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How people vaccinated outside the EU can access the French health passport

France has extended its health passport scheme so it will be required to access a number of everyday venues including cafés, trains and tourist sites - so how can visitors from outside the EU access this?

How people vaccinated outside the EU can access the French health passport
Photo: Sebastian Solom Gomis/AFP

Please note that this is an old article and the system has now changed – full details HERE

The health passport is required in France to access venues including swimming pools, cinemas and tourist sites, bars, cafés, shopping malls and long-distance train or bus travel.

READ ALSO When, where and why you need a health passport in France

If you were vaccinated in France it is pretty simple to load your vaccination certificate onto the health passport app – here’s how.

People vaccinated in the EU have compatible vaccination certificates, while for those in England and Wales the NHS app is compatible with the French health passport app. From September 3rd, Scottish vaccination certificates are also compatible.

But for those vaccinated outside Europe – and those vaccinated in Northern Ireland which is not currently using the NHS app – things are a little more complicated.

However, it’s not an impossible problem.

For entry into France, showing a foreign vaccination certificate – either on paper or in a digital format – is sufficient if you are ‘fully vaccinated’.

In travel terms that means you have had a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca or Johnson & Johnson) are at least two weeks after your second dose (or four weeks if you had the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine).

Those vaccinated with a vaccine not currently approved by the EMA, which includes Sinopharm and Sputnik, do not count as ‘fully vaccinated’ under French rules and need to follow the protocols for unvaccinated travellers.

Once you are in France, you will need to show the health passport – showing either proof of vaccination, a recent negative Covid test or recent recovery from Covid – to access a number of leisure or cultural venues.

Initially, non-European tourists were told to take their US vaccination certificates to a pharmacy in France, where staff could convert the code into a French one that would be compatible with the app.

However, an online portal has now been set up and since August 27th has been accessible to non-French citizens.

Who is eligible

The system applies to people vaccinated in a country other than the EU Member States, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, Switzerland, England or Wales.

EU and Schengen zone countries issue vaccine certificates which are already compatible with the French health pass.

If you were vaccinated in England or Wales, find out how to access the French pass using your NHS certificate HERE.

The full requirements are;

  • You must also have been fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the EMA or equivalent. These are: Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca (including Covishield) and Johnson & Johnson.
  • It must be four weeks after your dose if you received a one-dose injection (Johnson & Johnson);
    Seven days after the second injection for two-dose vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca);
    Seven days after the injection if you have recovered from Covid-19 (in which case, only one dose is necessary);
  • You must be over 18 (Until 30th September, under 18s do not need to show a health passport. This will be expanded to those aged 12-17 after that date)

You also need to be either in France or intending to travel ‘in the coming days’, although the site does not specify exactly how imminent your trip needs to be.

How to apply

In order to receive a French certificate, you need to prepare the following documents in PDF, JPG or PNG format:

  • A vaccination certificate, demonstrating full vaccination
  • A valid passport
  • Tickets showing your dates of travel into France

Online application

Online applications were initially open only to French citizens, but since August 27th this has now been expanded to anyone who was vaccinated outside the EU – whether they are tourists planning a visit, French residents who got their vaccines elsewhere or people who have recently moved to France from a non-EU country

You can find the portal HERE.

Unless you are a student, in which case you apply HERE.

First you will need to create an account using an email address and password – or if you are a French resident you can sign in using France Connect.

You are then taken to a simple one-page form which asks you to fill in your personal details and the details of when, where and with what dose you were vaccinated. the address required is your address outside France, so your home address for tourists or previous address for people moving to France.

The form also requires you to upload supporting documents; a valid passport, a vaccination certificate and a travel ticket (this can be either a ticket for a planned trip or the way that you arrived in France if you are already here).

Once you have filled in the form click the button to Déposer le dossier.

By email

Previously, visitors were told to apply by email, but since August 27th, new applications have been met with a bounce-back telling them to apply online instead.

Applications should, however, still be processed for people who applied before that date and are still waiting for a response.

READ ALSO Revealed: How easy is it for tourists to access France’s health passport?

At the pharmacy

Many readers of The Local reported long delays when applying on the old email system. We don’t yet know how quick and efficient the online portal is likely to be, but if you do end up waiting for a long time, the other option is to visit a pharmacy in France.

Some pharmacies are able to exchange a non-French vaccine certificate for the French code, although this is not a statutory service so pharmacies are not obliged to do this. Many readers have reported successfully making the swap at a pharmacy, but you may need to shop around to find a pharmacist willing to do this.

Get a test

The other option for people who are still waiting for a French code is to get a Covid test. The health passport can be used with a negative Covid test that is less than 72 hours old, and tests are easily accessible in France from pharmacies or pop-up testing centres – more details here.

READ ALSO How unvaccinated people can use the French health passport

Talks are ongoing between the EU and a number of non-EU countries on harmonising the technology to allow various countries’ apps to scan non-EU certificates.

What to do once you have the code

Once your application is processed you will be sent a QR code.

If you don’t have a smartphone, you can print out this code and show it at health passport venues.

If you do have a smartphone, you can then download the TousAntiCovid app and scan in your new code. You can then show that at any health passport venue in France for entry.

For a full explanation on how the app works, click HERE. 

Member comments

  1. Any extra insight on how to do this would be lovely! We are planning to head to Nice in August, but may not if we will be restricted in what we can do.

  2. I’ll be going to France in mid August, first to Normandy and then to our second home in the Luberon. I’m American and am fully vaccinated, with my CDC card.

    I have planned to take a bus or train to Caen when I arrive. It sounds like I’ll need to have electronic health passport in order to get on public transportation. Is there a pharmacy or some other facility at the CDG airport where I might get an electronic documentation? Any suggestions?

  3. My American tourist students could NOT access the Chantilly Château with American vaccination papers. One student in the Tour Eiffel : they wanted iphone code.

  4. I live in Paris, but was vaccinated in the US. I went to a local pharmacy near Place de la République in Paris, and asked if they could provide an attestation with QR code. The pharmacist knew exactly what to do. She only needed the information from my CDC card and asked for my address. I asked, and you do not need a French social security number to receive it.

  5. I checked at my local pharmacy (Aprium, 105, ave Felix Faure). They have heard about this, but after much keyboard tapping, the friendly (English-speaking) lady was not able to find anything official enough in her system to be able to offer a solution. She suggested checking back next week. Meanwhile the word on “the street” is: carry your little white CDC card and your passport (so they know the CDC card matches you).

  6. We tried many pharmacies in Paris today, asking if they could enter our US CDC card into the French system. They all said that it was not possible yet. Several said that they had double-checked this with higher-ups and it was simply not possible. (It may well be possible if you have a French Social Security number.)

    The only alternative at the moment is a 29 Euro 15-minute antigen test done *every 48 hours*. They are available at most pharmacies. Pharmacies near tourist attractions often have long lines or are fully booked, but we found one without a line.

    Reading the news, when the new restrictions was announced, the government said they would have a solution for foreigners that would be available “within a week,” but more than a week has passed.

    1. Here’s the address of the pharmacy I went to today – Pharmacie Beaurepaire, 4 Rue Beaurepaire, 75010. Had no problem getting it, and she said no social security number necessary. I did give her my carte vitale, but she said she did not use my social security number.

      1. I went here this morning and they are apparently willing but the pharmacist will not be in on the weekends.

  7. I have asked three pharmacies about creating a QRCode for my CDC paper certificate. A small one Rue Jacob, Bader on Blvd St-Michel and CityPharma. They all said they could not do it. I presented CDC card for entrance to UGC cinema (6th) and was turned away. The MK2 next door accepted it. I guess I’ll spend the day going from pharmacy to pharmacy in hopes of finding one that can provide the electronic document. Thanks to all for your info.

  8. As of 14h today the big vaccination site at Hôtel de Ville is NOT doing CDC to Pass Sanitaire conversions because they are doing vaccinations and don’t have enough staff to do both. A bunch of us exchanged all our rumors and went to the pharmacy at 1, rue Auber just next to Hotel Intercontinental (Metro Opera). They ARE doing it. Use the queue to the right of the entrance as the other one is for pharmacy customers. It’s 20 euro and they take plastic. Bonne chance!

    1. Just had it done at Rue Auber Sunday 25 July at 17:30. No problems. 20 euro per person.

  9. What about correcting mistakes on *French* vaccination paperwork? Suggestions welcome.
    My teen daughter had her first vaccination in Paris & immediately afterwards I saw on the signed letter that the doctor entered her year of birth wrong. Still at the vaccination centre I asked them to correct the error. They said they could not & told me to deal with it online. But we are new in France, not yet settled in a particular home & not yet registered on The centre also did not provide any document with a QR code & told me likewise to get that via ameli online. Can I legitimately *insist,* when we go for my teen’s 2nd jab, that we be given documentation with a QR code to be sure she can have her pass sanitaire? Or can a pharmacist or another service help us?

  10. I’m in Paris and I just took my USA vaccine documents (i received my vaccination in the USA) to the local pharmacy near where I am staying and within 10 minutes they downloaded the French Health Pass certificate with the bar code that I scanned into the French Health Pass App (Tous AntiCovid) on my iPhone. Voilà and I am ready to go. Just wish things were so simple in the UK.

    1. Gary can you tell us the location of that pharmacy. I also am having trouble finding a pharmacy that can download the French QR code from a US CDC vaccination record. Thank you!

  11. Does anyone know of a pharmacy in Nice that is doing the French vaccine passport for Americans?

  12. Will the pharmacies at CDG give vaccine passports to incoming tourists? I have a long layover at Roissy and would love to get my CDC certificate converted before I get on my train….

  13. Does anyone have a link in French to provide to the pharmacists, I have tried 4 and they all have no idea what I am talking about

  14. Does anyone know of a willing pharmacy in or near 16e arrondissement? We tried 7 or 8 yesterday and all of them said it was not possible or they did not know how. I showed the the article but they said it is not so.

  15. It would be very helpful to continue to note any pharmacies that can enter a USA vaccination certificate into the system. Thanks for all the comments

  16. I have been asked which pharmacy I went to to get my Health Passport. The place I went to is a pharmacy near Rue Saint-Maur called Pharmacy Gardette at Avenue Parmentier and Rue Général Renault. A friend of mine here in France who just also got his in Nice told me that pharmacies were instructed to no longer accept the USA vaccination document for the French Health Passport. I don’t know if that is the case. Perhaps I and my friend were lucky and got ours before the window closed.

  17. Between July 25 – 28th our family was able to enter places like the Louve with the orginal CDC card and an ID

      1. Thanks for confirming you were able to use paper record We arrive on August 2 Hope we can use our paper CDC vaccination card everywhere it is required

  18. If all else fails, you should be able to get the QR code by testing every 2 days. We were able to get a test for our return to the U.S. for 25 euros in a pharmacy that we were passing by and received our results in 30 minutes, enough time to get a quick bite to eat and return for the paperwork. The QR code from a negative test is good for 48 hours. It’s not ideal but it will do and it’s easier to get a test in France for an American than it is for an American in America.

  19. I was able to get an official pass sanitaire on 24 July at the British-American pharmacy at 1 rue Auber next to the Hotel Intercontinental near Opera for €20. They only needed my US passport and my CDC card. I don’t know if they are still doing it.
    Although the official pass sanitaire* is supposedly required (since 21 July) for museums, movie theaters, monuments (Eiffel Tower) and the like, enforcement seems to be spotty. Some people have reported getting admitted with the CDC card only, others have reported being turned away. Your mileage may vary.
    The requirement to have an official pass sanitaire* to enter restaurants (including outdoor terraces) and bars seems to have been delayed from 1 August to 9 August.
    An in-person stop at the official Paris Visitors Bureau at Hôtel de Ville (Paris city hall) is a good resource.
    Hope this helps.
    *Note: A negative PCR or antigen test no more than 48 hours old also works, and there are a couple of more esoteric exceptions as well.

  20. On July 27, I entered a pharmacie in Reims and asked if i could receive a Pass Sanitaire using my American vaccine card. They said yes and while processing asked for my phone number, email and local address, and nothing more, no fee. Ten minutes later they printed a paper pass with a QR code for me, that I used to create a digital pass on the TousAntiCovid app. I’d be surprised if the country reversed that decision in the last couple days. I recommend people try, and try again at another pharmacie if necessary.

  21. I followed these instructions and it worked perfectly. Such a relief! Thanks to the Local team for getting this out there.

  22. In Paris at the Hotel Dieu, they are setup to convert the American CDC card into the French QR code and form. I suggest anyone in Paris to go by there and get it done, was about a 15 minute wait yesterday morning. Just go into the entrance on the south side facing the square in front of Notre Dame and they do it in a room to the side of the entrance.

    1. I went there when I got in on the 12th, and they told me that the government has told them that as of Monday the 10th, they are no longer allowed to do this conversion. 🙁

  23. I was successful (after some initial resistance) at a large pharmacy in Nice, and I do not have a social security number. My brother went 2 days later to the same pharmacy and they said the system wouldn’t allow it without a social security number. I think it is a real gamble about who you get on the day. Friends of mine who own a small restaurant are panicked as most of their custom comes from Americans and they are concerned about fines if they accept the paper cards. In general, everyone could benefit from a bit more clarity but we’re getting there slowly.

  24. I am in Pau and was vaccinated on New York NO PHARMACY in the area is able to do anything for me. My Doctor here tried he is unable to do anything without a french Social Security number. I went to the vaccination center they could do nothing. This afternoon I went to the french social security insurance offices here they said they have no way to convert or issue me a QR code that will function in France.

    This afternoon I showed my USA CDC vaccination card in a cafe and the guy said fine. I’m not sure if when ( and if ) I am
    Controlled by the police they will agree!!!!

    I imagine at the weekly Farmers market there will be police checking all the cafes. I’ll post something over the weekend as to whether or not I was allowed and or fined !!!

  25. I flew into Paris from San Francisco on August 11th (12th when I got in).

    I went to several pharmacies and they all told me that as of the 10th, they were no longer allowed to give me a French QR code for my American CDC vaccination card. Following advice from someone I met on the flight, I went to the Hotel Dieu next to Notre Dame and asked them, and they said that they, also, were no longer allowed to do the exhange. However, they said they could give me a test for free, so I did that, and used that since I got here (though it will expire after 72 hours).

    I also sent my documents to the email address given above, and received back an automatic reply saying they had received my documents and not to write to them again, they would get back to me.

    I emailed the documents on Tuesday, and it is now Friday, and haven’t heard back from them. So either they are not processing these documents, or they are just very very slow in doing so.

    I hope I get a response from them soon, otherwise I’ll have to keep getting tests during my 2 weeks here!

    – Tim

  26. Applied for the QR code conversion August 11. Other than an automated message acknowledging receipt, no response as of today (August 17).

  27. Has the French government shared any updated Pass Sanitaire information for US visitors arriving in France after 15 August? Have the [email protected] email addresses gone dark, or can future travelers use the same process to receive a QR coded document?

  28. I applied on the 10th with an email of all required documents, although travelling by Eurotunnel not airline so took screenshot of booking (in advance passenger info so had names & dates of birth on). Received an automated reply but as yet no QR code!

  29. I applied on the 10th and never got a response it seems very random. We got here and tried a few pharmacies and they all said they were told to stop doing it. I eventually went to get a test and the pharmacist there knew another pharmacist near by that would do it. She charged €5 per QR code. Hopefully the new systems work better, in the mean time speak french and ask around.

    1. Very frustrating that they tell pharmacists to stop doing it, when the new system hasn’t been available in time for people who are traveling soon (like in 2 days!). Like you, we applied on the 10th but have heard nothing since.

      1. Try applying again tomorrow when you are within the window of time they are dealing with and see what happens. My neighbour’s sister got it very quickly by applying just before she went to France. She didn’t plan it that way – she is totally disorganised but it seemed to work to her benefit!

  30. If I have applied through email before, do I still need to apply again online with online system just put in place since Wednesday ?

    1. The “new” system since wednesday doesnt work either. One has to be a french citizen and mine was rejected this morning.
      Basically there is no method to get one as far as I can tell. We are supposed to just get tested every 2 or 3 days it seems.

      1. Came here to say the same – this “new” online system only works for French citizens living abroad. Mine was rejected today as well, saying I needed instead to send the information by email to the government address the Local published last week. Which I did in the 10th and still no response after 10 days! I guess we are going to try using our cards and then see if we can get by. If not, then we will get tested every 3 days as others have suggested. How frustrating all around – the French for having such inefficient processes, the US for not thinking ahead and including a QC on their certificates (and for not playing nicely in the sandbox with everyone else), and the Local for giving out bad information.

  31. I applied on 11th August via the email process for conversion of our Scottish Vaccine Certificates (as we don’t have the app that NHS England and Wales have!) and got an automatic receipt saying they are very busy and don’t apply again. I have heard nothing since.

    When The Local said we could apply via the online system designed for French people vaccinated elsewhere I applied via this route on 20th August. Both myself and my partner received email responses with an ‘allocated number’ which seemed promising but have heard nothing since! It seems perhaps that we might just be ignored as the most recently updated article here is now saying we aren’t actually eligible to apply that way after all. Don’t get me wrong, I am not blaming the very helpful people who write all these articles at The Local as it is clearly a moveable feast!

    Let’s hope this is sorted before we travel to France in less than 3 weeks!

    1. We did the same as live in Scotland. Have received a reply from the online application stating it’s only for French nationals. The email had a link with information regarding the email application method which I have done for us again! Still no response. I’m beginning to think all the emails are being ignored. None of it is easy as all application forms & info is only in French.

      1. I am now wondering if we are all applying too early as it says at the moment you can only apply if you are in France or travelling there up until 26th August – today’s date!
        My neighbour’s sister apparently applied a couple of days before she travelled and was sent a QR code before she got to France!
        I can’t decide whether they might process my original application once we are in the appropriate time window for travel on 10th September I am going to check tomorrow to see what ‘end date’ they give for applications they will allegedly process! When it is on or after 10th September I will wait a day or so to see if they grant me a code and if not I will submit another application!

    2. we did the same as you. nothing. my daughter though applied and got a QR code in five minutes.
      British passport, UAE vaccines. so frustrating

  32. Forgot to mention the link given by gpierce (below) was for a form similar to the one I applied with (along with supporting documents) on 11th August and have had no response from!

  33. My husband and I applied using the same form which gpierce posted above. I received an email within 48 hours telling me that they are too busy and I need to go to à pharmacie, get tested and can receive a QR code valid for 72 hours. How helpful….My husband has not received any reply after 10 days and I don’t expect he will. It’s quite frustrating.

  34. Would be really interested in the Admin response here

    Is there any mechanism at all to convert non EU vaccines for those who live in France but who are not french?

    We live in France, British passport, vaccinated in UAE ( where we used to live) now resident in France.

    WE applied using an overseas address in UK and exit travel tickets to the UK- but now we cannot travel to the UK as our vaccines are not recognised there meaning we are treated by UK as unvaccinated. Also applied using site which we now see works only for french nationals. They told me to reapply after two weeks by email. Still nothing.

    The only way people seem to have had success is if they apply before getting to France ( our daughter did this and got her french QR within 5 minutes)- but please correct me if I am wrong?

    Did i also read that the application process by email only runs in August anyway?
    Have we really got to get re vaccinated to get an EU QR code – which seems ridiculous, potentially dangerous and criminally wasteful?

    Thanks Nikki

    1. ok there is new online system

      Depuis le 27 août, les demandes de QR code se font en ligne.
      Pour les ressortissants étrangers, hors étudiants :
      Pour les étudiants étrangers :

      Since August 27, the requests for QR code are made online.
      For foreign nationals, except students:
      For foreign students: :

  35. Hi there. I applied yesterday evening, and I received the QR documents within 30 minutes. Downloaded TousCovid app, scanned the bar-code and within a few seconds I have the mobile app. Astounding. Grateful.

  36. It is now January 2022. Is the online method still available to U S tourists? I think I read that currently only at a pharmacy is the option.
    Thank you.

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France may cut Channel islands ferry service after post-Brexit collapse in visitor numbers

Visits to the Channel islands from France have halved since Brexit, and French local authorities say they may be forced to cut the regular ferry service, asking for the passport requirement to be waived for French visitors.

France may cut Channel islands ferry service after post-Brexit collapse in visitor numbers

Travel to and from the Channel islands – which are British crown dependancies – has reduced significantly since Brexit, when passports became a requirement for those travelling in and out of the islands and their ports.

Now the president of the local authorities in the Manche département of France has asked that passport requirements be lifted, with hopes of increasing travel to and from the islands.

Jean Morin told Ouest France that there has been a “considerable reduction in the number of passengers on routes between the Channel ports and the islands” and as a result the ferry service between France and the islands was seriously in deficit.

“On these lines, we will never make money, but we cannot be in deficit”, explained the Morin. 

He added that if a solution is not found by the deadline of May 1st, 2023, then local authorities will stop funding the shipping company DNO, which runs the Manche Îles Express ferry service.

“If the passport requirement is not lifted by then, we will have no choice but not to renew the service contract for 2024-2025”, Morin told Ouest France.

Only around half of French people have a passport, since the ID card issued to all adults is sufficient to travel within the EU. 

READ MORE: Ask the Expert: How Brexit has changed the rules on pensions, investments and bank accounts for Brits in France

DNO re-launched operations in April and since then, the company, and by extension the département – who plays a large role in funding it via a public service delegation – has been losing significant funds.

According to Franceinfo, the number of passengers has been cut in half since passport requirements were introduced. Franceinfo estimates that for one ticket for one passenger costing €30, the département spends €200.

According to Morin, the ideal solution would be to require a simple ID for tourists seeking to take just day-long or weekend-long stays on the islands – which reportedly represents at least 90 percent of the boats’ usual passengers.

“The Jersey government is working hard on the issue and is waiting for an agreement from London and the European Union. There is the possibility that things could move quickly”, Morin told Franceinfo on Tuesday.

Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic and Brexit, boats going to and from the French mainland carried at least 110,000 people per year. In 2022, only 40,000 passengers made the journey, Olivier Normand, the sales manager of Manche Îles Express, told Actu France.

Normand had expected the decline, however. He told Actu France that the company had taken a survey, which found that almost half (between 40 and 50 percent) of their clientele did not have a passport.