Travelers from countries outside the European Union and the European Economic Area will no longer be eligible to convert their vaccination certificates into French health cards online, nor for free.
By extending the Health Pass’s mandate to July 31, 2022, French authorities have also suspended the website through which visitors to third countries can apply to convert proof of vaccination into French health passes.
The decision was announced today, November 5, and does not affect the UK’s NHS COVID-19 certificate holders, TheSchengen.com reports.
Thus, from now on, third-country travelers in France will have to obtain a health permit at one of the designated pharmacies in the country with a fee of €36 per order. No prior appointment is required to transfer the card.
This is the fourth time that the French authorities have changed the procedure for obtaining a pass; However, this is the first time the card has been loaded.
In France, sanitary passage is required to enter the interior, including restaurants, bars, shopping malls, marquees, theatres, venues for sports or cultural performances, conference and zoology rooms, amusement parks, playgrounds, sports facilities, swimming pools, gymnasiums, cinemas, libraries, discos, dance clubs, etc.
While the passport could have been obtained before arriving in France, now the only way to obtain it is upon arrival in the country, at one of the designated pharmacies.
The French Health Card can be obtained by those who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 with one of the vaccines accepted by France, those who have tested negative for COVID-19 within the past 72 hours, as well as those who have tested positive for an RT-PCR test or Antigen on recovery from COVID-19, dating back at least 11 days and less than six months.
Vaccines accepted in France are Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson. For a traveler to receive the pass, seven days must have passed since the second injection of any of the first three vaccinations. For those vaccinated with a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, 28 days must pass.
On Friday, French lawmakers also backed a bill to make the passage mandatory for access to the aforementioned areas until July 31, 2022, as warned by TheSchengen.com.
The decision was criticized by many, particularly French citizens reluctant about vaccines, who accused President Macron of “tyranny” since the health permit requirement is set to remain in place throughout France’s presidential election in May next year as well.
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