Since, August 9, 2021, in France, merchants and professionals must require their customers over 18 years old to present a health pass.
The activities concerned are the following:
- Bars and restaurants,
- Fairs, seminars, and trade shows,
- Public transport for long-distance journeys,
- Hospitals, clinics, retirement homes for companions, visitors and patients admitted for scheduled medical appointment,
- Shopping centres and department stores but only upon a specific decision of the local prefect.
The health pass is already required since July 21, 2021, in all places hosting cultural activities, sports and leisure activities.
The health pass is obtained by:
- Being fully vaccinated
- Getting tested with a negative result within the last 48 hours (PCR or antigen)
- Being recovered from Covid-19 (attested by a positive PCR or antigen test result, at least 15 days and no more than 6 months old)
In case of noncompliance with this control obligation, the company, after being put on notice by the Administration to comply, risks a shutdown for up to 7 days.
If the company is put on notice more than 3 times within a 45-day period, it faces a penalty which might be up to one year’s imprisonment and 9,000 euros fine.
Attention, if the company is not concerned by this obligation and yet require the health pass from its customers, it faces a penalty which might be up to one year’s imprisonment and 45,000 euros fine.
The failure for a customer to present its health pass can result in a minimum of 135 euros fine.
Fraudulent use of a health pass is punished by 135 euros fine (6 months imprisonment and 3,750 euros fine if it happens more than 3 times within a 30-day period).