Foreigners must now pay € 36 to convert their vaccination certificates into French health cards
Travelers from countries outside the European Union and the European Economic Area will no longer be able to convert their vaccination certificates into France Health Pass online, nor for free.
Extending the mandate of the Health Pass until July 31, 2022, the French authorities have also postponed the online site through which visitors from third countries can request to convert their proof of vaccination into a French Health Pass.
The decision was made public today, November 5, and does not affect holders of the UK’s National Health Service COVID-19 certificates, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
Henceforth, travelers from third countries in France will have to obtain a health subscription in one of the designated pharmacies in the country while paying a fee of € 36 per request. No prior appointment is required to convert the pass.
This is the fourth time that the French authorities have changed the procedures for obtaining the pass; however, this is the first time that the pass has become chargeable.
In France, the health pass is compulsory to access indoor spaces, including here restaurants, bars, shopping centers, marquees, theaters, places for sporting or cultural shows, conference rooms, zoos, attractions and attractions, stadiums, sports facilities, swimming pools, sports halls, cinemas, libraries, discos, dance clubs, etc.
Whereas previously, the pass could be obtained before arriving in France, the only way to obtain one is now upon arrival in the country, in one of the designated pharmacies.
A France Health Pass 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 in the last 72 hours, as well as those who hold positive results of an RT-PCR or antigen test attesting to recovery from COVID-19, dating from at least 11 days and less than six months.
The vaccines accepted in France are Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson. For a traveler to get the pass, seven days must have passed since the second injection with one of the first three vaccines. For people vaccinated with the Johnson & Johnson single dose vaccine, 28 days should have passed.
French lawmakers also backed a bill on Friday to make the pass mandatory to access the aforementioned areas until July 31, 2022, as previously warned by SchengenVisaInfo.com.
The decision was criticized by many, especially French citizens reluctant to vaccines, who accused President Macron of “authoritarianism” since the health pass requirement is also expected to remain in effect throughout the presidential elections. French May next year.
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