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France decided to implement a mandatory proof of vaccination for all residents and travelers yesterday. Starting from July 21st, all museums, cultural venues, and amusement parks required a new health pass to enter. 

Today, France has released details on how to obtain a health pass. 

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The Border Health Pass

The Border Health Pass will require all travelers from Canada and the United States to either present proof of full vaccination, a negative PCR test, or an antigen test within 72 hours of arrival in France. 

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The Activity Health Pass

Much like the Border Health Pass, the Activity Health Pass is your proof of vaccination, negative PCR test, or antigen test within 48 hours of your chosen event. However, if you’re providing full vaccination on the activity health pass, you’ll need to ensure you had your final vaccine over 14 days ago. 

France currently accepts Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, and Johnson and Johnson. Although France does accept Johnson and Johnson, travelers must wait 4 weeks after their final shot. 

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If you’re looking to prove that you’ve recovered from COVID-19, you can do this by showing a positive antigen or PCR test taken between 11 days and 6 months ago. 

These are the activities that will require a health pass, and quite frankly, traveling to France without heading to these places might be challenging:

  • Trains 
  • Bars 
  • Nightclubs 
  • Festivals 
  • Concert halls 
  • Stadiums 
  • Amusement parks
  • Theatres 
  • Cultural venues 
  • Cafes 

Therefore, if you want to travel and enjoy France, there’s currently no way around being fully vaccinated.

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How To Get The Health Pass

On August 10th, France released brand new details on how to get the French Health Pass if you’re a resident of a non-EU nation. Travelers will need to have received either Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, or AstraZeneca vaccines outside of the European Union. 

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It’s essential that travelers apply before they enter France, and if travelers are coming in a large group, all travelers must apply separately. Travelers will need the following documents:

  • A vaccination certificate in accordance with the rules of their country 
  • A valid passport
  • Proof of return airline tickets 
  • An application form on the website 

You will need to send an email, with all the scanned documents attached. You must not send an email that’s over 10 MB in size according to the official website. Moreover, travelers should not send follow-up emails to gauge the progress of their application for a health pass. 

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Is there a time frame? At the moment, the French authorities have given zero time frame on the turnaround between sending the email and getting a health pass. In fact, they suggest that processing time will depend on the number of applications. 

During normal times, France is the most-visited country in the world. So you can expect to see many applications going through. It’s also critical to mention that the email must be formatted correctly, otherwise, the France authorities suggest they will not process the application. 

Travelers can apply for the new Health Pass here.


The Reason For The New Activity Health Pass

The rise in cases of COVID-19 thanks to the Delta variant caused France to implement the new activity health pass according to reports. The French President has claimed the activity pass, which is better known as a vaccine passport in the U.S, will protect freedoms in France. 

However, France does have high rates of vaccination. The country has fully vaccinated 63.5 percent of all over 12s, which places it high on the global vaccination list. 

It’s unclear how long the French authorities will use the activity pass. Nonetheless, it seems traveling to France without being fully vaccinated is a very distant possibility right now.

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Monday 20th of September 2021

Hi I have a question if anyone can answer , Thanks. I'm planning to travel to Nice-France and I have a valid Schengen Visa issued from Italy , do I have to land in Italy first or I can use it to enter France directly?

Fully vaccinated , is there any other documents I need to fill ?

Regards, Hana


Thursday 12th of August 2021

@Sam, I have 2 questions. What is the status of the EU Covid Passport? Is it going into effect soon? And is there any info on the Italian Covid Passport, is there a way for a U.S. citizen to get the app?

Kashlee Kucheran

Friday 13th of August 2021

The eu's digital health pass is still not available to third-party travelers, nor is Italy's pass, so the paper cards from UK, USA and Canada are accepted by Italy at this time because of that.


Wednesday 11th of August 2021

Hello if anyone can answer this question , do I need to fill this out if I only transit through Paris to get to Spain. (I’m going from Canada to Barcelona via Paris )thank you


Wednesday 11th of August 2021

I don't think Macron got the latest memo that the vaccinated are the super spreaders at the moment, and recovery of COVID gives lifetime immunity. He needs to follow the science. :)


Thursday 12th of August 2021

@Alex, the passe sanitaire is punitive in nature, and I think this could be the end of Macron. French culture loves anti-heroes and repressed rising up, as in Victor Hugo or Emile Zola. Even many vaxxed people will support the uprising of the repressed if it happens. Macron maybe thinks he will be able to censor and control. But the pockets of society that might be sceptical, like the yellow vests, the sans permis, or the N. African community are quick to take offence and can mobilize a riot on a drop of a hat. The gauche might jump on because they want to defend human rights, and also make Macron look bad. This could get really interesting by September.


Wednesday 11th of August 2021

As a Parisian, since few weeks and for the moment, masks are no longer mandatory outdoors in the city of Paris as shown on your (always) beautiful pictures as many others places in France, only in the most touristic places (mainly on the seaside) mask remain obligatory.