Applying for a COVID certificate if you were vaccinated abroad (procedure for non-European nationals entering France and non-European students)

In France, the COVID certificate is issued to people who have tested negative or who have been fully vaccinated with one of the vaccines recognized by the European Medicines Agency or one of the equivalents to these vaccines.

In order to facilitate the stay in France of non-EU tourists and students, 2 specific systems have been put in place to issue a QR code valid as a COVID certificate in France.

These 2 systems are open to non-European foreign nationals who are tourists and students in French higher education establishments, respectively.

N.B.: a temporary QR code can also be generated by a healthcare professional following a negative RT-PCR or antigen test.

Who can apply for a COVID certificate?

If you have been vaccinated in one of the following countries – European Union Member States, Albania, Andorra, Faroe Islands, Holy See, Iceland, Israel, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Morocco, North Macedonia, Norway, Panama, San Marino, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine or the United Kingdom (England and Wales, Northern Ireland, and Scotland) – your country issues an EU Digital COVID Certificate which is accepted in France, or, in the case of the United Kingdom, a digital format also accepted in France. In that case, you do not need to convert your COVID certificate.

The list of countries for which this service is available is updated constantly. For more information on the EU Digital COVID Certificate, visit the European Commission’s page on the subject.

You can apply for a COVID vaccine certificate of equivalence if you meet the following conditions:

  • If you have not been vaccinated in a Member State of the European Union, Albania, Andorra, Faroe Islands, the Holy See, Iceland, Israel, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Morocco, North Macedonia, Norway, Panama, San Marino, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, as these countries issue digital COVID certificates that are accepted by France;
  • If you are aged 12 and 2 months or over as at 1 october 2021. Below this age, you are not subject to COVID certificate requirements;
  • You have been vaccinated with a vaccine which is accepted by the European Medicines Agency or an equivalent for over
    • 4 weeks if you received a one-dose injection (Johnson&Johnson);
    • 7 days after the second injection for two-dose vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca);
    • 7 days after the injection if you have recovered from COVID-19 (in this case, only one dose is necessary);
    • 7 days after a booster ARNm dose (Moderna or Pfizer) after two shots of a vaccine on the WHO’s health emergencies list (Sinovac/Coronavac or Sinopharm/BBIB-PVeroCells)

How can I apply?

Applications for a COVID certificate are made:

More information on the website of the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs.

Last updated on: 9 November 2021