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France Travel New Booster Rules For Tourists Residents On 15 February

On 15 February, new rules come into place in France regarding the need for a booster vaccination to access France’s Pass Vaccinal–relevant for both residents and tourists visiting the country. Here’s a run down on the travel restrictions regarding entry into the country and moving around it successfully. Since 12 February 2022, fully vaccinated individuals can now enter France without the need for pre-entry testing, even if they arrive from non-EU countries. The statement of the French Ministry of Interior said, “for travellers vaccinated within the meaning of European regulations, no more tests will be required on departure. Proof of a complete vaccination schedule becomes sufficient to arrive in France, regardless of the country of origin, as was the case before the distribution of the Omicron variant.”Unvaccinated travelers are allowed from green list countries (currently the EU, Schengen and EU safe-list countries) with a pre-departure test, whilst unvaccinated travelers from the orange list (everywhere else) must provide an essential reason for travel and would be subject to random testing upon arrival. The Ministry of Interior determines that there are three ways to prove vaccination:• A vaccine certificate showing full vaccination.• A certificate of recovery from Covid-19 (from 11 days to 6 months prior).• A certificate of medical reasons for not being vaccinated. Children under 12 do not need to present a Covid certificate or vaccination pass. Visitors do not necessarily need a booster to enter the country but since 1 February 2022, anyone entering the country must have had a booster shot within nine months of the final shot of the first phase of vaccinations. The nine month rule is in line with all EU countries. Everyone in France over the age of 16 must have a Pass Vaccinal to access cultural events, trade fairs, long-distance transport, theme parks, ski lifts and catering services, such as restaurants and bars. The rules for keeping a pass valid change on 15 February but they involve having a booster. As of Tuesday 15 February, the maximum time allowed between the second and third dose of Covid-19 vaccinations reduces to 4 months from 7 months (but is available after 3 months to residents). BFM TV reported that almost 4 million French people will lose their Pass Vaccinal on 15 February as their QR code will become deactivated. It takes 7 days after the last jab for the pass to become activated, so as BFM TV points out, these people have lost their pass for at least one week minimum. According to the French health authorities, approximately 9 million people in France have not had a booster shot, although as many as half of these have caught Covid-19 in the past few months and so won’t lose their pass on the 15 February. This rule also applies to tourists, as of 15 February. To enter the country, a booster is not required unless it has been nine months since the last vaccination.

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