Important information: COVID certificate for non-European nationals entering France

Since December 4th, any person aged 12 or more has to provide the result of a negative PCR or antigen test carried out less than 48 hours prior to departure, in order to enter France.
Moreover, to facilitate the stay of non-European tourists in France, the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs set up a specific mechanism for issuing a COVID vaccine certificate of equivalence which is valid on French territory.

Who can apply for a COVID certificate?

The "border pass" consists of the presentation, when boarding a flight to France, of a proof (complete vaccination scheme and/or PCR or antigenic test performed less than 48 hours before boarding) in electronic version (via the TousAntiCovid application or other foreign electronic proof) or in paper version.

The "activity pass" consists of the digital (via the TousAntiCovid application) or paper presentation of one of the following three health proofs to participate in certain activities in France.

You can apply for a COVID vaccine certificate of equivalence if you meet the following conditions:

  • If you have not been vaccinated in a Member State of the European Union: Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, Switzerland or the United Kingdom (England and Wales only), as these countries issue digital COVID certificates that are accepted by France;

  • If you are aged 18 or over; until 30 September 2021, the COVID certificate is not required for minors aged 12 to 17 years, and children under 12 are not subject to COVID certificate requirements;

  • If you have been vaccinated with a vaccine accepted by the European Medicines Agency or an equivalent:

  • 4 weeks if you received a single-dose injection (Johnson&Johnson);

  • 7 days after the second injection for two-dose vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca);

  • 7 days after the injection if you have recovered from COVID-19 (in this case, only one vaccine dose is necessary);

  • 7 days after a booster ARNm dose (Moderna or Pfizer) after two shots of a vaccine on the WHO’s health emergencies list (Sinovac/Coronavac or Sinopharm/BBIB-PVeroCells)

Only vaccines authorized by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) will be accepted, i.e. Pfizer (Comirnaty), Moderna, AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) and AstraZeneca (Covishield).

How to have vaccines given abroad recognized in the French pass ?

The procedure is now carried out in a pharmacy in France, by presenting your passport and proof of vaccination.

The service can be invoiced for a price not exceeding 36 € TTC.

Details and list of pharmacies to be found here. (External link)

If you have trouble finding a pharmacy near your place of stay, you can write at canada@atout-france.fr

In addition, those who have not obtained their health pass have access to all activities subject to the health pass by integrating in TousAntiCovid the negative results of a PCT or antigenic test (temporary QR code) less than 24 hours old performed in France.

Canadians who had a French health pass and then subsequently received a booster dose must also update their health pass in a pharmacy in France (for a fee), according to the age-related regulations.

More information (External link)

Download TousAntiCovid application on Apple Store (External link)
Download TousAntiCovid application on Google Play (External link)

Further information

The list of vaccines recognized by the European Medicines Agency (External link)

More information about French pass (External link)

If you cannot find the answer to your question, you can write at contact@tousanticovid.gouv.fr