French authorities have announced that since August 9, except for French nationals, all international travelers who wish to access public attractions and hospitality venues will have to provide proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test result.
Following the announcement, it was also revealed that tourists will be able to store their vaccination status in digital form and show it through their smartphone or present it in paper form, TheSchengen.com reports.
Earlier last month, the French parliament approved a bill requiring citizens of the country as well as travelers to carry a COVID-19 card, also known as a “pass sanitarie”, in order to allow them entry to several places.
This means that as of yesterday, all tourists must prove that they have been vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit a negative COVID-19 test result performed within 48 hours in order to be allowed access to the following places:
Cafes, restaurants and bars Hospitals Many shopping centers of more than 20,000 square meters Long-distance transportation, including trains and planes Museums, theaters, cinemas Sports events, theme parks, zoos, libraries Public spaces in hotels, including swimming pools Events held at worship Wedding venues in public places
However, emergency care units, essential stores, bakeries, newsstands, fast food and religious places do not require a health clearance.
Currently, children under the age of 12 are exempt from the health permit requirements. However, from the end of August, children between the ages of 12 and 17 will be required to show a health card in order to be admitted to the above mentioned places.
Except for presenting a vaccination passport, a health permit can also be obtained by demonstrating recovery from COVID-19 or showing a negative test result.
However, since it is more appropriate to present a certificate of vaccination than to undergo a coronavirus test every 48 hours, the French authorities have suggested that everyone be vaccinated.
With the exception of France, at least 16 other European countries have made the COVID health passport mandatory for those who wish to access certain activities and services.
Previously, SchengenVisaIfo.com reported that France recognizes all vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) as well as the Indian-made CoviShield vaccine as valid proof of immunity.
Thus, this means that all people who have been immunized with Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson or the CoveShield vaccine are eligible for a country-specific health clearance.
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