The latest Covid rules in ski resorts and travel advice


France

Entry requirements

France reopened to fully vaccinated British tourists on January 14. Fully vaccinated Britons and their children can visit France with proof of a negative test taken up to 48 hours before travel, to avoid quarantine. If you received your second dose more than 270 days (nine months) ago, you will also need to show proof that a booster was received at least 14 days earlier. Find more information here.

Are the resorts open?

Yes, resorts in France are now open, to the delight of locals and holidaymakers.

What are the rules in place?

Since January 23, a “complete vaccination schedule” has been compulsory for anyone over the age of 16 to activate the get vaccinated once in France. This includes two vaccine injections and a booster if the second dose was more than Seven months (different from entry requirement) – teenagers aged 12-15 can continue to use the sanitary pass, see below for details.

The pass is a legal requirement for anyone over the age of 12 to enter all restaurants, cafes and bars – even to sit outside. Health passes are also required for skiing. Before the start of the season, Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Minister of State for Tourism in France, confirmed: “If sanitary packages were compulsory on the ski lifts, checks should be carried out when selling ski passes. , at the start of ski lessons, and randomly at the entrance to the ski lifts. I have confidence in those who work in the mountains, they are professionals in welcoming and managing a large number of visitors.”

Masks are mandatory in all indoor spaces, including those covered by the health pass, including bars, cafes and restaurants, when not sitting, eating or drinking. The obligation to wear a face mask outside in France has been removed, including in queues and in markets. Individual ski resorts must decide whether they remain mandatory on lifts – Tignes has confirmed that they will remain in force there for the rest of the season. The ski lifts are operating at full capacity and masks are not required on the slopes. Since December 10, nightclubs have closed, and since January 3, cafes and bars have been operating with table service only. Indoor events are limited to 2,000 people and outdoor public gatherings are limited to 5,000.

What are the rules for families and teenagers?

Under-18s enter France under the same vaccination status as their parent or accompanying adult, with anyone aged 12 and over providing a negative lateral flow (antigen) or PCR test no more than 48 hours to enter France.

Teenagers between the ages of 12 and 15 must present a sanitary pass to access public spaces and ski lifts anywhere in France. This means proof of two doses of a recognized vaccine, with the sanitary pass activating seven days after firing. If they don’t have a full cycle of vaccination, teenagers will need a negative antigen taken by a professional every 24 hours to activate their pass – tests are available at resorts, costing around €22 for an antigen test or €44 for a PCR. Pharmacies in some stations can also issue a sanitary pass (approximately €36), valid for the duration of your stay, to single teenagers who have recovered from Covid-19 within the last six months and want to avoid the cost of daily testing. If you have recovered from Covid, the official document needed to activate the vaccination pass is a European “proof of recovery”, dated at least 11 days and less than 6 months old. Since February 3, the British government has indicated that children and adolescents aged 12 to 15 can prove their recovery through the NHS Covid app.

The option to take a test to access public places has been removed for anyone over the age of 16 with the introduction of the get vaccinated.

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