HOW WILL COVID AND BREXIT AFFECT ME IF I WANT TO GO SKIING IN FRANCE?
Thinking about skiing in France in the 2021 / 2022 season but worried about what paperwork you will need? There have been a lot of changes recently due to COVID, so it’s understandable if you’re confused. You might also be wondering how Brexit will affect your ski holiday. We’ve been keeping a close eye on things and have summarised what we’ve learnt below. Our page dedicated to Coronavirus and Safety explains what you can do to help everyone stay safe whilst on our ski transfer buses and on holiday.
The UK’s lifting of all Coronavirus restrictions means international travel has become a reality again. However, there are still rules in place about what you need to do upon your return to the UK and this depends whether your origin country is on the UK’s Green, Amber or Red List. France is currently on the Amber list which means you need to take a test in the 3 days before you return and a second test after arrival in the UK. You can read the latest news from the French Embassy in London and the Swiss Embassy in London.
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WHICH AIRPORT ARE YOU FLYING INTO?
If you are flying into Grenoble Airport or Lyon Airport, and skiing in France, then you only need to worry about what France asks of you. You’ll either need to be fully vaccinated or have a negative test. Regardless of where you are coming from, you will need to fill in the Declaration sur l’honneur form.
If you are flying into Geneva Airport, then you also need to consider what the Swiss ask of you. If you are fully vaccinated and have tickets booked to transit straight to France, you should be ok. All the ski resorts we cover are in regions in France so you need to ensure your comply with the French rules. You will need to fill in an entry form before landing at Geneva Airport.
I AM BRITISH AND COMING IN FROM THE UK
Brexit hasn’t had much impact on Brits holidaying in France. However, since the UK’s departure from the EU, British nationals are required to have at least 6 months validity on their passport. Use the Government’s passport validity tool to be sure. Ensure you have adequate health insurance and/or check your E111 is still valid. You can find more up to date info, including about Covid-19 on the UK FCO page for France or the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs website. The Ambassador’s website has regular updates with the latest news.
I AM COMING FROM AN EU MEMBER STATE (or a country on France’s Green List)
If you’re fully vaccinated and are coming from a Member State of the EU, Australia, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, the United States and a few other countries, then France only requires you to fill in Declaration sur l’honneur form to say you are symptom-free and have not been in contact with a positive case recently. However, all passengers landing at Geneva airport may be required to fill in an entry form. This details where you came in from and where you are staying, such as in Val Thorens or Val d’Isere.
The information above 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 19th August 2021.
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