Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Paris, France (February 15, 2022)
Location: All France
Event: Changes to French Vaccination Pass rules
Today, February 15, 2022, the previously announced changes to the rules for the French vaccine pass (pass vaccinal) and certificates of recovery go into effect.
Vaccine pass changes. Effective February 15, the following apply:
- Vaccine passes will expire four months after the second dose; therefore
- To keep the validity of the pass (or to obtain a pass), people must receive a booster shot of an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna); be aware
- Even if more than four months have passed since the second dose, people may receive the booster. This will reactivate the pass 7 days after the booster is received.
- Note: Boosters are only required for people age 18 and older. People age 16-17 must also use the vaccine pass (pass vaccinal), but do not need a booster shot. People age 12-15 will still continue to use the health pass (pass sanitaire), which does not need a booster.
- Note: The U.S. Embassy is aware that the CDC does not recommend a booster shot until five months after the second dose. The four-month rule is a French government rule, and the Embassy has no authority to change it. Due to the different time periods for the booster, we strongly recommend that travelers who need a booster to obtain a French vaccine pass but are unable to receive a booster before their trip postpone their travel to France.
- Note: This change does not apply to the separate rules for entry into France. As of February 1, entry into France requires a booster nine months after the second dose (or first dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine).
Certificate of Recovery changes
Note: U.S. certificates of recovery do not meet the French requirements and are not accepted. Only certificates of recovery with an EU-compatible QR code are accepted by the French system.
- Effective February 15, the validity of a French/EU certificate of recovery, which can take the place of one of the initial doses or delay the need for the booster dose, has been reduced to four months.
Other changes this week. Effective February 16:
- Discotheques may reopen.
- People will again be allowed to eat and drink in public venues such as bars, stadiums, and cinemas.
Actions to Take:
- Consult a medical professional if you have been in direct contact with an infected person within the past three weeks and have symptoms.
- See the U.S. Embassy’s COVID-19 guidance.
- Visit CDC’s website and the French Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and French Embassy websites for additional information.
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