Tuesday, June 22, 2021

French COVID-19 Vaccination Passports for Travel to Be Updated on June 23

People whose vaccination certificate has been issued by the French government need to get their document updated in order to be allowed to travel to the rest of the EU Member States in July, the authorities have announced.

France’s COVID-19 vaccination and test certificates’ QR Code will be updated from June 23 to align with the document with the EU verification system, which is set to fully launch on July 1, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

The EU Digital COVID Certificate is issued by the member states, which in alignment with the EU’s regulation, can individually launch the vaccination and COVID-19 test certificates.

The document proves that the holder has been fully vaccinated with one of the European Medicine Agency approved vaccines (Moderna, Pfizer, Janssen and AstraZeneca) or that the traveller has tested negative for Coronavirus within 72 hours before travelling to another country.

Those that have recovered from COVID-19 must present a recovery certificate, which indicates that the holder was positive between two and six weeks before travelling.

The documents are issued in English and French and can be presented in paper and digital format, with the latter usually being a designated app for this purpose only.

How to Update the French Vaccination & Test Certificates?

According to the French Digital Minister, Cédric O, users that have uploaded their vaccination certificate in the digital format; on the phone application TousAntiCOVID, through Mon carnet (My Wallet) tool, will have their certificate automatically updated.

If the update process doesn’t occur, the holder must manually update the application to force through this change.

On the other hand, those who have received the certificates in paper format need to check the national health insurance website, Ameli, to download the new updated version of their certificate from June 23.

If the holder cannot access the certificate through this website due to not possessing a French social security number, he/she should contact the healthcare professional where they received the vaccine and request from them a vaccination certificate.

In case the holder has a COVID-19 test taken within the past three months, he/she will also need to update their certificate through the government’s official website. If access is denied to this website, the holder can ask the health professional who carried out the test for an updated certificate.

The government previously announced this change to happen on June 22.

The World Health Organisation data show that in the last 24 hours, French authorities have reported 14 deaths from Coronavirus, and 1,815 people tested positive for the disease.

According to Our World in Data, the country has fully vaccinated 16.8 million people, which accounts for ten per cent of the total population. Over 15 per cent of the population has received one of the COVID vaccine doses.

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