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How to get a European Health Pass from Quebec/Canada?

To the point

Are you travelling to France soon? Proof of vaccination will be required. Here is the procedure to get your European health pass.

At a glance

If you are travelling to France or even Europe in the next few months you will probably need proof of valid vaccination.

Here is a short guide on how to get your proof of vaccination converted to an “EU digital COVID certificate”.

Why get a French health pass?

Whether in France or in other European countries, proof of valid vaccination – or of a negative result to the COVID-19 test – is mandatory to perform several activities. We think for example of going to a restaurant, seeing a show as well as travelling by plane or train.

While the Quebec VaxiCode may be accepted at some locations, at others you will be asked to upload your proof of vaccination. It is therefore important to have a proof of vaccination (QR code) compatible with the country where you are travelling.

The vaccination certificate obtained by converting the Quebec VaxiCode is in fact a “EU digital COVID certificate” and is recognized in a number of European Union countries and even outside the European Union.

The full list of countries that recognise the “EU digital COVID certificate” is available at the following address

Vaccin Anti Covid

How to get equivalence of a vaccination proof

The procedures are slightly different for French nationals (and their dependents) and foreign nationals visiting France.

I have dual French/Canadian nationality and I used the form for foreigners without any problem, even providing a copy of my French passport.

Process for foreign nationals

Foreign nationals can make a “Request for conversion of a foreign vaccination certificate into a French health pass (foreigners)” at thefollowing address.

Here are the different steps and the documents you need to provide:

  • Creating an account on “Simplified procedures”
Demarche
  • Identification of the applicant
Donnees didentite
  • Identification of the vaccination area
Votre zone
  • Your personal information and a copy of your ID
Information supplementaire sur le demandeur
  • Details of your trip
date arrivee depart France
  • Details of your vaccination
vaccination du demandeur
  • A copy of your ticket
Information additionnel pass

Process for French nationals

French nationals (and their dependants) can apply for a “Request for conversion of a foreign vaccination certificate into a French health pass” at thefollowing address.

Here are the different steps and the documents you need to provide:

  • Creating an account on “Simplified procedures”
Demarche
  • Identification of the applicant
Donnees didentite
  • Identification of the vaccination area
Zone de vaccination

Unlike the process for foreign nationals, you have more choice in the areas.

  • Applicant Information
information sur le demandeur
  • Information on the beneficiary
identite beneficiaire
  • Proof of vaccination of the beneficiary
beneficiaire

Processing the request

Status of your requests

To find out the status of your requests, you can consult your file by accessing your “Simplified procedures” account.

Dossier

Proccessing time

To get an idea of how long it takes, here is an average of the last 30 days.

dossier en construction

Information on the average processing time is quite random.

  • For my application it was supposed to take 4 days and in the end it took 26 days.
  • For my wife, the conversion took less than an hour.

Receiving the health pass

When the health pass is ready, you will get an email inviting you to download it.

lettre ministere pass

You can then download and print it.

certificat numerique

Then add it to the AntiCovid application on your cell phone.

Pass sanitaire

Conclusion

Apart from the processing time, the conversion is relatively easy and it is a guarantee that your proof of vaccination will be recognized in Europe.

Since the conversion is free, don’t hesitate to apply well in advance for a hassle-free holiday!

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