According to news reports like this one, to enter bars, restaurants in countries like France, Italy, Ireland and Germany, you need proof of vaccination. I am double vaccinated, but was so outside of EU. I have my proof, but how do I get that proof in a form useful in these countries? i.e Can I download the French Covid app and somehow enter my status? Same goes for other countries.

BTW, I am also an EU (Italy) citizen, but I am not a resident.

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    Does travel.stackexchange.com/questions/166758/… answer your question?
    – Relaxed
    Commented Jul 26, 2021 at 20:17
  • @Relaxed It might after a while? Right now it seems very focused on non-EU citizens and getting the pass "from afar", but it's as close as I've seen! Commented Jul 26, 2021 at 20:55
  • I don't think citizenship matters much. It is about getting the certificate before landing. If you're fine taking care of it in person, there are options in Germany and Austria it seems.
    – Relaxed
    Commented Jul 26, 2021 at 20:57
  • @Relaxed Do you know if that then allows EU-wide use? The passes seem somewhat country specific. So going to Germany to get a pass to then spend time in France doesn't seem possible? Commented Jul 26, 2021 at 20:59
  • The applications may be country specific, but the EU Digital COVID Certificate is not. The International Certificate of Vaccination will still remain as proof that most people who need to check these things are most familiar with. They should, however, be properly filled out otherwise the might not be accepted. The form must be fully completed in English or French by a medical practitioner or authorized health worker and must include the official stamp of the administering centre. Commented Jul 26, 2021 at 21:17

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Are there EU countries that allow foreign residents to obtain the EU vaccination certificate? deals with obtaining a certificate based on vaccination abroad. It's almost impossible at the moment.

Note that in France, at least, you do not need a proof of vaccination to go anywhere, it's also possible to get the required digital certificate through a test. Getting a test every 48 to 72 hours is therefore the only solution for tourists in France at the moment.

  • This seems to suggest France does require it? Commented Jul 26, 2021 at 20:35
  • @hamburgermenu Not quite yet but that wasn't my point. The confusion is on the nature of the “it”: health pass is required (e.g. to enter a museum) but it can be obtained using EITHER a proof of vaccination, proof of recovery or proof of a recent test. Vaccination as such is not required except for healthcare personnel. That's also what this article explains. Of course, getting a test every other day is inconvenient and costs money but it remains possible.
    – Relaxed
    Commented Jul 26, 2021 at 20:47
  • Got it. Yes, I asked about the Health Pass, though was a bit loose in my wording. But getting a test every 2 days didn't even register to me as a consideration. I'm vaccinated and an EU citizen, just wanted to know if I could hook into the pass schemes yet Commented Jul 26, 2021 at 20:52
  • Or, in other words: the “green pass” (EU Covid Digital certificate) doesn't show full vaccination. It documents vaccination (even one injection), tests (PCR or not) and recovery. It's up to each state to set requirements based on this info. For example, France requires a full course of vaccination to be exempted from tests. A certificate showing only one injection (for a vaccine requireing two) wouldn't help you in this situation. But you can still get a pass.
    – Relaxed
    Commented Jul 26, 2021 at 20:52
  • @hamburgermenu I got that. The answer is no, there are more details in the other question. Beyond thatt, I still thought it was useful to dispell the confusion regarding what the exact requirements are and the alternatives that do exist, however inconvenient they might be.
    – Relaxed
    Commented Jul 26, 2021 at 20:53

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