Latest Covid travel rules for skiing

The latest Covid travel rules for skiing in 2022 have been published by the French government.

These include a relaxation of the ban on UK travelers coming to France for a ski holiday. The rules are, compared to what was in place beforehand, relatively easy to follow.

The full documentation (in French) is available here: https://uk.ambafrance.org/Conditions-de-deplacement

Here is a Google translation:

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[COVID19] Travel conditions between France and the United Kingdom

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The French authorities have decided to relax travel rules between France and the United Kingdom due to the evolution of the health situation, with entry into force on 14/01/2022.

View the press release here.

The rules that apply from Friday 14 January 2022 for travel from the United Kingdom to France are as follows:

All travellers, vaccinated or not, must initially present a negative test (PCR or antigenic test) within 24 hours.
For vaccinated travellers, there is no longer any obligation to justify a compelling reason to come to France, nor an obligation to respect a period of isolation upon arrival in the national territory. As such, the need to register, prior to travel, on the “ÉOS passenger” digital platform is waived. Arrival screenings may be conducted at arrival locations. In the event of a positive result, the traveler will be placed in solitary confinement.
For unvaccinated travellers, travel from the United Kingdom is authorized subject to being able to justify a compelling reason valid for the “red” countries (https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/Actualites/L- news-from-the-Ministry/Certificate-of-displacement-and-travel ).
Unvaccinated travelers from the United Kingdom must continue to register, before their departure, on the éOS digital platform, in particular allowing them to enter the address of their stay in France.

They must, upon their arrival in France, observe a strict quarantine period of 10 days at this place; this quarantine will be controlled by law enforcement.

In addition, vaccinated travelers no longer have the obligation to justify a compelling reason to leave French territory for the United Kingdom. The travel of unvaccinated travelers is authorized subject to being able to justify a compelling reason valid for the “red” countries. In all cases, travelers wishing to travel to the United Kingdom are invited to find out before their departure about the conditions of entry into their country of destination.

Please note: We strongly urge you to also contact your travel company to obtain details of their transport conditions.

Please note that self-administered tests, the results of which are not certified by a laboratory (eg tests provided free of charge by the NHS), are not authorized for travel. The NHS says it will not test for travel. It is therefore advisable to resort to private structures offering a similar service. There is no specific test related to the new variant that has been identified.

You are vaccinated ✅
Are you allowed to travel to the UK and have you been vaccinated? Follow the next 3 steps:

  1. Present a PCR or antigen test performed within 24 hours of departure
    People wishing to travel to the national territory from the United Kingdom must have the result of a PCR or antigen test carried out less than 24 hours before the trip.

⚠️ Please note: self-administered tests provided by the NHS are not permitted for travel. It is therefore necessary to resort to private structures offering a similar service.

British authorities are updating a list of centers able to carry out Covid-19 tests. This list can be viewed at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/list-of-private-providers-of-coronavirus-testing/list-of-private-providers-of-coronavirus-testing .

Airports also offer tests, we invite you to visit their website.

  1. Show proof of vaccination
    You will need to present proof of vaccination status in paper or digital format.

⚠️ Warning: If you are not vaccinated with a complete vaccination plan according to French regulations, you will have to respect the restrictions of an unvaccinated person.

  1. Submit a sworn statement
    To download here, the declaration certifies that you do not show any symptoms of Covid-19 infection and that you are not aware of having been in contact with a confirmed case of covid-19 in the 14 days preceding your journey. . Document to be completed regardless of the age of the person.

Find all the information on the website of the Ministry of the Interior: https://mobile.interieur.gouv.fr/Actualites/L-actu-du-Ministere/Attestation-de-deplacement-et-de-voyage

Are you a minor or are you traveling with a minor? 👪
You are not fully vaccinated ❌
Are you cleared to travel to the UK and not fully vaccinated? Follow the next 5 steps:

  1. Present a compelling reason
    All non-vaccinated travelers must have a compelling reason to travel

re in France from the United Kingdom.

These reasons are indicated at the following address: https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/Actualites/L-actu-du-Ministere/Attestation-de-deplacement-et-de-voyage.

Being French is a compelling reason to return to France. Also, their spouse (married, PACS, or cohabitant (on presentation of proof of community of life)) and their children can always come to France.

In this case, you must prove the family tie by any necessary means:

family book / marriage certificate / birth certificate of children / PACS certificate
if you are cohabiting, you must be able to present at the border proof that you live at the same address (invoices, rental contract, bank statement, etc. indicating the two names and the same address on one or more several document(s).These elements must be presented when crossing the French border or with your transport company.

  1. Present a PCR or antigen test carried out within 24 hours before departure
    People wishing to travel to the national territory from the United Kingdom must have the result of a PCR or antigen test carried out less than 24 hours before the trip.

⚠️ Please note: self-administered tests provided by the NHS are not permitted for travel. It is therefore necessary to resort to private structures offering a similar service.

British authorities are updating a list of centers able to carry out Covid-19 tests. This list can be viewed at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/list-of-private-providers-of-coronavirus-testing/list-of-private-providers-of-coronavirus-testing .

Airports also offer tests, we invite you to visit their website.

  1. Register on a digital platform
    All unvaccinated travelers from the United Kingdom will have to register, prior to their trip, on a digital platform allowing in particular to enter the address of their stay in France. This platform will make it possible to generate prefectural decrees setting the obligation of isolation in the place of their choice for all unvaccinated travellers.
  2. Submit a sworn statement
    To download here, the declaration certifies that you do not show any symptoms of Covid-19 infection and that you are not aware of having been in contact with a confirmed case of covid-19 in the 14 days preceding your journey. . Document to be completed regardless of the age of the person.
  3. Quarantine when arriving in France
    Travelers coming from the United Kingdom will have to self-isolate for 10 days once they arrive in France.

Controls will be organized to ensure the proper implementation of these measures.

Are you a minor or are you traveling with a minor? 👪
Find all the information on the website of the Ministry of the Interior: https://mobile.interieur.gouv.fr/Actualites/L-actu-du-Ministere/Attestation-de-deplacement-et-de-voyage

Frequently Asked Questions

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LAST MINUTE

The French authorities have decided to relax travel rules between France and the United Kingdom due to the evolution of the health situation, with entry into force on 14/01/2022.

View the press release here.

You are vaccinated ✅
Are you allowed to travel to the UK and have you been vaccinated? Follow the next 3 steps:

  1. Show proof of vaccination
    ⚠️ Warning: If you are not vaccinated with a complete vaccination scheme according to British regulations, you will have to respect the restrictions of an unvaccinated person.

For the United Kingdom, proof of vaccination is only valid on the condition that it certifies the completion of a complete vaccination schedule. The following conditions must therefore be met: have received the second dose for at least 14 days.

have received two injections (except for the single-dose Janssen vaccine)

⚠️ Attention: the United Kingdom does not recognize as a complete vaccination scheme having a history of Covid-19 + a first dose as a complete vaccination. You will have to respect the conditions of non-vaccinated persons.

A vaccination consisting of two different vaccines (accepted in Europe, the United Kingdom and the United States) is recognized as a complete vaccination schedule.

  1. Complete the “passenger locator form”
    Before you enter the United Kingdom (within 48 hours before your arrival), you must complete a form, the passenger locator form, with your contacts, your residence or stay address and your travel information. It is imperative to indicate that you have made the reservation for the compulsory test (proof may be requested when crossing the border).

Passenger locator form link: https://www.gov.uk/provide-journey-contact-details-before-tra

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  1. Book a ‘Day 2’ PCR or antigen test and complete it within 48 hours of arrival in the UK
    Whatever the duration of your trip (also less than 2 days), all travelers, vaccinated, authorized to travel to England, from France, will have to carry out a Covid-19 test before day 2 or on the 2nd day ( day 0 being the day of arrival).

The reservation of the test is compulsory before the trip and must be indicated on the contact form before your departure. Test providers are available on the UK Government website: https://www.gov.uk/find-travel-test-provider

If you are staying in the UK for less than 2 days, you must book and pay for the PCR test but are not obliged to take it.

Since January 7 (4 a.m.), isolation is no longer mandatory when arriving in the United Kingdom. On the other hand, if your antigen test result is positive, you will have to take a free PCR test, isolate yourself if it is positive and follow local rules.

Are you a minor or are you traveling with a minor? 👪
You are not fully vaccinated ❌
You are not fully vaccinated or your vaccination schedule is not recognized in the UK, here are the 5 steps to follow:

⚠️ Attention: the United Kingdom does not recognize as a complete vaccination scheme having a history of Covid-19 + a first dose as a complete vaccination. You will have to respect the conditions of non-vaccinated persons.

  1. Present a compelling reason
    Any travel to the United Kingdom for unvaccinated people is subject to the production of a compelling reason. The indicative list of compelling reasons appears on the certificate of leaving the metropolitan territory which can be downloaded here.
  2. Present a PCR or antigen test carried out within 2 days before departure
    A negative test is required for all travel to England. It must be done within 2 days before the trip.

Reimbursement of tests for French nationals abroad: Consult the dedicated article on the amelie.fr website here

  1. Complete the “Passenger Locator Form”
    Before you enter the United Kingdom (within 48 hours before your arrival), you must complete a form, the passenger locator form, with your contacts, your residence or stay address and your travel information. It is imperative to indicate that you have made the reservation for the compulsory test (proof may be requested when crossing the border).

Passenger locator form link: https://www.gov.uk/provide-journey-contact-details-before-travel-uk.

  1. Mandatory 10-day isolation
    All unvaccinated travelers arriving from France must respect a 10-day quarantine in a hotel or at home and will have to pass a PCR test, on the second and then the eighth day after the start of this quarantine period.

⚠️ Please note that the pre-departure Covid-19 test does not allow unvaccinated people to be exempted from the 10-day quarantine on arrival in the UK.

  1. Book a “Day 2” and “Day 8” PCR test
    All travelers, not vaccinated, authorized to travel to England from France, will have to carry out a Covid-19 test on the 2nd day and the 8th day of their confinement. Booking tests is mandatory before travel (test providers are available on the UK government website) and must be indicated on the contact form before your departure. These tests do not allow him to get out of his mandatory 10-day isolation period and if one of the two tests is positive, a new 10-day isolation period will have to be taken.

If you are going to British territory for less than 10 days, you should remain confined for the entirety of your stay and then leave the United Kingdom, avoiding, as much as possible, taking public transport to reach the station or the airport. The reservation of tests 2 and 8 remains compulsory, also in the event that your stay is less than 2 days.

Implementation and controls: Anyone who breaches these mandatory conditions is liable to a fine of £1,000 to £10,000 or to prosecution. The fine is likely to be increased in the event of an increased risk of infection from abroad. Devolved entities implement their own countermeasures. Authorities conduct border checks and may refuse entry to any non-UK citizen who is not resident in the UK who refuses to apply these rules. Random checks will be carried out to verify that the persons concerned comply with the containment measures. Foreigners who refuse to respect them may, as a last resort, be subject to deportation.

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The fine details are still being debated in the French Parliament. In my assessment, the French government are trying to make it as difficult as possible for families (French and other nationalities) to travel without massive amounts of paperwork whilst the majority of MPs want the requirements to be limited in both scope and time.

We should get the final information on the latest Covid travel rules for skiing during the weekend of the 15/16th January.

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