On the recommendation of the European Commission, the French authorities confirmed that the country had reduced the validity of vaccination certificates.
According to the French Ministry of the Interior, since February 1, the state recognizes only certificates of vaccination that indicate that their carrier received the last dose of vaccine in the course of the initial vaccination during the past nine months.
“From February 1, 2022, in order to continue to be considered fully vaccinated, persons of eighteen years of age or older wishing to enter the national territory must receive a dose of the complementary RNA vaccine no later than nine months after the last injection of the required dose. , explains the French Ministry of the Interior.
This means that all people who have been vaccinated more than nine months ago are considered not immunized, and therefore, the rules applicable to those who have not received the required doses of the vaccine must be followed.
On the other hand, those who have already received an extra dose of the vaccine, also known as a booster vaccine, will continue to enter France without having to follow strict entry rules, TheSchengen.com reports.
It was clarified that the new rules regarding the validity of vaccination permits only apply to people over the age of 18.
Travelers between the ages of 13 and 17 will continue to be considered fully vaccinated if they receive two doses of the vaccine. In contrast, children under the age of 12 do not need to fulfill such a requirement, which means that they are not required to be vaccinated to enter France.
The EU Commission proposed in December that all EU member states make the EU’s certificate of vaccination valid for 270 days.
Such a proposal has been made in order to coordinate travel procedures amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The nine-month acceptance period for vaccination certificates will give citizens and businesses the certainty they need when planning their trips with confidence,” Commissioner of Justice Didier Reynders said, commenting on the decision to shorten the validity of vaccination certificates.
Last week, the Commission revealed other plans as well regarding the EU’s COVID digital certificate. On February 3, the commission proposed extending the requirement to submit a certificate when traveling to another country.
The EU’s COVID digital certificate is set to expire at the end of June. However, if the proposal is approved, everyone will be required to submit the document for another year when moving from one country to another.