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Outside of England and Wales, the NHS COVID-19 app will notify you of close contact exposures to users of the Scotland, Northern Ireland, Jersey and Gibraltar apps.

For countries that are outside of the UK, Jersey and Gibraltar, that have apps built on the Apple and Google Exposure Notification technology that the NHS COVID-19 app uses, this technology only allows one official contact tracing app to be used at a time.

This means when you cross the border between countries, you'll need to change your Exposure Notifications settings to switch between apps, you do not need to delete the NHS COVID-19 app to get access. Open the app for the country you are in, and turn on contact tracing within that app.

If you were previously using another country’s contact tracing app, you will see a prompt asking if you want to “Switch app for exposure notifications?”. When you select Switch app, contact tracing will now be active on the app of the country you are currently in, and switched off on the app of the other country. You cannot have contact tracing active on both apps at the same time. Remember to switch back when you cross the border again.

When you are travelling, you should also note that the NHS COVID-19 app can only scan official NHS QR code posters. These can be used as a way to check into venues in England and Wales, although you will still need to register your contact details in Wales. You cannot use the NHS COVID-19 app to check into venues in Scotland, Northern Ireland, Jersey and Gibraltar. You may need to provide your contact details when visiting certain venues in these countries.

If you are planning to travel abroad, remember to check current travel restrictions for England and Wales.

Read more about using the app in other countries.