Quebec Vaccine Passport Grace Period is Over

The grace period for presenting a proof of vaccination or vaccine passport in certain non-essential places such as bars and restaurants is now over in Quebec.

Quebecers aged 13 and over are now required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination to access businesses and events such as restaurants, fitness centres and festivals.

The Quebec government believes that the vaccine passport is necessary to keep the economy open and limit hospitalizations related to COVID-19.

The vaccine passport went into effect on Sept. 1, but the government granted a 15-day grace period before fines could be imposed on violators.

To prove their vaccination status, individuals must present a QR code in paper format, in PDF format on a mobile device or from the VaxiCode app, which can be downloaded to smartphones.

Those 16 years of age and older must also present a photo ID. For those 75 and older, non-photo ID is accepted.

According to the provincial website of Quebec, Wherever a vaccine passport is required, you need to show a QR code that contains your protection status as proof of vaccination against COVID-19. You can show proof in one of three ways:

  • On paper
  • In a PDF on your mobile device
  • On the VaxiCode application

Please note that photo ID will be required for all persons age 16 and over regardless of format. Note that health insurance cards that had to be renewed without a photo during the pandemic will be accepted. ID without photo will be accepted for people 75 and over.

If you have trouble downloading your proof of vaccination or using VaxiCode, ask a friend or family member for help.

The places and activities that will be requiring the vaccination passport includes:

  • Sports and physical activities
  • Outdoor events and festivals
  • Performance venues, cinemas, sports venues
  • Bars and restaurants
  • Arcades, theme parks, amusement parks and centres, recreation centres, and water parks
  • Other areas and locations

Teachers, students, and chaperones are exempt from the requirement to present their vaccination passport while on a school trip.

Customer registers currently required at certain locations or activities will be maintained to facilitate contact tracing.


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