It will also be necessary to present it to enter French cafes, bars or restaurants
The Covid health certificate, on paper or in digital version, has since yesterday become the new open sesame! of culture in France, in the midst of the fourth wave of the coronavirus pandemic due to the rapid advance of the Delta variable. They require it to be able to enter museums, national monuments, cinemas or cultural events that gather more than 50 people. Until now it was only mandatory in festivals and cultural events of more than 1,000 people.
At the beginning of August it will also be necessary to present it to enter cafes, bars, restaurants and shopping centers or travel by plane and long-distance trains.
At the entrance of the Eiffel Tower, a sign informs visitors that to enter it is mandatory to have a health certificate proving that they have a complete vaccination schedule with one of the four vaccines authorized in France (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca or Janssen), have a negative test (PCR or antigens) of less than 48 hours or have passed the Covid-19 in the last six months.
Visitors who do not have the health certificate or have forgotten it at home or in the hotel, can carry out a rapid antigen test in the tents that the company that manages this monument has set up next to the entrance of the Eiffel Tower.
Tourists have to scan a QR code to access a form that they will need to fill out before taking the antigen test. In 15 minutes they have the result and if it is negative they can access the Eiffel Tower. At the entrance of the monument they ask for the health certificate and the DNI or passport.
The antigen test is free for the French by presenting the Carte Vitale, the Gallic health card. Foreign tourists must pay 25 euros for the Covid test, in addition to the cost of the Eiffel Tower entrance.
«There is no reluctance. Someone changes their mind (because of the cost of the test for foreigners). But in general, people are happy to be able to climb the Eiffel Tower, ”explains Ilyas, a medical student who works in the Eiffel Tower tent, informing tourists that they are going to get tested. But there is always someone who complains. “25 euros? It’s a scam, ”says a young American tourist, who in the end reluctantly tries to visit the monument.
The antigen test is valid for up to 48 hours, so tourists can use it during that period to enter another museum, monument or go to a concert. After that time, you will have to take the test again.
Both Florence Désert, director of operations of the Eiffel Tower, and Laurence Huguet, head of the surveillance service of the Louvre Pyramid, confirm to EL CORREO that everything has gone smoothly on the first day of the obligation to present a health certificate in two of the most visited monuments in France.
“Almost all visitors already have their health certificate,” explains Huguet, who recalls that foreign tourists have still needed to present proof of their vaccination or a negative PCR or antigen test in order to enter France. At the entrance to the Louvre, they check that the name on the museum entrance matches the name on the health certificate and, in case of doubt, they ask the visitor for an identity card or passport.
Laura Rodríguez and Mohamed Chehab have come four days of tourism to Paris from Barcelona. “We were able to enter (the Louvre museum) with the antigen certificate that we brought to travel. And now we do another test to go back to Spain », Laura explains while queuing with other tourists in a tent near the Louvre.
To go to the cinema in France it is also necessary from yesterday to present a health certificate. “It is more reassuring” to know that the people in the room are vaccinated or have tested negative for Covid, explains Victoire, who has gone with her partner to see the premiere of “Kaamelott- Premier Volet” by director Alexandre Astier .
This Parisian also agrees that from August it will be mandatory to present the health certificate in France to go to a bar or restaurant, a measure with which Macron seeks to encourage the French who are still reluctant to get vaccinated. “The more we are vaccinated, the sooner we can get out of this mess,” says Victoire.