Press Release: COVID certificate for French nationals abroad and their dependents vaccinated with vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency or their equivalents (02 Aug. 21)


The Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs is creating a specific system to enable French nationals abroad vaccinated with vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency or their equivalents to obtain a COVID certificate valid in France and the European space.

Conditions for the submission of applications have been modified the 18 August 2021. For more information, see this specific webpage on the France Diplomacy website.

Initially, this system is reserved for those already in France or arriving before 31 August. Requests concerning arrival at a later date will be processed later.

Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Minister of State for Tourism, French Nationals Abroad and Francophonie, says:

“In accordance with the decision by the President of the Republic, the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs has put in place a specific system for French nationals living abroad. Starting today, on Monday, 2 August at 2 p.m., our citizens can submit requests. To request a QR code, simply email evidence of vaccination with an identity document and proof of residence abroad. Since the beginning of the public health crisis, the Government has been working hard to support our citizens worldwide.”

Eligibility for the COVID certificate is determined by the following criteria:

  • Being a French national, or a dependent of a French national, a married spouse or civil partner;
  • Being aged 18 years 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 are not subject to COVID certificate requirements);
  • Having been fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the EMA or equivalent;
  • Having been vaccinated outside one of the following countries: Member States of the European Union, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, Switzerland, United Kingdom. These countries issue digital COVID certificates that are accepted by France;
  • Already being in France or the EU, or arriving in France before 31 August.

To know the conditions for the submission of an application, please consult the French Ministry for Foreign Affair’s website.

Minors aged 12 to 17 years will not be subject to COVID certificate requirements until 30 September, and no certificates will be issued until that date.

These rules do not change the public health rules in force for access to French territory (full vaccination or PCR or antigen (lateral-flow) test or certificate of recovery for persons aged over 12 years who are not fully vaccinated).