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Covid pass requirements for France

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Covid passes -  "Le pass sanitaire" and masks

Update valid from 16th May 2022. Proof of covid-compliance is no longer required for entry into bars,  restaurants, shops and other public places including museums. Facemasks however remain recommended for  passengers using public transport.
    Masks are no longer required in outdoor areas, though local authorities have the powers to require them in some crowded areas, such as markets, busy shopping streets, or beaches.

   Covid "health passes" are still required for entry to hospitals and care homes, as well as for entry into France. A "health pass" can be one of three things: a vaccination certificate on paper or on your phone, proof of a recent negative test, or proof that you have recently had covid.

   Take care: Covid is not over. China recently reintroduced swingeing new covid restrictions as cases spread rapidly in some areas. In France the significant fall in the number of daily cases came to an end around the start of March, and cases are now on the rise again. While Omicron remains the predominant strain of covid, serious cases requiring hospitalisation continue however to fall, and French hospitals are operating more or less normally.

 How to get a covid vaccination pass or health pass for use in France

What to do depends on where you are resident  (not on your nationality).

1. Visitors from the European Union, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, the United Kingdom (England  Wales and NI) or Switzerland.
Your domestic covid pass is valid in France. Just present the QR code of your local Covid vaccination certificate, on your phone or on paper.

2. Visitors from other countries (including the USA and Canada)
Visitors can obtain a pass from a pharmacy as soon as they reach France.  They will need to show a passport and a certificate of vaccination
►► this link to the official website for more details in English, with a list of pharmacies by region. Use the zoomable map of France to find a pharmacy offering this service.

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