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France launches health pass for non-EU tourists

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The French government announced on Thursday that it will set up a system allowing tourists vaccinated outside the European Union to obtain a health pass.

“Our objective is that from 9 August these tourists present on national soil can obtain passes on the same model as French nationals established outside France,” the Secretary of State for Tourism Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne said on France Inter radio.

“We are putting in place a dedicated system that will evolve and grow to meet these demands,” he added without giving further details.

The government has already set up a system so that French expatriates living outside the European Union and vaccinated abroad “with vaccines recognised by the European Medicines Agency” can obtain a special health pass.

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In response to the outbreak of the Covid-19 epidemic, which has killed more than 112,000 people in France, the health pass came into force on 21 July in “leisure and cultural venues” gathering more than 50 people.

On Monday it is expected to be extended to cafes, restaurants, mainline trains and domestic flights, as well as to non-emergency patients and visitors to health facilities and retirement homes. This is subject to the expected decision of the Constitutional Council on Thursday.

In addition, Lemoyne was keen to reassure foreign students by announcing that “the principle has been established that we will welcome international students who are registered in the institutions”.

“We will announce in the next few days the practical arrangements that will allow them to come,” he added.

The Brussels Times