Covid-19 Pass Information

Covid safety at ARU graduation ceremonies

To ensure the safety of all our students, guests and staff, we will be following Government advice regarding the Covid pandemic. Therefore, we will be asking everyone entering graduation venues, including graduands and all guests (aged 18 years and over) to demonstrate both a recognised form of identification (ID) and their Covid status in one of the following ways. Both ID and Covid status will be checked by staff on arrival before you collect your tickets.

  • Proof of a negative lateral flow test, reported and demonstrated via a text message or email from the NHS self-report tool. This can be on your mobile device (including a screenshot) or a printout. The test needs to have been taken within 48 hours of your ceremony starting.

OR

  • Proof of full vaccination, with the second dose administered at least 14 days before your visit. It must be demonstrated either via the NHS App, (not a vaccination card), or via the Scottish vaccination record services.

OR

  • Proof of natural immunity based on a positive PCR test within the last 180 days of the event (and not in the last 10 days).

Residents of England

You may demonstrate your Covid status – either full vaccination, or negative lateral flow test, or proof of natural immunity (positive PCR test within the last six months, after self-isolation has ended and up to 180 days after taking the test), demonstrated via your NHS Covid Pass on the NHS App. For more information on how to do this, please see the Government website.

Residents of Wales

Please check the latest guidelines from the Welsh Government on demonstrating your status for travel and events.

Residents of Northern Ireland

You may demonstrate your Covid status through a negative lateral flow test, reported and demonstrated via a text message or email from the NHS self-report tool.

Students and guests attending from outside of the UK

Please follow all guidance set out on the Government website for travel to the UK. Information can be found on the quarantine and PCR test requirements. Entering the UK - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk. Once in the UK, you will be able to obtain a free lateral flow test to show your Covid status for attendance at the graduation ceremony and this result will need to be uploaded to the NHS self report tool. You will need to provide the UK address in which you are staying.

Please note: Failure to provide one of the above will result in you being refused entry to the venue. This is to ensure the safety of all those attending. We thank you for your understanding.

If you are demonstrating your entry via a phone or tablet, please consider WIFI and phone signal requirements. You can download an offline copy of your status from the NHS App.




Frequently asked questions

What is a lateral flow test?

Lateral flow tests help to find cases in people who may have no symptoms but are still infectious and can give the virus to others. The test involves taking a sample from your tonsils (or where they would have been) and from your nose, using a swab. They are free of charge, can be self-administered at home and you can get a result in 30 minutes.

How do I get a lateral flow test?

Lateral flow tests can be ordered through the NHS website Order coronavirus (COVID-19) rapid lateral flow tests - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk). Lateral flow tests can also be obtained at many pharmacies around the country including Lloyds Pharmacy. To find your local pick-up point, please see the NHS website Find where to get rapid lateral flow tests - NHS (test-and-trace.nhs.uk)

Use the Government website to report your lateral flow test result Report a COVID-19 rapid lateral flow test result - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

You cannot report a result after more than 24 hours. You can only report one result at a time.

What if my lateral flow test is positive?

A positive result from a lateral flow test means it is likely that you had coronavirus when the test was done. Attendees and anyone they live with must not attend Graduation and should self-isolate immediately in line with Government guidance.

How do I or my family obtain a printed Covid-19 pass letter?

It can take up to 5 working days from the date of receiving your full course of the vaccine before the system is updated. We then expect the letter to take up to 5 working days to reach you.

Request a COVID Pass letter via the NHS website

I am based outside the UK – How do I show my Covid status?

Please follow all guidance set out on the Government website for travel to the UK Entering the UK - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk). Once in the UK, you will be able to obtain a lateral flow test to show your Covid status and this result will still have to uploaded to the NHS self report tool.

You will need to provide the UK address in which you are staying.

How will children show their Covid status?

Individuals under the age of 18 will not be required to demonstrate their Covid status.

What do I do if I don’t have a smartphone and cannot download the App?

Report a negative lateral flow test result. You will be sent a text message and email, either of which can be used for entry or register with the NHS website to print a PDF version. If you cannot use the online service, call 119 (free from mobiles and landlines).

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Obtain proof of vaccination in the form of your NHS Covid Pass letter. It can take up to 5 working days from the date of receiving your full course of the vaccine before the system is updated. We then expect the letter to take up to 5 working days to reach you.

What constitutes formal identification (ID)?

Please see Government advice for what we will accept as formal ID Proof of identity checklist - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk).

What if I am exempt?

Please rest assured that we will be following the NHS guidelines for medical exemptions. See Using the NHS COVID Pass - NHSX.