Vaccination pass: where to find it, validity, how many doses?

The vaccination pass was suspended in France on March 14, 2022, but vaccination against Covid remains mandatory for travel. How many doses for a full pass? Where to find it? How to recover it? Know if it is valid?

[Mise à jour le 7 juin 2022 à 13h04] Since March 14, 2022the vaccination pass is deleted in France in all places where it was required (leisure and cultural places, restaurants, fairs and trade shows, etc.). This measure follows a decision taken by President Emmanuel Macron during the Council of Ministers on March 2, 2022. The full vaccination against Covid-19 remains however necessary for travelgo to a health facility… How many doses are needed?

What is the vaccination pass?

The vaccination pass is an official document which certifies that the person has received all the injections of the vaccine against Covid-19 (two doses then booster or dose then booster in the event of previous Covid infection). This vaccination pass is a “pass” compulsory in France until March 14, 2022 for access to bars, restaurants, leisure activities (cinemas, museums, theatres, sports venues, sports halls, performance halls, etc.), fairs, trade shows, large shopping centers (by decision of the prefect), interregional transport (planes, train, bus), or for to go to another country (if the host country recognizes its validity). On the other hand, the vaccination pass did not mention the negative tests. It is therefore not the same thing as a health pass. the vaccination pass is to present in digital format (via “My notebook” of the TousAntiCovid application) or paper:

  • The vaccination certificateon the condition that the people have a complete vaccination schedule (booster dose carried out within the time limit for people from 18 years and 1 month who are eligible for it).


  • The result of a positive RT-PCR or antigen test attesting to the recovery of the Covid, more than 11 days and less than 6 months (= the certificate of recovery)

How many doses to have a complete vaccination pass?

The vaccination pass is a document that certifies the complete vaccination status of its owner. In the context of the health pass, is considered to have a complete vaccination schedule, a person who has received both doses (or one dose in the event of prior Covid infection) + a booster dose. The booster dose must be carried out as early as 3 months after the end of his initial vaccination schedule and within a maximum of 4 months. It does not relate in any way compulsory only for French people over the age of 18.

► People who have had Covid-19 more than 15 days after their additional dose do not need to do their booster dose unless they are traveling to a country where the booster dose is mandatory. In this case, they can do their booster dose as early as 3 months after their infection.

► One infection = one injection. Thereby, if you contracted Covid-19 after your initial vaccination schedule, you do not need to do a booster dose in France. However, for people wishing leave the national territory, the vaccination booster must be done to have a valid vaccination certificate, recalls the government site.

► Vaccination with Janssen: Persons vaccinated with Janssen (1 dose) should receive a additional injection from 4 weeks after their vaccination, then a booster dose 3 months after the latter. People who have had a Covid-19 infection and then a dose of Janssen are eligible for the booster dose from 4 weeks after their injection. For people who had Covid after their injection of Janssen, 2 situations: If infection less than 15 days after the injection: people receive an additional dose of mRNA vaccine 4 weeks after infection. They are eligible for the booster vaccine from 3 months after this additional dose; If infection more than 15 days after the injection: people do not need to complete their vaccination schedule with an additional dose. They are eligible for the booster from 3 months after infection.

Where can I find my vaccination pass?

The vaccination pass corresponds to a complete vaccination against Covid-19. At the completion of each dose of vaccine (including the booster for 18 years and over), a vaccination certificate is issued in paper format with a QR-Code to then scan in the Tous Anti Covid application in order to always have your vaccination certificate with you, serving as a “vaccination pass” for travel in particular. This vaccination certificate can also be downloaded via the specific teleservice set up by the Health Insurance to which he can identify via FranceConnect.

Obtain your vaccination pass
Obtain your vaccination pass © Women’s Journal

It is not specified on the TousAntiCovid application whether the vaccination certificate is valid or not. In France, it is not necessary to travel, whether to take the train or the plane. Outside France, it depends on your country of destination. Even in theeuropean area, the requirements are not the same for each country (one dose, two doses, recall or not), recalls the government’s MesConseilsCovid site. A proof of vaccination is not always required. Before going on a trip, even in the European areait is necessary to check the conditions of access to your country of destination on the France Diplomacy portal.

To know : since 1er February 2022, new rules apply for encoding booster doses in the certificate. Booster doses are indicated as follows: 3/3 for a booster dose following a 2-dose primary series; 2/1 for a booster dose following the injection of a single-dose vaccine, or the administration to a recovered person of a single dose of a 2-dose vaccine. Once the vaccination schedule is considered “complete”, it does not expire.

When is the end of the vaccination pass in France?

The Prime Minister announced a further relaxation of health measures. In this context, the vaccination pass has been lifted since Monday March 14, 2022 to access all places (restaurants, bars, nightclubs, cinemas, theaters, performance halls, museums, stadiums, fairs and exhibitions, etc.) where it is currently required. However, the health pass (which allows you to present either a vaccination certificate, the result of a negative test or a recovery certificate) is still required. at the entrance to hospitals, retirement homes and establishments for the disabled, in order to protect the most vulnerable people.

Do you need a vaccination pass on a train?

Since March 14, the vaccination pass is no longer required in France for long-distance travel by interregional public transport, planes (domestic flights), trains (TGV, Intercités, night trains) and interregional coaches not contracted. In other words, since this date:

  • no longer need to show a vaccination pass to travel to France
  • to travel outside France ; you must check the health rules relating to entry into the territory of another country on France Diplomatie.

What are the differences between a vaccination pass and a health pass?

The health pass authorizes the presentation of an anti-covid vaccination, the certificate of recovery or a negative Covid test while the vaccination pass only recognizes the certificate of recovery and complete vaccination. If the vaccination pass is completely abolished on March 14, 2022, the health pass is still required at the entrance to hospitals, retirement homes and establishments for the disabled, in order to protect the most fragile people. These establishments therefore remain accessible with a negative screening test, except in the emergency rooms of hospitals and clinics, where no pass is required.

  • December 27, 2021: the bill is presented to the Council of Ministers by Jean Castex.
  • January 3, 2022: the bill is examined in the Assembly, then is suspended at the request of the majority of the deputies.
  • January 4, 2022: the debates around this bill have once again been suspended, after a statement by Emmanuel Macron interviewed by Le Parisien on January 4 “I’m not for pissing off the French. I rail all day against the administration when it blocks them. Well, there, the non-vaccinated, I really want to piss them offsparking outrage from the opposition.
  • January 5, 2022: At 5:25 a.m., the National Assembly adopted the bill on the vaccination pass at first reading (214 votes for, 93 against and 27 abstentions)
  • January 12, 2022: The Senate gave its first green light to the bill, however providing for amendments (modifications to the initial text)
  • Wednesday January 12, 2022: The Senate voted in first reading on an amended version of the bill.
  • Thursday, January 13, 2022: deputies and senators meet at the Palais Bourbon to try to agree on a common version of the bill in a joint committee.
  • Sunday January 16, 2022: the Parliament adopts the vaccination pass in France by fixing the minimum age at 16 years. The Constitutional Council was seized by about sixty deputies and must render its decision.
  • Friday January 21, 2022: The Constitutional Council has rendered its decision on the bill transforming the health pass into a vaccination pass and validates most of the bill, except for the possibility for the organizers of political rallies to request a health pass from participants.
  • Monday, January 24, 2022: implementation of the vaccination pass in France
  • Tuesday, February 1, 2022: update of the vaccination certificate for people positive for Covid.
  • Tuesday, February 15, 2022 : the reminder date must be made within 4 months to keep a valid vaccination pass against 7 months.
  • Monday, March 14, 2022: end of the vaccination pass in France.

Sources: Covid-19: a European health certificate, June 16, 2021 / WHO / Report of the National Assembly, December 30, 2021.

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