative test
- All supporters will be required to demonstrate their exemption status in this way from mid-December. For further information on Government COVID Certification exemption policy please click here
- We recommend that supporters declare their exemption with the NHS before this requirement comes into force in mid-December.
If you do not have a smartphone, how do you show your NHS COVID Pass?
- You can request proof of vaccination by telephoning 119, or via the NHS website and have a letter sent to you
- How to get your NHS COVID Pass letter
- You can request a PDF version via the NHS website, which can be printed off
- You may show a text message or email which confirms that you have received a negative COVID-19 test result within 48 hours of kick-off
How does it work for fans coming from the rest of the UK?
- Fans from other parts of the UK can present proof of COVID status via text and email confirmation of test status or by requesting a letter showing vaccination status. Tests must be taken within 48 hours of kick-off
- Scotland – NHS Inform: Get a record of your COVID-19 vaccination status
- Wales – Welsh Government: Get the NHS COVID Pass to show your vaccination status for travel
- Northern Ireland - COVID certificate for NI residents
How does it work for those coming from overseas?
- Vaccinated ticket holders from outside England may provide proof of vaccination from the country they have been vaccinated in
- Unvaccinated supporters from outside the UK can present either a negative PCR test result required as part of their travel documentation or a negative PCR or lateral flow test result from any testing centre or pharmacy. Tests must be taken within 48 hours of kick-off
What should I do if I am not fully vaccinated?
- If you will not be fully vaccinated before a match (including those who have had their second dose within two weeks of kick-off), you will be required to take either a PCR or lateral flow test within 48 hours of kick-off. Proof of your negative test result must then be displayed via your NHS COVID Pass or via email or text.
Will the rules around the NHS COVID Pass be in place permanently?
- Our Code of Conduct is subject to change. We would expect that COVID restrictions will ease eventually, but this will depend upon the prevalence of the virus within the country and on government advice.
Are there any other COVID restrictions in place at the stadium?
- Yes. You should not attend matches being played at Old Trafford if applicable government guidance prevents you doing so, for example, because you have been asked to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace; are required to isolate after travel; or because you are displaying any COVID-19 symptoms (including a high temperature, new and persistent cough, or a loss of/change in sense of taste or smell), even if these symptoms are mild. We require all fans to wear a face covering while indoors at Old Trafford. We also expect fans to behave responsibly and respectfully towards other fans and club staff
- Our full Supporters’ Code of Conduct can be viewed here
I’m a Season Ticket Holder / Executive Club Member, do I need to show my NHS COVID Pass at every game?
- Everyone over 18 years old must be prepared to show their NHS COVID Pass at every game before they enter the stadium.
Can I do a lateral flow test at the stadium?
- There will not be any facilities at the stadium to conduct lateral flow tests.
How do I request a lateral flow test?
- Visit gov.uk to order kits to your front door. You can also pick up tests from pharmacies and other collection points or go to a test site.
Who will carry out the checks?
- A dedicated team of COVID Safety Advisors will be in place to carry out the checks. This team will be separate to the Safety and Security stewards.