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QR code’s from a pharmacy

Still no luck on our QR code’s via email yet. Still hopeful but wondering how easy it is to get them at a pharmacy over there with our cdc cards? Anyone have any luck with that?

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I haven't tried - we're not travelling from England yet.

But I do know that President Macron's government has forbidden pharmacies to convert the CDC cards. The email process is the required route, and they are very busy and the backlog is long.

You can get a test at a pharmacy and that will result in a short (3 days, 5 days I don't remember) temporary QR code.

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The test-associated QR code/health pass is valid for 72 hours. It costs €29.

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Kim how fast until you get results from pharmacy testing? We arrive Sunday late by train, test Monday morning for return to US on Wednesday. Lots of paperwork to fill out due to transit through LHR but key is also having results so we can do a bit of Paris Monday and Tuesday. Thanks

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We have been in Paris for a week and EVERYONE accepts our vaccination cards. Restaurants museums, the Eiffel Tower, theArc de Triomphe….no problems. Never even a thought of getting a test.

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I was in a pharmacy in the Marais today and they were coverting CDC cards to pass sanitaire. At least 10- 15 people in line doing it. I already have QR code so I don't know cost details but they definitely were doing it for folks.
I second what everyone else has said - we've been here almost a week and no issue with CDC card prior to QR code coming to inbox.

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<< But I do know that President Macron's government has forbidden pharmacies to convert the CDC cards. >>

I would be curious to know how you know this.

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Just to be clear on the step by step, tomorrow when we test at a Paris pharmacy do we wait there for the results or will they be emailed to us? Then I assume I can ask the hotel to print out a hard copy? And we each need our own done separately on our own email addresses?

Then I have to fill in the LHR transit PLF which I found a website that shows me step by step. The Verifly app seemed like a pain in that it wouldn’t let me create a trip to the US which is basically what we’re doing with a transit at LHR so will skip that and have test results, and UK PLF and hope to get our Paris hotel to print everything out for us so we have both printed and online.

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Hi Nancy. We were able to convert our CDC card to Passe Sanitaire QR code at a pharmacy in Reims. We are touring Alsace and took TGV from CDG after landing last Tuesday. It only took 10 mins to get the Passe. Reims is a small city, so I guess not much demand to convert the CDC card, yet big enough that they were familiar with the conversion process.

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I used only the CDC card (Sept 1-12) and didn’t have a single problem. Testing would have been easy had I needed to (but cost $$)… in Paris there were testing sites all around.

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Just to be clear on the step by step, tomorrow when we test at a Paris pharmacy do we wait there for the results or will they be emailed to us?

They will give you a print-out when the 15 minutes are up (I.e. when they have processed the sample and have the results.) They can additionally email it to you, I’m sure.

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Edit: Nigel is correct. My neighborhood pharmacist told me today that all the pharmacies did receive a directive not to do any more conversions because they were being handled through the consulates and embassy.. There was concern about falsified CDC cards.

Which brings me to the following speculation-pure speculation: are the vaccination records being verified with each State? Could that be what takes varying lengths of time. Again speculation.

However, two people have testified that some pharmacies are still doing some soet of conversion for some nationality, but were they from the US with CDC cards?

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Just returned from 2 weeks in France. Getting the QR code was easy! We took our passports and vax cards to a local (southern France) pharmacy. The information was copied down and we returned 4 hours later to receive the codes. I uploaded mine to the Tous Anti Covid app which made it easy to show at restaurants & museums.

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Which brings me to the following speculation-pure speculation: are the vaccination records being verified with each State? Could that be what takes varying lengths of time. Again speculation.

No. This would take forever and there could be legal issues. A state can't give out your personal health records without your permission. Especially to a foreign government. And it would also mean the state agrees to have someone look up that information. That costs time and money.

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I would love to see the email exchange between someone at the French MFA and my local Pawnee County Health Department where the French are asking the Okies to verify vax info !! And the people in Oklahoma would just be thinking man, we are just focused on TRYING to get people vaccinated here, I don’t have time for your French paperwork!!!

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Based on posts on other forums, pharmacies were converting CDC cards for a while, then almost all reports were that pharmacies said they were told not to convert. Since then there have been some reports of pharmacies willing to convert (often for a fee) and some reports that pharmacies were refusing.