COVID-19 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

Download the NHS Scotland COVID Status app or get a paper record of you vaccine status from NHS Inform.

The Scottish Government's Coronavirus (COVID-19): vaccine certification scheme - information for customers has more information.


Our Safety Advisory Group - Event planning during COVID-19 has more information for business owners who want to know more about vaccine passports and planning events safely.