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Travel to France 12 YO one dose

Hi,
I am hoping someone will be able to clarify or redirect me regarding travel to France for a 12 year old who has had one vaccine dose and has had covid.

He had to wait 12 weeks for his dose because he had covid and now he had to wait another 12 weeks for second dose + 7 days to be regarded as fully vaccinated. This is just short of our travel dates.
Do France accept 1 dose plus covid as fully vaccinated and if so, how do I evidence both?
I appreciate this is unique and technical, but travelling with 12-18 year olds is tricky at the moment.
Thank you for any help or information

Posted by
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Do France accept 1 dose plus covid as fully vaccinated

AFAIK, no.

Posted by
8268 posts

A child who is in the French healthcare system would be following exactly the procedure you are. Actually, an adult, too. When we got the delta variant in France, our local health office in France told us not to get our boosters for 3 months.

A person’s dates are based on an official test result, not a home test. This information is entered electronically into the French healthcare system. In my dealing with my pharmacist and doctor in France, they are up-to-date on procedure and need the correct documentation. Without knowing exactly what they would want, you could start with copies of the positive test date and result. If I were doing this, I’d also get a doctor’s letter.

Your biggest hurdle will be checking in or boarding the plane. Gate agents do not know every detail and variation of how each country handles being considered fully vaccinated.

Posted by
7423 posts

Bets is right, as I can attest because this is my husband’s exact situation. Since he had Covid, France considered him fully vaccinated after one shot.

the problem is going to be
1) getting the proof that he previously had covid; and as Bets mentioned
2) convincing the gate agents that this combo works.

I will see if I can find some language for you from the official websites.

The first thing to do though is to get a letter from the doctor that says when your son had covid, what dates etc.

Edit to add: oddly, the pages from the Interior Ministry about full vaccination scheme only refer to two doses for Pfizer etc without any mention of the “Covid plus one dose” scheme that France itself is using. Will continue to investigate.

Posted by
8268 posts

And be sure the letter is on the doctor’s letterhead and has a signature. Institutional stamps are common in France, too, if your doc or the office has one.

Posted by
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Thank you everyone so much for taking the time to reply and with such considered responses.

With reference to the edit Below - this is also the discrepancy I noticed between the British government (and media) guidance and what is says on the French interior website. The one dose plus vaccine also seemed to apply to other green countries, but not the U.K.

Edit to add: oddly, the pages from the Interior Ministry about full vaccination scheme only refer to two doses for Pfizer etc without any mention of the “Covid plus one dose” scheme that France itself is using. Will continue to investigate.-

Posted by
27429 posts

are you intending to travel to France with the lad from the UK? I must have missed that. Are you here now?

Posted by
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These are 2 quotes that Lufthansa has on their site, regarding entrance to France. I am not sure what they mean about children under 18 traveling with you:

Passengers arriving from the United Kingdom must have a negative COVID-19 antigen or PCR test taken at most 24 hours before departure from the first embarkation point.
This does not apply to passengers younger than 12 years.
Passengers arriving from the United Kingdom must register online at https://passager.serveureos.org/ and show proof at time of check-in.
This does not apply to passengers younger than 12 years.
This does not apply to passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate and accompanying children younger than 18 years. The certificate must state that they received:
- the first vaccine dose of Janssen at least 28 days before arrival; or
- the second vaccine dose of AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Covishield, Fiocruz, Moderna (Spikevax), Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty) or R-Covi at least 7 days before arrival; or
- the first vaccine dose of AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Covishield, Fiocruz, Moderna (Spikevax), Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty) or R-Covi at least 7 days before arrival and proof of previous infection with COVID-19; or
- the first vaccine dose of Moderna (Spikevax) or Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty) at least 7 days before arrival and proof of complete vaccination of Covaxin, Sinopharm or Sinovac.