Sanitary pass: what changes following Olivier Véran’s announcements

Associated with the TousAntiCovid application, this digital tool allows you to store your supporting documents – vaccination, negative PCR test, certificate of recovery after contamination – in order to then be able to access certain public places. A decision to encourage the population to be vaccinated to stem the new wave of contamination by the delta variant.

A mandatory third dose

From January 15, 2022, the health pass will no longer be valid without the third dose of vaccine for people whose second dose dates back more than seven months, explained Thursday, November 25 the Minister of Health Olivier Véran. A date brought back to December 15 for people over 65.

New restrictive measures have also been announced for non-vaccinated people. From Monday, November 29, the validity of negative tests, mandatory for public places, increases to 24 hours.

The mandatory health pass in several places of culture and leisure

The health pass is compulsory to access places of leisure and culture bringing together more than 50 people for people from 12 years old.

Museums, cinemas and amusement parks are also affected by this measure.

Cafes, restaurants, shopping centers and trains also affected

The health pass is also necessary to be able to access:

  • in cafes;
  • to restaurants;
  • shopping malls;
  • hospitals and retirement homes;
  • to medico-social establishments;
  • planes, trains and coaches for long journeys.

Only people who have been vaccinated or who have tested negative can access these places. Sports halls are also affected.

For which professions did the health pass become compulsory on August 30?

Since Monday August 30, people who work in a place open to the public must present a QR code justifying full vaccination, recovery in less than 6 months or a negative test in less than 72 hours. Are concerned :

  • bars and restaurants
  • discos
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • amusement park
  • performance halls
  • festivals
  • closed sports establishments
  • game rooms
  • fairs, forums and exhibitions
  • funfairs with more than 30 attractions
  • zoos
  • libraries and media libraries
  • long-distance public transport (TGV, national flights or even interregional coaches)
  • shopping centers of more than 20,000 m² when the health situation in the department concerned is worrying (more than 200 cases per 100,000 inhabitants), and by decision of the prefectures.

In case of refusal to present the pass, sanctions can be put in place for the workers. Employers refusing to check employee passes risk an administrative closure of the company for 7 days as well as a fine of 9,000 euros.

The health pass, an essential document for travel?

The presentation of the health pass is necessary to leave France.

A classification of countries by color has been put in place by the authorities, determined according to the intensity of the Covid-19 epidemic in each territory.

Note that since October, PCR and antigen tests in France are chargeable, except in the case of compelling reasons.

A document accessible to all

Unlike the vaccine passport, the health pass is accessible to everyone, even non-vaccinated people because, as the Secretary of State for European Affairs Clément Beaune pointed out on February 28 in the program “Political issues” on France Inter:

Vaccination cannot be the only sesame for reopening activities otherwise we create a very unfair two-speed society..

The health pass makes it possible to centralize several documents such as:

  • proof of a negative RT-PCR or antigen test;
  • the Covid-19 recovery certificate;
  • the vaccination certificate.

What information is stored on the health pass?

In the digital version, the “Notebook” part of the TousAntiCovid application will serve as a storage and loading area for documents and certificates. Evidence of a negative coronavirus PCR test, certificate of recovery or vaccination will be scanned using a QR Code with the person’s first and last name.

Is there a difference between the French health pass and the European health pass?

The European Covid-19 certificate – or digital European health pass – and the national health pass are two tools shared on the TousAntiCovid platform.

How to download your European health pass to go on a trip?

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