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The Latest Covid Updates for France: Testing, Vaccines, and Traveler Requirements

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Almost all Covid restrictions for mainland France have been lifted, such as restaurant and shop closures, curfew, and travel limits. However, the Pass Sanitaire is now required to enter most public places and masks are still required indoors as well as outdoors in crowded areas (like markets). Here are the latest updates on the ongoing restrictions, how to get tested or vaccinated in Paris, and requirements for travelers to enter France.

Current Restrictions

  • Starting January 24th, the Pass Sanitaire will become the Pass Vaccinal, only available to those 16 and up who are vaccinated (or have proof of having had Covid n the past six months), so a negative Covid test will no longer be accepted (anyone under 15 years old can still get the pass with a negative Covid test).
  • The Pass Vaccinal is required for anyone 16 and older to enter enter bars, restaurants, nursing homes, trade shows, long-distance and TGV trains, airplanes, and tour busses, as well as all cultural and leisure venues and events with 50+ people, including cinemas, circuses, zoos, gyms, theatres, hotels, cruises, campsites, libraries, dance clubs, casinos, sporting matches, museums and monuments such as the Eiffel Tower. It’s also required to enter some shopping centers in Paris (or in the dining areas within the department stores). A negative Covid test can be used for those under 16 and for visiting hospitals or nursing homes.
  • Masks must still be worn indoors in all public places for everyone over age 11, even for those who are vaccinated, as well as in outdoor spaces in large cities like Paris starting December 31st (and on public transportation including in the stations, masks are required for anyone age 6 and up).
  • Travel restrictions between France and the UK were relaxed on January 14th: for vaccinated travelers, a negative PCR or Antigen test is required within 24 hours of departure. Unvaccinated travelers have the same restrictions as those from “red” countries listed below.
  • On February 2nd there will be no limits to how many people can be inside an establishment (previously 2000) or outdoors events (previously 5000), and masks will not need to be worn outdoors at all.
  • On February 16th nightclubs will reopen, and concerts can now be standing or sitting, food and drinks can be served again on trains, and in cinemas and stadiums, and customers in bars and cafés can now also stand (they had been “seated only” since January 3rd).
  • Starting February 15th, a booster shot is recommended “from three months” and required by four months (reduced from seven months). The Janssen vaccine requires a booster after one month.

Travel to France

All fully vaccinated travelers can enter France without restrictions, no matter which country they are traveling from. Only Pfizer (Comirnaty), Moderna, AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Johnson & Johnson (Janssen), or AstraZeneca (Covishield) vaccines are accepted. A negative Covid test (antigen or PCR) less than 48 hours old before DEPARTURE is required for anyone entering from outside the EU, even if you’re vaccinated (see full details here).

For those who are not vaccinated, the French government has specific rules, dividing travelers into three groups based on where you’re traveling from (or have been living in the past several months), regardless of nationality unless you’re French:

  • If you’re traveling from a “green” country — including any EU country (European Union plus Andorra, the Holy See, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino and Switzerland), Albania, Australia, Bahrain, Bosnia, Brunei, Canada, Comoros Islands, Hong Kong, Japan, Jordan, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Ukraine, and Vanuatu — each traveler over age 12 needs a negative PCR or antigenic test taken less than 72 hours before the flight. If you are travelling from Cyprus, Greece, Malta, Spain, the Netherlands or Portugal, your test must be taken less than 24 hours before the flight.
  • If you’re traveling from a “red” country — including the UK if unvaccinated; Afghanistan, Belarus, Botswana, Brazil, Costa Rica, Cuba, Georgia, Lesotho, Moldova, Montenegro, Mozambique, Namibia, Pakistan, Russia, Serbia, Suriname, Turkey, Ukraine and Zimbabwe — you can only travel to France if you have a reason (ie work, family emergency, etc) from the official list here. Everyone over age 12 needs a negative PCR or antigenic test taken less than 48 hours before the flight, take another test upon arrival in France, plus supervised quarantine for 10 days.
  • The rest of the countries are “orange”, including the US. Travelers from these countries who are not vaccinated can only travel to France if you have a reason (ie work, family emergency, etc) from the official list here. Anyone over age 12 must have a negative PCR test taken less than 72 hours before departure or a negative antigenic test taken less than 48 hours before departure. Then you have to self-isolate for 7 days and take another PCR test at the end of that time.

Health Pass (or “Pass Sanitaire”) becomes the Pass Vaccinal

In France, the Health Pass (Pass Sanitaire) is required to access places where there are typically large crowds, such as stadiums, festivals, fairs, exhibitions, and airports for anyone 11 years old and up. It is required at all cultural centers and events with more than 50 people, as well as bars, restaurants, hospitals, nursing homes, trains, planes and tour buses (long distances). As of January 24th, 2022, anyone over the age of 16 will now need the Pass Vaccinal, which is only valid with an up-to-date vaccine, not a negative Covid test.

Several European Union countries have started using an EU Digital COVID Certificate (EUDCC), previously called the Digital Green Certificate. This is now required in all 27 member states. It consists of information about an individual’s vaccination, test and/or recovery status in regards to COVID-19. Formulated as a QR code, the person traveling can choose to carry either a digital or paper-based certificate.

When Do You Need the Booster?

As of February 15th, the Pass Vacinal will only work if your last shot is less than four months old (or you’ve had Covid within that time period). If you will be entering France or be in France four months after your last shot (whether 2nd shot or booster), you will need to get another shot to be able to use the Pass Vaccinal. This could change (again), so keep an eye on the news as your trip approaches.

If you can understand (or Google translate) basic French, you can use this calculator to tell you when you’re eligible for another shot, and what date your Pass Vaccinal will expire: https://monrappelvaccincovid.ameli.fr/

For Non-EU Travelers from US, Canada, Australia, etc

In August 2021, the French government established an online system for issuing a COVID vaccine certificate of equivalence valid in all EU countries (with the QR code to upload on the TousAntiCovid app). However, it seems they were often overrun with requests and a lot of people didn’t get their QR codes in time.

In October 2021, the French government has changed the method in which people vaccinated outside the European Union can get a French Health Pass. Instead of applying online, now you have to get it at one of the designated pharmacies throughout France. You will need to bring your passport and the original paper version of your vaccination record (which needs to show the traveler’s name, DOB, vaccination date(s), the number of doses and the country where the vaccination occurred). It will cost up to €36.

Here’s the list of pharmacies that are offering it in France (not all of them are listed here, try your closest pharmacy first): https://www.sante.fr/obtenir-un-passe-sanitaire-en-cas-de-vaccination-letranger

Obviously you can’t get it BEFORE you arrive, so just use your proof of vaccination to get around (if needed) before you have a chance to make it to a pharmacy. I have heard no problems with visitors using their CDC vaccination cards to get into museums and restaurants in Paris, so the French Pass Sanitaire is more of a convenience than an absolute necessity.

Health Pass for Locals

The Pass Sanitaire is digitally available through the TousAntiCovid app with a scannable QR code that serves as proof that you have been either: vaccinated against Covid-19. If you get your vaccine in France, it automatically uploads to the app when you scan the QR code, so no need to do anything but present it when asked. You can also use a printout with QR code if you don’t have a smartphone.

The Pass Sanitaire on the TousAntiCovid serves as the EU Digital COVID Certificate for French residents, so there is nothing additional you will need to travel throughout the countries that accept it.

Covid Testing Tent at a Pharmacy
Covid Testing Tent at a Pharmacy

Where to Get Covid Tests

Tests for non-French residents/citizens and non-vaccinated French residents are €25 for the rapid-result antigen test and €49 for the PCR test. The antigen tests can be done at any pharmacy in about 15 minutes without an appointment. PCR tests take up to 24 hours for the results (sent via email/text message), and can be done at some pharmacies as well as clinics all over Paris with an appointment.

The interactive map of some of these centers is on the TousAntiCovid appYou can also find them listed at Sante.fr (dépistage) or by simply using the Doctolib website to find and book online (type “covid” into the search bar). Or just walk into the nearest pharmacy (look for the neon green cross) and you’ll usually see a sign for “Test Covid”.

You can purchase self-tests in pharmacies and also large supermarkets (through February 15th). If you have a French Carte Vitale you can get two free self-tests at the pharmacy if you’re a “cas contact”.

NOTE: Since October, the Covid test isn’t free for French residents unless you have a doctor’s prescription or are vaccinated but show symptoms.

Where to Get Vaccinated if You’re a Resident

All adults residing in France with a Carte Vitale can be vaccinated free of charge. You can get vaccinated by your generalist, at the temporary vaccination centers (in certain stadiums, town halls, community centers, etc), and at pharmacies. Make an appointment at the Covid Vaccination Center closest to you on the same platforms: www.sante.fr or Doctolib, or on the Vite Ma Dose! app. You can also register to let them contact YOU as soon as an opening is available at CovidListe. Vaccinations are free for anyone in the French healthcare system.

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  • This information is so helpful, thank you! I am curious, I am fully vaccinated and boosted. I would love to plan a visit for the spring, but read that there is a specific time limit window for when the booster has to have been administered (5-7 months after the second dose of Pfizer/Moderna). I was lucky enough to get the first doses very early on as someone who worked for a health care group, which means that it was over 7 months later that I was eligible and received my booster dose (it was close to 9 months between my second Pfizer dose and my booster dose). Will this make me ineligible for the Pass Vaccinal as it stands currently?

  • Hi, I am an American arriving in Paris In February I have 2 Vaccines (Last one, September 16) But I got Covid December 1st 2021, can I get a Health pass if i show my positive Covid Test from December and My Vaccine card?

  • I was in Nice for two weeks in December. I had a pass sanitaire made at the airport pharmacy which worked well. My booster was included on it as I am over 65. I am returning to France later this month to spend a month in Paris. Can I just continue to use the pass sanitaire that I got in Nice?

    • I am an American musician playing in Paris if February…I got the Johnson and Johnson on September 28 in NYC. Can I get a the health pass in Paris by taking a test. I am hoping if I got a test I could get a QR code that would be good for 24 hours. I would rather not get a booster and it would fine to take a test so I could play my gig.

      Thanks,
      Dave

  • Hi Heather, I was in Paris in September 2021, and easily got the health pass at a pharmacy. Upon return to the US, I got my booster. My Tousanticovid app is indicating I need to be boosted to keep it active. Is there any way that I can update this from the US so it will be active for a trip to Paris in April 2022? Or, will I just have to have to bite the bullet and pay the €36 and have converted again when I arrive?

  • Hi, I’m an American living and working in Paris. I received my booster in Slovenia and was told they would not issue me a QR code because I am not a Slovenian citizen. Now that I’m back in Paris, my local pharmacie will not provide me a QR code because Slovenia is an EU country and, to paraphrase, they should have given me a QR code. I’ve reached out to the Slovenian health ministry and they won’t budge. In short, I’m stuck. Any advice?

    • Hi Christopher, you don’t need a QR code if you have any medical document that proves you got a booster with your name, birthdate, date of the booster, and type of vaccine (in English or French, preferably). If I were you, I’d then take that to a few pharmacies to ask for the Pass Sanitaire equivalence (it will cost you €36, I believe) until you find someone willing to do it. If nothing else works, maybe just get another booster in France?

  • Your info on this website is so helpful! Thank you! I am getting my first Covid vaccine in late January and plan to get the second shot in February. I have a trip planned for Paris in early May. I am assuming that the booster shot will not be required for me since I will not have the vaccine long enough to get the booster. Is this a safe assumption?
    Thank you so much!

    • Hi Stacey, the booster is required after three months as of January 15th, so you would need it to use the Pass Sanitaire once three months has passed since your last shot in February. Of course, a lot could change between now and then, check back before your trip. 😉

  • Can you tell me please if the booster is required for a 30 year old with two psizer shots traveling from US? I do not have the booster, and my second dose was given in June of last year… I would like to enter France, considering a tourist visa, around February. Do you have any information?

    • Hi Nicholas, as of today you can still enter France, but you cannot get the Pass Sanitaire after January 15th if you don’t have the booster, which means you won’t be able to visit any museums or monuments, nor will you be able to eat in restaurants or cafés, or attend any events with over 50 people. It’s possible that France may make the booster shot required to even enter the country, so you may want to consider getting one before your trip.

  • Can you use a rapid Antigen (as opposed to a regular Antigen) test to enter France 24 hours before our flight? We are all vaccinated and boostered.. please let me know.

  • Hello! I was wondering if you knew if covid19 test results from the pharmacies can be received in English? I have a layover in Russia on my way back to the United States and they require that covid19 test results be in English or Russian. Thank you so much for your help.

  • Hi – We Love Secrets of Paris!! We were in Paris in September and fortunately were able to to get our pass sanitaire online before we went. I have heard that they are going to require boosters and the pass sanitaires will be disabled if you haven’t gotten one. We have gotten our booster but i can’t figure out where the info is to update the pass. Do you have any info on that? Obviously our booster was given in the states. Thanks for any help or advice on where to go to update our pass sanitaire. Linda

    • Hi Linda, You can now go to any participating pharmacy in France (same as where you’d get a new Pass Sanitaire) to have any non-EU vaccines added to your pass. You might be required to pay the fee as if it’s a new Pass Sanitaire.

  • We are supposed to fly into Paris on an overnight flight from Boston on December 21, 2021. There is so much conflicting info out there and I’m nervous to go. My daughters and I are fully vaccinated with our booster as well. We are only there for six days. I’ve heard getting the Pass Saintaire can take over a week to get, therefore making it useless to us. With the high rates of covid right now are they still allowing US citizens to just show their CDC vaccination card to get into sights, restaurants, etc? Also, when we fly back to the US do we need a PCR test or is a rapid test enough? Thank you for any insight you may have.

    • “I’ve heard getting the Pass Saintaire can take over a week to get” This isn’t true anymore, you just go to any of the pharmacies listed in the link in the article (they’re all over Paris), and they do it for you on the spot. They are allowing anyone with up-to-date vaccinations (so your CDC card has to show the booster if your 65 or older starting next week), so it’s about as safe as they can possibly be considering they’re not locking down. As for which kind of test is required to return to the US, your airline should give you those guidelines, as they’re the ones enforcing whether you’re allowed on the flight. Either way, there are Covid tests available in every pharmacy and rapid-result PCR tests available at the airports for same-day travel (results in 2 hours, but I’d make sure you get there earlier just in case).

  • Hi, Love your commentary and pictures. Thanks for all your timely info! We are scheduled to fly into Paris from Boston on December 21st. Curious if there are many tourists in town, and if so where they are from. Stores, cafes, streets, appear rather scantly populated in your photos. Is this due to rainy, drab weather or Covid fears?

    Very shifting (Covid) ground in France/Europe. We will be attending the Opera, and taking the TGV to Lyon. Both will require Passe Sanitaire; trusting we can obtain this quickly upon arrival. (we are both ‘boosted’) Is this a correct assumption and Is it possible to obtain the Passe at a pharmacy at CDG airport? or is it best, and cheaper, to wait until Paris?

    • Paris is actually almost as crowded as “usual”, at least the shops and restaurants and museums are lively. The Pass Sanitaire is the same price (the govt set a max price indicated in the article) no matter where you go, but you might as well wait until you’re in Paris, as airports are no fun to hang out longer than normal. 😉

  • Like many I applied online for the pass sanitaire nearly two months before I left for France in November. I got it finally three days after I returned to the U.S., although it didn’t contain my booster shot, which I had update on their site before it went black. Fortunately, every place took my CDC vaccine card, and I had no problem.

    When I flew in there was no requirement to be tested as long as I was fully vaccinated. But the language was confusing on all the various websites and even the airline (United) couldn’t help. Fortunately no problem going. But coming back was a different story. Same issue with confusing language. But this time the United gate person told me I did indeed need testing prior to boarding the flight. When I asked him where i should go to do this, he told me to go to terminal 2F near the trains (I was in 2A, so it was a 20 minute walk).

    The lines were long, the information only in French and confusing. I scanned the bar code to get into the application. Filled it all out, only to drop my phone and have to start all over. The lines to pay inside were just as bad or worse. Finally got it done, and the woman told me the results would be available in 2 HOURS!

    When I finally got back to United’s check in and told the woman there what had happened, she said, “Why didn’t you just get the test at the pharmacy?” which was just across the aisle from check in. Their test would only take 15 minutes and was half the price! So even the airline people don’t know what they are doing. But she got me on the next available flight through Washington DC and then I had to transfer to a plane to Newark after getting a rechecking my luggage.

    Good luck to all you international travelers. The game changes daily and no one knows what our governments are doing. It’s the end of such travel, at least for now, I am afraid. Especially with all the new rules due to Omicron, or Xi or whatever.

  • We are USA citizens with a valid pass Sanitaire. We’ve gotten our booster. France will soon require the booster to maintain a valid pass. How can we upload the proof of our booster to our digital pass so that it remains valid after December 15?

    • You’ll probably need to go to a pharmacy in Paris that knows how to convert the non-EU vaccinations for the Pass Sanitaire. The link to all of those pharmacies is in the article.

  • I was in FR/IT from 08/27/21 to 10/05/21 – below is where we went, also annecy, antibes, etc. I received my pass a week after I applied in mid august, my partner got hers 2 weeks into the trip after pleading via email a few times. the short of it is one does not need the pass, you can get into anywhere you want w a cdc card. the phone app is a convenience and a nice one at that. nobody asked for ID to validate my partners cdc card. weather was great, france and italy felt like nothing happened, tons of smiles and energy so if you are on you way there is a lot to look forward to. be safe

    Épernay
    Troyes
    Beaune
    Cluny
    Lyon
    Chambery
    La Morra
    Santa Margherita Ligure 
    Nice
    St Tropez
    Marseille
    Paris

  • Thank you for this timely update. We arrive in Paris in early December with our first night in Strasbourg. We were going to take the TGV. I’m afraid we won’t have enough time to get our pass at a pharmacy showing our CDC cards in Paris before making our train. We would then get our pass done at a pharmacy in Strasbourg. If TGV were to not allow us to board, we would be out of luck.
    Hopefully there will be more clarity on connections after arriving in France very soon.

  • 4 November 2021 – The US Embassy (in France)’s website now indicates the following: “As of October 31, the French government has changed the method in which U.S. citizens and other people vaccinated outside the European Union may obtain a French Health Pass. Under the new system, the health pass will be obtained from designated pharmacies for a fee of up to 36 Euros. The list of designated pharmacies is available on this website: https://www.sante.fr/obtenir-un-passe-sanitaire-en-cas-de-vaccination-letranger.

    Travelers will need to have their passport and their original paper version of their vaccination record. The vaccination record will need to show the traveler’s name, DOB, vaccination date(s), the number of doses and the country where the vaccination occurred.”

    Has anyone currently traveling used any of the pharmacies in the list provided in the above link?

    Regards to all.

    • Since that list only was just published in the past few days, no way to verify, but since that’s an official French government website, it seems like any of the addresses listed throughout the country would work.

    • Heather thank you. The way I read this is I can visit Norway with the Pass Santaire. Americans currently are not allowed in. That is great news.

    • With COVID cars back on the rise. Heard Macron will be speaking on tv on Tuesday. What are you hearing what may happen? Will there be another lock down ?

    • The cases are up to 65 in 100,000, higher than the 20 in early October but nowhere near the 450 in April…so far. The address by President Macron concerns the economy as well as Covid, not just a Covid announcement. Over 80% of French adults are fully vaccinated and school kids in areas with higher cases are going to be wearing masks in schools again, but there’s no point in speculating about another lockdown (which is highly unlikely at the moment), just hang on until Tuesday. 😉

    • I flew into Nice, and there was a pharmacy right in the airport. I had my pass sanitaire before even taking the tram into the center of the city. I thought the 36 Euro price was kind of expensive, but since I’ll be spending six weeks, it was worth getting in order to have the proper credential and not having to hope for the best with the CDC card.

  • Hello and thank you for the helpful info. I am a US citizen traveling to Paris in a couple of weeks and looking to get a QR code so I don’t have to rely on my CDC card everywhere. However, when I clicked the link for the demarches-simplifiees website it gives me the message “This procedure has been closed, it is no longer possible to submit a file.” Does anyone know if the site is just temporarily down, or is this service no longer being offered? Thanks in advance.

    • Hello.

      I found this on the US Embassy in Paris website. It appears that website has been shutdown. 😞

      “On August 10, France announced the procedure for non-French citizens vaccinated outside of the European Union to obtain the French health pass.  NOTE: As of October 31, the French Government has closed the website for those in this category to request a health pass. We are awaiting additional information on how to request a health pass.  Individuals who are not fully vaccinated or who are awaiting processing of their request for a French health pass can obtain a temporary, 72-hour pass with a negative COVID test (either antigen or PCR).  The test results include the necessary QR code.”

  • I submitted my application for a pass sanitaire on 12 September, a full month before I was to fly to France. As my departure date got closer, I sent a few requests for help. The only response was something like “ be patient.”
    I arrived in Paris with no QR code. Someone at the tourist office at CDG said to go to a pharmacy. The first pharmacist I spoke to said he could go to prison if he “converted” my CDC card. No luck with others. I had no trouble getting access to a restaurant for dinner. That night, jet-lagged and unable to sleep, I sent another message to the support email address that appears at the bottom of SOME pages on the France Connect website. Polite, respectful but desperate. The next day I got two messages in quick succession. The first said, “We have received your request and are investigating it.” The next, time-stamped a minute later, contained the link my QR code.

    • Do you happen to know the email you used? I applied over a month ago and am still waiting and we leave Wednesday.

    • Hi Jennifer, it seems they’ve stopped issuing the passes online, you have to go to a pharmacy once you’re in Paris if you want the Pass Sanitaire (link in the article with the map of all of the ones that definitely do them).

  • I am fully vaccinated. I am traveling to Paris and have applied for my health pass but have not received it yet. I plan to take a train 3 hours after I land in Paris CDG Airport to another city in France. In the event that my health pass does not arrive on time, I would need a temporary health pass to board the train. I can get tested in the US before I leave but is it possible to get a temporary health pass with this COVID test that I get in the US (within the correct span of time, of course). If not, is there a place that I can get a temporary health pass in the CDG airport?

    • I am in a similar predicament. However, the solution may be to get a Antigen test at the airport pharmacies that have advertised rapid antigen testing. ( there are at least 2, in Terminal 2E and 2F); not the COVID test centre, which needs an appointment. this should get you a 3 day Pass Sanitaire. Hope this helps. on the other hand, you might get the pass just before you leave.

    • you will have no problem boarding a train – they do not check for the pass. we did not receive our pass sanitaire for 5 days after arriving in France. All restaurants understood and told thee USA vaccination card

  • We are traveling in February and I am feeling confused…how early can we apply for this pass? Is what people are describing you can do at these pharmacies different? I think I understand that we will need PCR tests 72 hours before traveling but also 72 hours before we return to the US? It sounds like getting tests in France (antigen is fine for flying? or needs to be PCR?) is fairly simple? Correct? I’m getting nervous we will not do something right and have a problem!!

    • You can apply whenever you like, but they typically won’t send it to you until a few days before you arrive (at least when they’re not overwhelmed by requests, as they have been at the start). For flying, you need to ask your airline which test they require, as some say antigen is okay, others ask for PCR. Both are very easy to get in France without an appointment but a PCR can take 24 hours, antigen is usually 15 minutes.

  • I have bad news: the Pharmacy Les Filles du Calvaires is no longer issuing vaccination conversions. Apparently the government told them this week (the beginning of October) that they are no longer allowed to do that for foreigners. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.

  • My husband and I submitted applications for the Pass Sanitiare on 9/23/2021 at the same time. By 9/27/2021, he had his in hand. By today (10/04/2021), mine still had not been accepted. So I followed the suggestion of resubmitting the application using an alternate email address. It was, also, suggested that the application be submitted early on Monday morning. I did all of that and had a Pass Sanitaire in TWO HOURS! What a relief!!

  • I just applied for pass on October 2 and I fly October 20. I was confused re address and ended up putting my address but my son edited it and in the space for more information put his address and telephone numbers as well. I wonder how this will go?? Should I apply again with French address in residence abroad address. I will be in a village, not in Paris.

  • I was on business in Paris from September 22-29, 2021. and used my Croatian COVID19 application with a vaccination certificate. Nowhere no problem. From the SILMO fair to the Museum, Disnayland and shopping malls. Everything was like I was at home. As I am in the EU, we are all.

  • Hi Heather. Thanks for all the useful information regarding the pass sanitaire. Perhaps I have missed it, but do we know which countries outside the EU will accept the French pass sanitaire ? For example, does it assist with entry into the U.K. ?

    • Hi Steve, the Pass Sanitaire is simply a QR code scannable within the EU. Not sure if the UK can scan it, but regardless it will still be using the information provided by your proof of vaccination, but I would check with the UK embassy website to be sure. I don’t follow what countries outside of France require, sorry. 😉

    • Hi Steve – I flew from paris to bologna in Italy on oct 13 on airfrance.

      One day prior, Air France asked me to upload a “european digital passenger locator form” which I did by going to the https://euplf.eu/ and filling out some hotel information for Italy. This generates a pdf which I downloaded and emailed to myself and then uploaded into the Air France app.

      Air France then sent me an email saying “Your boarding pass will have a “READY2FLY” flag” and they direct you to a shorter security line at CDG airport. No one asked me for that dPLF after that when entering italy.

      At the gate they asked to see a green pass.

      That’s just the pdf with the qr code once you get the conversion approved email from the “demarches simplifiees” site.

      Which you can either put into the “tous anti covid” app or print or email yourself or easiest for me was to directly scan into my apple wallet on my phone where it shows up as “EU digital covid certificate”.

  • Great article, I’m noticing you can5 book a COVID test in France online unless you have a French phone number, is there any site besides those mentioned that you can book an appointment online? If not is it pretty easy to get a COVID test in Paris as a walk in? Thank you

  • I can confirm as of Oct 2, 2021, the Pharmacie Les Filles du Calvaire mentioned in the article is still converting foreign vaccine records into the pass sanitaire! It costs €20. Thanks for the tip in the first place—this article saved my partner and I about €150 and a lot of hassle!

    • Hello! May I ask – did you apply for your Health Pass, and did it not come through? How did you get to the pharmacy? Will a taxi take you? thank you! I applied mid-September for my trip Oct 9th but have not yet received my pass.

    • Thank you Jackie, we will be in Paris on the 14th. Hope to be able to access there also.

  • Hi, just wanted to add an update. Thanks to this post, I just received my passe after no movement since I submitted on Sept 3. I changed my address to my hotel address in Paris and got my passe in 36 hours. My “completed on” line listed my home city and the date I completed. Just in time as we leave in four days.

    • Thanks for posting. I submitted ours also on the 3rd and so far nothing! You give me hope.

  • I am still very confused about what to put as the address. Is it where I will be staying in France or is it my address in the United States? Further, what country to I fill in? can anyone definitively answer this??
    THANKS!!

    • Hi Jan, I’ve been told by several people that they didn’t get their certificate until they changed their address in the application to the address in France where they are staying (even if it’s a hotel).

  • Good news! I applied for the pass on September 1 for an upcoming trip on September 23, and checked obsessively, sent reminders etc and heard not a peep. TODAY as I am getting ready to leave my apt for the airport, the pass arrived! Wow. So keep your options open but also bear in mind the pass might still arrive.

    • what address did you enter on the application form…..where you are staying in France or your US address?

    • Was your flight on a weekend? I ask because mine is and I do now know whether they send the passes out during the weekend.

  • It is very random. I am a US citizen and applied online on September 2nd for travel to Paris departing on September 26th. I filled out the form perfectly. So far nothing. My best friend applied on September 10th for travel to Paris departing on October 2nd, entered his home address rather than his address in Paris, and received his Health Pass last night – September 21st. My application still shows “still in process” so today, I sent a message asking what is happening because I leave in a few days and I exchanged the jpeg of my passport for a pdf of it so it matched my friend’s application. I also updated the “Fait à” line to include my state (IL) and USA. In addition, I created another account using a different email address, and applied again. Fingers crossed, one of these applications will go through. I’m staying in the 15th during my visit.

    • UPDATE: I would NOT bother applying online – simply go to the pharmacy recommended here with your information and they will generate the code for your pass. I applied 27 days ago and have been in Paris for three days already. Still nothing from applying online. I went to the pharmacy and had my code in minutes.

    • I did get my code later in the day on September 29th. However, I do not know whether the government was simply confirming information already submitted a few days before by the pharmacy. Again, although the governmental system is free, the stress due to the delay i(27 days in my casse) s simply not worth it.

  • Never received a response from the French government after our applications were submitted and inquiry messages sent.

    Happy to say, Pharmacie Les Filles du Calvaires (2 Boulevard des Filles du Calvaire 75003-75011) did indeed quickly process our CDC papers 9/20 and provide the official QR code for uploading to the French Anti Covid app.

    One pro tip: The pharmacy opens at 900am but doesn’t start processing the forms until 1000am. On the day we went, we were told to come back at 1000. We did, however, the pharmacy apparently has to receive a new daily code to process the applications. On this day, they still hadn’t received the code 45 minutes later so we came back later in the day. This did not seem to be a normal occurrence, but something to be aware of as a possibility if you are under some kind of time constraint.

    Prior to having our CDC card converted, we did also have to get two COVID tests. Be aware that the test *should* cost you 25 euros. One pharmacy in St Germain Des Pres charged us 48 euros! And the “15 minute results” didn’t appear until 3 hours later. I would suggest always getting a printout of the results and QR code just to be on the safe side.

  • Thank you for the tip for the pharmacy. It worked perfectly at that location, I got my health pass there on September 18th. I had waited 2 weeks for the online pass without luck.

    • thank you for posting this because i have been trying, without success, on both sites and most recently applied on september 1. each time i check the site adds a few days of delay. it started at 5 days and now they’re up to 18 days of delay. i think it’s hopeless and since i a leavin on 9/23 i am encouraged to hear that i can still get one at the pharmacy in the 11th. it’s not a very genteel way of welcoming tourists, and i say this as someone who loves france.

  • I just want to share my experience with obtaining a Pass Sanitaire and I’m hoping it will be helpful to someone else in the future. I am arriving in Paris on Sep 19. I submitted my application #1 to the email address on Aug 29 and received an automated response stating that starting Aug 27, the application process has been moved to an online platform. I created an account and resubmitted application #2 using this platform on Aug 29 and again received an automated response confirming that they received my dossier immediately followed by another automated response stating that they are receiving a large volume of application but that the antigen testing every 72 hrs is an available
    option (presumably because there’s a good chance they won’t get to my application) but please don’t contact them as it will only delay the process. After waiting patiently and not receiving ANY communication, it’s as if my dossier got buried under everyone else’s application. I finally sent them a message through the platform on Sep 12 gently inquiring when I may hear back as my arrival is in a week. That seemed to move my dossier on the top of the file because less than 12 hrs later, my QR code is waiting in my inbox. Like what others have said, there does not seem to be a method that they are following as others I know with closer departure dates have not reduced their pass. It seems that sending a gentle reminder helped me.

  • Has anyone heard if the pharmacy in 11th is still willing to help Americans convert their CDC cards? I sent my online application in last week but my file is still marked in progress and I’m flying out this Friday so I’m searching for a backup plan

  • Hello All

    just a quick note: I am traveling to Paris for 2 weeks beginning tomorrow, and today, JUST received my Pass Sanitaire – I applied 3x and finally…looks like they are processing right before departure date.

    • Good to know, albeit nervewracking! Did you apply three times via the original email way or the more recent upload way?

    • Hey Paul, I am happy for you, but want others to know, it is hit or miss re receiving the pass sanitaire. I first applied a week before my departure for France on August 21 and received no reply. Reapplied after arriving and three weeks later, I have had no reply. I live part of the year in France (apartment owner), know people who are always very kind to us, and no one, no one is willing to let me into their establishments sans pass. Haven’t found a pharmacist willing to help me. They don’t wish to see my CDC card…. Just a warning… Thank goodness we have friends here. We have cooked lovely meals with friends in our apartment, but I have not been to any venues requiring a pass sanitaire. Quite sad….

      [Editor’s note: Linda is in Montpellier; if anyone has any insider tips there on where to get a pass, let us know in the comments!]

  • I sent 3 friends to Pharmacie Les Filles du Calvaire today, and they had success. (Note, they tried Pharmacie Rennes Assas yesterday, and were told Pharmacies no longer do this. And this was a Pharmacy where we knew severl other US people had success in August.) Yesterday they used their CDC cards at outdoor cafes and got confused looks by waiters, but it was accepted. We had not tried it at a museum, guided tour, etc. Each of them had different experiences on their flights, immigration, etc. as to what paperwork was checked and when.

    • Good to know. Thank you. I had just added Rennes Assas to my list. Hopefully Les Filles will still be doing this by next week!

    • I’ve sent three people there this week and all three had success. I should also mention I’m getting a lot of messages from others saying their CDC cards were accepted without fail. So, consider the pharmacy a backup plan. 😉

    • Thank you Heather. We are set to fly to Paris for a wedding on wednesday 9/15, applied online 9/1 for the Pass Sanitaire and have heard zip since. We have an interior flight, plus loads of restaurant and museum bookings, and were very worried about whether or not we should cancel. So, THANK YOU for the info about the pharmacy and also reassuring to know CDC cards are somewhat accepted in some places. We will try the pharmacy next week, and will update you. If all else fails, we’ll just keep getting the covid tests I guess!

    • Hi Jennifer — curious if you went to the the pharmacy in 11th and if it was still processing CDC cards as of this week? I hope you enjoy your time in Paris!

  • My husband and I applied for a pass sanitaire whilst in France on august 17th He received his in 45mins but I am still waiting! Coming from New Zealand this means I need a Covid test every 72 hours or we stay at home!

    • That sounds exhausting! I’m not familiar with the New Zealand vaccine cards or certificates, but have you tried using yours with any success while waiting for the French QR code?

    • I hope you have since received it. Where did your husband get his? I will be here for the next 3 months and have been unable to get one coming from the USA

    • If you’re staying three months it might just be worth getting the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which is validated after 28 days on the Pass Sanitaire. But it might not be necessary; I’m getting a lot of emails from readers successfully able to visit museums and restaurants,ts with just their CDC vaccine cards.

  • I arrived in France on July 5 th … they checked for Covid and I presented my CDC vaccination card at the passport control . Once the pass sanitaire was required for museums , I couldn’t get in with the CDC vaccination card …

  • I arrived at CDG from the States on July 2. No vaccination check nor proof of negative Covid test in 72-hour window required. I was prepared with both but didn’t need them.

    • Did you read above where it says “Travel to France”??? A handful of “green” countries can travel to France without any restrictions except a negative PCR test for anyone NOT vaccinated. Includes all of EU, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Israel, Lebanon, Singapore, Canada, and the United States.