COVID-19 vaccination measures for French nationals abroad
French nationals abroad - COVID-19/vaccines – Reply by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs to a written question in the National Assembly
Paris, 25 May 2021
The vaccination strategy for French people abroad is being organized according to countries of residence and the health situation prevailing in them. Our compatriots should be vaccinated in their country of residence once a vaccine approved by the European Union (EU) is available there. This is the situation for nearly 80% of those on the register of French people living outside France. In certain countries, EU-approved vaccines are not available. Others ban foreigners from being vaccinated. In these specific cases, France is negotiating with the national authorities the right to import and administer an approved vaccine on their territory. Initial batches have already been sent to certain countries that are a priority due to difficult health conditions, such as Madagascar and India, where the diplomatic and consular posts are in a position to ensure vaccinations with the help of medical partners. For countries where it has not been possible to identify any autonomous local solution for proceeding with vaccinations, the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs envisages, wherever possible, the use of external providers to organize the whole chain, from dispatching doses to monitoring inoculated patients. However, implementing outsourced arrangements will take several weeks. In the meantime, it is still possible for French people to access vaccinations during visits to France, provided they respect the national vaccine strategy’s order of priority. In this case, it will suffice to present to the vaccination centre a Carte Vitale [health insurance card] or, failing that, either a certificate from the Caisse des Français de l’étranger (CFE) or an identity document (French identity card or valid French passport)./.