By   James Shillinglaw, Aug 11, 2021

France’s Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs on Aug. 9 implemented a dedicated system to enable non-European Uniob foreign tourists who have been vaccinated with vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) or their equivalent to obtain a COVID certificate that is valid in France. The approved vaccines are Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson (Jansen).

For the time being, the system is only open to non-EU tourists who are already in France or who will arrive in France before August 15. Requests concerning arrivals after August 15 will be processed at a later date.

“In accordance with the decision of the President of the Republic, Emmanuel Macron, we have put in place with the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs a system for non-EU tourists who are already in France to receive a QR code, which will be valid as a French COVID certificate,” said Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Minister of State for Tourism. “Starting Monday, August 9 at 4:30 p.m. French time, foreign tourists can submit their application. To request a QR code, simply email us with proof of vaccination, an identity document, a downloadable application form and airline ticket.”

For all details on conditions for the COVID certificate and how to apply—including the dedicated email address for American citizens and residents (French U.S. residents have a separate application procedure) and the downloadable application form, click on COVID Certificate.

Since July 21, the French “Pass Sanitaire” has been required for entrance into museums, movie theaters and other sites and attractions in France and since Aug. 9 to access restaurants, cafes, trains, domestic flights and most other indoor venues. For more information, visit