“Pass Sanitaire” – demonstrating your COVID status in France
From 1st August, anyone aged 18 and over will need this to access a range of leisure facilities (bars, restaurants, museums, cinemas), hospitals, and modes of transport such as long distance train and bus journeys and planes. From 30th September, young people aged between 12 and 17 years will also need to present this pass. You can therefore also expect to have your COVID status checked when you arrive at your parc.
The pass sanitaire can be acquired by fulfilling one of the following three criteria:
- Vaccination certificate, illustrating that you are fully vaccinated with a vaccine authorised by the European Medical Authority. This means:
- One week after a second dose of Oxford/AstraZeneca, Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna.
- 28 days after a single dose of Johnson & Johnson.
- Negative PCR or antigen test result from the last 48 hours.
- A document (dated more than 11 days ago and less than six months ago) proving you have recently recovered from COVID.
The French government has confirmed that anyone visiting France after being vaccinated in the UK will be able to demonstrate that you are fully vaccinated either by presenting your NHS certificate through the NHS App, by downloading or printing the document, or by presenting your NHS letter.
The COVID-19 Green Certification - demonstrating your COVID status in Italy
From the 6th August, a green certificate will be required to access many public spaces in Italy including, but not limited to, indoor seating in bars and restaurants, museums, exhibitions, well-being centres, swimming pools, fairs and large events. It is not required to enter campsites.
The green certificate shows proof via a scannable QR code that the holder has either:
- Been vaccinated (anyone who has had their first of two vaccine doses are able to access it from the 15th day after it was administered until the date of the second dose).
- Recovered from COVID-19 within the previous six months.
- Recently tested negative for the virus.
The EU COVID Certificate will also be accepted by venues where you are required to show a green certificate. The Italian Government has confirmed that the NHS app/certificate will also be accepted by venues for anyone travelling from the UK.
Demonstrating your COVID status in the Netherlands
The Dutch Government has introduced a Coronavirus Entry Pass System to gain access to certain hospitality venues, however the Corona check app is not available to UK visitors and the NHS app is not accepted for this purpose, therefore all visitors from the UK aged 13 and over will have to show a negative test result to access one of the following services/venues whether vaccinated or not:
- Restaurant and bars (indoor)
- Concerts and festivals
- Cinema and theatre
- Sport matches (professional)
Free antigen tests can be arranged for a set date and time via this useful link: https://www.testenvoortoegang.org/
The Hospitality Pass - demonstrating your COVID status in Switzerland
From the 20th September a 'Hospitality Pass' consisting of proof of vaccination (NHS vaccine proof is accepted), proof of recovery from a COVID-19 infection or a negative test result (up to 48 hours for a rapid antigen test or 72 hours for a PCR test) is required for entry into:
- Large-scale outdoor events attended by over 1,000 people. Indoor hospitality venues including restaurants, bars, clubs and discos.
- Cultural, sporting and leisure activities indoors. This includes museums and libraries, leisure facilities, zoos, casinos, fitness centres and sports facilities, indoor pools and water parks
- Indoor events including theatre and cinema, concerts, sporting events and private events outside the home (e.g. weddings)
Children under the age of 16 are exempt from this requirement.