Last updated: Thursday 31st March 2022
Latest Amendments: UK's upgrade to green list and resultant amendments to entry requirements

Skiing and riding this year will be different; we’re here to welcome you back to winter as smoothly as possible. This guide is a brief overview of what to expect when travelling to and around France and in resort this winter.

Got any more questions? Please give the Information team a call on 0208 410 2009 or drop us an e-mail at [email protected]

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office issues advice relating to the safety of a country or destination to travel to. If you travel against this advice, there could be serious ramifications for the cover provided under your travel insurance policy. Please read their advice and your travel insurance policy very carefully before booking and travelling.

 

Contents

          -          Geneva Airport         
   -
          NHS COVID Pass & Booster Doses   
   -          Vaccine Eligibility
   -      Entry Requirements
   -          Getting Around – France’s Pass Vaccinal
   -          What to Expect in Resort?
   -      Travelling with Children
                            

      

Geneva Airport

As the UK is considered a "High Risk" country, in order to enter Switzerland for the purposes of transiting to another Schengen Area state (such as France), you must meet the same requirements as entering Switzerland - i.e. all travellers aged 18 and over must be either fully vaccinated (see below) or hold proof of recent recovery from COVID-19. This includes transiting through all areas of Geneva Airport. For more information, please see our information page for Switzerland here

If you meet these above requirements, no additional steps, such as COVID-19 testing or passenger locator forms, need to be undertaken to enter Switzerland.

Please note, travellers transiting through to other countries formally need to also comply with the entry requirements of their final destination country, including completing any relevant locator forms or declarations. Please be aware that the definition of "fully vaccinated" may differ between countries. For more information on entering Switzerland, please see our information page for Switzerland here.



NHS COVID Pass & Booster Doses

The NHS Proof of COVID Vaccination has been updated to demonstrate proof of third or other booster vaccinations, as well as to demonstrate proof of recovery for those aged 12 and over. Please ensure all QR codes have been generated in the past 30 days to ensure they are up to date. You can also scan all relevant QR codes onto France's TousAntiCovid App as well, although these will need to be re-scanned at least every 30 days.

In almost all cases, a third or booster dose is required to access and get around many European countries following completion of your "primary course" (e.g. first two doses of any multi-dose vaccination),
especially France. It is strongly recommended that you take up all doses offered to ensure compliance with international regulations and any changes to these. For more information on validity periods of various vaccines for the purposes of entry or getting around France, please see below.

 


Vaccine Eligibility

For Entry
The following applies to all persons aged 12 and over. In the eyes of French authorities and for the purposes of this overview, a person is considered fully vaccinated if they have received;

          ·       A full course of a European Medical Association (EMA) approved vaccination against COVID-19. This includes all four vaccines regularly administered by the NHS in the UK. The final does must have been administered:

o   No less than one week ago for double-shot vaccines

o   No less than four weeks ago for single-shot vaccines

o   No less than one week ago for any vaccination where you have previously tested positive for COVID-19 

A “full course” is considered as your first two doses of any multiple-dose vaccine, and is valid for a period of 9 months from date of your second vaccination. All those aged 65 and over must have received a booster dose to be considered vaccinated, as well as all those who received a single-dose vaccination as their primary dose.

Important
- you must receive your booster dose no more than 9 months following receipt of your second dose in order to be considered fully vaccinated for the purposes of entry into France. If your booster dose was received outside of this 9 month window, you will be considered as unvaccinated. Note that those aged 12-17 are exempt from the requirement for booster doses.

As of Friday 19th November, the 
NHS Proof of COVID Vaccination has been updated to demonstrate proof of third or other booster vaccinations. Please ensure all QR codes are generated in the past 30 days to ensure they are up-to-date.

Those vaccinated with Sinovac or Sinopharm vaccines are only eligible to enter if they have received a third "booster" dose of either Moderna or Pfizer. 

 

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements are subject to change at short notice. Please check the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office’s advice for France for the latest guidance. Please check what is considered "fully vaccinated" above to ensure appropriate compliance.

The UK has now (as of 31st March 2022) been moved on to France's Green List defining the restrictions it is necessary to follow to enter. Therefore, in order to enter, all travellers aged 12 and over wishing to enter France must present one of the following:

     - Proof of having received a full course (see above) of vaccination against COVID-19. Please ensure that all QR codes are generated in the past 30 days to ensure they are up-to-date.
     - Proof of previous recovery from COVID-19 in the past 180 days. This must be demonstrated via an official NHS Proof of Recovery certificate.
     - Proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 72hrs before arrival, or an Antigen (Lateral Flow) test taken no more than 48hrs before arrival. NHS tests cannot be used for this purpose.

Travellers no longer need to present a sworn statement upon entry, and unvaccinated travellers, or those holding only proof of recovery, no longer need to complete an international certificate of travel detailing a pressing need for travel to France.

More details can be found on the website of the French Interior Ministry here.

 


Getting Around – France's Pass Vaccinal

As of Monday 14th March 2022, France has dropped almost all domestic COVID-19 restrictions. You no longer need to present a Pass Vaccinal or Pass Sanitaire to access public venues, and most mask requirements have been dropped; both of these relaxations apply to ski lifts, including enclosed lifts such as funiculars and gondolas.

Please note that masks remain compulsory on public transport including buses and trains.

 

What to Expect in Resort?

As of Monday 14th March 2022, France has dropped almost all domestic COVID-19 restrictions. You no longer need to present a Pass Vaccinal or Pass Sanitaire to access public venues, and most mask requirements have been dropped; both of these relaxations apply to ski lifts, including enclosed lifts such as funiculars and gondolas.

Mountain huts and refuges have now reopened.

Please note that masks remain compulsory on public transport including buses and trains.

 

  

Travelling with Children

For Entry
To enter France, children aged between 12 and 17 inclusive must comply with the same entry rule as adults. Therefore, they must present one of the following:

     
     - Proof of having received a full course (see above) of vaccination against COVID-19. Please ensure that all QR codes are generated in the past 30 days to ensure they are up-to-date.

     - Proof of previous recovery from COVID-19 in the past 180 days. This must be demonstrated via an official NHS Proof of Recovery certificate.
     - Proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 72hrs before arrival, or an Antigen (Lateral Flow) test taken no more than 48hrs before arrival. NHS tests cannot be used for this purpose.

Travellers no longer need to present a sworn statement upon entry, and unvaccinated travellers, or those holding only proof of recovery, no longer need to complete an international certificate of travel detailing a pressing need for travel to France.

More details can be found on the website of the French Interior Ministry here.

Children aged 11 and under do not need to comply with these restrictions; however they, or their parents/guardians on their behalf, must complete the sworn declaration.

 

To Access Pass Sanitaire & Vaccinal
As of Monday 14th March 2022, France has dropped almost all domestic COVID-19 restrictions. You no longer need to present a Pass Vaccinal or Pass Sanitaire to access public venues, and most mask requirements have been dropped; both of these relaxations apply to ski lifts, including enclosed lifts such as funiculars and gondolas.

Please note that masks remain compulsory on public transport including buses and trains.