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Find out about the latest information on the stay of foreign nationals in France.

I am currently in France, can I move freely and/or travel ?


Since March 14, 2022, the “vaccination pass” requirement has been suspended in all places where it was required (leisure and cultural venues, commercial catering activities, trade fairs and exhibitions, etc.).


Nevertheless, a “health pass” is required to enter healthcare facilities, retirement homes, establishments for the frail or disabled, etc.


The “health pass” corresponds to the presentation, in digital format (via the TousAntiCovid application) or on paper of one of the 3 following health proofs: 

Vaccination certificate


The certificate of vaccination may be presented by persons who can justify a complete vaccination scheme and for whom the time required after the final injection has passed :

  • 7 days after the 2nd injection for double injection vaccines (Pfizer/Comirnaty, Moderna, AstraZeneca/Vaxzevria/Covishield/Fiocruz/R-Covi);
  • 28 days after injection for vaccines with a single injection (Johnson & Johnson);
  • 7 days after a single injection for people with a history of Covid-19.


Those who have been vaccinated with a vaccine authorized by the World Health Organization but not listed above will be able to show evidence of a complete vaccination scheme, provided that all required doses have been received, 7 days after the injection of a additional dose of a messenger RNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna).


You can download your certified vaccination certificate on the Health insurance website.


Since February 15, 2022, a “booster dose” is necessary to keep a valid the vaccination scheme for people aged of more than 18 years and 1 month old and who completed their vaccination scheme 4 months ago.


The booster dose should be given within 4 months after the last dose. For those who have received the booster dose after the 4-month period, the vaccination scheme is considered complete 7 days after the new injection. An infection with covid-19 is equivalent to receiving one of the first two doses or the booster dose.


People of 18 years old or more vaccinated with Johnson & Johnson must do their “booster dose” within 2 months after the first injection to have a valid certificate of vaccination.

Negative result of a virological screening test (PCR or antigenic) of less than 24 hours


Result of less than 24 hours of a virological screening test (PCR or antigenic) that does not indicate contamination with Covid-19.

A positive RT-PCR or antigen test attesting recovery from COVID-19


The test has to be at least 11 days old and less than 4 months old. It indicates a limited risk of reinfection with Covid-19.


You will be able to find the proof of your test on the SI-DEP website after the result has been registered by the health professional.


You can get the document either directly if it is printed, or with the link sent to you by email or SMS to get on the SI-DEP portal . You can then import the test result into the TousAntiCovid application.


Find more information on this subject on the website gouvernement.fr


N.B : A medical certificate attesting to a medical contraindication to vaccination may be presented instead of the 3 documents mentioned above.


I have a health proof obtained abroad, can I use it as a “vaccine pass” once in France?

Health proof obtained in a member state of the European Union or in one of the countries belonging to the EU's covid certificate system


Some individuals may have a digital Covid certificate accepted in France if they have obtained a health proof (vaccination certificate or positive Covid-19 RT-PCR test) in one of the following countries: European Union member states, Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Benin, Cabo Verde, Colombia, Georgia, Faroe Islands, Iceland, Indonesia, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Northern Macedonia, El Salvador, Malaysia, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, San Marino, Serbia, Seychelles, Switzerland, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Vatican City and Vietnam.


If you have obtained a health proof in one of these countries, you will be able to obtain a digital Covid certificate from the European Union.


You will then be able to import the certificate into the TousAntiCovid application and use this health proof as a “vaccine pass” in France.

Health proof obtained in a country outside the European area or not belonging to the EU's covid certificate system


Non-European travelers who have obtained a health proof in a country outside the European area or not belonging to the EU’s covid certificate system can also obtain a QR code equivalent to a vaccination certificate valid on French territory.


You can apply for a health pass as a result of your vaccination if you meet the following conditions:

  • You come from a country that does not belong to the European Union;
  • You are 12 years old or older. The COVID certificate is not required for minors under 12 years;
  • You have been vaccinated  and can justify a complete vaccination scheme with a recognized vaccine (see above the conditions of validity of a vaccination certificate);


Obtain your vaccine pass in a pharmacy


If you are a foreigner and have been vaccinated outside Europe, you can go to a pharmacy to request a QR code equivalent to a French vaccination certificate.


You will have to present your vaccination certificate issued abroad as well as your proof of identity. These supporting documents must include the surname, first name, date of birth as well as the date of vaccination, the vaccine used, the number of doses injected and the country of vaccination. The pharmacist will then be able to issue you a QR code equivalent to a French vaccination certificate.


Cost: The issuance of the QR code may be billed at a maximum of € 36 (taxes included).


Obtain your vaccine certificate online


Foreign students who have been vaccinated outside the European Union can also apply online for the QR code. They have to apply for it on this page.


French citizens and their dependents (“ayants-droit“), i.e their spouse and/or minor children, who have been vaccinated outside the European Union can also apply online for the QR code. They have to apply on this website.

You will find the full procedure on the ministère de l’Europe et des affaires étrangères website.


As soon as the request is processed, you will receive an email containing a QR Code. You can then print it out or add it to the TousAntiCovid application to prove your vaccination status.

Conditions of travel to overseas departments and regions (DROM) 


Depending on your destination, you will have to respect specific sanitary measures: test, 7 days self-isolation, lockdown, compelling reason to justify and/or sworn statement.


You can find all the measures that have to be respected according to your destination on the website of the Ministry of the Interior.


I arrived in France under a short-stay visa or without any visa if I am exempted, can I leave the country?


Do not hesitate to contact your Embassy without delay to get information related the conditions of the return to your country of usual residence.


Any traveler wishing to travel to a country outside the European area, in accordance with the classification of countries according to their health situation, will have to justify a compelling reason if he or she is not vaccinated to go to an “amber” country.


The travel certificate that you will have to come with and the measures applying to your trip are available here.


EU resident, I am currently in France


The borders of the European Union and of the Schengen area are still opened. 


For your information, since July 1, 2021, in order to travel within the European Union or to Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Iceland, Norway, Monaco or Andorra, you can use the French “travel” health pass to justify one of the health proofs required in your destination country. Indeed, you will just have to present the QR code directly in the TousAntiCovid application or in paper format, in French and English.


Nevertheless, each country is still responsible for its own entry rules. You should therefore check in advance the entry rules that have to be respected in your destination country.


Find all the information about the “travel” health pass on the website government.fr 

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