Vaccination pass: travel, test, elections, why it should not be deleted

VACCINE PASS. While it is currently suspended, deleting the vaccination pass from the TousAntiCovid application is not a good idea, at the time of the presidential elections, and especially if you wish to travel.

[Mis à jour le 22 avril 2022 à 17h40] The vaccination pass has disappeared in all places where it has been applied in France since March 14, 2022, including transport, leisure, cultural and catering establishments. But if it is no longer essential for traveling by train or plane on French territory, it remains the rule for traveling to most countries abroad. To travel to Portugal, Spain, Germany or Italy, it is still compulsory to present at the borders a complete vaccination schedule (booster dose included) or the result of a negative screening test, or even a certificate of healing. If it is tempting to free up storage space on your smartphone by uninstalling the application, it is nevertheless easier to present the QR Code of your vaccination pass directly thanks to the latter than with the paper format, especially if you no longer have it on hand!

Another reason not to remove the vaccination pass from its application: know that to go to the hospital, to a retirement home or to a medico-social establishment, the sanitary pass, which can also be obtained by a negative test of less than 24 hours, remains the rule. Also, if you need to carry out a screening test for Covid-19, be aware that it is covered by Health Insurance for people with proof of a complete vaccination schedule or a recovery certificate of less than 6 months.

Finally, it is worth remembering that if the vaccination pass is temporarily suspended, the law gives Emmanuel Macron’s government the possibility of using it until July 31, if the outgoing president is re-elected again. In the event of an upsurge in the epidemic which is accompanied by “a rise in hospitalizations and resuscitation”, leading to the “deprogramming” of operations,should not be prohibited from reuse the vaccine pass,” said Emmanuel Macron in an interview with Brut on April 8.

Since when is the vaccination pass suspended?

The application of the vaccination pass was suspended on March 14, 2022 “in all places where it was required (leisure and cultural places, commercial catering activities, fairs and trade shows)” announced a communicated of the government published on March 3. The vaccine pass will have finally lasted less than two months, since it entered into force on January 24, 2022.

But beware, any strong epidemic rebound could lead to a return of the device, because we must not forget that the term used by Prime Minister Jean Castex on the TF1 newscast is a “suspension” and not an “end”. As a reminder, the health system is governed by a law which officially ends it on July 31, 2022. Until this date, it can be suspended or reactivated.

Where was the vaccination pass lifted on March 14, 2022?

Since Monday March 14, 2022, the vaccination pass is no longer compulsory “wherever it applies” on French territory. It is therefore no longer required to present the QR-Code of your vaccination pass at the entrance to these establishments open to the public:

  • Restaurants, bars and cafes
  • Transport long distance (TGV, Intercités, night trains, domestic flights and inter-regional coaches)
  • Campsites, hotels and holiday centers
  • Sports establishments (gym, swimming pool, gymnasium, ice rink, horse riding facilities etc)
  • Lifts
  • Museums and monuments
  • Amusement parks
  • Concerts and festivals
  • Movie theater
  • Theaters and other performance halls
  • Trade shows, fairs and seminars
  • Casinos and other gaming halls
  • boat cruises
  • discos
  • Shopping centers and department stores

Is the vaccination pass compulsory in transport?

Since March 14, 2022, the vaccination pass is no longer necessary to take the train, plane or boat, whether short or long distance. All interregional public transport (TGV, Intercités, night trains, domestic flights) are no longer subject to this rule. However, wearing a mask remains compulsory on all public transport.

Indeed, if, since March 14, the mask is no longer compulsory in closed places, it has not completely disappeared: the mask remains “compulsory in public passenger transport given the promiscuity” had specified the Prime Minister, which concerns all buses, trains, planes, boats on French territory. VTC journeys are also affected.

Is the vaccination pass required at the hospital?

Since March 14, 2022, the vaccination pass is no longer necessary in medico-social establishments. On the other hand, the health pass remains the rule for patients and companions (except emergencies) in “health establishments, retirement homes, establishments welcoming people with disabilities who are particularly fragile”.

The Ministry of Health also clarified that wearing a mask also remains the rule in all medico-social establishments, namely hospitals, medico-social establishments, retirement homes, nursing homes and autonomy residences.

Is the vaccination pass necessary to travel?

Since March 14, 2022, the vaccination pass is no longer required to take the plane, a train or a long-distance bus from the moment your journey takes place in France. If you are traveling abroad, the health rules may be different depending on the country of destination. Some countries may require a negative test, proof of vaccination or a Covid-19 recovery certificate. It is advisable to inquire beforehand about the France Diplomacy website.

Since when is wearing a mask no longer compulsory indoors?

Since March 14, 2022, wearing a mask is no longer compulsory in companies, stores, schools, colleges, high schools, universities, nightclubs or in public administrations. But beware, wearing a mask remains the rule in all public transport “given the crowding” as well as in all medico-social establishments (hospitals, nursing homes, independent residences and retirement homes). In a press release, the government also recommends wearing a mask “for positive people and risky contact cases, symptomatic people and health professionals”.

Where is the health pass still compulsory?

Prime Minister Jean Castex announced that the health pass remains compulsory, since March 14, only in all “health establishments, retirement homes, establishments welcoming people with disabilities who are particularly fragile”. This means that you must always have a complete vaccination schedule, a certificate of recovery from Covid-19, or have carried out a PCR, antigen or self-test under the supervision of a healthcare professional within 24 hoursto access hospitals, retirement homes and medico-social establishments.

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