Skiing in France 21.22

Make The Most Of Your Ski Holiday This Year

Please note that we will be updating this page regularly, BUT it is your responsibility to keep up to date with current guidelines.

Last updated 20/01/2022

Please bear with us in this busy time. If you need any guidance, please contact customersupport@skinewgen.com.

Note: We specialise in ski and snowboard lessons, and quite often, we’re out on the hill. So we do encourage you to do your own research of travel restrictions or to contact your travel provider. 

Travelling from the UK to France:

From Saturday 18 December, all those wishing to travel from the UK to France regardless of vaccination status can only do so for essential reasons, as defined by the French authorities. French nationals, as well as residents in France, are considered to have an essential reason for travel. The full list of what constitutes essential travel is available in English on the French Embassy website.

Before travel, anyone coming from the UK must provide contact details, including the address they will be staying at, to the French authorities via an online form.

All travellers must provide a completed ‘sworn statement’ (déclaration sur l’honneur) form self-certifying they are not suffering from symptoms associated with coronavirus and have not been in contact with confirmed cases in the preceding fortnight. This can be found on the French government’s website.

Transiting through Geneva:

If flying into Geneva or transiting through Switzerland on your way to France, you will not need to quarantine, and you can in fact transit through Switzerland. You will need to fill in a Swiss passenger locator form and show a negative PCR result less than 72 hrs old, or an antigen test less than 24hrs old. We strongly advise having your accommodation details on hand so that you can prove you are only transiting. Read more here.

Please note: Whilst lateral flow tests are sufficient for entering France, they are not sufficient for entry to Switzerland if you are flying to Geneva.

Read more on the UK government website.
Read more on the French government website.

Travelling from France to the UK:

Pre-departure travel Covid tests to enter England from overseas will be scrapped from 04:00 on Friday 7th January.

From Sunday 9th January, arrivals won’t need a PCR test or to isolate before a negative result. Instead, just one lateral flow test will be needed after arrival – with no isolation while waiting for a result.

WHAT IS THE ‘PASS SANITAIRE’?

Last updated: 19/01/2022
A ‘Pass Sanitaire’ is the French equivalent of a COVID health pass. The validity of the health pass will change from 15 January 2022: Now known as a ‘vaccine pass’.

It will now be necessary for anyone aged 18 and over to have received 3 doses of vaccine to have a valid health pass. This booster can be given as early as 3 months after the last dose and must be given within a maximum of 7 months after the last dose.

After 7 months, the vaccination certificate will no longer be valid and the QR Code initially issued will be deactivated and can no longer be used for the health pass.

Verification is carried out by QR code, which may be presented in digital or paper format. Read more on how to get a health pass.

When to use it?

You will need a health pass in order to access ski lifts, enter bars and restaurants, use swimming pools, theatres, cinemas and venues with a capacity of more than 50 people.
This can be done through your NHS Proof of COVID vaccination, available via the NHS App, a PDF on your phone, or on paper. If you are a French or EU citizen, you can use the EU Digital COVID certificate to demonstrate proof of vaccination.

Prices for Tests

Jump across to our list of test centres in your chosen resort under the tab labelled Test centres.

  • PCR = 44 – 56€. Need to make an appointment.
  • Antigenic tests = 22 € Need to make an appointment
  • Autotests = 12.80€. You must go into a pharmacy and do this in front of the staff there but you don’t need an appointment.
  • Lateral flow tests to enter France at £14.99 here: https://nwp-online.co.uk/

Wearing a mask is compulsory from the age of 11 in all ski lifts and in the waiting lines.

Masks are recommended for children aged 6 to 11. 

We have heard that some pharmacies may start offering a QR code for 12 – 15yrs who have had one jab and one vaccine. When we know more we will update this section. 

The validity of the health pass will change from 15 January 2022: it will now be necessary for anyone aged 18 and over to have received 3 doses of vaccine to have a valid health pass. This booster can be given as early as 3 months after the last dose and must be given within a maximum of 7 months after the last dose.

After 7 months, the vaccination certificate will no longer be valid and the QR Code initially issued will be deactivated and can no longer be used for the health pass.

We recommend that children aged 9 – 11 or who look old, carry a copy of their passport in their pocket for proof of age and that they don’t need a pass Sanitaire.

Those aged 12 -18 will need a “pass Sanitaire” in order to access lifts, bars, restaurants, picnic rooms and many services and venues. The pass Sanitaire must be in the form of a QR code.

Unfortunately, currently, the UK is not offering QR codes or an NHS App to anyone under the age of 16 years old. This means that any children from 12 – 15 years will not be able to have a recognised QR code for a pass Sanitaire even if they have tested positive for COVID within the last 6 months. Unless they are double vaccinated and have proof, then they will need to be tested every 24 hours. There are testing centres in all resorts. More information on testing centres in the next tab across.

The same measures applied to vaccinated adults are applied to any minors (under 18) who are travelling with them, whether vaccinated or not. Unvaccinated minors (aged 12 – 17) accompanied by unvaccinated adults are subject to the same travel regulations as unvaccinated adults (PCR/antigen test less within 24 hours pre-departure, essential reason for travel, ‘sworn statement’, digital platform registration and self-isolation on arrival). Those under 12 are exempt from all Covid travel restrictions, but must still complete a ‘sworn statement’.

Approximate costs:

  • RT-PRC = 43.89€
  • Antigenic (lateral flow) = 22.02€ – 45.11€
  • Lateral flow autotest (performed in front of staff at a pharmacy) 12.80€

Scroll to find the resort you’re in:

Courchevel: 

  • Test PCR with results in 24h: Salle des Arolles in the Croisette by appointment. Mornings only. Arrange an appointment online via: http://www.pds.synlab.fr/Laboratoire/#.YZyyDdDMKUk
  • Test Antigenique (lateral flow) results in 15 mins: Pharmacy at Courchevel 1850 (04 79 08 05 37)
  • Test Antigenique (lateral flow)  results in 15 mins: Cabinet medical Courchevel 1650 (04 79 07 71 64)
  • Test Antigenique (lateral flow)  results in 15 mins: Pharmacy des Arcosses, Cvl 1650 (04 79 08 26 17)
  • For more information on testing centres in in Courchevel 1550, La Tania, new testing centres and doctors who will test, click here.

Meribel:

  • The test centre at parc Olympique by appointment arranged online: www.pds.synlab.fr

Meribel Mottaret:

St Martin de Belleville:

  • Antigenic tests (lateral flow): Pharmacy at St Martin.
  • Antigenic tests (lateral flow): Val Thoren’s pharmacy – By appointment only.

Morzine & Avoriaz:

  • Morzine: Pharmacie Centrale de Morzine, 64 Rte de la Plagne 74110 Morzine. 0450747023 Antigenic (lateral flow) tests results in 15 mins.
  • Avoriaz: Centre Medical of Avoriaz (04 50 74 05 42)
  • Avoriaz: The Pharmacy will do an antigenic test (lateral flow) with results in 20 mins.

Vallandry & Les Arcs:

  • Vallandry: Covid-19 test centre Mon – Sat 9h – 19h appointment only. Chalet Test Covid-19 Plan Peisey, opposite the Cabinet Médical and the Pharmacie de l’Ours. The only screening centre in Peisey-Vallandry. 04 79 07 92 12
  • Cabinet médical d’Arc 1600 : Appointment by phone: 04 79 07 78 57
  • Cabinet médical d’Arc 1800 – Charvet : Cabinet du Docteur David (112 Immeuble Belles Challes) : Appointment by phone: 04 79 00 42 65
  • Pharmacie d’Arc 1800 : Appointment at the pharmacy
  • Bourg Saint Maurice Laboratoire : Appointment by phone: 04 79 07 29 33

Val d’Isere & Tignes:

  • Pharmacie du Solaise at Val d’Isere by appointment (04 79 06 01 68)
  • Tignes: Appointment must be made in advance for the testing centre 04 79 40 09 29 Mon – Fri 9.30 – 12, 14 – 17 and weekend 10 – 12.

Find all of our French ski school meeting points, by following this link here.

  • Facemask
  • I.D or a photocopy for kids
  • Pass Sanitaire (Proof of vaccination status, test or recovery in QR format)

TousAntiCovid

The Pass Sanitaire health pass is checked by scanning a QR code. The French system can recognise all QR codes issued in the European Union and also QR codes issued by the NHS for double vaccinations. You can present this on your phone or on paper.

You can also download the French TousAntiCovid app onto your phone and scan your QR code from your vaccination record into this app. Other people outside of the EU and the UK whose QR code is not directly recognized by the application can go to French pharmacies to have their French Health Pass validated as long as they have been vaccinated with vaccines recognized by the EU.

Download from the Google Play Store

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NEW 25/12: Wearing a mask is compulsory outdoors from the age of eleven in the Savoie department and its ski resorts (anywhere there is a group of 10 people, and anywhere where you can’t really stay 1 metre away from others.)

It is still mandatory to wear facemasks in indoor public spaces and on public transport. You must wear a mask on all ski lifts and waiting in line. But you do not need to wear a mask while skiing on the slopes.

  • Masks are recommended for children aged 6 to 10, but not mandatory.
  • Skiers and snowboarders are required to wear a surgical mask or a category 1 fabric mask (AFNOR SPEC S76-001 certification).
  • Concerning buffs or neck gaiters, only those that are filtering and certified will be allowed as an alternative to masks.
  • Skiers and snowboarders must respect distances between people or groups of people travelling together in the waiting lines.

If you are looking for information on the latest COVID restrictions at your destination click the links below Austria, France, Switzerland

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