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EXPLAINED: What people vaccinated in France need to do to get the EU Covid travel certificate

Vaccine certificates that comply with EU travel passport requirements are now available in France - here's how to get one and what to do with it.

EXPLAINED: What people vaccinated in France need to do to get the EU Covid travel certificate
The EU's digital Covid Certificate. Photo: Kenzo Tribouillard | AFP

It was announced on Friday that travel vaccination certificates are now available – but what is the EU Covid certificate and how different is it from the French pass sanitaire?

First of all, obviously you need to have been vaccinated.

Anyone who has completed their vaccination course in France should have an attestation de vaccination (vaccination certificate) with a QR code on it. People more recently vaccinated were given these at their appointment, others can download them via the Ameli site.

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If you don’t have one of these certificates, here is what to do.

Once you have the certificate, you can then either print it out or scan it into the French TousAntiCovid app and this creates the pass sanitaire which since June 9th has been needed to access large events such as concerts and festivals in France.

So what about travel?

From Friday, June 25th, a new certificate is available and it’s this one that you need if you want to travel. 

If you are vaccinated after June 25th your certificate will be EU-compliant, if you got yours earlier then you need to update it to ensure it can be scanned at the border.

For those who have an Ameli account this is pretty easy – head to and log in with details from your Ameli account.

This should display a certificate entitled EU Digital Covid certificate, with your name and DOB and a QR code which you can download.

If you don’t have a smartphone, you can print out the certificate to show at the border.

If you do have a smartphone, open up the TousAntiCovid app and go to the My Wallet section and scan in the code.

If should then appear with any other certificates – vaccine certificates or test results – that you have uploaded. The one for travel has the little EU emoji next to it.

If you have previously scanned in a vaccination certificate to the app, there should be an option to update it to the EU one in the app – open up the My wallet section of the app and find your certificate. If you tap on the three blue dots just above the QR code to the left, you will get an option to ‘convert to European format’ which will update your code.


For people who do not have an Ameli account, the advice it to take your current vaccination certificate to a vaccine centre, doctor or pharmacy and ask for the EU-compliant version. This does not need t be the centre where you were vaccinated.

A free telephone hotline is available between 9am and 8pm daily for anyone who has trouble downloading or using the health passport. The number is: 0 800 08 71 48

When can I use this?

Officially the EU’s Covid-19 certificate, as it’s properly known, launches across the bloc on July 1st.

From that date, people who can show they are fully vaccinated (ie two weeks after their second dose or four weeks after the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine) can travel anywhere within the EU or Schengen zone without needing to follow certain health measures, such as quarantining or testing.

Slightly confusingly, some nations already accept it. On Thursday, June 24th, Norway eased regulations to allow visitors from 12 EU countries to travel using the EU Covid certificate. For the rest, it will be available from July 1st.

Do I have to?

It is important to note that it is not a requirement for travel within the Bloc. But those who do not carry it will have to abide by any local Covid-19 laws in place for countries that they visit, including quarantine periods. They may also need to take tests to enter certain countries.

The certificate is intended to make such requirements unnecessary for holders.

The EU pass will be valid in: Germany, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Denmark, Spain, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands , Poland, Portugal, Czech Republic, Romania, United Kingdom, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, as well as Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway.

At present only vaccination certificates can be uploaded, but it is intended that by July this is extended to also create EU-compliant codes for negative Covid tests and certificates of recent recovery.

What if I was vaccinated outside France?

The French app at present only accepts French certificates but for travel purposes a vaccination certificate from any EU or Schengen zone nation will be accepted at the border.

The situation for people vaccinated in non EU countries is, at present, less clear.

Member comments

  1. Hello,

    I just read your article about the EU-Wide Covid Vaccination Passport and have a question.

    I have been vaccinated and have my French document with the QR Code for France. I do not have an account so what would be the best way to obtain the EU-Wide document?

    Thank You Bruce Maliner

  2. My wife and I are also fully vaccinated in France and we have the QR codes as well as the TousAntiCovid app.

    Our accounts are not yet active, so we will be interested to know if, when and how we can use the EU Digital Covid Certificate.

    Thanks for keeping us informed and up to date,

    John P Charles

  3. I was vaccinated in the U.K. as stuck there early this year, I have an NHS certificate but registered under Ameli as live in France for most of the year with a CdS. The consulate announced that France recognises NHS certificates so I sent it to Ameli with lot numbers and dates plus the QR code requesting it be registered as vaccinated on my ameli records. I have heard nothing back. I am not unique in this situation as many many Brits have family ties still in the U.K. but spend most of their time in France. Whether this is going to be lost in the realms of bureaucracy I do not know but I do not see the point of being vaccinated twice again to satisfy a paper trail. This is a gap that needs to be closed.

  4. Does that mean with my French Vaccinated Covid App that I can visit the UK after July 1st without having to isolate?

  5. I had my first jab in Spain and my second in France because the Spanish cancelled my second jab. It was astraZeneca and they ran out of it! They declared they would be giving it at around 4/5 months are the first jab. No point in that at all! I have had a home in France for 26 years but was never allowed to be resident as my husband worked in the UK, but I am in the medical system. I have a home in Spain too and am now resident there, no problem. Now I have a certificate from Spain for the first jab and a certificate from France with a QR code for the second, but it says one jab and then completed. (termine). I am worried this will present problems and like the person above do not think I should have to “over-vaccinate” to be able to get a proper vaccine passport, not to mention needlessly deprive another person of a vaccination possibility. Furthermore I still haven’t even been contacted re the second jab in Spain. My Spanish friends are in the same position and very stressed, not being able to do what I decided to do. My GP in Spain is horrified by the Spanish authorities playing with people’s health. What a mess…

  6. I don’t have a carte vitale. I just tried two pharmacies with mixed results. The first pharmacy told me that I could get my QR code converted to the EU version, but I needed to return to my vaccination center. The second pharmacy told me that they did not know how to help me without a carte vitale. Therefore, I think the process has not been well articulated to the pharmacies on how to help people without a carte vitale.

  7. Like David my wife and I were stuck in the UK for almost a year as I was diagnosed with cancer, as were were there we got our Covid 19 jabs I have mine on NHS App my wife has hers on a certificate, we are now back in France, we are registered with Amelie, how would we be able to register for the Vaccination passport?

  8. Please let everyone know that if you have a covid vaccination certificate issued in France, it can be converted to an EU certificate directly within the TousAntiCovid app.

      1. For some reason the iPhone app never got an update. You have to de-activate the app, delete it, then download it again. When you rescan your QR code you will then see the option to convert it to the EU version in the upper right corner.

          1. Thank you. Yes, in the updated version, there is a tiny blue button just to the upper-right of the original QR code inside the wallet. The option allows you to “convert to EU format.”

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MAP: The best Italian villages to visit this year

Here are the remote Italian villages worth seeking out in 2022, according to a list compiled by one of the country's leading tourism associations.

MAP: The best Italian villages to visit this year

A total of 270 villages across Italy have been recognised as being especially tourist-friendly this year by the Italian Touring Club (Touring Club Italiano), one of the country’s largest non-profit associations dedicated to promoting sustainable tourism throughout the territory.

‘Orange Flag’ status is awarded if a village is judged to have significant historic, cultural and environmental value, as well as for being welcoming to visitors and outsiders, according to the initiative’s website.

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Villages can apply for the status if they are located inland with no coastal stretches; have fewer than 15,000 inhabitants; have a well-preserved historic centre and a strong sense of cultural identity; demonstrate sensitivity to issues of sustainability; have a well-organised tourist reception system; and show an intention to continue to make improvements to the town.

The list is updated annually, and in 2022 three new villages gained orange flag status for the first time: Dozza in Emilia Romagna, Manciano in Tuscany, and Sasso di Castalda in Basilicata.

See below for the map and a list of the Orange Flag villages according to region:

Montepulciano in Tuscany has 'orange flag' status.

Montepulciano in Tuscany has ‘orange flag’ status. Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA / AFP.

Abruzzo – 7 villages

Civitella Alfadena, Fara San Martino, Lama dei Peligni, Opi, Palena, Roccascalegna, Scanno.

Basilicata – 6 villages

Aliano, Castelmezzano, Perticara Guard, San Severino Lucano, Sasso di Castalda, Valsinni.

Calabria – 6 villages

Bova, Civita, Gerace, Morano Calabro, Oriolo, Tavern.

Campania – 5 villages

Cerreto Sannita, Letino, Morigerati, Sant’Agata de’ Goti, Zungoli.

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Emilia Romagna – 23 villages

Bagno di Romagna, Bobbio, Brisighella, Busseto, Castell’Arquato, Castelvetro di Modena, Castrocaro Terme and Terra del Sole, Dozza, Fanano, Fiumalbo, Fontanellato, Longiano, Montefiore Conca, Monteleone, Pennabilli, Pieve di Cento, Portico and San Benedetto, Premilcuore, San Leo, Sarsina, Sestola, Verucchio, Vigoleno.

Friuli Venezia Giulia – 7 villages

Andreis, Barcis, Cividale del Friuli, Frisanco, Maniago, San Vito al Tagliamento, Sappada.

Lazio – 20 villages

Arpino, Bassiano, Bolsena, Bomarzo, Calcata, Campodimele, Caprarola, Casperia, Collepardo, Fossanova, Labro, Leonessa, Nemi, San Donato Val di Comino, Sermoneta, Subiaco, Sutri, Trevignano Romano, Tuscania, Vitorchiano.

Liguria – 17 villages

Airole, Apricale, Balducco, Brugnato, Castelnuovo Magra, Castelvecchio di Rocca Barbena, Dolceacqua, Perinaldo, Pigna, Pinion, Santo Stefano d’Aveto, Sassello, Seborga, Toirano, Triora, Vallebona, Varese Ligure.

Lombardy – 16 villages

Almenno San Bartolomeo, Bellano, Bienno, Castellaro Lagusello, Chiavenna, Clusone, Gardone Riviera, Gromo, Menaggio, Pizzighettone, Ponti sul Mincio, Sabbioneta, Sarnico, Solferino, Tignale, Torno.

Marche – 24 villages

Acquaviva Picena, Amandola, Camerino, Cantiano, Cingoli, Corinaldo, Frontino, Genga, Gradara, Mercatello sul Metauro, Mondavio, Montecassiano, Montelupone, Monterubbiano, Offagna, Ostra , Ripatransone, San Ginesio, Sarnano, Serra San Quirico, Staffolo, Urbisaglia, Valfornace, Visso.

Molise – 5 villages

Agnone, Ferrazzano, Frosolone, Roccamandolfi, Scapoli.

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San Gimignano has long been an orange flag destination.

San Gimignano has long been an orange flag destination. Photo by FILIPPO MONTEFORTE / AFP.

Piedmont – 40 villages 

Agliè, Alagna Valsesia, Arona, Avigliana, Barolo, Bene Vagienna, Bergolo, Candelo, Canelli, Cannero Riviera, Cannobio, Castagnole delle Lanze, Cherasco, Chiusa di Pesio, Cocconato, Entracque, Fenestrelle, Fobello, Gavi, Grinzane Cavour, Guarene, La Morra, Limone Piemonte, Macugnaga, Malesco, Mergozzo, Moncalvo, Monforte d’Alba, Neive, Orta San Giulio, Ozzano Monferrato, Revello, Rosignano Monferrato, Santa Maria Maggiore, Susa, Trisobbio, Usseaux, Usseglio, Varallo, Vogogna.

Puglia – 13 villages

Alberona, Biccari, Bovino, Cisternino, Corigliano d’Otranto, Locorotondo, Oria, Orsara di Puglia, Pietramontecorvino, Rocchetta Sant’Antonio, Sant’Agata di Puglia, Specchia, Troia.

Sardinia – 7 villages

Aggius, Galtellì, Gavoi, Laconi, Oliena, Sardara, Tempio Pausania.

Sicily – 1 village

Petralia Sottana

Tuscany – 40 villages

Abetone Cutigliano, Anghiari, Barberino Tavarnelle, Barga, Casale Marittimo, Casciana Terme Lari, Casale d’Elsa, Castelnuovo Berardenga, Castelnuovo di Val di Cecina, Castiglion Fiorentino, Certaldo, Cetona, Chiusi, Collodi, Fosdinovo, Lucignano, Manciano, Massa Marittima, Montalcino, Montecarlo, Montefollonico, Montepulciano, Monteriggioni, Murlo, Peccioli, Pienza, Pitigliano, Pomarance, Radda in Chianti, Radicofani, San Casciano dei Bagni, San Gimignano, Santa Fiora, Sarteano, Sorano, Suvereto, Trequanda, Vicopisano, Vinci, Volterra. 

Trentino Alto Adige – 8 villages

Ala, Caderzone Terme, Campo Tures/Sand in Taufers, Ledro, Levico Terme, Molveno, Tenno, Vipiteno/Sterzing.

Umbria – 10 villages

Bevagna, Città della Pieve, Montefalco, Montone, Nocera Umbra, Norcia, Panicale, Spello, Trevi, Vallo di Nera.

Val d’Aosta – 3 villages

Etroubles, Gressoney-Saint-Jean, Introd.

Veneto – 12 villages

Arquà Petrarca, Asolo, Borgo Valbelluna, Cison di Valmarino, Follina, Malcesine, Marostica, Montagnana, Portobuffolè, Rocca Pietore, Soave, Valeggio sul Mincio.