Applying for a French Vaccine Certificate for non-EU Visitors

France has recently relaxed its entry requirements for vaccinated travellers from all over the world. The EU digital COVID certificate is recognized all over Europe, and allows its holders ease of entry to restaurants, attractions, and accommodation. Now, in order to facilitate a visitor’s trip to, and through, France, the French government have created a system to recognize non-EU (or UK) vaccine certificates.

Applying to convert your vaccine certificate is quick and easy – and will make your holiday in France a bit more stress-free!

How to convert your vaccine certificate

If you have not been vaccinated in one of the following: European Union Member States, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, Switzerland, United Kingdom (England and Wales only) then you can apply to receive a French certificate of equivalence.

You must meet the following criteria:

  • You are not below the age of 18. A certificate is not required for those between 12 and 17 years. Children under 12 are exempt from all Covid-19 restrictions.
  • You have received a full dose of a vaccine recognized by the European Medicines Agency or equivalent. Or provide proof that you have recovered from Covid-19 and received one jab. The following timelines apply:
    • 4 weeks after a single dose injection (Johnson & Johnson)
    • 7 days after the second dose of a double injection (AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna)
    • 7 days after the first injection if you have recovered from Covid-19.

You can apply for the certificate if you are already in France or travelling to the country soon.

Apply online

All applications for the vaccine certificate can be made online through the following links:

Non-student foreign nationals (including tourists):

Foreign students enrolled in French education establishments:

Once your application has been processed you will receive an email with a QR code. This can be printed and used as a hardcopy, or, added to the TousAntiCovid smart app which you can download onto your phone. The latter can store all your certificates and documents, and can be presented when visiting museums, restaurants, and entertainment venues.

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Off the Tourist Track: Our Top Picks for ‘Undertourism’

At SafeScore, we have nothing against big cities, and big tourist hotspots – we’re a fan of all travel. But, sometimes its good to discover the slightly-less-known, avoid the crowds, and head to the smaller cities.

These are some of our top picks.

Trieste, Italy

If you’re visiting Italy, and want beautiful piazzas, excellent seafood, and aquamarine views, then Trieste will be your spot. Perched on the Adriatic coast, Trieste, is almost entirely surrounded by Slovenia, so you could add another country to your itinerary. As a result of its geography, its cultural history is a melting pot of history, with influences from Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Greece and more. The city was once a great seaport, as is demonstrated by it’s grand waterside architecture. Now, however, it plays a different role. Once you’ve finished playing the tourist, you can admire the rows of elegant white yacht gently bobbing on the water while you sip on your Aperol Spritz.

Albi, France

Located in southern France, and just northeast of Toulouse, is the river-side town of Albi. Infrequently discovered by the usual tourist, Albi offers a picturesque and fascinating visit, without the crowds. The world-renown artist, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was born here in the 19th century. Dive into a world of Belle-Epoque cabarets and circuses at the Toulouse-Lautrec museum. Next door you’ll find the Sainte-Cécile Cathedral, which is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The episcopal city is a marvel of gothic renaissance architecture, towering over the banks of the Tarn River. Venture further out of the city, and meander through the region’s vineyards, or, take a leisurely boat cruise down the river and see the city from another angle.

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São Tomé and Príncipe

Just 6 hours flight from mainland Europe are Africa’s answers to the Galapagos Islands. São Tomé and Príncipe are located on the equator, and serviced by direct flights from Portugal, Ghana, Angola, and Gabon (under usual circumstances). Once you’ve arrived, you’ll find looming volcanic mountains, flocks of endemic bird species, and waterfalls and lakes hidden by the rainforest. One third of São Tomé, the main island, is a national park, making it a unique destination and offering visitors plenty of activities. If you need to unwind, the islands have many fabulous beaches, and the rich marine life will keep you diving, or snorkeling for hours.

The Faroe Islands

If you fancy dramatic landscapes, a sense of mysticism, and plenty of outdoor activities, then head to the Faroe Islands. Out in the wilds of the Atlantic Ocean, these 18 volcanic islands will transport you to another world. The lush green valleys, and turf roofs of the houses will make you think you’ve stepped into J.R.R. Tolkien‘s imagination. Precipitous cliffs thrust waterfalls into the sea, and hiking trails will lead you to panoramic views over lakes and mountains. After a day battling unpredictable weather, relax and enjoy the local music. The haunting ballads are a deeply rooted element of the Faronese culture. When the hiking has given you an appetite, try the local gastronomy scene, which is gaining world traction.

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