SANITARY PASS. August 1, 2022 marked the end of the state of health emergency, in force in France for two years. The health pass has disappeared in favor of a new device: the travel health certificate, activated only in the event of a new variant.

[Updated August 23, 2022 at 12:06 p.m.] A page turned on Monday, August 1, 2022 with the end of the health pass. Parliament has officially adopted the bill which put an end to the state of health emergency and to all the restrictive measures which have concerned the French in recent years, such as confinement, curfew, health passes or vaccine, which are no longer required in hospitals, nursing homes and other health facilities.

The health pass, which preceded and then succeeded the vaccination pass, has therefore been abolished. On the other hand, the new health law maintains the right for the executive to impose a negative screening test for Covid-19 on people over the age of 12 to return to French soil, if a new variant deemed dangerous were to emerge. “The government will be able to impose this travel health certificate before boarding the plane”, specifies the law.

This “travel health certificate” which replaces the health pass may be requested for travelers to the DOM-TOMs only in the event of “risk of saturation” of the overseas health system. It is therefore not a question of a return to the health pass at the borders strictly speaking.

The health pass as we knew it at the borders of the country is no more. A new system has been put in place by the government to manage the Covid-19 epidemic in the event of the appearance of a new variant from August 1, 2022 until January 31, 2023, framed by the new law says ” surveillance and health security”. Thus, the executive will be able to request a travel health certificate at the borders of metropolitan France. It may also be requested in the DOM-TOMs, only in the event of saturation of the local health system.

The health pass involved three proofs (complete vaccination schedule, Covid-19 recovery certificate or negative Covid-19 test). However, the device that replaces it at the borders of France from August 1, 2022, called travel health certificate, consists only of a Covid-19 screening test for travelers from foreign countries, without mentioning vaccination. compulsory or recovery from Covid-19 and provided that a new dangerous variant has appeared.

The new health bill which took effect on August 1, 2022 no longer mentions a health pass or a vaccination pass, which means that it is no longer required in the places in France where it was in force (the health and medico-social services and establishments in particular), unless it is necessary to pass a new law.

From the moment your journey takes place in France, the health or vaccination pass is no longer required to take the plane, a train or a long-distance bus since March 14, 2022. But if you are traveling to Abroad, the health rules are different depending on the country of destination. Some member countries of the European Union may still require a negative test, proof of vaccination or a certificate of recovery from Covid-19. It is advisable to inquire beforehand on the site France Diplomatie.

To travel to one of the member countries of the European Union, an EU digital COVID certificate may be required for travelers aged 12 and over. Since February 1, 2022, it is obtained by one of these three proofs:

These rules only apply to vaccination certificates used for the purpose of traveling within the European Union, which are checked at borders. They are not the same in a national context.