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France Health Pass For Americans - SUCCESS

We landed in Paris today, Sunday July 18th and we immediately went to the pharmacie and were successful in getting a French health pass by showing the pharmacist our CDC Vaccine Cards and explaining what we wanted to do. I had the health pass app downloaded on my phone, and when I showed him that and the CDC card he understood what I was asking. He said it would take 5-10 minutes and 5 minutes late we had a health pass with a QR code. We then scanned the QR code in the French health pass and app and it said we were certified. We were surprised at how simple it was and he explained the paperwork that we received, which essentially was a French vaccine confirmation. We can now use this in France but also the EU as a whole.

One note, we had to go back to the pharmacist because he originally put our vaccine date as today, which would mean we would not be certified until next Sunday. When we explained the issue and showed him the dates on our CDC cards, he admitted his oversight, changed it and we were good to go.

I hope all this helps as it will allow us to go to any tourist sites, museums, etc from July 21 and restaurants from August 1…if it all becomes law.

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Interesting.

The U.K. has just reintroduced quarantine (in addition to testing negative on day 2 and 8) when returning from France, even for those who are double vaccinated, so it looks as though our thrice rearranged trip next month may not happen.

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Thanks Paul…..this is great info. Is it just France doing this? We will be traveling through Paris in September on our way to Switzerland and I wonder if this will affect us. Great info for. You to send and so helpful!!!

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Awesome info and thank you for posting! Are you willing to put a link to the exact health pass you downloaded? I’ve looked at so many at this point and I want to see exactly what you used.

Thanks!

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Thanks for this encouraging information Paul. We have a friend traveling to Germany on Tuesday and he is going to see if a pharmacy in Germany can offer a digitized record of his paper CDC card. He holds dual passports so this may not be an apples to apples comparison but he will ask for us as we have cancelable tickets to travel to Germany in late August. I’ll report in another thread what his results are.

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Happy to help as I was feeling anxious myself and just figured I’d give it a try. My assumption is that some pharmacists may not be as helpful, so you may need to be persistent. That’s why included which one I went to near Norte Dame.

Here is the link to the French app. https://bonjour.tousanticovid.gouv.fr/

As for other countries it all depends on the country and their rules. The EU has a travel pass that works for EU countries.

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Thanks for the info. I’ll give it a try. What’s the app?

I read a Forbes article that said Americans don’t need the health pass, but if I can get it I will.

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Thank you Paul. I’m in Annecy and will try to find a pharmacy open on Sunday.

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Hi Paul - Thanks for the info! Very helpful.

Would love to hear an update on how cafe's in Paris are checking for the vaccine passport. Enjoy your trip!

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I will not be here August 1 when the cafes are supposed to require the pass.

What I will do is report back on our experience at places of culture that will require the pass starting Wednesday July 21. We are going to the Carnavalet Wednesday and the Louvre on Friday. Both websites say they require the health pass.

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That is great Paul! Thank you so much for reporting your success.

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Thanks Paul, Just curious if anyone know as now we have to go to a pharmacy before doing anything. If you fly into Orly or CDG, do they have pharmacies where you can get a health pass?

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Don't miss Paul's point that all pharmacies may not do this.

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That’s correct, not sure all will do it. We were successful on first attempt which is why i noted which pharmacy it was. Further, we did not do anything in advance. I literally showed up with my passport, cdc card, the app on my phone and my terrible attempt at the French language. The pharmacist did the rest.

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Since Paul is following the advice on the US embassy website — which I assume may be at least partially informed by how the French government expects non- EU residents to obtain a health pass — more pharmacists may be willing to create a health pass for tourists in the coming weeks as more people travel. That is my hope at least - we arrive in Paris August 8.

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My concern to be honest is that in particular the pharmacist in the tourism areas are going to be overrun with people wanting this and they’re going to start saying no. And of course my French is so bad I’m not sure I can do this in a place where they’re not used to people who speak English.

I wish the French government would just set up something at the airport so we could do it there, even if we had to pay, I’d be willing to do it before I can get into Paris.

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Thanks, Paul. We are finishing our trip to Switzerland, Austria with a few days in Paris. We have a month but since we’ll only be in Paris a few days and will need to hit the pharmacy for a test to get back to the US, that will be our first stop.

On the other post from the UK person about the reinstated test and quarantine for returning passengers from France, please tell me this only applies to People disembarking in the UK and not airside transit passengers!???

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FWIW. pharmacies in Paris at least almost always have someone who speaks a bit of English and there are pharmacies everywhere.

We will arrive in Chamonix and hope it will work there too. This is such helpful information. I hope others will update as they try this.

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Thank you Paul! The information is very much appreciated. I hope you have a very good rest of your trip.

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Hi Paul

I went to a pharmacy in Annecy this morning and she couldn’t add my dates to the app. She also said that as of right now the CDC document is enough for Americans to travel and go to museums, etc. I may try another pharmacy later this afternoon.

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f you fly into Orly or CDG, do they have pharmacies where you can get a health pass?

No

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Sandra, I would keep trying as I think they can do it, I suppose it is just if they are willing to do it. The pharmacist in Paris had to do the dates twice, so I know it can be done.

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Paul

Thanks for posting all of this information. Its helpful. I have the App downloaded onto my iphone and my wife's Android for our October trip (3 weeks Loire Valley, Provence), but can more than one persons vaccination record be loaded into the App on a single device or will it accept only one?

Thanks,
Peter

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Each person needs their own app.
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I wonder how children obtain the electronic QR code then. My 12 year old has her own phone but I was hoping to avoid her bringing it out and about with us.

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Children under a certain age are exempt. You’ll have to confirm but I think it is 11 years old.

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Yes pharmacie Bader on blvd St Michel is where we went. Pharmacist was Yaan.

They gave us paper copies. You can scan to app, but you don’t have to have the app as you can just show the paper copy.

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Thanks so much for this information. We have already flipped our trip from the UK to France and my heart dropped when I saw the articles about the health pass. If anyone can provide pharmacy names/addresses they used that were helpful that would be great. We are staying in La Defense so would be particularly interested in those. Thanks again!

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I suggest that any0ne going to a pharmacy for this, buy something at that. pharmacy especially so long as they aren't charging for this service. Lots of toiletries we routinely need when traveling are available at pharmacies. Some pharmacies have grooming devices like brushes, hair clips etc as well.

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Paul

I tried 3 pharmacies in Annecy with no luck. 2 said the QR code isn’t necessary for US citizens and the other was totally out of control and told me it was up to my government! Ha. Maybe your luck was good because you’re in a more metropolitan city.
Thanks
Sandra

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Sandra, thanks for the update. Perhaps I was just lucky or got something not needed in the end. I visit a museum tomorrow where a pass is supposedly required. I’ll report back after.

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Hello Paul and Everyone. We went to the Pharmacie Bader today. I had not see the name of Yaan; I wish I had! I found an employee who spoke excellent English. She went into the back of the pharmacie and reported that the pharmacist said no, they would not issue a Health Pass since we had been vaccinated in the USA. I see other people reporting that they had no luck either. And we did try another pharmacie the day before with no luck. And yes we would have purchased something (and for all the employees knew we were intending to) if they had helped us out. I will report back tomorrow evening as to whether the CDC card, which after all enabled us to enter the country (just yesterday!) is enough to get into Versailles. We are hoping and even counting on it simply because I did pay for the tickets already. Fingers crossed, and would love to hear any other experiences others have to report!

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I am sorry to hear that this process has not worked for others. As I mentioned, perhaps we were just lucky and ultimately do not need the pass as Americans with a CDC card. I assumed since it worked for my wife and I that it would work for others.

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We also went to the Pharmacie Bader today. We were told they no longer enter CDC into French Health Pass app.

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Thank you all! Look forward to Ann's report if CDC card is enough for Versailles visit!! (Plan to visit early Sept)

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I'm scheduled to arrive in Paris on August 10 and have tickets to the Army Museum on August 11. This morning I received the following email from them with information about the health pass requirements (Google translated). It looks like a CDC card may be all they ask for there:

Dear,

You bought a ticket to visit the Army Museum.

In order to prepare your visit as well as possible, the Musée de l'Armée informs you that as of July 21, the presentation of a valid health pass is compulsory. A control will be carried out at the entrances to our visiting areas.

Visitors not residing in France or in the European Union must present a document attesting to their complete vaccination in their country of origin or carry out an RT-PCR or antigen test.
A tolerance will be applied for 12-17 year olds until August 30.

All the provisions relating to visiting conditions continue to apply, including the obligation to wear a mask for visitors over 11 years old.

We thank you for your understanding and confirm all the pleasure we will have to welcome you.

The Army Museum team

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Micheal H - I received similar emails this early morning from the ET and SNCF both of whom I emailed inquiring about the CDC card. I’m guessing there was some guidance by the French government announced. Good news! Hoping cafes and shops follow suit.

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My plan is to pick a nice pharmacy and hopefully after a couple of every other day covid tests they will feel like they have made enough to deal with entering my vaccinations info 😁

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Bobby, you may be right as we were overly polite recognizing as we may be viewed as an inconvenience. I addressed him politely in French and tried in French and he switched to English. Voilà! I was patient, not demanding and friendly.

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We were told that we can just show our state's CDC vaccination card. The health pass is technically for EU residents. But I will try a pharmacy and see whether it works since I'm here with a group of students for a month.

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It’s July 21. Report back if anything other than our CDC card is needed for museums, etc.

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I also had success with my fifth pharmacy.

Edit: The pass via the French covid app worked at the Centre Pompidou today. They did want ID and accepted my drivers license. In the future I will keep my passport with me.

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We just entered the Eiffel Tower. They accepted our CDC card

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I am seriously on the fence on cancelling my trip. I hate to do it, but... the hassle of possibly having to test every 2 days if they won't accept the CDC card is unappealing! ... Plus at 30 Euros it's not bad, now I am seeing 45 euros. Over my trip I figured I would need 5 tests... Considering the tourist mark up keeps going up I am a afraid that by the end of August this could be rather costly :)

Hopefully in the next few weeks we get an official announcement

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@Carol - we leave for a three week trip to Paris on August 8 and are considering canceling as well. There is so much ambiguity around accepting the CDC card. We are happy to follow the “rules” in any country we visit but it would be helpful if we knew the “rules”! Hopefully the French government will make an announcement soon.

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We went to the Carnavalet today and the health pass this obtained did indeed work when they scanned it. Just passing along.

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Carol - the antigen test is €29. That would suffice for what you would need.

PCR tests are €49. You won't need that.

The government has established these prices by decree - places can NOT charge more.

The testing that the Eiffel Tower has set up is charging €25.

(Just to clear the air on pricing.)

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We were scheduled to arrive this Saturday in Paris and decided to cancel. There was too much uncertainty departing so close to the new changes, plus we are a family of 4 with the youngest not vaccinated yet. Hopefully it will all work out soon and will be able to travel again to France.

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One note on the health pass: it will not be required for kids aged 12-17 until September 30.

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CDC card accepted at the Louvre today. They hardly looked at it.

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Paul, I really appreciate your feedback as you navigate France ahead of the rest of us.

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A couple of things to add to this. We have a few weeks before we go so hopefully this will be sorted out but in the mean time I wanted to share this for others;
a) For Disney fans that want to see Paris Disney they have an FAQ sheet that sounds like CDC cards will be accepted until the end where it says that the proof must have a QR code. Later in the FAQ there is a question specifically about the need for a QR code and they reiterate the need for a QR code.

b) Their tests at Disney do not agree with the standard rates (someone mentioned earlier the rates for the tests were government mandated. They charge a 20 euro admin fee and 44 Euro for the PC and 24 for the antigen test. It also says there is an extra charge if you want rapid PC or if you do not have a French SSN.

c) I don't know if this is the norm. I live in FL and my CDC actually does have a tiny QR code on it. I downloaded the app and scanned it and it did come up with the green check mark and it says the date/time I scanned it and "No at risk exposure detected". I'm going to delete the app and re download it because I don't want to be breaking any laws - just wondered if anyone else had tried this.

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I just looked at my CDC card and realized... the stickers cover up the CDC logo. OPPS that could be fun! It does show on the back and I have the type of vaccine on the sticker include a lot number, but...
And while Kim is saying "they can't charge more" I have already read several reports of higher prices for Covid testing for tourists. And I honestly don't think my French is up to trying to enforce local laws LOL! So if the pharmacists in the tourist areas charge a mark up.....

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So in regard to the QR code and the COVID app - I figured out all it did was activate the contract tracing on the app - so not helpful.

Carol - I hope you don't give up. It sounds like most places are taking CDC Cards. I was there myself yesterday but have seen so many posts that indicate it isn't going to be a problem and if it is - I'll just enjoy the Eiffel Tower from afar!

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Actually I am more worried about shops/cafes etc than attractions. I expect that attractions will take the CDC card (and I won't be going up the Tower anyway, been there, done that and really don't need to repeat it). But small cafes etc may not be as open to the CDC. I have a few weeks before my 'cancel or else deadline" so we will see. (But I am looking at other options too)

Like someone said above I don't mind playing by the rules, but you have to give me a way to play by them. I wear a mask now (I have one that says "Yes, I am vaccinated" in big letters ) because I think it's the right thing to do so I am fine with masking and social distance etc...If you are going to tell tourists "come spend money" then you have to find a way to let them spend it :)

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Hi everyone!! We successfully entered Versailles today! I do not know if this forum allows photos but I took a photo of the signs that were posted. Basically a Venn Diagram of three ways you could be considered to have the Pass Sanitaire...a negative test taken in the previous 48 hours*, a certificate of vaccination, or a certificate of having had Covid and having recovered. Like Paul said, there is an app you can get on your phone, and for French people, pharmacies (and doctors) can enter a QR code onto the app to create the so called Pass Sanitaire, but for us non-French, it only is a way to find out if you have been in contact with someone who has come down with Covid. We are from Delaware and we have that app...called "COVID Alert Delaware." I will keep that app on my phone until we leave France, but for all intents and purposes, it does nothing for us. And, for those who mentioned they were worried about their CDC card (something about a sticker on it), you should not have to worry. Mine is unusual in that there is a date crossed out that looks like scribbling, and a new date written in. So far no issues, including getting on an airplane and getting into Versailles! But they will want your passport to make sure the name on your passport matches the CDC card. Tomorrow we visit the Louvre and the Orsay, and if we have any issues getting in I will post. I will try to post the photo that was posted at the entrance of Versailles, but I have summarized it accurately here. Bon voyages, everyone, and as Rick says, "Keep on travelin'"! *I did find out about the Covid tests offered in the pharmacies. As of today (7/21/21) they are take-home kits that have a QR code somehow attached to them. You take them and after 15 minutes you get your results and you load them onto your phone app using a QR code that the test has. They cost €25 and I am glad I decided to take my chances first, not having to spend that amount! More money for the cafes and pattiseries!

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One follow-up query.

Is the CDC Vac Card good for the TGV? One of the newsletters this week (Lonely Planet) noted that the EU Health Pass would be required for long-distance train travel. Since we were planning on taking the train directly from CDG -- and I don't think there is a pharmacy in the airport -- this might be an issue.

Just wanted to check to see others' experiences.

Thank you,

Kurt

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Trip report so far is that things here feel normal aside from masks indoors and on the metro. We have been to most monuments, the Orangerie, the Carnavalet, took a day trip to Rouen and have eaten inside and outside at numerous restaurants and all without any issues and only being asked to see our health pass one time to date. Today we are doing a tour of Champagne and Reims and will report back if there is anything notable. Metro is packed at rush hour and most where masks, but hard to social distance there. Cafes are full and the city is lively.

For anyone hesitating on whether to visit, I would say definitely do as the streets are full of locals, but not many tourists. I bet I have not heard an American voice but 5 times in 5 days.

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We are on the TGV from Paris to Avignon. No one checked for a health pass. Only had to scan our ticket at the gate to board.

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We are at Moët Chandon in Epernay and they accepted the CDC card. Other than a face mask on indoors it was business as usual.

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The health pass doesn’t come into effect for long-distance transportation (such as trains) until early August.

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I emailed SNCF trains as I plan to take their trains long distances through France this August. They replied to me that my CDC card with passport would be accepted on their trains as did Versailles and the Orangerie.

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I read through some of the health pass articles on French websites last night, and it sounds like the SNCF process for Aug 1 isn't fully baked yet. It's still in process. One article noted an SNCF union rep said management was just winging it at this point (my translation). One issue seems to be -- do they check every passenger prior to boarding, or just do spot checks? The former might entail staffing issues and the process could cause delays and other scheduling issues, and the latter might be too loose.

So I guess I won't worry about it. I'll check with the SNCF just prior to leaving. I usually leave a 3 hr gap between scheduled landing time and TGV departure from CDG, and that's always worked fine. So hopefully, it'll be the same in this case.

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So far we have been to the Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Carnavalet and on SNCF and either the CDC Card or the actual health pass works for all.

There are also testing centers near all the sites where one can test and then scan the QR code from the negative result receipt into the French health pass app and they’re good for 48 hrs. This would be for those who are unvaccinated and were able to travel to France.

The trip has been worthwhile and easy with the major sites busiest, but nothing even close to a typical summer. I got photos of the pyramid this morning with not a single person in the photo, and this was at 10 am on a Friday. Same thing at Palais Royal at 1 and Pont Des Arts right after.

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There's a report on TripAdvisor that an American tourist was denied entry to the Rodin Museum with their CDC card, told they needed the French health pass. So far this is the only museum or monument that I have seen reports of denying entry, but thought it was worth mentioning here as another data point.

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Again, the health pass does not yet apply to trains/SNCF.

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Unfortunately the vaxx center in Paris in front of the Hotel de Ville that Carol posted has now been told to stop because they were flooded with Americans. It was taking up too much of their time.

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Paul
What is the health pass app called?

My Air France flight is on August 15 from Milan to CDG, I heard from them today that a Covid19 negative test is required fir all flights to France

In addition, the French Embassy in San Francisco said the CDC white card without a QR code will not be acceptable come August
I’m waiting fir news about it from Italy, my first stop.
Evening news shows protests in Paris

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We had tickets to visit the Opera Garnier in Paris and received an email saying everyone needs the French pass and ID to get in. We replied asking if that was the case for Americans. They wrote back to say our CDC vaccine card and ID would be sufficient. I printed out the email to take with us just in case.

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Great info in the post. We are currently in France. Traveling between Haut-Savoie, Haut-Rhin (Alsace), and Vaucluse (Provence). For what it’s worth, our travels and day trips have mostly been about outdoor activities such as walking, hiking, biking, general sight seeing, wine tasting, and EATING! Not much need to show vaccine proof. We have only encountered one instance where we needed to show vaccine proof while in France. This was at the Roman amphitheater and museum in Orange. They readily accepted a photo of our CDC vaccine cards at the gate.

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Friend in France right now tried to get this pass at pharmacy recommended by his hotel. Instead they sent him to a Covid center and he was required to get a test even though he has the CDC card. After testing negative he was entered into the French pass system. He will be there for a month so made sense to get it, but just shows this is a bit all over the place in terms of getting the pass.

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If the test was PCR, his pass is valid for 72 hours.
If the test was Antigen, his pass is valid for 48 hours.

He needs to keep trying. He didn't understand what was going on

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I think he figured that out. But the two pharmacies he went to told him NO DICE on getting the pass and sent him to the testing place.

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Yes — it makes sense to me that pharmacies may be having enough of “converting.” And another way of having a health pass is a negative test. But yes, it needs to be less than 48 hours old for anywhere that requires one to enter. So if he’s there a month (and planning on doing anything that requires entry), he is going to spend a lot of money on tests !

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So everyone is scrambling to get that QR code when just about every place reporting, except the Rodin Museum, has accepted the CDC card.

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Frank I think the big problem is the fact that this gets expanded next weekend to cafés restaurants etc. and they are not going to be as familiar with the CDC card as a giant tourist attraction like the Eiffel tower.

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The French parliament passed the Pass Sanitaire law today. Both indoor and outdoor dining are included. That is because of the high load factor of the Delta variant is believed to be as infectious on the terraces as indoors. We had a 50-day trip planned in France from mid-August. My wife has medical issues that preclude her from being vaccinated and she is not wild about having to get her nose swabbed every 2 - 3 days for 49 euros. Looks like we will be staying home as this is one obstacle too many.

https://www.ouest-france.fr/sante/virus/coronavirus/pass-sanitaire/le-licenciement-des-salaries-sans-passe-sanitaire-definitivement-ecarte-du-projet-de-loi-anti-covid-7361949

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I'm told from our contact in France that the Prime Minister confirmed that the earliest this will be in place is August 5. Is anyone else hearing the same?

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I’m just curious is anyone else just thinking of buying the at home test kits that are approved for return travel before your trip and doing that every 72hrs while on your trip instead of try to hunt down a pharmacy or vaccination center to get a health pass if they are not going to accept CDC in August? I’m considering buying a 6 pack of them for my wife and I since we are only in France for a week. 3 test each should do the trick while we are there. We don’t leave until October so hopefully things will clear up over the next few months

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In Paris at Musee Jacquemart-Andre. Showed CDC card and in. No line no reservation. Open until 8:30 Pm on Mondays. Signac exhibition on at this moment. Family 2 adults 2 kids with audio guide 43 €

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I’m just curious is anyone else just thinking of buying the at home test kits that are approved for return travel before your trip and doing that every 72hrs while on your trip instead of try to hunt down a pharmacy or vaccination center to get a health pass if they are not going to accept CDC in August? I’m considering buying a 6 pack of them for my wife and I since we are only in France for a week. 3 test each should do the trick while we are there. We don’t leave until October so hopefully things will clear up over the next few months

Well, problem one is they need an antigen every 48 hours so you need to plan on more testing.
Problem two is they aren't able to be read by the French App. These are only approved for US use right now.

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So what we know as of today is that August 5th is the magic date to determine how this will play our for Americans and the CDC cards. Without any explanation of how they are going to handle foreign visitors from the US, it is keeping us from purchasing our tickets until we all can get more clarification. Very surprised they haven't taken into consideration how to handle visitors from other countries. There are a lot of mixed messages of will or will not the CDC card be accepted after this date. Assuming the only alternative is to pay for and get a PCR test every three days as an alternative?

Another question is, how long does the health pass last for if you are lucky enough to find a pharmacy or testing center that will give you one?

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So what will happen if after August 5 they don't accept the CDC card or vaccination certificates from other countries. Since most non-EU visitors can't get the green pass or whatever it is, what does the government expect them to do.....wander through the streets begging for food?

It's not just people on this board. It's not just people from the USA and Canada.....it's thousands if not tens of thouands of people from non-EU countries

Any place in France that is not allowing Americans in with a CDC card is either taking it very carefully or they were not given proper information by the government as to what is acceptable. And from reading what the government has issued it is very vague.

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Here is an interesting story from NPR on the French Health Pass:

https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2021/07/26/1020669579/france-new-law-coronavirus-health-pass

Please note the following Paragraph (highlighted by me):

"To get the pass, people must have proof they are fully vaccinated, recently tested negative or recently recovered from the virus. Paper or digital documents will be accepted. The law says a government decree will outline how to handle vaccination documents from other countries."

So we wait and hope the government actually does something.

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Wow.....it looks like everything is changing by the minute! We are arriving in Annecy and Chamonix via Geneva on Aug 31st. Already filled out the online forms for Switzerland. Looks like we will have to wait to see how the French government makes this switch to allowing our CDC Card to count toward the French pass.

Can someone tell me, what would be the best website to keep checking on this? I've seen people talking about their local French Embassy? Should I try the French Consulate in Seattle?

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Someone posted on Flyertalk, "The French government sent out a message on Friday to all pharmacies to stop converting CDC cards to the Healthpass due to fraudulent CDC card concerns. The only way they can now legally convert it is with a offical letter from the US embassy stating that the CDC card has been verified by them and is genuine.

We just ended up getting a rapid test (25 euro per person) since we are going to the Louvre tomorrow."

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We've been in Paris five days and have not had a problem yet. The only museum we've entered was the Catatacombs on Friday, and they accepted our CDC card as proof of vaccination. I've gone to three local pharmacies asking to get the French Sanitation Pass with our CDC cards and they all said no.

The good news is that we bought train tickets from Paris to Rennes ((a two-hour ride on TRV) scheduled for August 4, a few days ago. This morning I got a text from the train company saying that the Sanitation Pass was not required for our trip. That saved us a swab up the nose and some money. Unless we hear something different, Tuesday we're going to be brave and go to Versailles with just the CDC cards--I'll try to remember to report whether or not they let us in.

If anyone out there is reading this and has similar experiences, I'd love it if you could post. Kind of flying blind here ...

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Indeed, the health pass will not start being required for long-distance travel (like TGVs) until August 9.

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I just read there may be a new app coming out in a few days so we can upload our own info?? I am heading over on the 17th and already have my exit test scheduled, maybe I can get a test when I arrive and see if they will add my CDC card to the system at the same time... ???

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If it works like what they introduced for overseas French this week — and they suggested that it will be analogous — it will NOT be an app.

It will be an email address to which you have to email your uploaded documents (including passport or other I.d.). Seems rife for hacking to me.

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Kim,
Yeah that would make me nervous as well. I hope they come up with a secure website that you can go to and fill out the form and personal information and download you vaccine card and ID. And wait for a reply.

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Nope.

As said in the posts yesterday, the government has said they will have an email up and running by Monday.

I’ll believe it when I see it.