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New rules for masks, health passes and booster jabs in France

New changes in the health restrictions on masks, antigen tests and booster shots from 27 November.

The French Health department has come out with new rules and regulations in the battle with the Coronavirus. As figures are spiking again in southern France (in line with forecasted predictions), new steps will be effective tomorrow, 27 November.

The 7-day incidence in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur (PACA) region is 239 per 100,000 inhabitants and has thus almost doubled within one week. In the fight against what is already the fifth wave in the Hexagon, booster vaccination will be released for all adults from tomorrow, 27 November.

France's Health Minister Oliver Véran announced yesterday important new key dates in the fight against the coronavirus. However, a lockdown or curfew is not planned for the time being in the fight against the fifth wave, he said.

What changes?

  • The pass sanitaire will continue to be valid for people aged 65 and over throughout France from 15 December only if the second vaccination or recovery was no longer than seven months ago. If the second shot was longer than 7 months, they will require the booster.

  • From 15 January 2022, the same rule will apply to everyone aged 18 and over.

  • Children between 5 and 11 can be vaccinated in 2022 at the earliest; studies on this are still underway.

  • A negative Covid 19 test will only be valid for 24 hours (instead of 72 hours previously) for non-vaccinated people from Monday 29 November.

  • The mask requirement will again be extended to all indoor public spaces, including those where pass sanitaire is required.

On 1 December, a new Covid-19 drug ("Molnupiravir") will be launched, which, according to Health Minister Olivier Véran, gives rise to "great hope" as a new means of fighting the virus. For the time being, the drug is reserved only for people over 65 and patients with pre-existing conditions.

In view of the new virus variant from South Africa, which is possibly more resistant to the current vaccinations, France is also temporarily suspending air traffic with the country today.


Across France, 33,464 new infections were counted yesterday - almost three times as many as a fortnight ago. The incidence rate is 212.9.

89.8 per cent of all French people aged 12 and over are fully vaccinated; this corresponds to 50.71 million people.

View to the south

For the first time in ten weeks, the number of patients with Covid-19 in intensive care units is rising again in the PACA region. The number of infected people is increasing in all age groups, but it is growing particularly strongly in the under-15s and less strongly in the over-75s.

Details figures from the PACA region can be found on the following website:

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