The best resorts to book for 2021 and the latest Covid rules

Austria

Classification of traffic lights: Green

Entry conditions: Austria is open to UK skiers and snowboarders, but in order to avoid being quarantined on arrival you must have received your second vaccine more than 270 days ago (approximately 9 months) now. Arrivals must complete a travel authorization form before entering Austria. Anyone who has not been double-bitten is allowed in with proof of a negative test or recovery from Covid-19, but must enter quarantine for 10 days, with the option to terminate isolation after 5 days with a new negative PCR test result. Find more information here.

Are the seaside resorts open?

Yes and in fact a number of Austrian high altitude resorts opened early due to favorable snow conditions on their glaciers. The Sölden resort in the Otztal valley opened the slopes of the Rettenbach Glacier on September 10, three weeks early. In the process, the ski lifts of the Pitztal Glacier, also in Tyrol, will start operating this Saturday (September 18), a week earlier than expected. Last winter Austrian seaside resorts finally opened their doors, but only to local residents.

What rules are in place?

Several rules were in place to stop the spread of the virus last winter and many looks are expected to remain, including mandatory FFP2 face masks in designated areas, including closed elevators, and documents to prove vaccination, a test negative or recovery to enter restaurants and bars, and to check in at hotels. Après-ski is also set to be drastically reduced, Austria’s health minister recently submitted a proposal to restrict nightclubs and bars only to those who have been vaccinated. Last winter, as restrictions tightened, anyone wishing to use the trails had to provide proof of a negative test, taking 72 hours in advance – there were patrols on the trails to ensure they were conformity.

France

Classification of traffic lights: amber

Entry conditions: Fully vaccinated Britons are allowed to visit France without restrictions, but must produce a self-declaration of no symptoms and download a health pass to access public places. Children 12 years of age or older who are not fully vaccinated and traveling with a double-injected adult should show a negative test result in order to avoid quarantine. Find more information here.

Are the seaside resorts open?

Not yet, but several resorts, including Les Deux Alpes and Tignes, have successfully opened skiing this summer on their glaciers. The snowiest resorts hope to open by the end of November, including Val d’Isère and Val Thorens. Last season the ski lifts in France did not run at all, the resorts were only open for ski touring and for other activities that did not require access to the ski lifts – many are hoping that this will be a different scenario in 21/22.

What rules are in place?

Everywhere in France, since August, the presentation of a pass sanitary or an NHS vaccination certificate to enter all restaurants, cafes and bars – even to sit outside. Visitors may also be invited to wear your mask unless they are seated at a table. In ski resorts during the summer, the opening hours of the ski lifts have been extended to avoid large crowds at peak times and masks have been compulsory in shops and on public transport. The specific rules for winter have yet to be confirmed.

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