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COVID-19 : FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

You will here find simple answers to our most frequently asked questions.  Please read this to find information and answers to your questions.

Official Global Travel Advisories are in place: Avoid non-essential travel outside of Canada and avoid travel on cruise ships until further notice.

We recommend to Canadians abroad to register yourselves as Canadian citizens abroad to receive updates from the Embassy of Canada in France and Monaco or from Global Affairs Canada. There are still many travel restrictions and Canadians abroad are responsible for their personal security abroad, and are subject to local health regulations in the country while you are there.

  • In an attempt to limit the spread of COVID-19, most governments have implemented preventative measures and restrictions. If you are in France, respect local measures in place: https://www.gouvernement.fr/. Travel From France and to France are also subject to travel restrictions, depending of the country you are travelling from and of your vaccination status: https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/coming-to-france/coronavirus-advice-for-foreign-nationals-in-france/.
  • Monaco : for more info, please visit: https://covid19.mc/en/
  • The consular services of the Embassy of Canada in France are currently open and assisting Canadians in France and Monaco. Please contact us by email at  parisconsulaire@international.gc.ca or by telephone at +33(0)1 44 43 29 02 if your are in need of assistance. It is not recommended to come in person without an appointment.

If you are planning a trip to Canada, we advise you to refer to the following site: https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions

Question 1 – What are the recommendations of the Governement of Canada on international travel between France and Canada ?

As of March 16th 2020, the Government of Canada recommended to Canadian travellers to return to Canada by commercial transport and Official Global Travel Advisories are in place: Avoid non-essential travel outside of Canada and avoid travel on cruise ships until further notice.

If you are planning to travel to Canada, please refer to question-answer number 7 to obtain information on travel restrictions.

If you are a Canadian citizen living and/or working in France, or if you are a dual-citizen of France and Canada, you do not have to return to Canada. If you choose to stay in France, please ensure that you have the sufficient financial means and first-necessity items, including medication, to support yourself. We advise you to check with your insurance company that you are properly covered. New regulations could affect your travel plans at all times.

Question 2 – I’m a Canadian citizen living in France; how can I renew my residency permit? Can I travel to the EU countries and under which restrictions?  

Canadians who have a valid residency permit for France can stay in France. Make sure your Canadian passport is valid and we invite you to contact local authorities to renew your residency permit if need be. It is important to have valid documentation to show that you main residency is in France, if you travel outside of the country for example. The Consular services of the Embassy of Canada in France and in Monaco cannot facilitate the issuance of a residency document for Canadians abroad. We invite you to contact directly the local authorities to obtain information.

Since June 9th 2021, travel restrictions in line with the COVID-19 sanitary crisis are more flexible for people with full vaccination or immunity. France has adopted a classification of country that goes from green, to yellow to red, depending on the gravity of the sanitary crisis, and travel restrictions are referring to this classification. Specific rules applies for travel to and from the United Kingdom. Please refer to: https://www.service-public.fr/particuliers/vosdroits/F35613.

All members countries of the European Union are classified in Green zone, it is possible to travel to those countries from France without a compelling reason, but it is mandatory to obtain information on entry requirements in the country of destination.

Question 3 – I am Canadian but my family does not have Canadian citizenship : can they return to Canada with me ?

You will find this information in the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) Paris web page

Please note that the application for authorization and statutory declaration (IMM 0006) must be completed by the Canadian citizen or permanent resident who wishes to have their extended family member join them in Canada. The application form must be signed by solemn declaration by a Canadian authorized official. Some Canadian Notaries are offering their business online and virtual solemn declarations will be accepted. The Embassy’s consular service does not provide this service and foreign notaries or lawyers will not be accepted. 

Question 4 – I am a French permanent resident of Canada and I am currently in France. Can I return to Canada? Can my family do so too?

You will find this information in the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) Paris web page.  

Question 5 - If I am a French non-permanent resident in Canada (student, youth mobility agreement, or temporary worker) can I travel to Canada? Is it possible to visit Canada as a tourist at this time?

You will find this information in the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) Paris web page.

Question 6 - I am a Canadian resident in France or in Monaco, can I submit a regular passport application?

Yes, Canadian passport applications for residents or temporary visitors to France and Monaco are being processed as usual at the Embassy. However, in order to restrict traffic to and within the Embassy in regards to the COVID-19 situation, please send your application by registered mail in priority.  If your application is urgent (i.e., for a trip scheduled 20 business days later or less), please send us an email at  paris-passport@international.gc.ca to  give us details on your emergency. An appointment may then be offered to you. Wearing a mask is mandatory to enter the embassy, and ​​only the applicant will be admitted. Please arrive on time for your appointment. For more information on passport applications, please visit : https://www.canadainternational.gc.ca/france/consular_services_consulaires/passeport_citoyennete_passport_citizenship.aspx?lang=eng

Please note that you must be physically present in France or Monaco to send your passport request to the Canadian Embassy in Paris. Applications from Canada will be rejected.

It is also possible to book an appointment online for non urgent passport or citizenship services.

Question 7 – What are the travel restrictions if I am Canadian returning to Canada from France or from another foreign country?

There are many travel restrictions in place regarding travel to Canada. We invite you to consult this illustrated road map for Fully vaccinated travellers returning or travelling to Canada to guide you.

Please note that effective October 30, all travellers of 12 years of age and older flying on domestic, transborder or international flights departing from airports in Canada will need to be vaccinated.  Please consult this site for more information : https://www.canada.ca/en/transport-canada/news/2021/10/mandatory-covid-19-vaccination-requirements-for-federally-regulated-transportation-employees-and-travellers.html  This new measure will have an effect if you are planning to come back to France from Canada.

Border measures on arrival to Canada for fully vaccinated travellers who are currently permitted to enter Canada:

Fully vaccinated travellers are not required to quarantine and/or complete testing upon arrival and on the day-8 test of their arrival in Canada.

To be eligible for these exemptions, fully vaccinated travellers must:

  • meet the pre-entry COVID-19 molecular test result requirements. All travellers of more than 5 years of age (even those who are fully vaccinated) have to show a negative PCR test result before they can travel to Canada (only Canadians with a positive test result of more than 14 days and less than 180 days can be exempt from the pre-entry test).
  • be asymptomatic
  • submit all required COVID-19 information electronically into ArriveCAN mobile app  (iOS or Android) prior to travel to Canada
  • have a paper or digital copy of their proof of vaccination which states the number of shots you've received
  • have a suitable quarantine plan in place where you can stay for at least 14 days. This is required even if you are seeking the fully vaccinated exemption. Final determination is made by a government representative at the border based on the information presented at the time of entry into Canada. You must therefore be prepared to quarantine for 14 days, in case you are symptomatic and/or don’t meet the requirements. If you meet all the requirements, you won't need to quarantine.

Fully-vaccinated travellers

To be considered fully vaccinated, travellers must have received the full series of a COVID-19 vaccine — or combination of vaccines — accepted by the Government of Canada, at least 14 days prior to entering Canada. Currently, those vaccines are manufactured by Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD, and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson). Travellers must provide proof of vaccination in English or French (or a certified translation).

If you have recovered from COVID-19, you still need a full series of an accepted COVID-19 vaccine or combination of accepted vaccines. If you’ve only had one dose of an accepted vaccine other than Janssen (Johnson & Johnson), you don’t qualify for the fully vaccinated traveller exemption. Please look below on the instructions for partially or non vaccinated travelers.

You will find below the list of accepted and not accepted vaccines at the moment. We recommend that you visit the section entitled Determine if you’re fully vaccinated regularly as the list of accepted vaccines may expand in the future.

Accepted vaccines:

  • Pfizer (Comirnaty, tozinameran, BNT162b2)
  • Moderna (mRNA-1273)
  • AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria, AZD1222, Covishield)
  • Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) - single dose

Vaccines not currently accepted for fully vaccinated status in Canada:

  • Bharat Biotech (Covaxin, BBV152 A, B, C)
  • Cansino (Convidecia, Ad5-nCoV)
  • Gamalaya (Sputnik V, Gam-Covid-Vac)
  • Sinopharm (BBIBP-CorV, Sinopharm-Wuhan)
  • Sinovac (CoronaVac, PiCoVacc)
  • Vector Institute (EpiVacCorona)
  • Other

Travellers can receive their vaccine in any country but must provide a certified translation confirming their vaccination status which states the number of shots you've received if proof of vaccination is not provided in English or French. The Government of Canada will accept translations that were produced by a certified translator whose certification can be confirmed by a stamp or membership number with a professional translation association. Consular officers in offices of the Government of Canada abroad do not have to validate those documents.

Eligibility

Only those travellers who are currently eligible to enter Canada and are now fully vaccinated, are eligible for these new measures if they meet specific criteria and requirements. Specific questions regarding quarantine measures can be directed to the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Individuals can verify if they are allowed to enter Canada

Testing requirements

Fully vaccinated travellers must still obtain a pre-entry COVID-19 molecular test result pre-entry and can be exempt of on-arrival testing requirements on arrival.

The pre-entry test must be performed using one of two types of COVID-19 tests–either a molecular polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or Loop-mediated Isothermal Amplification (LAMP)–and must be conducted within 72 hours of the traveller’s scheduled departure to Canada. More information on tests on Transport Canada’s website. If you need to do testing in France, you can identify a service provider on the site*: https://sante.fr/recherche/trouver/DepistageCovid or make an appointment on https://www.doctolib.fr/.

Most fully vaccinated travellers won’t need to take an arrival test. However, you may be randomly selected for the border testing surveillance program upon arrival in Canada. If you are selected for testing, complete your on-arrival test. You do not need to quarantine while awaiting test results. If selected, you must take the test or you will be subject to quarantine and penalties/fines. If the test is positive, isolate yourself immediately and contact local public health authorities.

Not fully-vaccinated travellers (valid up to October 30th)

There are no changes to Canada’s current border measures for travellers who are not fully vaccinated. Travellers must continue to adhere to the current testing and federal 14-day quarantine requirements, and provide COVID-19-related information electronically through ArriveCAN before arriving in Canada.

Persons who have recovered from COVID-19 can continue to test positive long after they have recovered and are no longer infectious.  Travellers who have previously tested positive for COVID-19 must provide proof of a positive COVID-19 molecular test conducted between 14 and 180 days prior to their scheduled flight, but they are not considered as fully vaccinated if they did not received the full series of a vaccine – or a combination of vaccines – accepted by the Government of Canada at least 14 days prior to entering Canada – but may be able to obtain partial Exemptions from testing.

Children, unaccompanied minors, people who require support for mental or physical conditions, and other personal or professional situation involving not vaccinated or fully vaccinated people who can obtain exemptions:

Unvaccinated children under the age of 12

Unvaccinated children under the age of 12 who are accompanied by travellers who qualify for the fully vaccinated traveller exemption:

  • must follow all testing requirements for pre-entry, arrival and Day-8 tests (unless under the age of 5)
  • are exempt from quarantine as long as they follow the public health requirements outlined in the handout provided at the border
  • This applies to unvaccinated children under 12 years of age, who are accompanying a parent, step-parent, guardian or tutor who qualified as a fully vaccinated traveller when they entered Canada.
  • ArriveCAN: include unvaccinated children under the age of 12 as travellers in your submission. Once you fill out the form and successfully upload your proof of vaccination for family members over the age of 12, you will receive an ArriveCAN receipt for the border.

Unvaccinated youth aged 12 through 17

Unvaccinated youth aged 12 through 17 must follow all testing and quarantine requirements, whether or not they are accompanied by travellers who qualify for the fully vaccinated traveller exemption.

ArriveCAN Warning: do not include unvaccinated dependent youth aged 12-17 in your ArriveCAN submission. Complete your submission without them so that you have a receipt for the rest of the group. You will be able to provide the information for the youth(s) before boarding your flight or upon entry to Canada.

Other travellers with personal or professional situations may be able to obtain exemptions. Please refer to this website for more info https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/exemptions.

Quarantine plan

You must have a suitable quarantine plan in place where you can stay for at least 14 days. This is required even if you are seeking the fully vaccinated exemption. Final determination is made by a government representative at the border based on the information presented at the time of entry into Canada. You must therefore be prepared to quarantine for 14 days, in case you are symptomatic and/or don’t meet the requirements.

If you don’t meet the requirements, you'll be asked to follow the instructions provided by the government representative. If you meet all the requirements, you won't need to quarantine.

Partially vaccinated or not vaccinated travellers who are currently permitted to enter Canada, with some exceptions, have to:  

  • Have a negative PCR test result to Covid-19 conducted within 72 hours of the traveller’s scheduled departure to Canada (this is mandatory for all travellers of 5 years old and above).
  • take a COVID-19 molecular test when they arrive in Canada, and take another one at the 8th day of the 14-day quarantine period 
  • have a suitable quarantine plan
  • provide relevant information, within 72h prior to your arrival in Canada, including travel and contact information, quarantine plan on the app ArriveCAN mobile app  (iOS or Android). Be cautious of third party platforms and fraudulent webpages and applications that pose as the official Government of Canada ArriveCAN app or website. If the application or webpage you are using to enter your information prompts you for payment, it is fraudulent. The official ArriveCAN app or website will never prompt you for payment. 
  • Print and complete the necessary “Attestation” to travel from France or to transit through France.

COVID-19 testing from France :

The test must be performed using one of two types of COVID-19 tests–either a molecular polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or Loop-mediated Isothermal Amplification (LAMP)–and must be conducted within 72 hours of the traveller’s scheduled departure to Canada. More information on tests Transport Canada’s website. If you need to do testing in France, you can identify a service provider on the site*: https://sante.fr/recherche/trouver/DepistageCovid or make an appointment on https://www.doctolib.fr/.

If you test result is positive and you are no longer infectious:

Persons who have recovered from COVID-19 can continue to test positive long after they have recovered and are no longer infectious. Travellers who have previously tested positive for COVID-19 must provide proof of a positive COVID-19 molecular test conducted between 14 and 180 days prior to your scheduled flight. Travellers with a positive result for the test that was performed on a specimen collected at least 14 days and no more than 90 days are exempted from the test upon arrival in Canada as per  the Order in council Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Quarantine, Isolation and Other Obligations).

Canadian government offices abroad do not provide medical attention (including administering COVID-19 testing) or cover medical expenses for Canadian citizens abroad. You may wish to consult local medical authorities for information on the COVID-19 testing.

For travellers transiting through France from another country, please note that PCR test are not available in the international zone of Charles de Gaulle’s Airport (see question 11).

Enter your information on ArriveCAN:

Before travelling to Canada: travellers will be asked to provide relevant information, including travel and contact information, quarantine plan according to the Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Quarantine, Isolation and Other Obligations) through the ArriveCAN mobile app  (iOS or Android) – this declaration is mandatory since November 21st 2020 and must be done 72 hours prior arriving in Canada.

ArriveCAN is compatible with Chrome browser but not on explorer. Travellers who may experience difficulty submitting their information through ArriveCAN can access additional information at Contact Us about ArriveCAN.

Canadians who received their vaccine in France only have one proof issued by the EU. On this proof, only the information regarding the second dose is indicated. In all cases, travellers must enter the dates of their first and second doses in the appropriate fields on ArriveCAN. But if you are in the situation, ArriveCAN application still requires two proofs of vaccination to be uploaded and the Public Health Agency of Canada has confirmed that it is possible to:

-          upload the first proof of vaccination issued by the local authorities and the EU Digital COVID Certificate into ArriveCAN. If the local authority proof is not in English or French, the client will be required to provide a certified translation.
or

-          upload the EU digital COVID certificate twice to ArriveCAN.

ArriveCAN is free and secure. Be cautious of 3rd party, fraudulent webpages and apps that may be posing as ArriveCAN and asking you for payment.

Failure to provide accurate information is an offence under the Quarantine Act. In addition, violating any quarantine or isolation instructions provided to you upon entering Canada is also an offence under the Quarantine Act and could lead to up to: 

  • 6 months in prison; and/or
  • $750,000 in fines.

For more information about the exemptions listed by the Order In Council, please visit the website: https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/isolation#exemptions

Question 8 – What is the status of flights to Canada from France?

The Embassy cannot replace you in your search for a solution to return. General information on the state of air traffic to Canada from France can be found below.

It is up to you to contact the company for precise information and in relation to any modifications of your travel documents. It is also up to you to check with your airline company what conditions apply (for instance, mandatory testing, mandatory masks, etc…).  Due to the pandemic, aviation activity has been reorganized in the main airports in France. Please inquire about changes with regard to terminals or flight schedules. You will find detailed contact info for Airlines here: https://www.canadainternational.gc.ca/france/consular_services_consulaires/contact_information_airlines_canada-coordonnes_compagnies_ariennes.aspx?lang=eng.

If you transit through PARIS-CDG:

- It is possible for travellers to transit in Paris-CDG airport, under conditions. You can obtain information on travel restrictions for France at : https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/coming-to-france/coronavirus-advice-for-foreign-nationals-in-france/. Depending on your situation in France, the vaccine you received and the country you are travelling from, it is possible that you may have to present a negative COVID-19 test result dated of less than 72 hours and/or an « Certificate of International travel » : https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/Actualites/L-actu-du-Ministere/Certificate-of-international-travel and/or a sworn statement attesting to the absence of symptoms of Covid-19 infection and contact with a confirmed case of Covid-19, available on the same web page.
- Make sure you have a prove of your ongoing travel to Canada (flight ticket, booking confirmation)
- For travellers who need to have a compelling reason to travel to France: transit must be in the international zone of the Airport and of less than 24 hours.
-Travellers must have proof of a negative COVID-19 test result 72 hours prior to scheduled departure from CDG to Canada.
- If you cannot be admitted in France due to the current travel restrictions, you won’t be allowed to leave the transit area of the airport and it will not be possible to change airports in Paris. If you are in this situation, do not plan an additional lay-over in another country member of the European Union; you will not be permitted.
-In general, PCR tests are not accessible from the international zone of the airport. However, there is a limited service for PCR tests in the international zone running on Sundays, Mondays, and Thursdays morning as well as Wednesdays all day, appointments must be booked online at https://www.parisaeroport.fr/en/passengers/services/book-a-service/last-minute-tests. A PCR test costs 139 euros and you can pay by bank card only. (Subject to change without notice).  Please note that results should be available in the afternoon if you have taken the test in the morning, so plan your transit accordingly.  Fully vaccinated Canadians travelling though CDG  can be admitted to France and then get tested in the free zone of the airport.  Once again, you must book your appointment: https://www.doctolib.fr/centre-depistage-covid/roissy/depistage-covid-aeroport-charles-de-gaulle?highlight%5Bspeciality_ids%5D%5B%5D=286
-Luggage must be checked in all the way through to Canada. If you do not have any checked-in luggage, carry-on luggage will be allowed.

-Transits in the USA are very restricted for travellers who visited or transited in one or many countries of the European Schengen Area: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/from-other-countries.html. We advise you to take this into accounts when elaborating your travel plans.

Information collected in September 2021:

The main airlines operating flights between France and Canada:

AIR CANADA: www.aircanada.com. Please note that the following flights will not be operated in 2021: Paris-Vancouver, Bordeaux-Montréal, Marseille-Montréal, Nice-Montréal and the new flight Toulouse-Montréal will start in 2022.
AIR FRANCE :  www.airfrance.fr.
AIR TRANSAT: www.airtransat.com.
WEST JET: www.westjet.com.
CORSAIR: www.corsair.ca.

State of air traffic from Guadeloupe, Martinique, La Réunion, Saint-Martin, Mayotte, Saint-Barthélemy and French Guiana:

AIR CANADA :
Guadeloupe | Pointe-à-Pitre - Montréal : one flight per week starting October 31st 2021.

Martinique | Fort-de-France - Montréal : one flight per week starting October 30th 2021.

Information on aircanada.com or by calling the reservation center on 001 888 247 2262 (Canada) or 00 800 669 92222   (Antilles). It is possible to return to Canada via Paris from those destinations (under conditions)

AIR TRANSAT:
Guadeloupe | Pointe-à-Pitre – Montreal : Flights suspended until December 2021.
Martinique | Fort-de-France – Montreal : Flights suspended until December 2021.

AIR CARAÏBES:  As part of territorial continuity, Air Caraïbes provides flights between the islands of Guadeloupe, Saint-Martin and Saint-Barthélemy, in partnership with the company Saint-Barth Commuter. Reservations are already available, subject to applicable government conditions.

Note that it is also possible to transit through Paris to go to Canada. Please check the specific conditions that apply if you leave from:

Question 9 – Is it possible for Canadian citizens to travel to France from Canada for non essential travel, for a touristic trip ? What are the rules within France?

Official Global Travel Advisories are in place: Avoid non-essential travel outside of Canada and avoid travel on cruise ships until further notice.

Please note that effective October 30, all travellers of 12 years of age and older flying on domestic, transborder or international flights departing from airports in Canada will need to be vaccinated.  Please consult this site for more information : https://www.canada.ca/en/transport-canada/news/2021/10/mandatory-covid-19-vaccination-requirements-for-federally-regulated-transportation-employees-and-travellers.html

If you choose to travel despite these advisories:

  • Respect measures in place in France: https://www.gouvernement.fr/.
  • register with us as a Canadian abroad and contact us for assistance.
  • Anticipate the travel restrictions in place for your return to Canada (refer to questions-answers number 7 and 8)
  • Consider that you could be denied entry into France
  • you may have difficulty obtaining essential products and services
  • you may suddenly face strict movement restrictions and quarantines at designated facilities and at your own cost
  • your insurance may not cover your travel or medical expenses
  • we may have limited capacity to offer you consular services.

Travel restrictions in line with the COVID-19 sanitary crisis are more flexible for people with full vaccination or immunity. France has adopted a classification of country that goes from green, to yellow to red, depending on the gravity of the sanitary crisis, and travel restrictions are referring to this classification. Specific rules apply for travel to and from the United Kingdom. Please refer to: https://www.service-public.fr/particuliers/vosdroits/F35613.

Travellers from Canada can now be admitted in France without having to produce a compelling reason. Travellers fully vaccinated have to show a document to prove that they have received a vaccine recognize by the European Medicines Agency (Pfizer / Comirnaty, Moderna, AstraZeneca / Vaxzevria / Covishield, Janssen).

complete vaccination is understood as a complete vaccination schedule and the time needed after the final injection:

  • 7 days after the 2nd injection for double injection vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca).
  • 4 weeks after injection for vaccines with a single injection (Janssen)
  • 7 days after the injection for vaccines in people with a history of Covid (1 single injection).

Travellers who do not have a vaccination document have to produce negative PCR test result to Covid-19 conducted within 72 hours of the traveller’s scheduled departure from Canada.

Your foreign document a vaccination will be accepted for an admission in France but it will not be converted automatically into a “Passe sanitaire” (mandatory to access restaurants, museums and other public places), you have to make an application to obtain this document. See question 13

To obtain more information about travelling to France, please consult:

Question 10 – What is the “Passe sanitaire”? Do Canadian citizens in France must obtain a “passe sanitaire”? What is the procedure?

France : In an attempt to limit the spread of COVID-19, most governments have implemented preventative measures and restrictions. If you are in France, respect local measures in place: https://www.gouvernement.fr/. Travel From France and to France are also subject to travel restrictions, depending of the country you are travelling to or from and of your vaccination status: https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/coming-to-france/coronavirus-advice-for-foreign-nationals-in-france/.

Passe Sanitaire – rules in public during your stay in France

The « Passe sanitaire » enables the registration of: your vaccination status, of a negative test result (PCR, antigenic or a supervised self-test of less than 72 hours) or a certificate of recovery from Covid-19 (positive result greater than 15 days and less than 6 months); it allows you to access public gatherings of more than 50 people and in specified public places. France is making the « Passe sanitaire » mandatory to access all places of leisure and culture; whereby more than 50 people will be assembled, to go to cafes, restaurants, some shopping centers, hospitals, retirement homes, as well as, travel by planes, trains and buses / coaches for long-distance journeys. Be advised that other places may be added tot his list at a later time; dependent upon the epidemic situation. The « Passe sanitaire » is mandatory for everyone in France over 12 years of age:  https://www.gouvernement.fr/info-coronavirus/pass-sanitaire (French only).

The “Passe sanitaire” can be used either in digital format via the Carnet function on the application TousAntiCovid (this toll will allow you to register and store your certificate, as well as those of family members and others in your care). The other option is to present a paper format by presenting the various documents comprising the European-formatted QR code (i.e., a test result or a vaccination certificate).

Canadians who are residing in France but who are not affiliated with social security and have benefitted from vaccination against COVID-19 in France, will receive a QR code with their vaccination certificate that they can print or add in digital format via the Carnet functionality of the TousAntiCovid application. Pharmacies offering the vaccination service can also offer advice on this subject.

The Embassy of Canada does not issue Passe sanitaires and does not validate / certify proofs of vaccination delivered in Canada.

Important information for Canadians vaccinated outside of France

Binationals (dual citizens of France and Canada) as well as Canadian immediate family members of a French citizen have the possibility to get the sanitary pass through this process : https://www.service-public.fr/particuliers/actualites/A15083?xtor=EPR-100 (French version only).

Canadian citizens travelling to France, Canadian students in France or Canadians who are already in France with a vaccine recognized by France can follow this procedure to obtain their “passe sanitaire”: https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/fr/le-ministere-et-son-reseau/actualites-du-ministere/informations-coronavirus-covid-19/demande-de-passe-sanitaire-en-cas-de-vaccination-a-l-etranger-procedure-pour-64244/ (French only).

For Canadian citizens currently residing in France affiliated with social security and having been vaccinated abroad are strongly advised to contact their health insurance provider in France to have their vaccination certificates added to their files. As such, they will be able to activate their “Passe sanitaire”.

Canadians who are not yet vaccinated or vaccinated in a country not on the list of countries eligible to receive a digital Covid certificate can have access to a RT-PCR or antigen test (for a fee) on national territory within 48 hours –only this document will permit access to places and events for which the “Passe sanitaire” is mandatory. The costs for RT-PCR tests average 49 euros; while antigen tests run approximately 29 euros. If you need to take a test while in France, you will be able to identify a provider or lab at the following link*: https://sante.fr/recherche/trouver/DepistageCovid  or make an appointment directly on the following site: https://www.doctolib.fr/.

Be advised that a 135-euro fine will apply if you do not respect the conditions of the “Passe sanitaire”.

Monaco: check this site if you are in Monaco : https://covid19.mc/.

Question 11 – Is it possible for Canadians in France to receive assistance from the Embassy of Canada in France regarding the availability and access to a COVID-19 vaccine?

Canadian government offices abroad do not provide medical services (including vaccination) or cover medical expenses for Canadian citizens outside of Canada. The Government of Canada is not in a position to supply vaccines for Canadians abroad, administer them nor ensure that the administration by a third party would meet Canadian standards.

In Canada, provinces and territories are responsible for the COVID-19 vaccination rollout plans. Provincial and territorial public health authorities determine the order in which segments of the population are vaccinated and criteria for eligibility. While Canadian provinces and territories are in charge of planning and rolling out vaccination programs, including administering them, Health Canada is the federal authority responsible for authorizing vaccines and for making sure there are enough vaccines for everyone in Canada.

If you are considering getting vaccinated abroad, you may wish to consult the list of vaccines approved by Health Canada.

For information on COVID-19 vaccines outside Canada, visit this webpage:

For more information on the COVID-19, including travel restrictions and requirements, consult this webpage:

Useful sources of information for Canadians in France, in Monaco and in oversea territories*

While the Embassy of Canada in Paris is not in a position to provide advice as to whether or not you should be vaccinated in France, Monaco or oversea territories, we encourage you to seek information on COVID-19 vaccines on the following official websites:

For France:

For Monaco: https://covid19.mc/en/

For the overseas territories:

Please note that in France and oversea territories, it is possible to register to be vaccinated, even if someone is not registered with French social security and does not have a card (carte vitale). Vaccination centres are aware of this procedure and the full text is referenced on this link: décret n° 2020-1833 of December 31st 2020 (French only). This text confirms that the vaccine is free of charge for resident of France without a social security number. You will not receive an invitation letter and you will have to contact your local doctor to obtain a prescription (in respect of eligibility and of your health conditions).

Proof of vaccination does not exempt you from complying with travel restrictions and formalities in place (see question-answer number 7).

Question 12 – I am a Canadian citizen in France and I have to see a doctor or go to the hospital: what should I know? If I’m tested positive during my stay in France, can I get help?

As a foreign traveller in France, you should have travel health insurance during your stay abroad. For more info please visit: https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/documents/travel-insurance.

As a Canadian citizen, you are able to receive treatment in France. To find a general practitioner, specialist or hospital in France, please check the French Health Insurance directory: https://directoriesante.ameli.fr or consult the list of health professionals on our website https://www.canadainternational.gc.ca/france/consular_services_consulaires/medical.aspx?lang=eng.

If you do not have travel health insurance, you will have to pay for your medical expenses yourself at the end of your doctor’s appointment or at the hospital upon discharge. Once you return to Canada, you will be able to claim some expenses to your provincial health insurance.

We strongly recommend that you call the doctor or hospital beforehand to get info on costs, schedules and conditions applied during the confinement period. You can also contact SOS médecins for a consultation at your place of residency: https://www.sosmedecins.fr.

If you are tested positive to Covid-19 while in France, you can call 0800 130 000 to obtain help to organize your isolation time.

Question 13 - I think I was contacted by a scammer. What should I do ?

We have received reports of scams that may be targeting Canadians abroad.

If you receive a suspicious email, please verify the sender. Our messages to Canadians abroad are sent from either sos@international.gc.ca or another Government of Canada email account ending with @international.gc.ca.

If you receive a suspicious phone call, do not provide any financial information. Contact the nearest Canadian embassy or consulate to verify that the caller is legitimate.

Consult the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre’s page on COVID-19 fraud.

*Disclaimer:

Medical practices, health standards and the collection and use of personal information may be different abroad. The lists of COVID-19 testing facilities and information about vaccination campaign in France and Monaco have been prepared by the Government of Canada for the convenience of Canadians who may require these services and assistance. It is provided on the understanding that the Government of Canada does not assume or undertake any legal responsibility, to you, or those affected, if you choose to take it into account when selecting a local service provider or decide to receive the vaccine abroad. Further and alternatively, the Government of Canada does not accept any liability to any person or company for any financial loss or damage arising from the use of this information or from any failure to give information. The Government of Canada aims to provide Canadians with as much relevant information to enable them to make informed decisions on their welfare. However, the lists are not recommendations and should not be treated as such. The information on the lists has been provided by the professional organizations or practitioners, and the sequence of the names is of no significance. The information about national vaccination campaign abroad refers to official government sites (France and Monaco).

All personal information collected by the Government of Canada is subject and is used according to the Privacy Act.

 

 

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Date Modified:
2021-10-13