The official NHS Scotland COVID Pass Verify app is a secure way to verify an individual’s COVID status. Use the app to check that they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, had a negative test, or have recovered from COVID-19. You can also scan and verify an individual’s NHS COVID Pass for international travel.

What’s New

Version 1.0.21

Update policy for domestic and international certificates.

Ratings and Reviews

1.8 out of 5
306 Ratings

306 Ratings

tkerby ,

Privacy Issues

While the app can decode and validate the QR codes on the Scottish paper certificates (which follow the EU standard), it reveals the name and date of birth of the vaccinated person. No efforts have been made to prevent screenshots or recording of this information. This is a risk that venue staff may record private details including the medical data of your vaccination status. There have been examples from test and trace where phone numbers were used to contact customers inappropriately and having these details included makes it easy to capture. Traditional ID verification such as checking a passport or driving license does not allow for a copy to be easily made of the data. Having this run on personal phones belonging to venue staff is a significant concern. Additionally, some basic functionality for use in the environment it’s intended such as turning on the flash is not included making it hard to use in low light.

StickyWillie ,

As expected, complete junk.

This is a perfect example of the Public Sector’s inability to spec and write software effectively. The app is supposed to first take a picture of your driving licence or passport then take you to the next page where it photographs your face. However, it does not swap the camera around to capture your ‘selfie’, says it can’t see your face and boots you out of the system.
Sturgeon’s excuse is that too many people are trying to access it at one time. We’ll, did they not foresee that people might want to do what they’ve been told by their revisionist government to do?

Why not let people first log into it with their NHS CHI number, input their driving licence or passport number and pull it up from the appropriate database.
Secondly, a driving license photo is about half an inch tall. So how could the app ever compare that with a selfie, even if the app worked, which it doesn’t.
Finally, don’t think that this isn’t a foot in the door for compulsory ID cards.

Aggie-ny ,


How much did this cost to develop?
Had to photograph the 2D barcode on one phone and then scanned via the app before it would recognise the barcode and show the detail. Even then it only allows you to scan one of your two tests and once you do this the only button on the app under the vaccination details invites you to dismiss the detail. If you think this means it will store the detail then you are wrong. You have to start all over again.
I’m trying hard not to say anything about incompetence, screwup and yet Humza Yousaf in the same sentence.

App Privacy

The developer, NHS Education for Scotland, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Usage Data
  • Diagnostics

Privacy practices may vary based on, for example, the features you use or your age. Learn More


  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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