‘Spurs’ home to pilot NHS COVID Pass


Tottenham will try Covid pass Image: MJR Group Ltd./Coliseum

The Premier League team Tottenham Hotspur (UK) will be trialing the use of the National Health Service (NHS) COVID Pass to verify the vaccination or COVID status of supporters attending its men’s and women’s matches against its peer team Arsenal F.C. on August 8th.

‘Tottenham Hotspur’ stated that this follows recent Government announcements and the necessity for the club to begin preparations for the potential of full vaccination against COVID-19 being a condition of entry to large events from October 1st.

The United Kingdom has of late again seen a surge in Delta variant of the virulent virus and death figures have also gone up.

The Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, commonly referred to as Tottenham or Spurs, is an English professional football club based in Tottenham, London (UK), which competes in Premier League, the top flight of English football.

The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is the home of Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur in North London, replacing the club’s previous stadium, White Hart Lane. With a seating capacity of 62,850, it is the third-largest football stadium in England and the largest club stadium in London.

The Arsenal Football Club is a professional football club based in Islington, London, England (UK). Arsenal plays in the Premier League, the top flight of English football. The 60,260-capacity Emirates Stadium serves as their residence.

The National Health Service (NHS) is the umbrella term for the publicly-funded healthcare systems of the United Kingdom. Since 1948 they have been funded out of general taxation.

NHS COVID Pass trial at Arsenal double header:

  • All attending adult supporters on August 8th will be asked to present an NHS COVID Pass, via the NHS app, to enter the stadium;
  • The Pass will confirm whether supporters are either fully vaccinated or have received a negative test result within 48 hours of kick-off;
  • Trial follows recent Government announcements and the necessity for the club to begin preparations for the potential of full vaccination against COVID-19 being a condition of entry to large events from October 1st;
  • It also further ensures the safety and comfort of the club’s supporters, players and staff as the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium begin hosting capacity crowds for the first time since March 2020; and
  • U18s are exempt and will only require a valid match ticket for entry.

‘Tottenham Hotspur’ further stated that if he or she has not yet received both required COVID-19 jabs, he or she will be required to take either a PCR or rapid lateral flow test.

Passes will be checked by a steward between the initial ticket check at the bottom of the stairs leading to the venue’s podiums and ahead of arrival at the turnstiles. Full details on presenting the NHS COVID Pass and a step-by-step guide to entering the stadium will be provided ahead of the event.

The trial will only add one step to the existing stadium entry process that supporters are familiar with and will allow the stadium authorities to control the flow of supporters into the stadium as the additional check is made.

Supporters will be asked to download, screengrab or print a copy of their NHS COVID Pass QR Code to ensure they are able to present it quickly.


  • An NHS COVID Pass shows an individual’s coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination details or test results. This is one’s COVID-19 status;
  • One may be asked to show the pass to travel abroad, or at events and venues in England asking for proof of his or her COVID-19 status;
  • He or she should always check the entry requirements for the country or the venue the individual is visiting;
  • If one is planning to travel abroad, or want to know more about individual COVID-19 status; and
  • If one is aged 16 or over, one can get an NHS COVID Pass for travel abroad. If one is aged 18 or over, one can get an NHS COVID Pass for domestic events.



Supporters will need to have this app on their smartphones in order to attend the match and display their NHS COVID Pass. The NHS App, which is separate from the NHS COVID-19 contact tracing app, is available on Apple and Android devices.


Supporters using accessible entrances to the stadium will have their NHS COVID Pass scanned at their entrance.


Premium members and their guests will be required to present their NHS COVID Pass upon arrival at their entrance.

International supporters

The Spurs shall confirm arrangements for international supporters closer to the match.

Supporters under 18

Supporters under 18 will not be required to display an NHS COVID Pass. A valid ticket will be sufficient for entry.


Supporters parking within the stadium for the match will have their NHS COVID Pass scanned as they enter the car park.

Face masks and coverings

While wearing face coverings is no longer mandatory, the Spurs are advising fans to wear a face mask or covering on entry to and exit from the stadium, when queuing and on concourses, except when one is eating or drinking. The stadium staff will also be wearing face coverings at all times for the fans’ safety.

Digital ticket and supporters sans smartphones

Entry for the above fixture will be via a digital ticket, which will be sent to the email address of the lead booker to distribute to their attending guests. Each ticket must be downloaded onto each attendee’s mobile device, as multiple tickets on a single mobile device are prohibited.

Supporters under the age of 18 who do not own a device that is compatible with digital ticketing will be able to obtain a Photo ID Stadium Access Card which can be used to enter the stadium on matchdays. Further details will be issued to supporters shortly.

Further details regarding Digital Season Tickets and One Hotspur Member Passes will also be shared with supporters shortly.

Matchday staff

All matchday staff will also be required to present their NHS COVID Pass before being permitted to begin work.

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