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As of today (1/15), in France you MUST have a booster shot to get a pass sanitaire

While this went into effect on December 15th for those aged 65 and up, it goes into effect today for the rest of us.

If you don’t have a booster shot, you won’t be able to get a pass sanitaire. Likewise, if you obtained a pass sanitaire last summer and your booster isn’t recorded there, your pass sanitaire won’t be good any longer either; you’ll have to go to a pharmacy when you arrive and get your booster shot recorded into your pass to get it to become “live” again.

A reminder: the pass sanitaire isn’t necessary to enter France (so far you can do that with only “full vaccination” i.e. two shots of Pfizer/Moderna), but it’s necessary to enter museums, restaurants, bars, cafes, etc.

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Thanks for the update. I will be arriving in Strasbourg first. Do you have any information about the ease of getting the Pass there?

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Actually, the pass sanitaire itself ends today. From now on, to get into cafés, restaurants, museums, or concerts, you will need the new pass vaccinal. The major change is that PCR/Antigen tests will not allow access to these locations, you must be vaccinated with the appropriate booster shot.

For the bulk of tourists who must be vaccinated to enter France, this is little more than a name change.

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Andrea, no, sorry, I haven’t been to Strasbourg for a few years. I am sure that the pharmacies there are doing it just like the pharmacies in Paris.

The pass vaccinal hasn’t yet come into being because it hasn't made it through all the procedural hurdles to become law yet. Today was the target date. It will finally happen sometime this week, I suppose.

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Thanks for the information! You replied to me on the other thread started by Karen. We are planning 10 days in Nice this summer. Will the pass be required to take public transport, i.e a bus from Nice to St. Paul de Vence or the local train from Nice to Villefranche? Ive read a good bit where people are saying the CDC card was good enough at cafés...and im especially wondering about outdoor seating. Our stays in Nice revolve around the beach and eating outdoors

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We spent Christmas in Nice and were never once asked to show our Pass Sanitaire (we did not eat in any restaurants but did stay at a hotel, take public transportation, and shop).

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The pass sanitaire isn’t required for shopping, hotels, or local public transportation. So of course you wouldn’t be asked for it, since it is not required.

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I wonder if a player can take part in a tennis tournament (say the Roland Garros) without a Pass Vaccinal ?

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We planned a trip to France for May 2022. We are all double vaccinated, however, a couple of us have not yet had the booster because it is not time yet. Is that going to cause a problem? I understand the new rule if it's been over six months since a person's second shot, but a doctor isn't going to give someone a booster a couple of months early just to accommodate travel. Can anyone clarify this? Thank you!

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Funny you should ask, Nigel, as Roland Garros this past year was among the very first venues (and certainly the first I had any awareness of) to require a pass sanitaire for attendance.

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Thank you Nigel and Kim.

To clarify for myself is it correct (at least as of this week) if I have an EU certificate issued by France which notes my October 15, 2021 shot …..said certificate would still be valid until something changes?