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Airlines request GP notes for travellers exempt from wearing face masks

We are aware of some airlines asking for letters from GPs for mask exemption. However, this is not required as per the Government advice on exemption cards.

Airlines are asking travellers exempt from wearing face masks to present medical certificates from their GP. Please do not contact the surgery as this request will be declined and you will be reffered back to the goverment guidance website.

Under current Covid-19 rules, face masks are mandatory on public transport including airplanes, and inside hubs such as airports, unless an underlying medical condition prevents the wearer from using one.

GPs are not required to write notes, according to the Government’s advice on face mask exemptions on public transport, which state medical notes are not legally required.

Thank you for your understanding 



COVID vaccination status requests

From 17 May 2021, people in England who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can demonstrate their vaccination status for international travel. A full course is currently two doses of any approved vaccine. Vaccine status will be available from:

  • the NHS App which you can download from app stores
  • the NHS website
  • 119 - by requesting a paper letter

You will need to register to use the online services, if you have not already. It may take more than a week for your identity to be checked and verified.

If you cannot access the online services, and you have had both doses of the vaccine, you can request a paper letter from the NHS by calling 119. Only call 119 if you are due to travel outside the UK in the near future and have had your second dose more than five working days ago. It may take up to seven working days for the letter to arrive.

This practice is not able to provide you with a letter that shows your COVID-19 vaccination status. Please do not contact the practice about your COVID-19 vaccination status unless you have been advised to by the 119 service.

When you're planning your travel, you should check the latest information on demonstrating your COVID-19 status when travelling abroad on the website. Make sure there is enough time to get proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status before you are due to travel.