France started to require Pass Sanitaire to access public spaces such as restaurants, bars, museums, and even hotels on August 9, 2021, and the country has now made it easier for tourists to apply for one before their trip.
You can get France’s Pass Sanitaire (EU Digital Covid Certificate) that can then be linked to the TousAntiCovid app to prove your vaccination status.
You can access France’s page for the process here.
Documents Needed To Apply:
Prepare the following documents, only in electronic format:
- Application form; (PDF – 27.8 ko) ;
- Your vaccination certificate, drawn up according to the rules of the country of vaccination, and clearly stating the type of vaccine used;
- Your passport;
- Your travel ticket (return ticket).
The attachments must be in JPG, PNG, or PDF formats, and the size of the email cannot exceed 10 MB.
You need to use the following email addresses:
- Zone 1 (United States): firstname.lastname@example.org
- Zone 2 (Canada): email@example.com
- Zone 3 (Rest of world): firstname.lastname@example.org
The subject of the email MUST BE:
COUNTRY OF RESIDENCE / SURNAME First name / Date of arrival in France in the format DD-MM-21 For example: CANADA / DURAND Anne / DD-MM-YY
Who can apply?
If you have been vaccinated in one of the following countries: European Union Member States, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, Switzerland, United Kingdom (England and Wales only), you already have an EU Digital COVID Certificate, which is accepted in France, and you do not need a separate COVID certificate.
You can apply for a COVID vaccine certificate of equivalence if you meet the following conditions:
You are from a country which is not a member of the European Union;
You are aged 18 or over (until 30 September 2021, the COVID certificate is not required for minors aged 12 to 17 years, and minors aged under 12 years old are not subject to COVID certificate requirements);
You have been vaccinated with a vaccine which is accepted by the European Medicines Agency or an equivalent for over
- 4 weeks if you received a one-dose injection (Johnson&Johnson);
- 7 days after the second injection for two-dose vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca);
- 7 days after the injection if you have recovered from COVID-19 (in this case, only one dose is necessary);
You are already in France or the European Union or you intend going there within the coming days.
Here’s the previous piece about the Health Pass:
This is a fantastic move by France to facilitate tourism from fully vaccinated tourists that are allowed to enter the country who can now apply for the Pass Sanitaire before them even entering France.
Otherwise, you would either need to find a pharmacy willing to input this information to the system that France uses or take unnecessary covid-test(s).
Here are the frequently asked questions:
We are travelling together. Does each person need to apply separately?
Yes. Each person must complete and sign the form and provide the supporting documents. Each application must be sent in a separate e-mail.
When will I receive my QR code?
Applications will be processed as quickly as possible. There is no need to contact us to check on progress, as this may delay the process.
Why have I not received my QR code?
We are doing our utmost to process applications as quickly as possible. In certain cases, we have to carry out further checks on the supporting documents, which can delay the process.
Since the QR codes are sent by e-mail, make sure you regularly check your spam folder.
Make sure you include your correct e-mail address in the application form; otherwise we cannot send you any document.
I have not yet received my QR code for the vaccine certificate of equivalence and I need it to travel within France or to visit certain locations (museums, entertainment venues, restaurants, etc.), what can I do?
A temporary QR code can also be generated by a healthcare professional following a negative
RT-PCR or antigen test taken within the last 72 hours.
All RT-PCR and antigen tests generate proof of testing as soon as the result has been entered by the healthcare professional, which can be immediately printed out and which is also available to the tested person by e-mail and SMS, where it can be accessed from a portal.
In France, foreign nationals must pay for tests, and they are available from many healthcare professionals (labs, pharmacies, etc.) and in designated areas. The results of antigen tests are generally available within 15 to 20 minutes.
You can also find testing locations near you via the DepistageCovid (Covid Testing) map (https://www.sante.fr/cf/carte-depistage-covid.html) or (https://www.sante.fr/cf/centres-depistage-covid.html).
Will you recognize more vaccines?
The list of vaccines recognized by the European Medicines Agency is subject to change: new marketing authorizations may be granted based on the opinion of the EMA, and new equivalences may be recognized by the French National Agency for Medicines and Health Products Safety (ANSM). You should regularly check for updates to the list.
For further information
Do I have to wait until I arrive in France to send my application?
No. You should send it as soon as you know your travel dates if you are arriving in France in summer 2021.
Will the COVID certificate be recognized in other European countries?
Yes. It is generated in digital DCC format which is recognized throughout the EU and in countries with agreement on mutual recognition with the EU. See the list of countries here.
I am not vaccinated. Can you generate a French QR code based on my certificate of recovery?
No. The mechanism is designed to recognize vaccines administered abroad. The certificate of recovery cannot, therefore, fit into this framework.
How long will the application take?
We are doing our utmost to process applications as quickly as possible.
I have a question which is not answered here. Who can I ask?
If you cannot find the answer to your question here, you can write to us at: email@example.com
My application has been refused. How can I appeal the decision?
We encourage you to check that you are eligible for the COVID certificate, and particularly that the vaccine you have received is on the list drawn up by the European Medicines Agency or an equivalent.
If your application was refused because not enough time had elapsed since your vaccination, you can re-apply on the correct date, following the above procedure.