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Current Travel Advice

Winter 2021/22

For the safety of those travelling this ski season, there are a set of rules and regulations in place. These will play a part in helping to keep both our clients and our staff as safe and as comfortable as possible for the duration of their stay with us. Please be aware, that as the situation is subject to change, you should regularly check updates from both the UK and the French Government. Travellers who are fully vaccinated are allowed to enter France if they have evidence of a negative coronavirus test taken within 24 hours of departure (either a pcr or antigen test).

Important Information

UK Government foreign travel advice for France
This page reflects the UK government’s understanding of current rules for people travelling on a full ‘British Citizen’ passport.

Rules for travel between France and UK

French Government - Coronavirus Updates
(We suggest that you use the FR (French) version and select ‘translate to English’ in the address bar as this is the most up to date version on the website.)

Prior to Travel

  • Pre-Departure Test: All travellers (aged 12 years or over) travelling from outside of the European Union including the UK to France must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test result (either PCR or antigen). Tests must be taken within 24 hours of departure for fully vaccinated travellers and for teens who are not fully vaccinated but travelling with vaccinated adults. Test results must be certified by a laboratory to be accepted. The self–administered tests such as those provided free of charge by the NHS are not considered valid for the purpose of travel.*You should arrange to take a private test from a private coronavirus testing provider
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) for France each passenger will need to complete a '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. Entry requirements to France are different depending on whether you are fully vaccinated or not (teenagers can currently travel if travelling with adults who are fully vaccinated, however everyone requires the PLF).

  • TousAntiCovid App: Everyone over 12 years needs to download the TousAntiCovid App You will need to share your NHS COVID Travel Pass with this app to allow you access to France.  A “ pass sanitaire “ either shows proof of vaccination, negative test, or proof of having recovered from Covid (11 days - 6 months after a positive test). Your QR code will be scanned at each establishment. It is mandatory that guests over 12 years have the “Pass sanitaire” to attend meals in the communal areas of the chalets, access saunas & hot tubs.  It is also mandatory for flights, transfers, bars, restaurants, ski lessons, and lifts in the resort, expect your QR code to be scanned at each establishment. Please note: self testing is NOT recognised in France for obtaining the pass sanitare, you have to attend a testing center to conduct a test with a professional.

  • Booster Vaccine: Adults who are not fully vaccinated must give a compelling reason to be allowed to enter Metropolitan France, regardless of your testing status. Covid Boosters are now showing on the NHS app can be added to TousAntiCovid App. From the 15th of January it is necessary to have received a booster vaccine. For those under 16 years, once eligible for double vaccinations your doctor can provide a print out of vaccinations which would be valid for travel.
  • Surgical masks (AFNOR SPEC S76-001 certification) are mandatory for everyone travelling, France does not have a mask exempt policy like in the UK. From the age of 11, it is compulsory including on ski lifts, as well as in queues. The mask will not need to be worn when skiing or boarding.

  • Travel Insurance: At time of booking please purchase travel insurance with a good level of Covid cover

  • EHIC or GHIC card: Please ensure that you have an in date card and bring with you on holidays

  • Valid passport Please ensure that your passport is valid and has at least 3 months validity on the date you return to the UK.

  • Book Ski Packs: Ski packs need to be pre-booked. We can no longer sell on the transfer coaches when you arrive. Once tickets have been issued you will no longer be able to add ski packs via our online portal.

  • When You Arrive

    Ski Beat are required to collect contact tracing details, guests will be provided with a QR code to scan on arrival at the chalet. In the event of a significant covid outbreak the local health authorities will retrieve the details from Ski Beat and contact the guests advising that they may need to test for Covid. By scanning the QR code Ski Beat will provide the chalet welcome pack which will detail covid testing centres in the resort - particularly important for teenagers who are not double vaccinated but travelling with fully vaccinated adults and require tests to have the pass santiarie.

    In addition to contact tracing guests can consent to a feedback survey and updates from the operations team in France.

    Covid testing centres in each resort: Click into the link for further information 

    Val Thorens  Antigen tests are available by appointment at the Val Thorens pharmacy & medical centre.

    La Tania: Antigen tests are available by appointment in both Meribel and Courchevel. Antigen appointments in la Tania will be via Doctolib if you have any questions please call 0033 479 082 960

    Val d‘Isere: A new testing centre (PCR & antigen) has been set up in front of the medical office Médival. A larger testing centre with capacity to test 1000 people per day will open from 17 Dec, antigen appointments will be via Doctolib or people can walk-in to get tested between 08.30-12.30, and 14.30-19.00 daily. The Val d‘Isere pharmacy can produce a health pass for 12-15 year olds, who have official proof that they have had covid, and 1 vaccine shot less then 6 months ago, certificates cost 36euros.

    Tignes: In the Tignes / Val d'Isere area there is a testing centre in Tignes (PCR & antigen)

    La Rosiere : Antigen tests are available in the resort Pharmacie

    La Plagne : Antigen tests are available by appointment at the Plagne Center Pharmacy. Phone: 0033 4 79 09 04 8

    Les Arcs: Antigen tests are available at the Medical Center in Peisey

    Les Arcs: Antigen tests are pre-bookable in Arc 1800, Arc 1600 & these resorts are accessible from Arc 1950 via the inter-resort free shuttle. Arc 1950 center to open on 18 December, info to follow when available.

    Chalet Host Day Off

    Your chalet hosts day off will be Wednesday (all day), and Thursday morning, so should you need any help or advice in resort remember to ask before Tuesday evening.

    Ski school updates relating to Covid:

    Oxygene  children aged 6+ are expected to wear masks.

    Tax de Sejour:

    Charge each week, per adult (18+) and collected in resort by card (we can no longer accept cash): 

    Val d’Isere: €23.73

    La Rosiere: €11.41

    Les Arcs:  Arc 1950 €9.66, Plan Peisey €14.35

    La Plagne: €13.58

    La Tania: €17.50

    Val Thorens: €17.71

    PLF form & Changes to Testing Requirements

    Everyone entering England from overseas (including UK nationals and residents) will need to complete a PLF for UK entry (you must include all countries that you have visited or transited through) and any requirements as detailed by the UK Government with regards to testing Foreign travel advice for France. Customers should upload / scan their vaccine certificate during the PLF application process – doing so means the airport team doesn’t need to check the vaccine cert / day 2 test confirmation as they will be pre ‘verified’.

    Currently the only testing requirement after arrival home is a Day 2 lateral flow test, this applies to all fully vaccinated persons including under 18’s. From 11th February "eligible fully vaccinated travellers" arriving in the UK will no longer have to take a post arrival lateral flow test.

    All information on this page is correct at the time of publishing, however it is subject to constant change. Ski Beat will advise on your individual questions where possible however passengers are responsible for ensuring that all required travel documentation for their party is complete, current, valid and accurate. It is up to all persons to ensure that their level and validity of vaccination is adequate to enter France and return to the UK, the regulations in relation of vaccine types and validity are constantly changing. Ski Beat does not take responsibility for checking any of these documents or ensuring that an individual's vaccination level is satisfactory. This page was last updated on 24th January 2022.

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