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 of of non-European nationals in France, the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs has set up a specific mechanism for issuing a COVID vaccine certificate of equivalence, which is valid on French territory.

This system is open to non-European foreign nationals, tourists and students enrolled in French higher education establishments who are already in France, arriving for the start of the academic year, or before 5 September for non-student foreign nationals. Requests concerning subsequent arrivals at will be processed at a later date.

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, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, Switzerland, United Kingdom (England and Wales only), 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..

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, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, Switzerland or the United Kingdom (England and Wales only), as these countries issue digital COVID certificates that are accepted by France;
  • You are aged 18 or over (until 30 September 2021, the COVID certificate is not required for minors aged 12 to 17 years, and minors aged under 12 years old 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);
  • You are already in France or the European Union or you intend going there within the coming days.

How can I apply?

Since 27 August 2021, COVID certificate applications have been carried out online directly.

As soon as your application has been processed, you will receive an email with a QR code. It can be printed and presented on paper, or added to the TousAntiCovid smartphone application to prove your vaccination status.

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

Last updated on: 3 September 2021