France Has A Plan

Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Secretary of State to the Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs, in charge of Tourism, French Nationals Living Abroad and Francophonie, has announced the implementation of a recognition system for vaccines given abroad for tourists wishing to travel to France.

International travellers outside the EU who are already in France, as well as those who arrive before Aug. 15, will be prioritized in order to provide them with rapid access to the health pass.

Already mandatory for travellers coming from or going to France and since

July 21, 2021 in all places intended for cultural, sports and leisure activities, as well as fairs and exhibitions receiving more than 50 people, the health pass is required from Aug. 9, 2021 in:

  • Bars and restaurants (except for company restaurants and take-away sales), both indoors and outdoors;
  • Public transport (trains, buses, airplanes) for long distance travel.

The 50-person limit is repealed, which means that the health pass is required from the first customer, i.e. people over 18, in all these places and establishments. It will only be mandatory for teenagers between the ages of 12 and 17 as of Sept. 30, 2021.

In order to facilitate a stay in France for tourists from outside the EU, the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs has set up a specific system to obtain a QR code for vaccination equivalence valid on French territory.

Travellers are invited to complete the relevant documents as soon as possible, available on the France Diplomatie website.

All the forms as well as instructions and addresses for sending the request can be found there.

Initially, this system is open to foreign tourists from outside Europe, already travelling in France or arriving by Aug. 15, 2021. Applications for arrivals after this date will be considered at a later date.

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