Pack your proof of vaccine if your are planning to travel to France

The French Secretary of State to the Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs, Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, has announced the implementation of a vaccine recognition system for tourists travelling to France.

The requirement for a proof of vaccination health pass is for all tourists from outside of the EU travelling to the country. Visitors will be required to show their health pass for all public transport and travel within France, for admission to cultural, sports and leisure activities, as well as fairs and exhibitions, bars and restaurants (both indoors and outdoors).

To request a health pass to prove vaccination, travelers are invited to complete the relevant documents as soon as possible, available on the France Diplomatie website. All the forms as well as instructions and addresses for sending the request can be found on the website. Minors from 12-17 years of age are exempt but as of September 30, 2021 the policy will include them too. Children under 12 years of age do not require a Covid vaccination certificate.

Note that the government is currently prioritizing the processing of foreign tourists from outside Europe who are already travelling in France or who will be arriving in France on or before August 15, 2021.

Find the latest information on the COVID-19 situation in France on the French government website. For all other tourist information on France, visit

Photo: Chris Karidis