We are all hopeful that the Lille 2022 conference will take place in person, given that is in summertime. We also hear that there is little appetite for an online conference. However, if the COVID situation prevents us from having an in-person meeting, the Lille conference will be postponed to 2023 and ESCOP intends to refund the conference fee to everybody. Note that the ESCoP membership fee will not be refundable. Membership will stay valid for the conference in 2023 (at which point you will not be asked to renew your membership). In this way, ESCoP is confident that in the worst-case scenario the society can bear the administration costs of cancellation with minimal influence for everyone wanting to attend the 2022 ESCOP conference.
In addition, entrance will be limited to people with certified vaccination, if Covid19 is still an issue at the time of the conference. Such has been the policy in France in the last few months.
The french government has recently implemented a health pass that is mandatory to access leisure and culture venues and events bringing together more than 50 people. You will also need to present this pass in bars, restaurants, malls, hospitals (except if you are admitted for urgent care), and for long-distance travel by plane, train or coach.
The pass must prove one of the three following items:
- That you are fully vaccinated (with an EMA-approved vaccine or similar):
– Seven days after the second shot for two-shot vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca);
– Four weeks after the shot for one-shot vaccines (Johnson & Johnson);
– Seven days after the shot for vaccines administered to people who have already had COVID-19 (only one dose is necessary).
- OR that you have been tested (PCR or antigen) with a negative result within the last 48hrs;
- OR that you have recovered from COVID-19, attested by a positive PCR or antigen test result, at least 15 days and no more than 6 months old.
Passes can be digital (on the TousAntiCovid app / available in English) or in paper form (proof of vaccination or test result). They include a QR code that will be scanned on entry into the venue or event. The French health pass is interoperable with the EU Digital COVID Certificate scheme for travel within the European Union, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland and the Vatican.
If you have been vaccinated in a country outside the European Union, you need to complete an application form to transform your vaccination certificate into a french health pass.
We advise you to complete this form anyway as we don’t know how long the process take at the moment.
PCR and antigen tests are currently free for French residents who are covered by French social security, for French nationals living abroad visiting France, and if you are asked to take a test (you have a prescription or you have been notified that you are a contact case). In other cases PCR tests cost €49.00 and antigen tests cost €29.00 for those not covered by French social security.
In indoor public spaces (shops, offices, etc) and on public transport you must wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth. You don’t need to wear a mask in places where a health pass is required (although local authorities may review this). If you are outside you do not need to wear a mask except in places where social distancing is not possible (queues, open-air markets, railway stations, etc.). Where necessary, local authorities may require masks to be worn in other places.
Of course, those are the infos we have for now. Please, check regularly the measures according your situation : https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr