The information below is intended as a guide only. Ben’s Bus cannot be held responsible for inaccurate or out of date information. To be certain of the current laws, guidelines and entry requirements, you should visit the official Government websites. This page was last updated on the 30th Jan 2021.
All ski lifts in all ski resorts in France are currently closed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The French Government aim to review the situation again in the middle of February. We don’t think the resorts will open until at least the middle of March, and it is now looking increasingly likely they will remain closed all season.
Due to the latest variants of Covid-19, both France and Switzerland have imposed temporary entry restrictions for all travellers. France has now completely closed its borders to most non-EU travel. People can only travel to France for essential purposes. Those that are allowed to enter must have had a negative test within 72 hours if entering by air or sea. Switzerland’s restrictions (so if you are flying into Geneva Airport) are also currently quite strict. Read the latest news from the French Embassy in London and the Swiss Embassy in London.
The UK is currently in a national lockdown and its citizens can only travel abroad for essential purposes. Going on a ski holiday is not, unfortunately, classed as essential travel! The UK has now closed its borders, including its travel corridors, until the 15th February at the earliest. Returning UK citizens must be able to provide proof of a negative test within 72 hours of travelling and must then isolate for 10 days in the UK (or 5 days if they take a second test after returning and it is negative).
A GUIDE TO TRAVELLING TO SWITZERLAND, FRANCE AND BACK TO THE UK IN THE COVID ERA
Heading to the French Alps? Maybe you’re considering booking your holiday for the 2021 2022 ski season? Confused by all the different quarantine rules? Which country’s rules do you need to follow? What if you’re flying into Geneva Airport in Switzerland, but then heading to France to ski in Val Thorens, Tignes, or Val d’Isere? We’ve tried to make sense of it all.
SWITZERLAND: As we understand it, some nationals can fly into / out of Geneva Airport and transit to / from a neighbouring country (i.e. France), provided the region in France is not on the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health’s naughty list. All Ben’s Bus ski resorts are in regions that are not currently on this list. However, you are strongly advised to have onward transport to your final destination booked in advance and you should know the rules of the country of your final destination. The UK FCO page for Switzerland is a useful resource for British citizens.
FRANCE: You cannot currently travel to France if you are arriving from any non-EU country. You can travel to France if you are arriving from Switzerland or an EU Member State but you must have proof a negative test within 72 hours. You should also check France’s Exemption List before you fly. This site has information on what documents you may need to enter France. The UK FCO page for France is a useful source of information for British citizens.
UK: Travel restrictions have been re-imposed in the UK and you can’t currently go on holiday. Once they’re lifted, you should still consider what effect Brexit will have on you. Before returning to the UK, you need to complete a Passenger Locator Form. The UK’s Travel Corridors have been temporarily closed. When returning to the UK, you are required to self-isolate for 10 days. However, travellers can pay for their own test (£65 – £120) upon their return to the UK. If the test is negative, the Quarantine period is reduced from 10 days to 5 days! This BBC article explains more.
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