Updated 6th December 2021

If you are, you’re not alone!

Our take on the latest travel rules

We are doing everything we can to keep everyone informed. As this is an ever-changing situation, we will update our social media pages & website as soon as important updates are released.

The great news is that our first customers have travelled to The Alps with ease, all reporting it is not nearly as overwhelming as they had feared. Covid passes are being checked on starting point lifts and everything is running very smoothly.

Skiing in France:

NHS Covid Travel Pass

In order to ski and enter most facilities, confirmation of two vaccines minimum will be required in France. For those not double vaccinated, a 24 hour government-approved antigen test (lateral flow) is mandatory. At a cost of €24-44 per test per day, this is a lot of money. If there was ever a reason to get fully vaccinated before your skiing holiday, surely this must be it.

The UK Government is now offering second vaccines to 12-15 year olds and boosters are available to all adults. These are intended to be administered three months after your second vaccine. This will therefore fulfil the requirement to travel within seven months of your latest jab.

Travelling into Switzerland:

The need for quarantine on arrival was removed almost as quickly as it was implemented! A slightly stricter testing routine has been introduced with an additional PCR Test needed between Day 3 & 7 of your stay. It is our understanding that this same PCR test can be used to satisfy the UK Authorities on your return if it is taken within 48 prior to arrival.

Those transiting into France or other destinations can do so freely as long as they are in Switzerland for less than 24 hours. You will need to show confirmation of your address and will need to complete a Travelcheck form before entry.

Austria Lockdown:

Austrian Alps in Lockdown

This is due to finish on 11th December. The Government are meeting on Wednesday 8th December to discuss whether this should be extended by a further 10 days. The infection rates are finally falling as people are now getting their vaccinations but it is a bit of a race against time.

Flight Cancellations:

To add to the pain, Easyjet and British Airways are cancelling or rescheduling some of their flights. This is incredibly frustrating, not only for our customers but also our transfer suppliers.

If your flight is cancelled, we recommend you take the refund/voucher and arrange an alternative method of travel as quickly as possible. Borders remain open, therefore cancelling your accommodation due to a flight cancellation will regrettably result in monetary loss. We recommend you speak with your personal travel insurance provider for advice.

Returning to the UK:

Day 2 PCR Test

The UK Government has re-introduced the need to take a PCR test within 48 hours prior to arrival back in the UK for those aged 12 & over. This may be incredibly frustrating and costly, but we have to respect their decision to try and halt the spread of the Omicron variant. Testing centres are available in resorts and also at departure airports.

This is to be followed by a Day 2 PCR test which must be pre-ordered before your holiday. You will need this reference number to complete your Passenger Locator Form.

Your NHS Covid Travel Pass

You must download the NHS Covid App for use in resorts and on ski lifts. If you cannot download this or access the NHS website, you can call 119 in the UK to ask for a letter about your vaccination status. This will be sent by post. You may do this only if:

  • You have been fully vaccinated in the UK (you must wait five days after your second dose)
  • You need to travel in the next four weeks to a country which is asking for proof of vaccination
  • You cannot access the app or online service.

You should receive your NHS letter within seven days.

Our Covid Travel Checklist:

  • Download the NHS Covid app and get your Travel Covid Pass QR code
  • Book your pre-holiday PCR or lateral flow test to be taken within 48 hours prior to departure
  • Book your Day 2 PCR test in preparation for your arrival back in the UK
  • Complete the relevant Passenger Locator Form for the country to which you are travelling
  • Complete your Travelcheck form if your are flying through Geneva Airport
  • Whilst on holiday, take your PCR test within 48 hours of arrival back in the UK
  • Complete the UK Government’s Passenger Location Form
  • When you arrive back, take your Day 2 test, register it online and isolate until you receive your result

It is also important to double check the entry requirements of the country you are visiting. Also check FCDO Advice. Ensure you have your insurance certificates with you and your EHIC/GHIC (Health Travel Card).

And finally, please please get fully vaccinated and boosted the moment you are able to.

All the best,

The Team at Powder White