Instructions for Obtaining a French Health Pass

As of August 1st France is requiring a “health pass” for entry into cafes, restaurants, shopping centers, and for domestic travel (air, rail, long-distance vehicle trips).  This “health pass” is connected to the EU Digital COVID Certificate and will document a traveler’s vaccination, proof of recovery, and/or proof of a recent negative test.

The French have just launched a new online portal for obtaining your Health Pass prior to your departure.

Please read the below information thoroughly and reach out if you have any questions.

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Information to Gather in Advance

The following information is required for each traveller aged 18 or over.  (Until September 30, 2021 the health pass is not required for minors aged 12 to 17; moreover, minors under 12 are not subject to the obligation to health pass.)

The following items will be required:

  • Your vaccination certificate (US CDC card or Canadian equivalent, all the vaccines approved for use in the US and Canada are acceptable);
  • A valid passport;
  • Plane tickets (round trip).

These documents will be uploaded to a website in the next step and must be in PDF, PNG or JPEG formats.  So you will need to scan or photograph your vaccination certificate, passport, and plane tickets if you have paper copies of them.  Photos taken with a cell phone should work.

The maximum size for each file is 3MB, so you may need to make the photos smaller in order to upload them.  See the Image Size tab below for some tips.

Go to the French Portal and Submit Your Documentation

  1. Go to the website: https://www.demarches-simplifiees.fr/commencer/passe-sanitaire-etrangers?locale=en
  2. Click “Create an account on demarches-simplifees.fr”
  3. Enter your Email Address and a Password.  Click “Create an Account”.
  4. Go to your email inbox and find the confirmation message.  Click the link in the message to confirm your email account.
  5. You should be directed to a page titled “REQUEST FOR CONVERSION OF A FOREIGN VACCINATION CERTIFICATE INTO FRENCH HEALTH PASS”.
  6. You’ll be asked to fill out a series of questions.  Please have the information listed under the previous section (Information to Gather in Advance) ready.
  7. Note, there is a drop-down on this form for selecting the Vaccine you received.  There are numerous entries in this drop-down that appear similar, for example there are multiple Moderna vaccine options.  It appears that these are just translations of how the Moderna vaccine is described in different countries and it probably doesn’t matter which one you select.  For our US customers, we suggest the following selections that most closely match how the three vaccines are described on the CDC website:
    1. Pfizer-BioNTech – 2nd option – Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine – EU/1/20/1528
    2. Moderna – 6th option – COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna / mRNA-1273 SARS-CoV-2 vaccine – EU/1/20/1507
    3. Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen – 14th option – COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen – EU/1/20/1525

Receiving and Using the QR Code

The QR code will be provided after the French authorities finish processing your submitted form.  We assume you’ll receive the QR code, or notification that it is available on the website, via email.

QR codes look like this:

We suggest, at a minimum, that you print multiple copies of each code.  That way you’ll plenty of paper copies in case you lose one of them.

The QR code can also be loaded into the French smartphone application that stores this information.  It is called TousAntiCovid and can be downloaded from:

Support

If you have questions about gathering your information, submitting the email, or using the QR codes you receive, please start by contacting us at reservations@experienceplus.com.

If you’re not receiving your QR codes, please contact: help.covid-pass@diplomatie.gouv.fr.

Image Sizing

If your photos are too large, here are some options to produce smaller photos.  The exact steps below may vary depending on your version of Android or iPhone.

  • Android
    • Before taking your photos, go to Camera App.
    • Pull down the arrow at the top of the screen.
    • Go to the Settings Gear at the bottom of the pop-up.
    • Under Photo settings, half way down the page, switch the “Camera photo resolution” to “Medium resolution”.
    • Photos taken now should be small enough to upload.
    • Don’t forget to change your “Camera photo resolution” back so your photos on the trip will be full quality!
  • iPhone
    • Go ahead and take the photos.
    • Go to your Photos App and select the photos.
    • Select the Share icon and Email.
    • Send the photos to your own email.
    • Once you hit Send, you should be given an option to scale the images.  Select a size below 3MB.
    • Once you receive the email, save the files and upload these images to the web portal.

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