Where do I need to show a coronavirus entry pass?

From 25 September, you will need to show a coronavirus entry pass to gain admission to certain locations and events. But not everywhere. 
Everyone aged 13 and over must show a coronavirus entry pass where this is required for admission. Everyone aged 14 and over must also show a valid form of ID along with their coronavirus entry pass.

Coronavirus entry pass required

You must show a coronavirus entry pass to gain admission to:

  • indoor areas of establishments serving food and drinks. Does not apply to takeaway establishments; 
  • casinos;
  • events such as festivals and concerts;
  • commercial events, such as trade shows;
  • professional sports matches as a spectator;
  • cultural venues such as cinemas, theatres and concert halls. 

Everyone aged 13 and over must show a coronavirus entry pass where this is required for admission. Everyone aged 14 and over must also show a valid form of ID (identity card, passport or driving licence) along with their coronavirus entry pass.

Coronavirus entry pass not required

There are several locations or events where you do not have to show a coronavirus entry pass.

Exceptions relating to venues serving food and drinks

You do not need to show a coronavirus entry pass:

  • to collect an order at a takeaway establishment;
  • in outdoor seating areas of bars and restaurants. You must, however, show a coronavirus entry pass if you need to enter the building, for instance to use the toilet;
  • at hospitality venues in the airside section of airports;
  • at healthcare locations, such as hospitals and care homes;
  • to attend daytime activity groups for vulnerable people taking place in community centres;
  • at refreshment stops along motorways, such as roadside restaurants and petrol stations;
  • on international trains;
  • to stay in hotels, holiday accommodation and campsites. You must, however, show a coronavirus entry pass for admission to the dining or breakfast room or other indoor areas where food and drinks are served.

Other exceptions

  • Funerals;
  • Markets. However, you must show a coronavirus entry pass at any indoor venue where food and drinks are served;
  • Events organised in libraries or community centres, such as weekly bingo, as long as eating and drinking is not the main focus;
  • Museums;
  • Amusement parks. You must, however, show a coronavirus entry pass for admission to indoor areas where food and drinks are served or where a show or performance is being held;
  • Zoos or nature parks. You must, however, show a coronavirus entry pass for admission to indoor areas where food and drinks are served or where a show or performance is being held;
  • Attending amateur sports matches as a spectator;
  • Educational establishments;
  • Participating in cultural activities or performing arts;
  • Participating in sporting events;
  • Locations where there is a continuous flow of people, such as funfairs and trade shows;
  • Work. For instance, bar and restaurant staff do not need to show a coronavirus entry pass in order to work;
  • Children under 13.