The French have protested vaccine passports, and law enforcement has responded in force. As it was put in the New York Times, “Emmanuel Macron Told the French What to Do. It Didn’t Go Well.”
« Macron ton pass, on en veut pas ! »
— Clément Lanot (@ClementLanot) August 5, 2021
— Clément Lanot (@ClementLanot) August 7, 2021
Nonetheless, if you’re a tourist traveling to France you’re going to want a vaccine passport, or “pass sanitaire” (health pass).
Since Monday, all international travelers seeking access to restaurants, bars, hospitals, large shopping centers, museums, theaters, sports and amusement parks and more – even common areas of hotels – have to show their passport. (Essential bakeries are excluded from the requirement, because access to baguettes and croissants are basic human rights.)
You can do a one-and-done submission of your vaccination card, show proof of recovery from prior infection, or test every 48 hours. Children 12-17 are exempt until the end of August. Children under 12 are exempt, as no vaccine has yet been authorized. The French government accepts Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca (and Covishield) along with Johnson & Johnson.
Currently much of the EU requires proof of vaccination for entry into some bars and attractions, and the French pass once obtained can be used across Schengen Europe.
The process to obtain a pass involves sending an email with copy of passport, form, and photo of vaccine card. They’ll respond with a QR code that’s your vaccine passport. Anyone (vaccinated) that’s going to Europe should get a French Covid card.
Data points are that these are handled quickly, generally about a day. They can’t really verify your CDC card is genuine, so they’re taking it on faith, but most people submitting cards are going to be submitting real ones.
So far they’re only accepting applications for tourists arriving through August 15 but that should be extended in the coming days.