THE FRENCH HEALTH PASS—WHAT IS IT AND HOW CAN YOU GET IT

The Health Pass or Pass Sanitaire is essentially a way of proving your Covid-19 status in order to enter public events and establishments. Initially launched in July 2021, the Health Pass has now become French law and will continue to be used until a minimum of July 31st, 2022, although it may well be extended beyond this date.

Watch France 24
as it shows the Health Pass in action.
As the USA and other non-EU countries are not part of the EU digital travel pass, those countries’ vaccination certificates do not have QR codes that are compatible with the French health pass. This means that visitors from outside the European Union need to obtain a European code before they can use the health pass.

Who can get the pass?
This applies to anyone who was vaccinated outside the EU. What passport you hold is largely irrelevant, although French citizens vaccinated in the USA do have their own separate system.
In order to apply for the French QR code you must be

  • over the age of 12
  • fully vaccinated with either Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, or Johnson & Johnson vaccines
    Those vaccinated with Sinopharm or Sinovac can get a French code if they have had a single top-up dose of either Pfizer or Moderna. Those vaccinated with Sputnik, or any other vaccines not recognized by the WHO, need two doses of either Pfizer or Moderna before they are accepted as fully vaccinated in France.

    Where can you get the Health Pass in Paris?
    Here is the address of a test center near our school.
    Dépistage COVID –
    LBM SYNLAB PARIS SITE PORT ROYAL
    (Tests salivaires possible)
    92 BD PORT ROYAL
    75005 PARIS
    Tel. 01 42 26 02 02

    Unvaccinated?
    With a negative COVID-19 test, you can get a temporary Health Pass valid for 72 hours for 36 Euro in designated pharmacies. The test takes less than 30 minutes. You will have to take another test after that in order to receive the next temporary Health Pass good for another three days. Here is the address of a COVID Test Location in the vicinity of our school in Paris.
    Dépistage COVID –
    LBM SYNLAB PARIS SITE PORT ROYAL
    (Tests salivaires possible)
    92 BD PORT ROYAL
    75005 PARIS
    Tel. 01 42 26 02 02

    Can I get vaccinated in Paris?
    Yes, you can. If you decide you want to get vaccinated in France, there are centers that work with online appointments. Rather than undergoing this stress (especially if you don’t speak French), we strongly suggest getting vaccinated in your home country. You may get it free of charge there, while in France, you will have to pay for it. Please visit this website Santé.fr | Paris: centres, establishments and pharmacies vaccinating against Covid-19 (sante.fr) to find a vaccination center in Paris.

    Being knowledgeable about the subject and taking the necessary steps to prepare for your upcoming trip to France will prevent surprises, disappointments, and inconveniences once you are in France.

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