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On what I am seeing with a pass vaccinal in the pocket

Chers clients, Pour toute venue dans notre restaurant, vous allez devoir présenter un ‘pass vaccinal‘.” –un restaurant

“En application des mesures gouvernementales de lutte contre la propagation de la Covid-19, un passe vaccinal est exigé pour les visiteurs de 16 ans et plus. Les visiteurs de 12 à 15 ans inclus doivent présenter un passe sanitaire. Le port du masque de catégorie 1 (non fourni par le musée) est obligatoire pour tous les publics à partir de 6 ans.”  —Musée d’Orsay

In order for an American to enter France today in early 2022, two vaccinations are required and possibly a booster shot if you are over 65 years old. You must test negative within a 48 hour period before boarding the airplane.

It is not clear to me if no booster would prevent entrance. When I traveled to France on February 1, 2022, I was not asked specifically whether I had a booster or not; the authorities at the various airports asked for my vaccination records and whether I had been tested for Covid before boarding the plane in Portland and before leaving the United States.

Three times at three different airports—Portland, Seattle, and Paris—I needed to show my vaccination records and my recent Covid test. Before I could go through passport control at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, I was separated from other passengers and sent to a red area where my recent Covid test was checked. France has designated United States and its citizens as a high risk for having Covid and red is our color. (Click on any photo to see it larger and in more detail. Cliquez sur une vignette pour l’agrandir.)

Not having the booster shot while in France, if you are over 65, is a risk not worth taking.

France has instituted a passe vaccinal. It replaced the passe sanitaire.

 

I obtained the passe sanitaire when I was in France in September and October of 2021. It allowed me to enter restaurants, museums, and other venues where one must be vaccinated to enter. (Click on any photo to see it larger and in more detail. Cliquez sur une vignette pour l’agrandir.)

In November, the French government notified me that my passe sanitaire was no longer valid since I am older than 65 years old. I was told that I would need to get a booster in order to enter those restaurants and museums.

Now, in February 2022 and back in France, I have a passe vaccinal. I took my health records to a local pharmacy in Antibes, where I stay each year, and there the pharmacist put my booster shot into the French health system and within minutes my passe sanitaire changed to the passe vaccinal. (Click on any photo to see it larger and in more detail. Cliquez sur une vignette pour l’agrandir.)

I do not know what a waiter at a restaurant would do if an American tourist showed her a CDC card with two shots and the tourist had white hair and maybe too many wrinkles. (Click on any photo to see it larger and in more detail. Cliquez sur une vignette pour l’agrandir.)

My daily life in France is much easier with the passe vaccinal. The passe vaccinal is a system that the French citizen understands. It is a ticket, in a way, to activities that French society offers to those who are vaccinated. If you do not have a ticket, you do not get to enter. (Click on any photo to see it larger and in more detail. Cliquez sur une vignette pour l’agrandir.)

So, with the passe vaccinal in the pocket (on my phone), I am out and about seeing what I had not seen during part of the previous year, 2021, when France was closed. (Click on any photo to see it larger and in more detail. Cliquez sur une vignette pour l’agrandir.)

I was in Antibes in the winter, February through April, of 2020 when the virus began shutting down the world. I had to wait until the fall (September and October) of 2021 before I could return to France. (Click on any photo to see it larger and in more detail. Cliquez sur une vignette pour l’agrandir.)

Now, with the passe vaccinal I seem to have found a way back to some sense of normality. I am looking around again and seeing what interests me.

4 Comments Post a comment
  1. Jim #

    Love your photos and the running commentary Michael…hoping your are happy and healthy! Enjoy Antibes!

    18/02/2022
  2. Yes, thank you. I am doing well. Eating well, of course.

    18/02/2022
  3. nalta615 #

    Thank you Michael, love all the photos!  And thanks for the info.

    We are going to Burgundy for 3 weeks in July…hope it will be even less
    restrictive by then…

    18/02/2022
  4. Thanks for this information. I will definitely get the passe vaccinal. I will keep checking to see if the covid test is required.

    21/02/2022

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