Starting on August 9, 2021 in Paris and across France, a “health pass” with negative Covid test result/fully vaccinated status will be required for entry onto intercity trains such as TGV, Intercités, Ouigo, from Gare du Nord, Gare Montparnasse, Gare de Lyon, Gare de l’Est, Gare Saint Lazare.
Paris RER and Paris Metro do not required a health pass.
A Pass with negative Covid test result/fully vaccinated status will also be required for dine-in restaurants/cafes (including patios) with capacity of over 50 people and large malls (20,000+ sq.m) in Paris and throughout France.
This applies to French citizens, residents and tourists / visitors depending on age.
Health Pass Age
Persons aged 18 and older will require a health pass with negative Covid test result/fully vaccinated status from August 9, 2021 onwards.
Any person aged 17 and under is not required to have a Health Pass until September 30, 2021. On September 30, 2021, children aged 12 to 17 will also require a Health Pass for entry into the above services. Children 11 years of age and under will not need a Health Pass.
How to Get a France Health Pass
There are 3 ways to obtain a Health Pass / Pass Sanitaire (TousAntiCovid mobile phone application for Android and Apple iOS) for EU citizens/residents, but only 2 methods apply to tourists & visitors from outside of the EU:
- Get a Covid PCR or antibody test performed in France with a negative result (can take up to 48 hours to complete) & scan the QR Code result to TousAntiCovid mobile phone application or import the result directly from the SI-Dep website (accessible only in France).
- Get a Covid PCR or antibody test in France result proving having recovered from a Covid-19 infection at least 11 days ago and up to 6 months ago & scan the QR Code result to TousAntiCovid mobile phone application or import the result directly from the SI-Dep website (accessible only in France).
- Scan a QR-code receipt/proof of fully-vaccinated status from an EU-based national health authority, after the required waiting period after the end of the vaccination course (7 days after 2nd shot for Pfizer/Moderna/AstraZeneca, 28 days after J&J/Janssen, 7 days after vaccine injection for those who’ve recovered from a case of Covid-19 already)
For visitors and tourists obtaining a Pass Sanitaire with a negative Covid test result, the Health Pass will be valid for only 72 hours after the negative test result is received into the SI-Dep service. You will have to perform a new Covid PCR or antibody test and upload/scan negative results after the initial results expire (72 hours after test results).
Upload / Scan Fully Vaccinated Status Proof
As of August 9, 2021 there is no way for a non-EU resident & non-French citizen, to provide proof of fully vaccinated status (from outside of the EU) in order to obtain a Health Pass.
France is working on a system of accepting foreign, non-EU proof of vaccination status, but has provided no timeline for when this system will be available.
French citizens living abroad who are fully vaccinated and wish to return to France and would like to request a QR code to use in the TousAntiCovid mobile application are requested to contact their local French Embassy for assistance. Full details available on the French diplomatic website.
For more information see the France Government’s page on the Pass Sanitaire.
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