Applying for a vaccine pass if you were vaccinated abroad (procedure for non-European nationals entering France and non-European students)

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For those over the age of 16, the French COVID certificate has become a vaccine pass, applicable as of 24 January 2022.
A digital (via the TousAntiCovid application) or paper version must be provided of:

  • a vaccine certificate showing full vaccination,
  • a certificate of recovery from COVID (from 11 days to 4 months prior),
  • a certificate stating medical reasons for not being vaccinated.

Details on these certificates and acceptable forms of proof -

For 12 to 15 year olds, the previous COVID certificate requirements – which include the additional possibility of presenting proof of a negative test less than 24 hours old – will remain in force.

Children under 12 years of age are not required to present a COVID certificate or vaccine pass.

For more information on vaccinations which are valid in France, visit the website of the Ministry for Solidarity and Health

Last updated: 15 Feb. 2022

In order to facilitate the stay in France of non-European Union (EU) tourists and students, 2 specific systems have been put in place to issue a QR code valid as a vaccine pass in France.

These 2 systems are open to:

• non-European foreign nationals whose countries do not issue proof of vaccination in the format of the EU digital COVID certificate, and tourists,
• and students in French higher education establishments, respectively.

A temporary QR code valid 72 hours can also be generated by a healthcare professional following a negative RT-PCR or antigen test (see below).

Who can apply for a vaccine pass?

If you have been vaccinated in one of the following countries – European Union Member States, Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Cabo Verde, El Salvador, Faroe Islands, Georgia, the Holy See, Iceland, Israel, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, North Macedonia, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, San Marino, Serbia, Singapore, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, Uruguay, United Arab Emirates, or the United Kingdom, your country issues an EU Digital COVID Certificate which is accepted in France, or, in the case of the United Kingdom, a digital format also accepted in France. In that case, you do not need to convert your COVID certificate.

For more information on the EU Digital COVID Certificate, visit the European Commission’s page on the subject.

You can apply for a vaccine pass of equivalence if you meet the following conditions:

• If you have not been vaccinated in European Union Member States, Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Cabo Verde, El Salvador, Faroe Islands, Georgia, the Holy See, Iceland, Israel, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, North Macedonia, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, San Marino, Serbia, Singapore, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, Uruguay, United Arab Emirates, or the United Kingdom. These countries issue EU Digital COVID Certificates or an equivalent that are accepted by France;

• If you are aged 12 years and 2 months or more as of 1 October 2021. Below that age, no COVID certificate is required;

If 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 single-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 vaccine dose is necessary);
  • 7 days after a booster with a dose of an mRNA vaccine (Moderna or Pfizer) after two doses of a vaccine on the WHO Emergency Use Listing (Sinovac/Coronavac or Sinopharm/BBIB-PVeroCells).

For the “travel pass”: you can still travel to France if you have not yet received your vaccination booster. However, depending on the classification of the country you are arriving from (red, orange or green) and your course of vaccination, you may be required to fulfil other criteria (negative test, compelling reasons to travel). People aged 18 or over who wish to enter French territory must have received a booster dose of a vaccine no later than 9 months after the last required dose to be considered fully vaccinated.

For the “activities pass”: A booster dose is required at the latest 4 months following the last dose to extend the mandatory vaccine pass to access activities in France.

[- For further information →https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/Actualites/L-actu-du-Ministere/Certificate-of-international-travel]

How can I apply?

Applications for a vaccine pass of equivalence are made:

for foreign students: directly online

for foreign nationals who are not students: in pharmacies in France. They should present their passport and the paper version of the original vaccination certificate in a pharmacy offering the service (a list is available on the Ministry for Solidarity and Health website).

FAQs

I have not received a QR code for the vaccine pass of equivalence and I need it to travel within France or to visit certain locations (museums, entertainment venues, restaurants, etc.), what can I do?

Persons arriving from a country that does not issue QR codes of vaccine equivalence should submit their request on the platform Démarches simplifiées.

Will France 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 →https://www.gouvernement.fr/info-coronavirus/questions-reponses]

[- For more information on vaccinations valid in France, visit the website of the Ministry for Solidarity and Health →https://solidarites-sante.gouv.fr/IMG/pdf/annexe_dgs-urgent_no2021_99-infographie.pdf]

Will the vaccine pass of equivalence obtained be recognized in other European countries?

Yes. It is generated in digital DCC format which is recognized throughout the EU and in countries with agreements on mutual recognition with the EU. See the list of countries here.

This pass enables travel throughout the European Union, but each country may have its own public health policy in place. We recommend you consult the Travellers’ Advice page on the France Diplomatie or embassy websites.

Can a French QR code be generated from my certificate of recovery?

No. Certificates of recovery issued abroad to foreign nationals are not recognized in France.

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 help.covid-pass at diplomatie.gouv.fr