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[UPDATE - COVID-19] Sanitary measures in France

France is imposing a negative screening test for the coronavirus for all travellers coming from countries outside the EU.

From December 3rd, France is imposing a negative screening test for the coronavirus for all travellers coming from countries outside the EU. The test should be performed less than 48 hours for people who have been vaccinated and less than 24 hours for those who are not vaccinated. For travelers from the EU, a mandatory test of less than 24 hours will be mandatory for those not vaccinated. More detailed information here (in French).

French authorities extended health pass measures until July 31st 2022. Approved by the French parliament on July 26th 2021, the health pass law includes the following measures:

  • From July 21st, the health pass is mandatory to visit leisure and cultural places gathering more than 50 people such as museums and movie theatres 

  • From August 9th, the health pass is mandatory for professional events or to visit cafes, restaurants, shopping malls, hospitals, other medical facilities and long journeys by plane, train or by bus) 

  • From September 30th, the health pass is mandatory for minors aged 12 to 17

  • Vaccination is compulsory for all people in contact with vulnerable people notably all staff including nurses in hospitals, clinics, retirement homes, and disability care centers, paramedics, and volunteers. 

  • Specific vaccination campaigns have been put in place for middle school, high school, and college students at the start of the school year. 

  • A recall campaign will be set up for the first French people vaccinated from the first days of September. 

  • PCR tests are not free anymore, except when a medical prescription is provided. 

More info here (FR) 


How does one get a health pass? 

 
Applied since June 9th, the health pass is a digital (on TousAntiCovid application) or paper-format proof of 3 kinds: 

  • Complete vaccination attestation that you can recover from National Health Insurance portal or any health professional in France 

- 2 weeks after the 2nd injection for double injection vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca); 

- 4 weeks after injection for vaccines with a single injection (Johnson & Johnson); 

- 2 weeks after the injection for vaccines in people with a history of Covid (1 single injection). 
   

  • Proof of negative results from Covid-19 RT-PCR or antigenic test of less than 48 hr that is registered in the SI-DEP portal and you can recover by SMS, e-mail or directly from any health professional in France.

  • Proof of positive results from RT-PCR or antigenic test attesting of recovery from previous infection by Covid-19, dating of more than 11 days and less than 6 months. The process is the same as above to recover the proof. 

More info on the health pass here (FR)
 

Health pass for French expats

 

French expats that are fully vaccinated abroad with a European Medicines Agency-approved vaccine (Pfizer, Janssen, Moderna, AstraZeneca…) are able to apply online and receive a QR code to serve as a health pass via the mobile app TousAntiCovid or printed document. This procedure is also available for spouses and children of French nationals.

You can ask for a vaccine equivalence for health pass if you match the following conditions:

  • You have French nationality, or other dependant of a French national
  • You are vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency for more than:
    • 4 weeks after a single dose vaccination
    • 7 days after a two doses vaccination
    • 7 days if you already had COVID-19 and recovered from it (in that case only, one dose of vaccine is necessary)
  • If you were not vaccinated in the following countries which are already entitled for getting the European digital COVID certificate: Member states of the European Union, Andorra, Island, Liechtenstein, Monaco, US (England and Wales only), Switzerland.

You can apply through this portal : https://www.demarches-simplifiees.fr/commencer/passe-sanitaire-francais-de-l-etranger with the following documents:

  • Vaccination certificate which clearly shows the type of vaccine you got
  • An ID (passport, ID card)
  • Proof of residence overseas 

More info here

 

Health Pass for non-EU residents

 

Non-EU residents can request a health pass if they are vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency for more than:

  • 4 weeks after a single dose vaccination
  • 7 days after a two doses vaccination
  • 7 days if you already had COVID-19 and recovered from it (in that case only, one dose of vaccine is necessary)

In order to get your health pass you will need:

  • Your valid passport
  • Your original vaccination certificate (paper only) mentioning your names, date of birth, date of vaccination, type of vaccine and country of vaccination
  • A fee of up to 36 euro can be requested

The health pass can be delivered in a number of approved pharmacies spread on the French territory.

You can find the map of all approved pharmacies here.

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