Covid-19 Travel Checklist
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Updated 13th January 2022
It is important to state that all of the information below is to the best of our knowledge at the time of writing; this is an evolving situation and liable to change with little or no notice. British nationals should keep up to date with the latest Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office here. Non-British nationals should check with their own embassy and consulate.
Please make sure you check regulations and guidelines all the way up to before you’re due to depart as requirements can change with little notice. It is the passenger's responsibility to do this and if you don’t follow the guidance, you may be refused travel. Please note, travel requirements are in line with the destination's government guidance, as well as FCDO advice.
TRAVEL TO FRANCE : THE BORDERS ARE OPENING!
As you are most likely aware, on Thursday 16th December, France announced increased regulations for visitors from the UK which prevented all those wishing to travel from the UK to France for, regardless of vaccination status, unless they had an essential reason.
*THE GOOD NEWS On Thursday, 13th January, France have announced the following:
People travelling from the UK to France will no longer have to self-isolate on arrival or show proof that their trip is essential from Friday 14th January.
The requirement for a negative COVID test, conducted 24 hours before departure is required for entry.
This has now been verified on the FCDO website here
If you are due to travel on Saturday 15th, we will contact you directly with the information you need. Please kindly bear with us.
For all travel in the future, normal operations resume and we will be in touch with passengers as required. For passengers travelling on the 21st January onwards, please bear with us as we prioritise departures happening this weekend needing our urgent attention.
WHEN RESTRICTIONS EASE…
With the imminent ease of restrictions in the near future for UK passengers, here is a checklist of everything we know at this time - we will keep updating this page.
Although UK passengers may not be able to travel to France, there are some restrictions to be aware of (specifically around booster jabs) that we would like to highlight immediately so that when the rules do change, you are ready and able to travel.
For passengers travelling from Ireland, please see the “Traveling from Ireland” section below
Please be aware that should restrictions ease, for those of you who have booked your holiday and are not able to travel because your vaccinations are not up to date or you do not satisfy the entry requirements, this is not something Erna Low can cancel and refund you for and normal cancellation terms will apply.
TRAVEL CHECKLIST : GETTING AHEAD AND READY TO GO
When restrictions ease, we expect the following measures to still be required to enter and holiday in France. We are listing this here for you to be able to plan ahead. This is our best guess of the situation and based on what has been in place up until now. This could change but as a minimum, we expect passengers will need:
OUTBOUND TRAVEL CHECKLIST
Ensure your passport is valid here.
Ensure you have appropriate travel insurance. If you have purchased insurance through Erna Low, there is helpful documentation here.
Proof of vaccination to travel including boosters where necessary. Please see vaccinations accepted by the French Government here. For information on booster vaccines required, please see here and below (translate to English top right)
You will need to download your proof of vaccination. If you are travelling with a printed PDF proof of vaccination status, it must date from 1 November to ensure that the certificate can be scanned successfully.
Pass Sanitaire To access public spaces and services (which includes ski lifts, bars and restaurants), passengers need to demonstrate their COVID-19 status through the Pass Sanitaire. Get your 'Pass Sanitaire' ready for use in public spaces (how you do this will vary depending on where you received you vaccination).
IMPORTANT RE BOOSTERS: From January 15, 2022, people over 18 years of age will have to demonstrate a vaccination booster, seven months after their last injection or infection, for the "health pass" to be valid. This rule applies for those over 65 from December 15.
Full information can be seen here.
A completed Sworn statement You can download this here and find additional information on this document here. It is also likely that UK passengers will need to fill out an online form for entry to France but we will verify this as and when restrictions change.
Testing for entry UK passengers will have to book a test pre-travel to prove that they are negative at the point of departure. We expect this to be antigen or PCR and within either 24-48 hours (likely 24). This will be clarified as restrictions ease but for now it is worth you sourcing a testing company in advance so that you are ready. Please keep an eye on this page for information on testing requirements for outbound travel.
Get ready to pack PPE : medical grade masks (not homemade), hand sanitiser.
Pack lateral flow tests and test when in resort as good practice.
Be clear on what happens if you test positive when away At this time, any travel includes an element of risk. Be prepared and consider what it will be like if you or one of your party do test positive when abroad. You will have to isolate and stay in France.
INBOUND TRAVEL CHECKLIST
Day 2 testing At the moment, to enter the UK you need to book a PCR or Antigen test between day 0-2 of your return and then isolate until a negative test is confirmed. Details can be seen here. You need to book your day 2 test before filling in your passenger locator form
Passenger locator form You will need to fill this in here for returning to the UK 48 hours before. We will remind you to do this where possible
TRAVELLING TO AND FROM IRELAND
As we are still able to operate holidays for passengers travelling from Ireland regardless of restrictions on UK passengers that have been in place, we will be in touch with you directly to confirm any specifics you need to know about our adapted operations with the new French regulations.
PLEASE SEE THE DEDICATED INFO PAGE WE HAVE PUT TOGETHER FOR PASSENGERS FROM IRELAND HERE
You will need to be clear on:
- Entry requirements
- Pass Sanitaire
- Return requirements
We also suggest using this checklist page to cross reference and ensure you have everything covered
TRAVELLING VIA OTHER DESTINATIONS
If you are transiting through other countries en route to your destination (for example airports in Italy and Switzerland), please ensure you check the relevant travel regulations here.
This includes travelling via Switzerland (Geneva). As this is a popular airport for ski destinations, please see our best understanding of the current requirements below:
TRAVEL TO SWITZERLAND
On the 17th December, Switzerland announced new measures that will enable safe travel from the UK to Switzerland. Travellers from the United Kingdom can once more visit Switzerland without having to quarantine from 20th December, whilst following tightened testing requirements. Travellers from the UK arriving on or after 20th December 2021 (irrespective of their vaccination status):
- Have to complete a passenger locator form Swiss passenger locator form within 48 hours before entry
- Have to complete a pre-departure test (PCR) before arrival into Switzerland. Note: from Monday 20 December 2021, in addition to PCR tests taken within the previous 72 hours, rapid antigen tests (not older than 24 hours) will also be accepted to enter Switzerland.
- Please note: As recommended by the Swiss government, we recommend everyone check the [Swiss Travel Checker].(https://travelcheck.admin.ch/check) to view the measures that apply to you as an individual.
- Do not have to self-isolate for 10 days upon arrival.
To assist with your smooth transit at Geneva Airport it is advisable to have proof of onward transport and accommodation at your final destination.
WHAT IS IT LIKE IN RESORT?
It's important that you are aware that the regulations in France at the moment are much stricter than the UK and in particular, England. You will need both a mask and your Pass Sanitaire at all times to enter public spaces. Despite all of the challenges to travel at this time, the snow will hopefully make it all worth it! For those passengers we have been able to take out to the mountains so far this season, the delight has been clear! And the snow so far is incredible.
KEEPING YOU SAFE
Our suppliers all work alongside the relevant health and safety authorities on implementing effectively reinforced hygiene and protection measures.
WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU TEST POSITIVE IN RESORT?
If at any point you test positive or have symptoms, you will be asked to follow the below:
Stay in your apartment
Where possible, stay in an area of the room that can be confined e.g. with a door
Avoid close contact with others
Speak to your insurance as soon as possible to confirm suitable arrangements.
This may be a useful document to read around isolation in France.
No travel is risk-free during COVID. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example due to a new COVID-19 variant.
Plan ahead and make sure you:
- Understand what your insurance will cover
- Can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned
- Where applicable, ensure you have extra supplies of any medication or medical equipment you need in case of delays such as having to self-isolate overseas. Remember to carry copies of prescriptions.
OUR SHARED RESPONSIBILITY
We have a shared responsibility to look after each other- let’s all do our bit to protect ourselves and others. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
DISINCLINATION TO TRAVEL
We understand that you may prefer not to travel at this time - this is your choice as an individual. However, we recommend where possible that you do not cancel your booking before we confirm if it can go ahead or not. Should you cancel before we communicate this, you will be liable for cancellation fees as per our terms and conditions regardless of whether the holiday actually goes ahead or not. If you wait until we confirm whether you can travel or not and if we confirm your holiday is not able to go ahead, you are eligible for the refund. We therefore recommend you wait.
CONTACTING US FOR MORE INFORMATION
PLEASE HELP US, HELP YOU
We appreciate you may wish to contact us for further information or clarification. We are dealing with an unprecedented volume of enquiries at the moment and in order to be able to deal with these as effectively as we can, we politely request that you follow the below guidelines.
For information regarding immediate travel: Please wait for us to contact you
If you want to cancel: please see our cancellation terms here and our advice above in the section “Disinclination to travel”.
If you have any queries regarding testing or entry requirements: please look at the relevant authorities' websites. For UK travellers, this is on the FCDO page here. Erna Low is not able to verify testing information.
For information regarding specific restrictions may ease again, please do not contact Erna Low as we are unable to answer the question. Please monitor press and governmental updates.
For all other enquiries: If you can find the information you require by cross referencing the above, this allows us to focus on the enquiries where information is required by passengers. If your query is not covered in the guidance above, please do contact us on our webchat or email and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
We thank you for your patience, support and understanding at this time.