With vaccination rates increasing every day and with more countries opening their borders to fully immunized travelers, vaccination has become a standard for all those who wish to travel without undergoing strict COVID-19 restrictions.
Similar to the European Union and other Schengen area countries, France requires all travelers to carry at least a certificate of vaccination to be allowed unrestricted entry into the country. However, the state only recognizes a limited number of vaccines, TheSchengen.com reports.
According to the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, in order for a traveler to be considered fully vaccinated upon arrival in France, the vaccination certificate must indicate that the carrier has been fully immunized against COVID-19 with one of the following vaccine doses:
Pfizer / BioNTech (Comirnaty) AstraZeneca EU (Vaxzevria) Moderna (Spikevax) Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) AstraZeneca – Covishield (Serum Institute of India)
The ministry confirmed that “only vaccines authorized by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) (Pfizer (Comirnaty), Moderna, AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) or AstraZeneca (Covishield) will be accepted.”
The first four vaccines are approved for use by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and are widely recognized within the European Union, while the last vaccine, CoviShield, is only approved by the World Health Organization (WHO). However, many EU countries recognize Covishield for travel, even though the vaccine has not yet been approved by the EMA.
Regarding the requirements for a certificate of vaccination, the authorities note that the document must prove that at least seven days have passed since the last two-dose vaccination dose was taken.
For single-shot vaccines (Johnson & Johnson), the document must indicate that at least four weeks have passed since the injection was given.
“If you have been vaccinated, you can travel to France without restrictions related to health conditions. The measures applied to vaccinated adults also apply to any minors accompanying them, whether they have been vaccinated or not. You can therefore travel with your minor children, whether they have been vaccinated or not. They will not need to isolate themselves.
All people planning to travel to France or any other country amid the ongoing pandemic are strongly advised to check the validity of their vaccine before booking a flight to avoid any inconvenience. This can be done by using VisaGuide’s Vaccine Check Tool, which allows travelers to check if the vaccine they have been immunized with is acceptable by their destination country.
Previously, TheSchengen.com reported that France has decided to extend the requirement for its health permit until July 2022. This means that everyone arriving in the country needs to hold passage until mid-2022 to allow access to many indoor venues such as restaurants, bars, shopping malls Hospitals, etc.
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