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Basically, says Candice Criscione, who shares tips for planning family vacations in Italy on her blog, The Toscan Mom, “This is Italy’s message to Americans and other tourists: get vaccinated before you visit. It’s too complicated and expensive to have an official Covid test every time you enter a museum or eat in a restaurant, and your vacation options will be extremely limited. “

It is a little more complicated for tourists in France, which since July 21st has required a health pass to enter public places, including museums, with more than 50 people. In late July, a Times reader reported that he had been turned away from a museum: “You will not accept my papers,” he wrote.

Others had no problem entering museums with CDC cards. In an email, a spokeswoman for the Musée d’Orsay and the Musée de l’Orangerie, two major museums in Paris, said that American vaccination cards would be accepted in both institutions.

“I understand it’s confusing,” said Meg Zimbeck, the founder of Paris by Mouth, who ran 1,000 food tours a year before the pandemic and is closely watching the topic. “But what I am stressing to all is that your CDC card is probably fine. I heard that one person in a hundred was turned away. And that is due to a single employee as gatekeeper. “

There have also been various anecdotes about the ability of French pharmacies to convert CDC cards into scannable French QR codes. Mallory Shaw, a luxury travel consultant and owner of Virtuoso-affiliated Trouvaille Yacht & Travel, took about 10 minutes to complete this process when she went to a pharmacy between the Avenue des Champs-Élysées and the Tuileries Gardens in Paris.

Jodi Kennedy Gaffey, whose company the Epicurean Concierge organizes bespoke tours and experiences across France, had no problem using her CDC card to enter museums in Paris Pharmacies in Provence in early August.

Unlike the USA, there are no chain pharmacies in France. All are independently owned and have not consistently converted CDC cards into French health passports. This has left tourists in trial-and-error mode – with varying degrees of success, as shown by the first-hand anecdotes that Ms. Zimbeck collected and published on Paris By Mouth’s website.