Negative tests incorporated in passport scheme from today


PREMISES operating under the Scottish Government’s vaccine passport scheme are able to accept proof of a negative lateral flow test as an alternative to proof of vaccination from today (6th December).

Since October, late-night venues fulfilling criteria set by the Scottish Government (ie those serving alcohol between midnight and 5am, which play music and have a designated space for dancing) have been required to check customers have been double-vaccinated before they are allowed entry to the premises.

However, first minister Nicola Sturgeon announced last month that the scheme would be amended to allow customers to display proof of a recent negative lateral flow test instead.

Lateral flow test kits include details of how to register a test result online. Confirmation of that test result will then be texted or emailed to the individual, who can then use that confirmation to enter a venue covered by the scheme.

While the change to the vaccine passport scheme was welcomed by trade groups last month, they repeated calls for support for those premises operating under the scheme, with late-night trade group NTIA Scotland saying vaccine passports have been “devastating to businesses”.