France’s virus pass now required in restaurants, trains

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      PARIS (AP) — France took a big step Monday into a post-pandemic future by requiring people to show a QR code proving they have a special virus pass before they can enjoy restaurants and cafes or travel across the country.

      The measure is part of a government plan to encourage more people to get a COVID-19 vaccine shot and slow down a surge in infections, as the highly contagious delta variant now accounts for most cases in France. Over 36 million people in France, or more than 54% of the population, are fully vaccinated.

      The special pass is issued to people who are vaccinated against COVID-19, or have proof of a recent recovery from the virus or who have a recent negative test. The measure also applies to tourists visiting the country.

      In the southern city of Marseille, several restaurant owners had decided not to check clients for the pass, an Associated Press reporter saw on Monday. Many consider it is not their job to enforce the measure.

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      Turkey has had a HES code since at least August of 2020. A year ago.

      HES code opens door to safe social life amid Turkey’s COVID-19 outbreak

      From the US Embassy in Turkey ( ):

      Foreigners who are in the country as residents, under protected status, or international status are required to provide a Hayat Eve Sigar (HES) code for inner city public transportation, inter-city bus travel rest stops, hotel reservations, and international and domestic flights.

      As usual, COVID-19 restriction information is confusing and incomplete. I had to research details from multiple sites to find out that as a transit passenger in Istanbul I didn’t need a HES code for international flights.

      And I’ll have to resolve this for Ukraine (from :

      a document confirming the receipt of a full course of vaccination against COVID-19 with vaccines included by WHO in the list of approved for use in emergency situations

      I suspect my paper CDC card with my hand-written name will be OK, but I’ll have to verify it’s enough before the next trip.


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