Last updated: Friday 3rd December 2021

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

                         -  Requirement for Booster Doses

          -       Entry Requirements

          -          Getting Around – France’s Pass Sanitaire

          -          What to Expect in Resort?

          -       Travelling with Children

 

 Geneva Airport

Fully vaccinated passengers (see below) flying to Geneva Airport, through either the French or Swiss zones, and continuing to a final destination in France are considered as “transiting passengers” and are still permitted to enter Switzerland, providing their transit on to another country takes place within 24hrs and does not involve and overnight stay. You must fill out a travel pre-registration form, available here, and hold proof of either a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72hrs before departure for PCR tests or 48hrs for Antigen (rapid flow) tests, or proof of recovery within the previous six months. Children 15 and under are exempt from this testing requirement. These steps will need to be followed for the return journey. 

Travellers who are not fully vaccinated (see below) may not enter Switzerland from a "high-risk" nation, including the United Kingdom, for the purposes of transiting to another country - you should travel directly to your destination country.

You will need to provide proof of COVID vaccination, recovery or negative test via the Swiss COVID Certificate to access bars and restaurants in the "landside" area of airport - this can be done through your NHS Proof of Vaccination via either the NHS App, a PDF on your phone or on paper. Note that this will need to be downloaded or accessed after 5th November 2021 to ensure the correct QR code is provided. Proof of vaccination is not required in "airside" areas, i.e. beyond security.

 

 

NHS COVID Pass & Booster Doses

As of Friday 19th November, the NHS Proof of COVID Vaccinationin England has been updated to demonstrate proof of third or other booster vaccinations. Please refresh your NHS COVID Pass after this date to ensure all appropriate doses are included on your NHS COVID Pass.

France now requires all those aged 65 and over who received a multi-dose vaccination more than 6 months and 15 days ago, to have received a booster dose to enter France and access bars, restaurants, etc., from 15th December 2021. The same rules will apply to all persons 18 and over from 15th January 2022 - all persons who received their final dose before June 17th 2021 must have received their booster by 15th January 2022 in order for their Pass Sanitaire to remain valid.

All those who received a single dose vaccination - such as Johnson & Johnson - must have received a second booster dose to enter France and access bars, restaurants, etc., from 3rd January 2022. 

If offered, you should strongly consider taking up your third “booster” dose, to ensure swift compliance with any changes in international regulation.

 

 

Vaccine Eligibility

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, or the only shot of a single-dose vaccine. A third "booster" jab is required as below.
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.


Requirement for Booster Doses

Booster doses are becoming mandatory for all people over the age of 18 in stages between December and January 2022. Your first two doses of multi-dose vaccinations will only be valid for a period of 6 months and 15 days from your last dose. Restrictions will be imposed on specific age groups and vaccination recipients as below:
     - From the 15th December 2021, those aged over 65 will have the validity of vaccines reduced to 6 months 15 days. This can be extended upon receipt of a booster jab.

     - From 3rd January 2022, all those who received a single dose vaccination - such as Johnson & Johnson - will need a booster dose to remain valid

     - From 15th January 2022, all persons aged 18 who have received a multi-dose vaccination will have the validity of their vaccine reduced to 6 months and 15 days. This can be extended upon receipt of a booster dose.  

As of Friday 19th November, the NHS Proof of COVID Vaccinationin England has been updated to demonstrate proof of third or other booster vaccinations. Please refresh your NHS COVID Pass after this date to ensure all appropriate doses are included on your NHS COVID Pass.

 

More details can be found here.



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.

All Travellers - Must show evidence of a negative PCR or Antigen (Lateral Flow) test taken no more than 48hrs before departure. You should not use NHS issued tests, either free lateral flow tests or NHS testing centres.

Vaccinated – vaccinated travellers do not need to quarantine upon arrival, do not need to present proof of negative test, and do not need an essential reason to travel to France. Documents issued by the NHS, including through the NHS App, demonstrating proof of vaccination are accepted by French authorities. You must fill out a sworn statement before travelling. Please ensure this is the appropriate document for travelling from the UK - please selected "traveling to/from an amber list country", followed by the "sworn declaration/statement of honour".

Unvaccinated – You must fill out an International Travel Certificate demonstrating an essential need to travel to France. You must fill out a sworn statement before travelling. You must be able to present evidence of a negative test (PCR or antigen) taken no more than 24hrs prior to departure from the UK. Self-administered tests are not accepted. If you are arriving from other amber list countries, you must present evidence of a negative PCR test taken no more than 72hrs before arrival, or an antigen test no more than 48hrs before arrival. You must self-isolate for 7days, with the day of arrival being considered day 0. You will need to take a PCR test following this period of quarantine. Testing facilities are expected to be widely available in ski resorts.

When returning to the UK, France has stringent requirements for unvaccinated travellers, including presenting a negative PCR test taken not more than 72hrs before departure and obtaining a certificate indicating a compelling reason to travel to an amber list country (inc. UK). Please see here for more details


Getting Around – France's Pass Sanitaire

You will need to be able to demonstrate proof of vaccination or a recent negative test in order to gain access to some venues with a capacity of more than 50 people. This includes bars, restaurants, theatres and cinemas. This can be done through your NHS Proof of COVID vaccination, available via the NHS App, a PDF on your phone, or on paper. The NHS Proof of COVID vaccination has now been updated to demonstrate all three available jabs.

You will need to provide proof of vaccination in order access ski lifts. This can be done via the NHS Proof of COVID Vaccination. Après ski venues will require the same proof of vaccination or recovery.

If you are a French or EU citizen, you can use the EU Digital COVID certificate to demonstrate proof of vaccination. 

Unvaccinated travellers can gain access to a 48hr Pass Sanitaire with a negative PCR test result. Testing facilities are expected to be widely available in France.

 

 

What to Expect in Resort?

Social distancing will be in place in enclosed areas. This includes enclosed lifts, so expect lifts to operate with a reduced capacity.

Facemasks will be mandatory in all enclosed spaces, or outdoor spaces where the ability to social distance is limited, including open ski lifts. French officials have not specified whether particular masks are accepted, however please ensure these are multi-layered to ensure appropriate protection.

You will need to provide proof of vaccination in order access ski lifts. This can be done via the NHS Proof of COVID Vaccination. Apres ski venues will require the same proof of vaccination or recovery

Cable cars, gondolas, etc., are considered public transport, and facemasks must therefore be worn at all times when riding.

 

 

Travelling with Children
To enter France, children up to the age of 18 will mirror the vaccination status of the adult(s) they are travelling with, regardless of the vaccination status of the children. Therefore, children aged 12 and over may enter France without restriction, as long as they are travelling with fully vaccinated adult(s). They must present a negative PCR or antigen test taken no more than 24hrs before boarding your flight/train/plane. 

To access restaurants, get on ski lifts, etc., those aged 12 and over will need to demonstrate their COVID-19 status via France’s Pass Sanitaire, i.e. by testing negative within the past 24hrs at COVID-19 testing centres where they have not received a full course of vaccination against COVID-19 (see above). These centres will be available in resort offering both PCR and antigen tests. You may have to book in advance and there will be a fee of between 30€ and 50€ for asymptomatic testing.