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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updated: 25/11/21 

What we know as of 25/11/21

Our bookings for the 2021/22 season are open - find out more about booking now. We are fully ABTA bonded so you can book your 2021/22 ski holiday now with confidence knowing that any payments you make to us are protected. 

We are aware of the announcements made 25th November 2021 in France. We are currently waiting on further information related specifically to ski holidays, which is expected on Tuesday 30th November 2021. 

Entering France

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) advice for France has now changed and it no longer advises against all but essential travel to France. This means that you can travel to France for holiday purposes (this has in fact legally been the case since 17th May 2021 but the FCDO advice now aligns with this). 

The UK is currently rated Amber by the French government for the purposes of entering the country. Since 18th July 2021, this has meant that fully vaccinated travellers from the UK travelling to France for holiday purposes no longer need to present evidence of a negative test result before travel. Fully vaccinated travellers need to complete a ‘sworn statement’ (declaration sur l’honneur) form self-certifying that they are not suffering from symptoms associated with coronavirus and have not been in contact with confirmed cases in the preceding fortnight. This form can be found on the French government’s website. They also need to have proof of their vaccination status.

Children aged 12 and over who are not fully vaccinated and travelling with their fully vaccinated parents will be required to present a negative test result (from within the previous 24 hours, either PCR or cheaper antigen, self-administered tests are not permitted). Children aged 11 and under do not need to present a negative test result to travel.

Read the requirements and latest information - https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/france  

Returning from France

From 4th October 2021 the UK government has announced that a clearer travel system will be in place. The traffic light system will no longer exist and will be replaced by a red list and the rest of the world. The new rules mean travel will be simpler and cheaper for fully UK vaccinated travellers coming from non-red list countries. From 4th October 2021, fully UK vaccinated travellers will no longer need to take pre-departure tests before returning to England. They will need to take a test on or before day 2 of their arrival in the UK, however, from 24th October 2021, fully vaccinated travellers and most under 18s arriving from non-red list countries can take a cheaper lateral flow test, instead of a PCR test. All passengers will still need to fill in a passenger locator form ahead of travel. Read full current guidance - https://www.gov.uk/guidance/red-amber-and-green-list-rules-for-entering-england

French ski resorts

Some of our resorts, like Montgenèvre and Val Thorens, are already open for skiing, others like Tignes are opening this week. Resorts were open this summer with hotels and apartment residences allowed to open as normal. Health and safety measures to prevent the risk of COVID-19 have already been extensively tested.

Chair lifts and gondolas usually open in the summer months for summer mountain activities were also open, for example the Aiguille du Midi cable car in Chamonix opened from 19th May 2021. Since 9th June 2021, indoor bars, cafes and restaurants have re-opened, as well as retail cultural and sports venues. 

A "pass sanitaire" (COVID health pass)* is not required in any of our accommodation, nor is it required on ski lifts in France (as announced by the French Prime Minister on 6th November 2021). These are currently required in cafés, bars and restaurants for example, by everyone aged 12 and over.

The NHS app can act as a COVID health pass to prove vaccination status under the "pass sanitaire". 

As with all measures, the situation is under constant review by authorities in light of the situation with the pandemic. We will therefore continue to monitor the situation closely. 

Brexit - travelling to France from 01/01/21

We've summarised key points below. In the main, this will have no impact on travelling to France for holidays aside from:

  • No visas will be required for UK citizens. Passports will still be required as before but they will require 6-months validity and must not be over 10 years old (you can check your passport online). The UK has never been part of the Schengen passport-free European travel area, and therefore there have always been identity controls for UK travellers coming into the EU. This won't change and you won't see any difference in queues. You'll need to use separate lanes to those for EU/EEA/Swiss citizens.
  • For those driving, an International Driving Permit will only be required if you only have a paper licence or if your driving licence was issued in Gibraltar, Guernsey, Jersey or the Isle of Man. This can be easily obtained from UK Post Offices for an approximate cost of £5.50.
  • For those driving with their own car, you do not need to carry a Green Card from your car insurance company. From 28th September 2021 you'll need to display a UK sticker rather than a GB sticker.
  • You should get a free UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) before leaving the UK (if you have a current European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) this will be valid until its expiry date). These are valid for EU countries. Travel insurance (which we have always insisted our clients have in place, as this is good practice) should also be in place as the GHIC or EHIC is not an alternative to travel insurance. You should be prepared to show proof of travel insurance for your trip on entry to France. 
  • Procedures for those wishing to travel with their pets will be more complicated and we would urge anyone wishing to do so to look into this well in advance of travel. Find out more about the new process - https://www.gov.uk/guidance/pet-travel-to-europe-from-1-january-2021

Any other questions?

Many questions our clients have been asking us over the few past weeks are covered on a dedicated ABTA page found here https://www.abta.com/news/coronavirus-outbreak

Ski Collection is a member of ABTA and this helpful page provides the answers to some frequently asked questions relating to coronavirus and travel.  

 

Our team is available to help clients on our usual office number during our office opening hours. For the time being however, we currently no longer accept holiday enquiries in person. Please call us for any enquiries relating to new bookings. 

 

* Under the "pass sanitaire" regulations anyone aged 12 and over can prove they meet the requirements for a "pass sanitaire" by providing proof of one of the following:

1/ A vaccination certificate, which conforms to the EU Digital Covid Status Certification framework (anyone fully vaccinated in the UK would meet this requirement), illustrating that you are fully vaccinated with a vaccine authorised by the European Medical Authority. This means:

  • 7 days after a second dose of Oxford/AstraZeneca, Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna
  • 28 days after a single dose of Johnson & Johnson (Janssen)

2/ A negative PCR or antigen test result from within the previous 72 hours, this will change to 24 hours from 29/11/21 (testing sites are available in all our resorts, nearly all pharmacies in France offer these. They cost around €25-€30). We will provide all our clients with a list of the most convenient testing centres nearer to their date of travel. 

3/ A document (dated more than 11 days ago and less than six months ago) proving you have recently recovered from COVID. 

As of 15th December 2021, double vaccinated people over 65 years of age and those who have been vaccinated with the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine will need to have their booster shot in order for their "pass sanitaire" to remain valid. From 15th January 2021, double vaccinated people over 18 years of age who had their second dose of vaccine more than seven months ago, and those who have been vaccinated with the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine will need to have their booster shot in order for their "pass sanitaire" to remain valid. 

 


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