France will introduce vaccine passport rules next week for visitors to cafes and restaurants, the French government announced.
In a live TV address on Thursday evening, Prime Minister Jean Castex said the controversial new document will become compulsory for those who want to visit cafes, restaurants and a range of other businesses from next week.
Meanwhile, Austria’s house of parliament passed a bill on Thursday making COVID-19 vaccines compulsory for adults from February 1.
The bill’s passage brings Austria closer to introducing the first such vaccine mandate in the European Union.
Until now, a negative test was sufficient for people in France to enter cafes, restaurants and other hospitality businesses, but a double vaccination and booster jab will become essential to obtain a passport.