Sumary of France requires COVID-19 pass for Eiffel Tower, other sites:
- PARIS (AP) — Visitors now need a special COVID-19 pass to ride up the Eiffel Tower or visit French museums or movie theaters, the first step in a new campaign against what the government calls a “stratospheric” rise in delta variant infections.
- As the new rule came into effect Wednesday, tourists who came to the Paris landmark unprepared lined up for quick virus tests at the site.
- To get the pandemic pass, people must show they are either fully vaccinated, have tested negative for the coronavirus or recovered from COVID-19.“The world is facing a new wave, and we must act,” Prime Minister Jean Castex said.
- Of France’s 18,000 new coronavirus cases reported Tuesday, 96% involved people who were unvaccinated, he said.
- At the Eiffel Tower, masked workers scanned QR codes on digital health passes and checked printed vaccine or test certificates.
- Meanwhile, Macron wants to expand the COVID pass requirement to all French restaurants and many other areas of public life, as well as requiring that all health workers get vaccine shots.