Since 1 July 2021, EU citizens can travel freely in Europe with the EU Digital COVID Certificate, also known as "health pass", "sanitary pass" or "green pass" depending on the country. This precious certificate includes all proof of vaccination, negative PCR test or recovering of Covid-19. A wind of freedom is finally blowing for travels.
What is the European Digital COVID Certificate?
The European health pass, officially called the "EU digital COVID certificate", has been compulsory and free of charge since 1 July 2021 for travel in all European Union countries, but also in Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Iceland and Norway.
This pass proves that you are not a carrier of the virus. You can obtain it in one of three situations:
- you have been vaccinated against Covid-19
- you underwent a Covid test and it is negative
- you are immune to the infection and can prove it by showing a positive PCR test
Since 1 February 2022, Member States are obliged to accept certificates of vaccination for a period of 9 months from the last dose of vaccine (excluding booster) when travelling within the EU.
This rule only applies to certificates used for travel within an EU Member State. States may therefore apply different measures when the certificate is used in a national context, which was for example the case for the vaccination pass in France until March 2022.
Travellers without an EU certificate should be allowed to travel with proof of pre- or post-arrival testing but may be required to undergo a period of isolation if they come from areas particularly affected by COVID-19.
Who can get a European digital COVID certificate?
All EU citizens, their family members, and nationals who are legally staying or residing in an EU Member State have the right to travel to other countries within the EU.
How does the European "health pass" work?
It couldn't be easier! European travellers will be able to cross borders simply by presenting a "QR code" proving the validity of their PCR test or vaccine. This is a quick and easy way to check certificates and avoid long queues at train stations or airports.
Green light, you can pass.
It's red, you'll have to turn back.
The system is secured by a forgery-proof digital signature which allows the authenticity of these documents to be verified. If you are travelling by car, random checks may be carried out by the police. However, this pass is not an absolute door opener. Each country has its own health regulations which should be checked before you leave. For example, some countries may have additional requirements if you come from a so-called "risk country".
Country information is available on the reopen.europa.eu website or, from France, on the diplomatie.gouv.fr website.
How do you get your EU digital Covid certificate?
If you live in France
And you have decided to travel to one of the European Union countries. If you were vaccinated before 25 June 2021, your pass is only valid in France. You must convert it into a European health pass.
You have downloaded the TousAntiCovid app:
- If you have already downloaded the QR code in your app, you don't have to do anything. The European pass will appear as soon as the application is updated in your "Vaccination pass" tab,
- If you have not downloaded your certificate into the app yet: Connect to the website attestation-vaccin.ameli.fr (for proof of vaccination) or to the portal sidep.gouv.fr (for proof of test) with your FranceConnect credentials to retrieve the certificate in European format. Go to the "Vaccination pass" tab and add the certificate by scanning the QR code.
You were vaccinated after 1 July 2021
The certificate provided is already in European format. You just have to scan the QR code directly into the application.
You do not wish to download the TousAntiCovid app
This certificate can be printed. Make sure you keep it with you when you travel.
If you do not live in France
Each country has set up its own system for collecting the European Health Pass. You can find all the information and useful links by country on the European Commission website.
Which vaccines are recognised in Europe?
Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccines are authorised in all Member States. However, check that you have completed the entire vaccination process to obtain the certificate:
- for at least 14 days after the 2nd injection for double injection vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca) or after a single injection of one of these vaccines if you have had Covid
- for at least 28 days for the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine
Member States may also accept vaccines on the World Health Organisation's list.
The special case of the French vaccination pass
On 24 January 2022, the health pass became a "vaccination pass" on French territory and was compulsory for access to certain places (leisure, culture, restaurants, inter-regional long-distance travel in France, tourist accommodation, etc.).
Your vaccination pass is valid if you have:
- A certificate of vaccination following a complete vaccination schedule, including booster dose, carried out within 4 months for persons aged 18 years and 1 month or more;
A certificate of recovery dating back at least 11 days ;
A certificate of medical contraindication not allowing vaccination.
Important: since 14 March 2022, the vaccination pass is no longer compulsory inside the French territory, except in certain places, which are: health establishments, retirement homes, and establishments that receive frail or disabled people.
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