social security , vaccination & French COVID Certificate

last update September 3rd 2021:


If you have been accepted by a higher education establishment in the territory of the French Republic for the academic year 2021-2022, y ou can apply for a COVID vaccine certificate of equivalence if you meet the following conditions:
• If you have been vaccinated with a vaccine accepted by the European Medicines Agency or an equivalent:
o 4 weeks after injection, if you received a single-dose vaccine (Johnson&Johnson),
o 7 days after the second injection if you received a two-dose vaccine (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, etc.),
o 7 days after injection, if you have recovered from COVID-19 (in this case, only one vaccine dose is necessary);
• If you have not been vaccinated in a Member State of the European Union, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, Switzerland or the United Kingdom (England and Wales only), as these countries issue digital COVID certificates that are accepted by France;
• If you have a study visa.

fill in this form:


August 31st:

Social security registration,  vaccination & health pass:

France has implemented an exemption for students from "red" countries, allowing them to register for social security before leaving their country.

To find out if your country is classified as red, orange or green, refer to this site:

If your country is rated red, check out this tutorial.

If your country is orange or green, you must register for social security as soon as you arrive in France, on:

you will need to submit copies of the following documents:
1. National ID card or passport
2. Proof of enrolment in an institute of higher education for the appropriate academic year
3. your bank account identification details (RIB) – the account must be in your name.
4. birth certificate showing filiation
5. valid residence permit – card or VLS-TS visa + confirmation of online validation (Non-EU nationals)



step 1 = social security registration !!

No vaccine without registration with social security.


Case of people who have had a first dose of the vaccine:

- vaccine recognized by France:

It is quite possible to receive your second dose in France after having received the first abroad if it is one of the four vaccines currently authorized in France (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Janssen).

The Health Insurance website explains that the vaccinator "can record the 1st dose received, then the 2nd dose after having performed the vaccination" and "may decide to record in the 1st vaccination the 2nd injection he has just performed before close the vaccination cycle ".

You must have the supporting documents for the first injection carried out abroad. "These situations are to be assessed on a case by case basis by the vaccinator", specifies social security.

- vaccine not recognized by France: you must register for social security and be vaccinated

The health pass ( "pass sanitaire")

The health pass consists of adigital (via the TousAntiCovid application) or paper proof, among the following three:

1. Vaccination, provided that people have a complete vaccination schedule and the necessary time after the final injection, either:

    7 days after the 2nd injection for double injection vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca);
    28 days after injection for vaccines with a single injection (Johnson & Johnson);
    7 days after the injection for vaccines in people with a history of Covid (1 single injection).

2. Proof of a negative test of less than 72 hours (or 48 hours for antigen tests in the context of trips to certain destinations, such as Corsica, overseas communities and the European Union)

All RT-PCR, antigen tests and now self-tests under professional supervision generate proof as soon as the result is entered by healthcare staff in SI-DEP, which can be printed live for antigen tests and self-tests under supervision health professionals and which is also made available to the patient via an email and an SMS to retrieve it from the SI-DEP portal. On TousAntiCovid, the importation of evidence into the application is in the hands of the patient.

The deadlines in force for the validity of the tests (72h or 48h depending on the case) are strict when entering the site of the event.

In the case of trips to Corsica, overseas communities and countries of the European Union, self-tests under the supervision of professionals are not admissible. Only RT-PCR and / or antigen tests are accepted.

3. The result of a positive RT-PCR or antigen test attesting to recovery from Covid-19, dating at least 11 days and less than 6 months.

You can request a vaccine equivalence health pass if you meet the following conditions:

  1.     You are already in France
  2.     You come from a country which does not belong to the European Union
  3.     You are 18 years of age or older. Until September 30, 2021, the health pass is not required for minors 12 to 17 years old.
  4.     You have been vaccinated with a vaccine accepted by the European Medicines Agency or equivalent since:
  •        more than 4 weeks after injection for single dose vaccines (Johnson & Johnson);                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
  •        more than 7 days after the second injection for two-dose vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca);
  •        more than 7 days after the injection if you have recovered from Covid-19 (in this case, only one injection is necessary); 

To apply you must provide (in electronic format):

  1.     this form; ;
  2.     Your vaccination certificate drawn up according to the rules of the country of vaccination, and clearly indicating the type of vaccine used;
  3.     Your passport;
  4.     your plane or train ticket (the one-way ticket is sufficient



The complete file should be sent to:

To facilitate the processing of requests received, the email should be addressed with a title worded as indicated below:
COUNTRY / LAST NAME First name / Date of arrival in France in DD-MM-21 format
For example: USA / DURAND Anne / 23-08-21