News - COVID 19
Strengthening of the health pass system
The President of the Republic announced on July 12 to new measures to fight against the deterioration of the epidemic situation and the propagation of the Delta variant.
These announcements follow the last stage of deconfinement, which had consecrated the end of indoor gauges, the authorization of standing drinks, the reopening of nightclubs and the resumption of major sporting and cultural events with presentation of the health pass for events of more than 1000 people.
As a reminder, health pass is defined as the presentation :
- Either screening result virological not finding contamination by Covid-19;
- Either of a proof of vaccination status to Covid-19;
- Either of a certificate of reinstatement following contamination by Covid-19.
As of July 15, the announcements of the President of the Republic and specified by the government since are as follows:
- From July 21: o The threshold from which the health pass was required goes from 1000 to 50 people;
- The minimum age required for the health pass is raised to 12 years
From the beginning of August, as part of a bill that will be presented to the Council of Ministers on July 19 and examined in the National Assembly from July 21: The framework of the measures will be strengthened with the removal of the thresholds from which the health pass will be required;
- The obligation to present the health pass will be extended to new activities and places :
- The activities of Hobbies
- The activities of restoration or drinking establishments
- The trade fairs or exhibitions
- The large establishments et shopping centers
- The services and facilities for vulnerable people, except in emergencies
- The long distance trips on the national territory by public transport (plane, trains and coaches)
This obligation applies to both to users and people carrying out their activity in the sectors concerned;
The checks must be carried out by professionals on their customers and employees;
Le complete vaccination schedule triggering the validity of the health pass will be increased to one week after the last dose received (against two weeks previously).
Moreover, people under 17 should have until the end of August to complete their vaccination schedule, given the late opening of vaccination to these audiences.
Regarding the hotel and catering sector:
- The health pass will be required at the same time indoors and on the terrace ;
- Access to hotels will not be subject to presentation of the health pass, with the exception of catering activities;
- Employees should benefit from a additional deadline, until August 30, to have a complete vaccination schedule;
Sanctions are foreseen for non-compliance with measures by employees:
- Employees of these establishments who will not be able to present their health pass documents to their employer will no longer be able to exercise their activity;
- The fact for an employee of no longer being able to exercise his activity for a period of two months may justify his dismissal;
- The operator of a place or establishment, the person in charge of an event which does not control the possession of documents by the people who wish to access them, is exposed to a sanction of up to one year's imprisonment and a fine of 45 euros ;
- The text also provides for a authorization of paid absence for employees wishing to be vaccinated.
These provisions are subject to change depending on the opinion of the Council of State (before the text is presented to the Council of Ministers), debates in Parliament and then the opinion of the Constitutional Council.
National and European traffic restrictions
On a national level
Regarding the circulation on national territory, only long-distance public transport trips are affected by the health pass.
Since June 9, theThe flows of travelers between France and foreign countries are reopened according to modalities which vary according to the health situation third countries and the vaccination of travelers.
A country classification was defined on the basis of health indicators, according to a color code (https://www.gouvernement.fr/info-coronavirus/deplacements). See the rules to be observed in the appendix.
The following list will change after each defense advice.
"Green" countries: no active circulation of the virus, no variants of concern identified.
- European area
- Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland and the Vatican
- Albania, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Bosnia, Canada, South Korea, United States, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Kosovo, Lebanon, North Macedonia, Montenegro, New Zealand, Serbia, Singapore, Taiwan and Vanuatu.
- All countries, excluding "green" and "red" countries, including the United Kingdom.
- Afghanistan, Argentina, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Maldives, Namibia, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Democratic Republic of Congo, Russia, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, Suriname, South Africa , Uruguay and Zambia.
The Secretary of State in charge of Tourism announced on July 13 that Cuba, Indonesia, Mozambique and Tunisia would soon be placed on the list of red countries.
At the European level
In parallel with national mechanisms, the European Union has set up a "Green digital certificate", digital infrastructure allowing the secure issuance and verification of medical evidence certificates to promote free movement and aimed at allow a secure resumption of travel initially intra-European, then international.
This certificate is available from July 1st for a period of twelve months.
The operation of this certificate is as follows:
- Member States issue secure certificates, interoperable and respecting common principles (data protection, non-discriminatory, etc.).
- Each state develops its national solution and shares its keys via a European portal.
- The Commission makes three application models available off the shelf (certificate generation, storage and reading).
European leaders also agreed on a temporary restriction of movement for travelers from and to countries outside the Schengen zone.
The Council of the EU reviews every 2 weeks and, if necessary, updates the list of countries for which Member States should start lifting travel restrictions.
The Council last updated this list on July 1 for the following countries:
- Albania, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Lebanon, Montenegro, New Zealand, Qatar, Republic of Moldova, Republic of North Macedonia, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Serbia , Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, United States of America, China and Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macao, subject to confirmation of reciprocity.
The restrictions do not apply to EU citizens as well as to Schengen Associated States (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland). Likewise, nationals of Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican are considered “European citizens”.
An additional exemption applies to citizens with an essential function or purpose of travel, such as cross-border workers, healthcare professionals, transit passengers, family travelers and people in need of humanitarian protection.