What You Need to Know About the French Health Pass

August10, 2021
by Julie Haley

traveling to FranceUPDATE: Before traveling to France you should apply for the French health pass via email if you are 18 and older and not an EU citizen. You will need to send a scanned copy of:

  • Your vaccination certificate
  • Passport
  • Travel tickets (return)
  • Application form

You can send all of this information to the emails below:

  • United States: area1.covid-pass@diplomatie.gouv.fr
  • Canada: area2.covid-pass@diplomatie.gouv.fr
  • Rest of the world: area3.covid-pass@diplomatie.gouv.fr

In the subject line you MUST put: Country of residence/ Last name, First name/ Date of arrival in France DD/MM/21

Don’t forget to add your attachments and the entire email MUST NOT be more than 10MB.

You will then receive an email with a QR code that can be printed on paper or added to the app TousAntiCovid.

If you are in France, remember you can do an antigen test (found at local pharmacies) and if negative, this will work as a health pass for up to 72 hours.

You can find out more info from the government site here.

If you are traveling to France sometime soon from the United States or Canada, then I am sure you have heard of the French health pass, pass sanitaire. If not, don’t worry. We have got you covered. 

Starting August 9, you will need a French health pass (pass sanitaire) and it will be required to enter bars, restaurants, cafes even with an outdoor terrace, museums, malls, and for long-distance travel by plane, train or bus. It will not be needed for the Paris subway.

For EU citizens:

-Proof that a person has been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 at least a week ago with Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca or 4 weeks with Johnson & Johnson.

-Proof that a person has already recovered from the virus having tested positive more than eleven days & less than six months ago.

-Proof that a person has received a negative test result in the past 48 hours.

For NON-EU citizens:

-Proof of full vaccination from your country of origin, and your ID. At least 1 week after the 2nd dose (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca). 28 days after Johnson & Johnson vaccine. 1 week after injection for people who have already had Covid-19 (1 dose only).

pass sanitaire
If you are a foreigner visiting France and are fully vaccinated or meet the requirements listed above, it is unlikely that you will encounter many problems with this. But it is best to be informed and prepared. 

 If you are in the area visiting the Notre Dame you could stop at the Hôtel-Dieu and have your vaccination certificate changed to a pass sanitaire. You may have to stand in line for a bit but I have heard the process is rather quick. At the moment, many places are accepting non-EU vaccination certificates and we should have more information on how to change your vaccination card to a French health pass after the 16th of August. 

As always, be sure to wear your mask where necessary (outdoors is not necessary), wash your hands frequently, and keep a safe distance away from others. The France government website has a lot of great information to stay up to date on the pass sanitaire and COVID19.

Let us know if you got the French health pass and how was your experience?


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