How will the France health pass work in cafes, bars and restaurants? – .

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How will the France health pass work in cafes, bars and restaurants? – .


In France, any person aged 18 and over must, from August 9, present a health passport to go to restaurants, cafes and bars.
This is subject to the approval of France Constitutional Council, with a decision expected on August 5. Council is unlikely to change or block the law after it has been debated at length in the French parliament.

We answer other common questions related to the health pass (health pass).

Who will check it and how?

Staff working in cafes, restaurants and bars should check your health card.

In restaurants, this will probably be done before the waiter shows you your seat.

In cafes and bars it will be more complicated, but the waiters will most likely ask you to show the pass before taking your order.

Staff will not ask for your ID. It will be the job of the police.

If officials suspect something is wrong, they can phone the police to ask them to check a person’s health record.

Identity checks by the police will not take place inside the establishments, but outside.

Read more: The France health pass does not have a photo, do you also need to present an identity document?

What will happen if I refuse to present the health pass?

The establishment may refuse to serve you.

A fine of 135 € is imposed on any person caught in the act of using a false certificate.

What about those under 18?

Children 12 to 17 years old will not need to use a health pass before September 30. After this day, children of this age group will have to present them to enter cafes, restaurants, bars and all other places where a health pass is required in France.

The health pass will not be compulsory to access schools.

Read more: Students vaccinated in France will stay in school if the class has a case of Covid

Does this sanitary pass rule only apply to cafes and restaurants with a capacity of more than 50 people?

No, this applies to all cafes, restaurants and bars.

The 50 capacity rule applies to culture and leisure spaces, such as cinemas, theaters, indoor sports facilities, public swimming pools, places of worship.

A health pass is mandatory at these locations since July 21. Click on the link below to find out more.

Read more: What changes with the France Covid health pass on July 21

Do I have to present the sanitary pass to sit in outdoor spaces and on the terraces?

Yes, all areas of cafes, restaurants and bars are included in the law.

What is the health pass?

The “health pass” itself is not a separate physical document.

This is how France refers to proof of your Covid-19 status and this can be achieved with one of the following:

  • A Covid-19 test (rapid antigen or PCR) showing a negative result and carried out within the last 48 hours
  • A Covid-19 vaccination certificate indicating full vaccination
  • A Covid-19 test (rapid antigen or PCR) showing a positive Covid-19 result, carried out between 11 days and 6 months before

A person is considered to be fully vaccinated one week after their last dose of the vaccine.

The vaccines accepted in the health pass are: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca.

How can I present it?

You can show proof of any of these documents on paper – a certificate will be given to you during a test or vaccination.

You can also view the documents digitally, for example if a lab sent you the results of your Covid-19 test.

Finally, you can use the phone app TousAntiCovid. Here you can download vaccination and test certificates if they have a compatible QR code.

Find out more in our article here on obtaining a health pass in France. – France’s Covid “health pass” is not a document, so how do you get it?

And the tourists?

Visitors vaccinated or tested in any other EU country can use their vaccination or test certificates in France, as part of the EU’s Covid digital certificate program.

Read more: France Health Pass vs EU Health Pass: what’s the difference?

It is now possible for UK visitors to France to scan the QR codes of their NHS vaccination certificates in the TousAntiCovid application.

Read more: NHS QR codes now compatible with the TousAntiCovid application in France

The change means visitors from the UK can now easily generate in the app a standard French and European digital certificate for easy scanning at sites requiring a pass.

The US Embassy in Paris had previously stated that “any consenting doctor or pharmacist” could take information from US vaccination certificates in order to generate a French certificate with an EU QR code.

He now indicates that while some people claim to have succeeded in this, others have been told it was not possible and “at the moment the embassy is not aware of the extent to which it is still possible. to bring American information into the French system “.

France is preparing to launch a new system in early August allowing visitors from third countries to obtain a health card certificate in French format. Read more about this in our article here – France is planning a system to convert US and other non-EU Covid certificates.

Otherwise, a paper proof of vaccination with a vaccine accepted in France should in principle be accepted in most places, even if there is no compatible QR code to scan.

If a person’s proof of vaccination is not accepted, then tourists can take a Covid-19 test in France.

It can be a rapid antigen test, which costs 25 € for tourists in France or a PCR test, which costs 43.89 €.

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