On October 28, 2020, President Emmanuel Macron announced new containment to fight the spread of Covid-19. As in March 2020 and for the curfew in certain French agglomerations, an exceptional travel certificate has been put in place for the new confinement. It comes into effect on October 29 at midnight, i.e. from the first minutes of October 30.
New confinement is decreed throughout France, from Thursday October 29 at midnight. The concerns the entire French territory.
Below, you will find most of the links and documents important for the attestation. The steps to follow to access a digital version of thetravel certificate covid-19 to present to the security forces during a check, but also certificates in PDF and Word format to download and print. We have also added the simplified certificate as well as the sentences to be copied if you want to write the certificate on plain paper.
Where can I find the digital attestation generator?
The digital government attestation generator is available at this address:
It will also be possible to use the TousAntiCovid application that you can download here.
Do not forget to bringan ID. Also be careful to only use this official form, there are already fake forms to collect your personal data.
How to add the digital certificate generator to the home page of your smartphone?
On Android and iPhone, you can add a shortcut to quickly access the digital attestation generator. We explain how to do it here.
Where can I download the certificate in PDF or Word format?
Of course, you can still use the paper version. To download the travel certificate in PDF or Word format, use the following certificates:
There is an exceptional travel certificate in simplified French (FALC).
Also, don’t forget to take your ID.
How to write a certificate on plain paper?
If you do not have the option of printing a certificate, here is what to do to write the reduced certificate on plain paper:
- You have to integrate this first sentence: In application of article 51 of decree n ° 2020-1262 of October 16, 2020 prescribing the general measures necessary to deal with the covid-19 epidemic in the context of the state of health emergency;
- Enter your last name, first name, date and place of birth and your current address;
- Fill in the field corresponding to the reason for your exit and tick the box. You only have to write the reason for your exit and not the seven reasons;
- Fill in the ” Made in : »With the name of your city;
- Indicate the date of the day of your exit and the time of your exit;
Remember to take your ID with you.
Where to download the certificate or proof of business trip?
If you need to come to your place of work, your employer should give you a proof of business trip. You can download it from the link below:
What is the travel certificate used for and what are the reasons for travel?
To mitigate the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, the government has decided to take drastic measures in terms of quarantine, in order to avoid the overloading of health establishments; currently, these operate in just-in-time and fear that they will no longer be able to accommodate all the patients. The watchword is clear: stay at home, except in an emergency or inevitable displacement.
The first risk you take to go out is health: you risk being potentially infected, but you also risk infecting other people by carrying the virus, even without knowing it. In short, the use of this travel certificate must be very specific.
It is necessary a certificate to each person who wishes to travel outside their home, here are the possible reasons:
- Travel between home and the place of exercise of the professional activity or the place of education and training;
- Travel for consultations and care that cannot be provided remotely and cannot be postponed or for the purchase of health products;
- Travel for compelling family reasons, for assistance to vulnerable or precarious people or for childcare;
- Travel for people with disabilities and their companions;
- Travel to respond to a judicial or administrative summons;
- Travel to participate in missions of general interest at the request of the administrative authority;
- Travel related to transits for long distance journeys;
- Short trips, within a maximum radius of one kilometer around the home for the needs of pets;
For all other cases, stay home.
How does the step-by-step attestation generator work?
The certificate generator is available on the website of the Ministry of the Interior, it was developed by “Le Lab” (the source code is available on GitHub). Here are the different steps to use the digital derogatory certificate:
- Go to this page of the government website, you can do it via your smartphone, your computer or your tablet;
- Fill in the various information requested: first name, last name, date of birth, place of birth, address, city, postal code;
- Choose your reason for leaving;
- Select the exit date and exit time;
- Click on Generate my certificate;
- Recover the generated PDF file.
This PDF file includes a QR code which can be scanned to quickly verify your information. Note that you can complete the certificate from your smartphone or on your computer. On a computer, all you have to do is send you the PDF file generated on your smartphone, by e-mail or through social networks (in private message). On smartphone, you can save the generated PDF file locally. Here are the tutorials to learn how to take a screenshot on Android or iPhone), you can also add the certificate generator to the home page of your smartphone. We advise against downloading Android apps dedicated to attestation.
Is your personal data stored on government servers?
Regarding the digital certificate generator, the government does not seem to store your personal data on their servers. The form builder only works locally in our browser. These data are therefore only used to generate a QR code. It is this QR code which contains all of your data stored thanks to points. It is therefore necessary to generate a new QR code for each exit, given that the date and time of the creation of the QR code are mentioned. You can read this QR code from an app on iPhone and Android.
For information, QR codes can store up to 7,089 numeric characters and 4,296 alphanumeric characters. By reading the information from the QR codes generated, you will therefore be able to find all the data you entered on the form. More simply, this QR code is like a database in the form of a visual that you can decode with the camera of a simple smartphone.
The government has chosen a solution that requires no application with a very light web page that needs very few server resources.
For reading the QR code by the police or the gendarmerie. As explained by iGen, this reading is carried out by an Android application developed by the ST (SI) 2 (Department of Technologies and Information Systems of Homeland Security) named CovidReader. An application that runs only on NEO smartphones – Sony smartphones (Xperia X smartphones or Xperia Z4 tablets) that run on a modified and secure Android version called Secdroid (for Security and Android). The data entered in the fields of the digital certificate are saved locally on the smartphone, they are not collected by the government and no file is created.. Christophe Castaner, Minister of the Interior confirmed Monday morning on France Info that no data was stored by the scan of the QR code.
If you are using a fake form or an incorrectly completed form, the app indicates that there is a problem with your QR code information.
We interviewed a security specialist about the device deployed by the Ministry of the Interior. Be careful not to download the travel attestation applications, we do not know how your data is processed on them.
Is the travel certificate compulsory?
Yes, the certificate is required. This exceptional travel certificate is for single use. It must be dated, signed and with the time of leaving home to be mentioned at the bottom of the document in the space indicated. Finally, it is personal.
For some professionals, it is possible to travel without a certificate, so you just need to present professional proof. This is the case for medical staff or the press, if you have an up-to-date press card (2019 or 2020).
What is the risk of leaving without a certificate?
If you leave without an exit certificate or without a valid reason, you risk a fine: at least 135 euros in the event of an inspection (increased to 375 euros in the event of non-payment or non-dispute within the time limit indicated on the notice of violation), 200 euros in the event of the first repeat offense within 15 days. If you have a disability, you can use the exceptional travel certificate in simplified French (FALC).