Everyone in France who is aged 12 and over needs to demonstrate their Covid status using the Pass Sanitaire in order to access services and venues.
This includes leisure facilities, such as bars, restaurants, museums and cinemas, as well as public transport. Travellers can access the pass via the TousAntiCovid app, provided they have certification of full vaccination, proof of recovery from Covid, or a negative test taken within 24 hours. France recognises the NHS Covid Pass for this purpose. The TousAntiCovid app can be downloaded on Android or iPhones.
If you have the app, there is an option to ‘Scan a QR code’ from your test or vaccination certificate. If you don’t have a smartphone, you can show the proof on paper.
However, this print out must include a QR code. French Prime Minister Jean Castex has also pledged to introduce a law in January, which would make vaccination near-mandatory for visiting public venues, and prohibit access with just a negative test.
From January 15, those who are aged 18-64 years old and who have been fully vaccinated for more than seven months will need to demonstrate they have received an approved booster injection in order to access the pass in France. This also applies to visiting tourists and those residing in France, and tighter rules currently apply for those aged over 65.
France no longer offers free tests for tourists, so there is a charge 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 for entry to venues.