France Travel: On February 15, New Booster Rules for Residents and Tourists

France has new rules regarding booster vaccinations to gain access to France’s Pass vaccine. This applies to both tourists and residents of France.

Here are the details on how to get around the country without being stopped by travel restrictions.

What are the best ways for visitors to enter France right now?

Individuals who have been fully vaccinated can enter France from non-EU countries starting 12 February 2022. According to the statement of France’s Ministry of Interior, is for travellers who have been vaccinated according to European regulations. No additional tests will be required upon departure. It is sufficient to show proof of a complete vaccination record in order to enter France, regardless of where the traveler originated from.

Unvaccinated travellers are permitted from green list countries (currently, the EU, Schengen, and EU safe-list) after a pre-departure testing. However, unvaccinated traveler from the orange (everywhere else), must give a reason for their trip and be subject to random testing on arrival.

How can visitors show they have been fully vaccinated?

According to the Ministry of Interior, there are three methods of proving vaccination.

* A certificate of vaccination confirming full vaccination.

* A Covid-19 recovery certificate (from 11 days up to 6 months before).

* A medical reason for not getting vaccinated.

Children younger than 12 years old do not have to present a Covid certificate, vaccination pass or other proof of insurance.

Is it necessary to get a boost shot in order to enter France?

While visitors do not need to have a booster in order to enter the country, everyone entering the country must have received a booster within the last nine months after the completion of the first round of vaccinations. This rule is consistent with the rest of the EU.

What are the rules regarding Vaccination Passes

To be able to access cultural events, trade shows, long-distance transportation, theme parks, ski lifts, and catering services such as restaurants or bars, everyone in France must have a Vaccinal . However, the rules for keeping a valid pass change on February 15th. They require that you have a booster.

The maximum time between the second and third Covid-19 vaccines is now 4 months, down from 7 months. However, residents can still get them after 3 months.

BFM TV reported almost 4 million French citizens will lose their Pass Vaccinal by February 15th, when their QR code will be deactivated. The pass will become active 7 days after the last jab. BFMTV points out that this means these people have been without their pass for at most one week.

The French health authorities estimate that approximately 9 million French citizens haven’t had a booster shot. However, as many as half have caught Covid-19 within the last few months, so they won’t be affected by the ban on 15 February.

Tourists are also subject to this rule as of February 15. A booster is not necessary to enter the country if it has been more than nine months since your last vaccination. Visitors will not be allowed to enter the country if they have not had a booster or it has been over 4 months since their last dose.

What about 12- to 15-year-olds?

For 12-15-year-olds, they don’t have to have had a booster in order to be able to access cultural events, restaurants, and so forth. Instead, they can present a negative Covid-19 result (valid for 24hrs).

How can non-EU citizens get a Pass Vaccinal

Anyone who has been vaccinated in the EU or Schengen region countries (plus the U.K.), will be automatically allowed to enter bars and events. With the QR code provided from their country.

Travelers from outside the EU will need to convert their certificates into a European QR code at the participating pharmacies.

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