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Travelling to and from France and being in resort.  Latest update posted 25/01/22.

The border with France is open for tourism for those that are fully vaccinated (3 x Dose for over 18s, 2 x Dose for under 18s, nothing required for under 12s). Those not fully vaccinated are not currently allowed to travel for the purposes of tourism. For the purposes of travel, accompanied children under the age of 18 assume the vaccination status of their accompanying parent if better vaccinated. As we know rules and interpretations have tended to evolve rather frequently of late but the information below is based on the latest French government update and our current experience of being in resort and on the pistes this week.

There is a bit of paperwork before flying in both directions, a negative antigen test in the 24 hours before you travel out and a pre-booked self-administered Day 2 antigen test on your return to the UK (no longer required after 11 February), both of which you can now do at home. The airlines explain the paperwork required and provide links to help everyone through this. We also have printers in resort for those that prefer paper and ink to digital finger swiping. To be honest, the paperwork checks at the airports aren’t slowing anything down at the moment.

There is some mask wearing in airports, aircraft, coach transfers, taxis, village centres, bars, restaurants, shops, ski lifts and queues but nothing that will spoil any enjoyment of your holiday, and we’ve all kind of got used to it now.

So what are the rules?

Travelling direct to France

QUICK VIEW OF TEST REQUIREMENTS (DIRECT TO FRANCE)

AND IN A BIT MORE DETAIL

You need to be fully vaccinated (you can prove this anywhere by showing your digital or paper NHS QR code for Dose 3 for over 18s and Dose 2 for under 18s. Nothing required for under 12s. For the purposes of travel, accompanied children under the age of 18 assume the vaccination status of their accompanying parent if better vaccinated.

You need a negative antigen ‘fit to fly’ certificate in the 24 hours before you leave the UK, these can be mail ordered, or click and collect, done at home and cost from £14.50. Here is an example, there are of course many other suppliers providing the same products. 

You need to fill out a very simple form that takes two minutes before you travel stating that you haven’t had any symptoms in the last two days or been in contact with a confirmed case in the last 14 days and you need a negative test certificate result taken in the 24 hours before you travel. Here is the template that you need to complete.

You need to have pre-booked an antigen test for your return to UK (no longer required after 11 February), these can be mail ordered, or click and collect, done at home and cost from £14.50. Here is an example, there are of course many other suppliers providing the same products. 

Travelling to France via Switzerland (Geneva)

This category includes all those joining our complimentary bus transfers and private taxi transfers booked by us on your behalf from Geneva to all our resorts in France.

QUICK VIEW OF TEST REQUIREMENTS (FRANCE VIA GENEVA)

AND IN A BIT MORE DETAIL

You need to be fully vaccinated (you can prove this anywhere by showing your digital or paper NHS QR code for Dose 3 for over 18s and Dose 2 for under 18s). Nothing required for under 12s. For the purposes of travel, accompanied children under the age of 18 assume the vaccination status of their accompanying parent if better vaccinated.

You need a negative antigen ‘fit to fly’ certificate in the 24 hours before you leave the UK, these can be mail ordered, or click and collect, done at home and cost from £14.50. Here is an example, there are of course many other suppliers providing the same products. 

You need to fill out a very simple form that takes two minutes before you travel stating that you haven’t had any symptoms in the last two days or been in contact with a confirmed case in the last 14 days and you need a negative test certificate result taken in the 24 hours before you travel. Here is the template that you need to complete: 

When you board a flight to Switzerland the airlines just check for your negative antigen test and NHS vaccination status together with your ticket and passport of course. British Airways pre-check your information using the VeriFLY App and won’t issue a boarding pass unless your documentation is complete, this means that there are no checks by the time you get to the gate and boarding is seamless. The airlines are not currently requesting a negative test result for under 16s accompanied by an adult, but a certified negative test is still required for entry to France, albeit there are currently no checks on the border between Switzerland and France.

No restrictions for under 12s accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult.

You need to have pre-booked an antigen test for your return to UK (no longer required after 11 February), these can be mail ordered, or click and collect, done at home and cost from £14.50. Here is an example, there are of course many other suppliers providing the same products.

Being in Resort

If you are fully vaccinated (Dose 3 QR code on the NHS app or the paper equivalent for over 18s and Dose 2 QR code for under 18s, nothing required for under 12s) you just need to present your QR code when you collect your ski pass and enter bars and restaurants. Masks are worn in indoor public areas and enclosed spaces and there is table service only in bars and restaurants, both in resort and on the mountain. Periodically some resorts are suggesting wearing masks outdoors in the village centres and at busy après-times.

Additional advice for those aged 12-16 with only one vaccination and/or no digital QR code.

What happens if I test positive during my holiday ?

For our part we will treat your case as we would for norovirus for which we are well practiced. You would isolate in your room for the remainder of your stay and we would bring catering to your bedroom door. The co-habitant of the room would be required to take daily antigen tests and be asked to isolate with you in the event of a positive test.

At the end of your stay with us your insurance policy should cover you for the cost of further accommodation and/or transport if you need to self-isolate, together with repatriation where necessary and emergency medical expenses abroad.

We will help seek additional accommodation and onward transport on your behalf. Subject to availability we can offer extended self-isolation stays at the rate of £100 per room per night.

Travelling home

There is a cumbersome UK form to fill in online with your Day 2 LFT reference code (provided with your confirmation of mail-order purchase) whilst in resort but the airlines send you the reminder and link for that and we have great wifi in all our chalets and printers in resort if you would prefer a paper and ink copy. There is then the LFT self-administered test to do within two days of your return home. That’s it. Much easier than it was last year.

After 11 February, there is no need to have purchased a Day 2 LFT test which is no longer required, we are promised that the UK Form will be much simplified and it can be completed online in the 72 hours before travel, rather than the 48 hours currently required. 

LARGE PRINT

We have tried our very best to be helpful and to consolidate and distil all the current information available with our own practical day-to-day experience in the airports and resorts, we believe the information is correct at time of posting, but different government and airline websites sometimes show conflicting and incoherent information, often changing on a daily basis and we can’t be held responsible for any errors in our understanding and interpretation, travellers must satisfy themselves of their own personal test requirements.

Small print

We know that we haven’t covered every combination of vaccination age and status but hopefully this covers off the vast majority of circumstances. We have provided a link to a UK Covid test package currently available that appears well suited to current requirements at a sensible price, we use it ourselves, but we can’t endorse the company that provides this product and there are, or course, many other suppliers available that might be better suited to your personal requirements.

We pass on your email requesting a certificate for 12-15 year olds and containing proof of evidence to the pharmacies authorised to provide this service, we are not able to take any responsibility for, or guarantee the provision of the certificate itself, or make any judgement on the validity of the evidence you have presented. Both pharmacies have said that we can collect the certificates on your behalf on presentation of your passport, we recognise that they could withdraw this service at any time and ask that you collect the certificate in person, should that be the case then we will do all that we can to facilitate your collection.

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