What you need to know about France’s Covid-19 health pass system

You can display your French health pass on your phone. Pic: Halfpoint/Getty

You can display your French health pass on your phone. Pic: Halfpoint/Getty - Credit: Archant

The pass sanitaire is needed to access many public venues in France

France’s pass sanitaire (showing your proof of vaccination or negative Covid-19 status) came into force on 21 July 2021 for entry to public venues for more than 50 people – these include museums, cinemas and zoos. From 9 August 2021, the scheme will be rolled out to encompass more leisure venues such as restaurants and hotels, as well as long-distance transport. From 30 September, children over 12 will also need to use the health pass system. If you’re planning a trip to France this year, here’s what you need to know about the France’s health pass system.

What is a pass sanitaire in France?

France’s health pass is digital or physical proof of your double vaccination of negative Covid-19 status.

Am I eligible for the French pass sanitaire?

There are three types of documents that can be used as a pass sanitaire:

1) Proof of double vaccination status. This needs to be seven days after Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca; four weeks after the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccination; or seven days after having one vaccine if you’ve already had Covid-19.

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2) Proof of a negative PCR test taken in the last 48 hours (for attending public events) or in the last 72 hours (for travel). There is strictly no flexibility regarding these timeframes.

3) Proof of a positive PCR or antigen test taken in the past six months (but more than 11 days ago).

How do I get the pass sanitaire?

You’ll first need the ‘TousAntiCovid’ app that you can download to your smartphone.

If you were vaccinated in France, simply scan the QR code on your vaccination certificate with the TousAntiCovid app. This will generate the QR code you need as your health pass.

If you were vaccinated in England, you’ll be able to scan the QR code on your digital vaccination certificate (the one for travel, not domestic) from NHS England. This will generate another QR code on the TousAntiCovid app that will act as your health pass.

If you were vaccinated in Wales, please visit this website for more information.

Can I get the French health pass as a fully vaccinated Scottish or Northern Irish citizen?

The French government has just released details for issuing a Covid vaccine certificate of equivalence for people outside of the EU (and outside of Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland, the Vatican, England and Wales). At the moment, this system is only open to people over 18 who are currently in France or travelling to France on or before 15 August. You will need: 1) An application form; 2) Your vaccination certificate, clearly stating which vaccines were used; 3) Your passport; 4) Your travel tickets. You will need to then send each of these documents (one set for each traveller) electronically to the relevant email addresses here.

If the above is not possible, you can also get a temporary QR code for the health pass while in France from a healthcare professional after a negative PCR or antigen test. This is valid for 72 hours from the time of testing.

Can I get the French health pass as a US or Canadian citizen?

The system for travellers from the US, Canada and the rest of the world is the same as above if fully vaccinated. Again, if the above is not possible, you can also get a temporary QR code for the health pass while in France from a healthcare professional after a negative PCR or antigen test. This is valid for 72 hours from the time of testing.

Where do I need to show a pass sanitaire to access from 21 July in France?

Cinemas

Festivals and concerts (seated or standing)

Indoor sports venues and swimming pools

Conference facilities

Casinos

Circuses

Some religious venues if they host cultural/non-religious activities

Fairs and exhibitions

Zoos and theme parks

Museums

Libraries (apart from university ones)

Cruise ships and ferries

Bars and nightclubs

Big public events (cultural or sports-related, for example)

This is now necessary for over-12s.

Where do I need to show a pass sanitaire from 9 August in France?

Cafés and restaurants

Shopping centres

Retirement homes

Medical establishments

Long-distance transport (trains, buses, aeroplanes)

At the moment, this is only necessary for over-18s.

What are the consequences for not showing a valid pass sanitaire in France?

You can be fined up to €135 if you don’t show a valid health pass when entering a large public venue in France.

Where can I find out more?

Follow the French government’s website (in French) for the latest, up-to-date information regarding the pass sanitaire.

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