French Health Pass for Americans

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LAST UPDATE: 08-10-2021

What is a French health pass, and how to get it.


When planning a trip to France, the first thing you should do is to look into the country's entry requirements. Among these requirements, you can see that since July 21, to enter museums, cinemas, sporting events, restaurants, cafes, and other cultural venues in France, you need to provide a
French health pass. After checking all the requirements, you may wonder what a French health pass is and how to get it. Read the information below to be fully prepared and make the most out of your upcoming trip to France.

What is a French health pass?

The French health pass is not a single document and can be presented by several items:

  1. Anti-Covid 19 vaccination certificate;
  2. A certificate confirming recovery from COVID, up to 6 months prior departure;
  3. A negative test result in the past 48 hours.

Typically, there will be a QR code attached to the document that staff at the venue can scan to verify your proof.


Who can apply for a French Health Pass?

You can apply for a health pass if:

  • You are aged 18 or over (until 30 September 2021, the COVID certificate is not required for minors aged 12 to 17 years, and minors aged under 12 years old are not subject to COVID certificate requirements);
  • You have been vaccinated with a vaccine which is accepted by the European Medicines Agency;
  • You are already in France or the European Union or you intend to go there within the coming days.


How can I apply?

To apply for a health pass prepare the following documents, only in electronic format:

  • Application form;
  • Your vaccination certificate, drawn up according to the rules of the country of vaccination, and clearly stating the type of vaccine used;
  • Your passport;
  • Your travel ticket (return ticket).
And send these documents (in .pdf, .jpg or .png format) by e-mail –


Do I have to wait until I arrive in France to send my application?

No. You should send it as soon as you know your travel dates if you are arriving in France in summer 2021.


When will the pass be needed until?

So far, the government has said that the passes will be in use until at least November 15.