Vaccination pass for travel and restaurants… everything you need to know

The vaccination pass and QR Codes in closed places are put in place as part of the deconfinement in order to continue to fight against Covid-19. Here is everything you need to know about how these devices work on your smartphone and the TousAntiCovid application.

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How do the vaccination pass and QR Codes against Covid-19 work? // Source: Frandroid

Deconfinement continues its course in France to prepare for life after the Covid-19 crisis. We hear a lot about the vaccine pass, QR Codes to access certain places and of course the TousAntiCovid application.

So as not to be overwhelmed by this flood of information, here is a small file to take stock of the vaccine pass, the “QR Code place” and the nuances to know between these two notions. In particular, we will see together how it all works on your phone with TousAntiCovid.

Update of January 24, 2022: As of this Monday, January 24, 2022, the vaccination pass (instead of the health pass) is compulsory for people over 16 wishing, for example, to go to a restaurant or take the train.

What is the vaccination pass?

It is essential to fully understand what the vaccination pass is and what it is used for. Basically, it is a measure allowing a person to show that he is not at risk of contaminating other people by proving that he has been vaccinated. In the case of transport, an exception is provided for: you will not need a pass for “compelling family or health reasons” – a dying relative for example – subject to presenting a negative test, “except in case of emergency “.

You will be asked for the vaccination pass to access leisure activities, restaurants and drinking establishments (with the exception of collective catering), fairs, seminars and trade shows and interregional public transport (planes, trains, coaches).


Vaccination against Covid-19 is one of the ways to take advantage of the vaccine pass // Source: Gustavo Fring on Pexels

Unlike the vaccination pass which could be obtained on presentation of a negative test, you will now need to have a complete vaccination schedule, either two doses or just one, depending on the vaccine, and a booster dose, to obtain your sesame.

You don’t have a complete vaccination schedule yet? Know that you can obtain a vaccination pass from your first dose, provided you present a negative antigen or PCR test within 24 hours and commit to receiving a second dose in the following month. This derogation is valid for all people getting vaccinated for the first time until February 15.

Presenting another person’s pass or giving your pass to someone for fraudulent use is now punishable by a fixed fine of 1,000 euros, compared to 135 euros previously. The detention of several false passes is punishable by five years’ imprisonment and a fine of 75,000 euros.

How do I get my vaccination pass?

As we said, the vaccination pass consists of proving that you do not pose a risk of contamination with Covid-19. There are three scenarios for this:

  • a vaccination certificate with complete vaccination schedule;
  • a first dose of vaccine accompanied by a negative antigen or PCR test (valid for all people being vaccinated for the first time until February 15).

Important clarification before going any further: people who flash your vaccination pass do not have access to your health data. They will simply know if your pass is valid or invalid.

Do not hesitate to consult our tutorial on how to download the vaccination pass document so that you always have it with you for your travels. Now let’s look at the QR Code place to go to the restaurant.

QR Code in restaurants: what you need to know

Several places such as cafes, bars, restaurants, sports halls, nightclubs or places with standing public are once again welcoming visitors indoors. However, to do this, these establishments have the obligation to report your visit (unless you stayed on the terrace). In fact, the measure seems almost never applied. Here’s how it all works though, so you don’t get caught off guard.

They can either do so via a reminder book on paper, noting your contact details by hand, or with a QR Code to be read with TousAntiCovid. It is precisely this second option that is called the “QR Code place”.

By flashing a QR Code located in a restaurant, for example, TousAntiCovid will estimate that you have spent at least two hours in this establishment and will send you an alert message if an outbreak of Covid 19 contamination is detected during the period during which you were inside this place. So don’t rescan when you exit, otherwise the app will think you were there for four hours.

How to flash the QR Code in a closed place with TousAntiCovid?

Once in the establishment, you will only have to open the TousAntiCovid application on your smartphone and scroll to the section reminder book where you will find the button Scan a place QR Code which you will need to press. You will then be able to read some details about the device – in particular with regard to respecting your anonymity. Press the blue rectangle at the bottom I scan.

Grant the permissions requested on the phone if necessary then scan the QR Code presented to you in the restaurant, gym or bar you frequent.

By the way, be aware that if you try to flash the QR Code that will be presented to you without the TousAntiCovid application, you will be redirected to a download link.

What is the difference between the vaccination pass and the place QR Code?

Confusion may arise here between the place QR Code, which we have just described, and the measures of the vaccination pass. To avoid confusing the two, remember the following:

  • the place QR Code allows you to know if you have been at the same time as an infected person in a closed place and therefore know if you have been exposed to Covid-19;
  • the vaccination pass is used to prove that you do not pose a risk of contamination to other people, because you have been vaccinated.
People in a restaurant

To eat in the restaurant, you need the vaccination pass. // Source: Andrea Piacquadio on Pexels

The two devices share a common point: the use of TousAntiCovid if the user wishes.

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