FM confirms vaccine passports will be required for entry to nightclubs in Scotland from later this month


First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed in an address to Holyrood that vaccine passports will be required for entry to nightclubs and many large-scale events in Scotland from later this month once it is signed off by MSPs next week. She also confirmed that wider hospitality will not be affected but that this will be kept under review.


She said the move was needed to help stem the recent surge in the number of cases and that the plans will apply to indoor and outdoor events, and  that the certification scheme was needed to ‘help protect individuals and the country as a whole and reduce the risk of further restrictions being necessary.’


She added, “Many of the events and venues that are covered by the certification scheme are important – they matter to our economy, and to our cultural and social life. That’s why we want to enable them to stay open safely – but they are not essential services.”


The new vaccine certification rules mean people over the age of 18 will need to show they have had both doses of the vaccine before they are allowed entry to:

  • Nightclubs and adult entertainment venues
  • Unseated indoor live events, with more than 500 people in the audience
  • Unseated outdoor live events, with more than 4,000 people in the audience
  • Any event, of any nature, which has more than 10,000 people in attendance


Said UKHospitality Scotland Executive Director Leon Thompson, “Today’s announcement that the Scottish Government plans to introduce vaccine certification for access to nightclubs and events is a move which will cause dismay amongst businesses which have only recently been able to reopen.

“The fact that there has been no attempt to engage with the sector ahead of this announcement is extremely concerning. Nightclubs and event organisers will be on the frontline of implementing this policy and representatives need an opportunity to ask questions of the Scottish Government’s plans before they are put to the Scottish Parliament for approval.

“Whilst the introduction of certification is envisaged as limited for now, if extended, the impact on wider hospitality could be immense. This cannot be the thin end of the wedge, especially when no evidence has been produced to indicate that nightclubs, events or indeed any other hospitality settings are responsible for the rising number of Covid-19 cases.” 

People can already request a paper copy of their vaccination record for travel, and from Friday they will be provided with a QR code so they can download a copy of the record to store on their phone.

A similar scheme will be introduced in England at the end of this month, with people needing to have a passport for nightclubs, while several other European countries – including France, Italy and Ireland – have already introduced similar schemes.

A further 6,107 people have tested positive in Scotland, with the number of people in hospital doubling in the past 10 days, and several areas of Scotland are among those with the highest rates of the virus in Europe.


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