eOne person in France aged 12 or over needs to prove their Covid status using Pass Sanitaire in order to access services and venues.
This includes recreational facilities, such as bars, restaurants, museums and cinemas, as well as public transportation. Travelers can access the card via the TousAntiCovid app, provided they have a full vaccination certificate, proof of recovery from Covid, or a negative test taken within 24 hours. France recognizes the NHS Covid Pass for this purpose. The TousAntiCovid app can be downloaded on Android or iPhone devices.
If you have the app, there is an option to ‘scan a QR code’ from your test or vaccination certificate. If you do not have a smartphone, you can show the proof on paper.
However, this printout must include a QR code. French Prime Minister Jean Castix also pledged to introduce a law in January that would make vaccination almost mandatory for visiting public places, and block access once a negative test is made.
From January 15, people aged 18 to 64 who have been fully vaccinated for more than seven months will need to show they have received an approved booster injection in order to access the card in France. This also applies to visiting tourists and those residing in France, and stricter rules currently apply to those over the age of 65.
France no longer offers free tests to tourists, so there is a cost of €29 (£25) for an antigen test and €49 (£42) for each PCR test. The test must be taken in France, so you cannot use the pre-travel test to enter places.