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France Now Requires Proof of Vaccination For Restaurants And Trains

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Starting today, France now requires all residents and visitors to show proof of vaccination or a negative test within 48 hours, to enter restaurants or trains. As of July 21st, the new health pass was required at all cultural venues, museums and amusement parks.

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What Is The Health Pass?

There are two type of health passes required for visitors to France:

Border Health Pass

The ‘Border Health Pass' requires visitors from the United States and Canada to present proof of vaccination or a negative PCR or antigen test performed less than 72 hours before boarding their flight. The border health pass is just a fancy name for your paper or digital proof you have been vaccinated or your negative test result.

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Activity Health Pass

Just like the Border Health Pass, the Activity Health Pass is your paper or digital proof of vaccine or negative PCR or antigenic test less than 48 hours prior to the event. The vaccine proof must be 2 weeks after the 2nd injection of Pfizer, Moderna or Astra Zeneca and 4 weeks after the injection of Johnson and Johnson.

For those that have recovered from Covid-19, a positive PCR or antigen test result demonstrating recovery from Covid-19, at least 11 days old and less than 6 months old.

Women Wearing Masks in France

As of August 9th, the ‘Activity Health Pass' must be presented at the following venues:

  • Restaurants
  • Cultural Venues
  • Museums
  • Trains
  • Bars, Nightclubs
  • Cafes
  • Theaters
  • Festivals
  • Amusement Parks
  • Concert Halls
  • Stadiums
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As of September 30th, all children between the ages of 12-17 must also present the health pass.

Cruise passengers arriving in France will also be required to present their health pass when disembarking the ship and visiting venues that require the pass.

Cafe and Restaurant in Paris France

Do International Visitors Need The French Health Pass?

No, while a dedicated app has been developed for French citizens and their dependents, international visitors will use their foreign paper or digital proof of vaccination or negative test taken within 72 hours.

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Which Countries Can Visit France?

All countries can visit France but are broken down into three risk categories. The color coding system of Green, Orange and Red according to the rate of Covid-19 will show visitors what they need to board their flight. See the complete country list and entry requirements for France.

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Tuesday 10th of August 2021

Meanwhile, in Sweden the cases have dropped to zero. Without a single lockdown, and without any muzzle-mandate.


Tuesday 10th of August 2021

@Kashlee Kucheran, alright - the amount of deaths has been either zero or close to it. But some sources claim that about new cases too - "sweden zero new cases".

The point is that Sweden has never had a mask mandate, nor a lockdown, and yet has been better off than those countries with "safery protocols".

Kashlee Kucheran

Tuesday 10th of August 2021

There were over 1400 new cases in Sweden yesterday


Monday 9th of August 2021

From the point of view of politicians, they have 2 choices. More lockdowns, or try this vaxport strategy, and if it fails, blame the unvaxed. Of course they know that these vaccines don't prevent spread, and their effectivness declines rapidly after 4 months, needing continual boosters. There is a "need to believe" in the vaccine strategy, even though it's pretty much unraveled already, a doubling down, and a fear induced mass psychosis will allow people to believe in paradoxes. French are very skeptical, and its hard to see how this thing gets seriously implemented.

John Mitt

Monday 9th of August 2021

I have just cancelled my plans to visit my family on France because of this. I will not travel under these conditions ever. I will continue to travel domestically until we get out freedom back.


Monday 9th of August 2021

"international visitors will use their foreign paper or digital proof of vaccination" - To get into the France, yes. To visit restaurants, museums, etc. not so much. According to the US embassy website, the CDC form is not an acceptable replacement for the French health pass. Some places you visit will accept it, others will not. They recommend downloading the app and getting a covid test in France as the only fool proof method. Of course that's only good for either 48 or 72 hours after the test. The French embassy website isn't saying either way. What they do say is the French government is working on a digital way for you to upload your CDC results into their system, but it's not expected until sometime later this month at the earliest. I'm traveling to Paris next month and my hotel sent a memo saying "some" French doctors and pharmacies are willing to take your CDC form and use it as proof on the French app giving you a QR code. The US embassy website says the same thing. This is a legal and acceptable work around, but you have to do the leg work to find a doctor or pharmacy who will do it for you.


Monday 9th of August 2021

The logic of French government is this:

an unvaccinated person is always infected with the cerveza virus, at all times, for months and years, yet is somehow able to walk around, and has never recovered and therefore never developed immunity, and because of this, he might spread virus to other people who have been ... vaccinated, right?

If the governments claim that vaccinated means protected, what'd a problem in this scenario?

Or he'd spread it to other unvaccinated people? But they're too infected ALREADY, since they're unvaccinated. No?


But in reality, a vaccinated person can, with certantly, spread the virus around to any person, whereas unvaccinated may or may not, because an unvaccinated may've recovered.

And natural immunity, developed after a recovery, is always stronger than the one a vaccine.