Europe: France vaccination passes valid for nine months


Following the recommendation of the European Commission, the French authorities have confirmed that the country has curtailed the validity of vaccination certificates.

According to the French Ministry of the Interior, from February 1, the country only recognizes vaccination certificates indicating that the holder has received his last vaccine dose in the context of primary vaccination within the past nine months.


Since February 1, 2022, to be considered fully immunized, persons eighteen years of age or older wishing to enter a national territory must receive a supplemental messenger RNA vaccine nine months after the last required injection.

It indicates that all individuals who were vaccinated more than nine months ago are considered non-vaccinated, and thus, are required to comply with the same rules that apply to those who did not receive the required vaccine dose.

On the other hand, it is mentioned in the reports people who have already received an additional vaccine dose, also known as a booster shot, will be able to enter France without following strict entry rules.

It has been clarified that the new rules on the validity of vaccination passes apply only to persons above 18 years.Travelers between the ages of 13 and 17 will continue to be fully vaccinated if they have received two vaccine doses.

In contrast, children under the age of 12 are not required to meet such a requirement, meaning they do not need to be vaccinated to enter France.

The European Commission suggested in December that all EU member states make EU vaccination certificates valid for a period of 270 days.


The EU Digital COVID Certificate would expire by the end of June. However, if the proposal is approved, everyone moving from one country to another would have to present documents for another year.



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