According to the French government announcement, the new vaccination certificates will contain a QR code that will work with the verification tools used in all EU member states to verify COVID-19 tests and vaccination documents launched throughout countries that are part of the bloc, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.
All people who have added their vaccination documents to the French application TousAntiCovid will see their certificates automatically updated on June 22, said the country’s Minister of Digital, Cédric O.
Citizens who have their documents in paper format must go to the National Health Insurance of France Ameli website to download a new version of their COVID-19 certificates.
Additionally, people who have not been fully vaccinated against the disease are allowed to travel using COVID-19 tests. These test certificates are available on the government site sidep.gouv.fr, and from June 22, they will also contain QR codes.
French authorities have noted that people who cannot access the site so as not to be part of the French health system should seek help from the health professional who performed their test to issue them with a COVID-19 test certificate.
This week alone, the European Union Parliament gave the green light to the EU’s COVID vaccine certificates by approving the document’s settlement with 546 votes to 93 and 51 abstentions, while reiterating that the due date for to start launching such certificates is July 1.
Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Estonia, Denmark, Germany, Latvia, Greece, Poland, Lithuania and Spain are currently connected to the framework built by the EU , allowing vaccination documents or COVID-19 tests issued there to be verified in other EU countries.
According to figures revealed by European Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders, more than one million European citizens have already obtained their COVID-19 European passport since June 1.
Since the start of the epidemic, France has reported more than 621,270 cases of COVID-19 infection, while more than 109,330 people have died, according to figures released by the World Health Organization.
Like many other countries, the deadly virus has affected France in many ways; However, the government is trying to find new ways to avoid further damage and revive the travel and tourism industry ahead of the summer season.
In this regard, since June 9, France has opened the doors to vaccinated travelers from 38 countries and residents of the rest of the 26 member states of the European Union.