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In Paris- Update

We are in Paris now- no problems re:Covid. As long as you have your passe sanitaire, you are good to go!
People are living life as usual!

Posted by
9692 posts

So happy you are there!!

I found the same in Sept/Oct. Much different attitude than my Covid-denying non-masking home location, lol.

Enjoy your time!

Posted by
931 posts

I'm jealous! I feels good to hear of someone enjoying travel again. I love Paris and wish I was there also. When your sitting in a cafe having a coffee and cake please remember all of us who can't wait to join you!

Posted by
2580 posts

Well, yes and no. I was there two weeks ago and yes everyone is out in the streets and the cafes are full, but if you're a tourist, you need to stay hyper-aware of how the world is constantly changing around you. While I was there, they announced nightclubs were to be closed and Biden changed the return test from 3 days to 1. Now there's the confusion about getting into and out of the UK, and countries like Denmark and Sweden are virtually shutting down. Austria is just reopening after a long stretch of shutdown, things are rough in Germany. All these Euro countries are interconnected and have great impact on each other.

Yes you need the PS and if you have it you can get in anywhere, but Omicron has everyone so on edge you need to assume that more restrictions are on the way, you just don't know what or when.

Other than that, it's a pleasant diversion to be in Europe!

Posted by
1143 posts

I was in Paris during what I consider to be a sweet spot -- 3 weeks in November.
My experience was similar to what you are describing, and I am happy for you!
I think that Phred is right, though, that you need to be aware of what is going on and pay attention to any covid-related news, especially related to travel restrictions.
In the meantime, enjoy every minute -- Sante' from me!

Posted by
1103 posts

It was nice being texted by Delta & Air France on the change from 3 days prior to departure to less than 24 hours. I also received emails from them both, all 4 days prior to departure.

Posted by
8281 posts

Your experience was my experience this past Oct. Super easy to be there and very fun. Vacations are too short to spend time worrying. Keep on enjoying yourself!

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8767 posts

Thanks for sharing the video on YouTube. The next best thing to being there…

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9692 posts

Thanks Kerouac for taking us along with you on your walk! Very lovely to see Paris today.

Posted by
8396 posts

Your videos are excellent. Thank you.

Posted by
1817 posts

Great video, thank you!
Looks cold and wet there!

Posted by
1143 posts

I love Paris.
Thanks, Kerouac2, so much for sharing your lovely video.

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8281 posts

Wonderful kerouac. Loved seeing the Marais, and beautiful Place des Vosges.
You were busy editing today! Thank you.

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Am I understanding correctly that in order to get a Covid certificate we need to go to a French pharmacy with our CDC vaccination cards and proof of ID? Is an appointment required for this sort of thing, or do we just walk into any pharmacy and get it?
Also, do we need to prove a negative PCR test?
We need to book tickets using a voucher by December 31, from a canceled trip to France in March 2020. We are looking at going in April of 2022, hoping that the Omicron variant has started to decline by that point.

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9692 posts

"Am I understanding correctly that in order to get a Covid certificate we need to go to a French pharmacy with our CDC vaccination cards and proof of ID?"

By Covid Certificate do you mean the French Pass Sanitaire which will allow you to go into restaurants and museums? If that is what you mean, then yes, you take your CDC card to a pharmacy near your hotel and they will convert it to a health pass with a QR code for use in France. Download the TousAntiCovid app onto your phone before you leave home and you can just add the QR code in there. There is a charge.

"Is an appointment required for this sort of thing, or do we just walk into any pharmacy and get it?"

You can walk in. If they are busy (pharmacies are usually pretty small), they may give you an appointment or ask you to come back. There will likely be several pharmacies within walking distance of your hotel so you can check out others in "your" neighborhood.

"Also, do we need to prove a negative PCR test?"

Currently for entry to France and re-entry back to the US a negative antigen is needed. The one for re-entry to the US is within 1 day (not 24 hours so you can do it the AM before your flight day) and is easily obtained from a local pharmacy in France. Much easier in France than the US.

For travel in April 2022 guidelines for either France and/or the US may have changed so keep up by watching the forum and the official websites.

https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/coming-to-france/coming-to-france-your-covid-19-questions-answered/article/coming-to-france-your-covid-19-questions-answered?var_mode=calcul

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/international-travel-during-covid19.html

Editing to add: Currently Antigen tests are needed, not PCR. And thank you acraven … edited after I read your post because I clearly did not read the question thoroughly. Apologies for any confusion.

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21050 posts

I believe the US allows antigen as well as PCR tests for air passengers. I'm not positive about France, but I'd definitely check on that, because it can be very, very difficult--and very costly--to get a rapid result on a PCR test.

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7593 posts

The U.S. will accept either antigen or PCR for entry.

France requests PCR or an antigen test that tests for the N protein. (I.e. be sure that you are going to get the right kind of antigen test if that is what you are going to try. Plus your proof of vaccination, of course. A test alone will not get you in the country.

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1995 posts

By April 2022, the pass sanitaire will have become the pass vaccinal, and you will likely need proof of a booster shot. Keep, and I make copies, of all QR codes obtained at a pharmacy as these will likely be needed to be scanned into the new pass vaccinal.

Other than that, expect a lot more changes by next April.