Following an update to the Premier League’s matchday protocols, COVID-19 spot checks have been introduced at every stadium across the league.
This means prior to kick off, supporters who are over 18 and not exempt will be asked to present evidence of their vaccination status, or evidence of a negative COVID test no more than 48-hours using their NHS COVID Pass via the NHS App. Supporters unable to use the NHS App can find details of alternative methods of confirming their status within the FAQs section below. This applies to all matches played at the Etihad Stadium.
Our dedicated COVID-19 Spot Check team will be located around the perimeter of the stadium on matchday and below you will find further information that will assist.
The simplest way of obtaining certification is with the COVID Pass through the NHS app or website. Please note that the NHS App is separate to the NHS COVID-19 contact tracing app, the latter is not required to gain access to the stadium.
The COVID Pass can be generated on the app following:
- You have been fully vaccinated for a minimum of two weeks
- You have returned a negative COVID test in the previous 48 hours
- If you have received a positive PCR test result in the previous six months
- Or you have registered a medical exemption with the NHS
- Download using the applicable link below for your device, and register the NHS App.
Once you have downloaded and registered on the app, navigate to your NHS COVID Pass which can be accessed from the homepage and by selecting the 'Domestic' option. Your pass is valid for 30 days if fully vaccinated and is refreshed for a further 30 days every time you access the pass in the NHS App. Your pass is valid for 48 hours following a negative rapid lateral flow or PCR test.
- The NHS App is available on Apple and Android devices and can be downloaded using the links below:
- APP STOREGOOGLE PLAY
- For support on registering the NHS App can be found here.
Please refer to the information below if you are unable to access the NHS App.
Supporters must still be prepared to provide evidence upon request of either a full vaccination status
- You can request proof of vaccination by telephoning 119, or via the NHS website and have a letter sent to you. How to get your NHS COVID Pass letter.
- You can request a PDF version via the NHS website, which can be printed off.
- You may show a text message or email which confirms that you have received a negative COVID-19 test result within 48 hours of kick-off
Supporters vaccinated outside England can show their vaccine status provided by their country’s governing health body. This can either be in the form of their local equivalent to the NHS COVID digital pass (e.g. EU Digital COVID-19 Certificate)., or their countries own vaccine certificate, letter or email.
Alternatively, they can also present one of the following formal documents providing they have tested negative for COVID-19 no more than 48 hours prior to kick-off:
- Negative Covid test result required as part of their travel documentation or permission to travel
- Negative Covid test result from a private test provider or pharmacy
At this time, you will not be prevented from entering the stadium if you are unable to provide this information, however this is subject to change.
Current Premier League matchday protocols state that “every fan over the age of 18 attending Premier League fixtures should be able to show their NHS COVID Pass or other proof of full vaccination, or a negative COVID test taken within the previous 48 hours – as close to matchday as possible, as a condition of entry.” At this time, you will not be prevented from entering the stadium if you are unable to provide this information, however this is subject to change.
The Club has a dedicated Matchday Covid Spot Check team located around the perimeter of the stadium. They are identifiable in pink tabards with “COVID-19 Spot Checks” detailed on the reverse
Supporters can present a negative rapid lateral flow test result via email or text, providing they have tested negative for COVID-19 no more than 48 hours prior to kick-off
Supporters can present a negative rapid lateral flow test result via email or text, providing they have tested negative for COVID-19 no more than 48 hours prior to kick-off:
Supporters under the age of 18 will not be required to present the NHS COVID Pass in order to gain entry; a valid match ticket will be sufficient. However, we would encourage under 18s to have an up-to-date lateral flow test before attending a match. Photo ID, showing proof of age, may also be requested.
All supporters must be prepared to present proof of a full vaccination status or a negative rapid lateral flow or PCR result, as per the above guidelines. Personal Assistants/carer must also prepare to provide the same documentation, should they be requested to do so.
The possible reasons for exemptions are limited. Examples that might be reasons for a medical exemption are:
- people receiving end of life care where vaccination is not in the person’s best interests
- people with learning disabilities or autistic individuals, or people with a combination of impairments where vaccination cannot be provided through reasonable adjustments
- a person with severe allergies to all currently available vaccines
- those who have had an adverse reaction to the first dose (for example, myocarditis)
- Other medical conditions could also allow you to get a medical exemption
All exemptions must be confirmed by your doctor, specialist clinician or midwife. If approved, your NHS COVID Pass can then be used to prove your status.
Further information including how to apply for and receive your COVID Pass medical exemption is available here.
Yes, everyone attending the stadium, regardless of their location and their guests should be prepared to present proof of a full vaccination status should they be requested to do so. Supporters in Hospitality areas are also asked to read and agree to abide by the Club’s Supporter Code of Conduct when at matches this season.
Those who have previously tested positive for COVID-19 but have since recovered from the infection are considered to have 6-months’ worth of natural immunity to significant reinfection. You will find this information underneath your NHS COVID Pass, labelled ‘View COVID-19 Records’. This should then show your positive PCR test within the last 6 months, which can then be used as a form of certification.
The current entry requirements have been introduced by the Premier League to ensure clubs are prepared for the possibility of COVID-19 certification becoming mandatory, pending further government guidance. We shall update supporters should there be any change to these requirements.
During this time, supporters will be subject to spot-checks on entering the stadium and will be required to confirm their fully vaccinated status or a negative test result no more than 48 hours prior to kick-off.
All supporters in General Admission (home and away) and Hospitality areas are asked to abide by the Club’s Supporter Code of Conduct when attending matches. This ensures that supporters are fit and well to attend, will be respectful of fellow supporters and Club staff, will provided evidence of their vaccination status if asked, and will observe COVID-19 hygiene guidance both inside and outside the stadium.
You must stay at home if you have COVID-19, or your symptoms or circumstances mean there is a chance you might spread the virus. You can read the latest Stay at Home guidance.