As a result of the new Omicron Variant of Covid there are a number of new restrictions/rules which the various governments are trying to introduce.
This is a constantly changing situation and even their own websites are not being kept up to date as rapidly as we should all like.
Much of the latest news is in the media, but although these might be useful you should be wary of their accuracy.
Please make sure you check the latest UK Government and other governments relevant advice before you travel.
In all cases please check the requirements to be considered “fully vaccinated”
This page will not be updated constantly so all we can tell you is what we think the current situation is, just to highlight what the current issues seem to be
28/11 Important Update – Returning to the UK
The UK Government have announced that from 4am on Tuesday 30 November, there will be changes to testing requirements for passengers entering the UK from abroad, including booking and taking a PCR test within 2 days of your arrival and self-isolating until you receive a negative test result.
In addition to a PCR test vaccinated and non-vaccinated passengers traveling to the UK are required to complete the UK Passenger Locator Form. The form must include the booking reference number for your COVID-19 tests . Passengers must complete this form online before they arrive in the UK, and present it at time of check-in and upon arrival. The form can be filled 48 hours before arrival in the UK at the earliest
Travellers must have proof of vaccination in written (e.g. CDC card) or digital form — photos of vaccination certificates are not acceptable as proof of vaccine.
After you have completed the form, you will receive a QR code via email. You can print this out or show it on your phone as proof of completion.
1 December update – Entry to France
All travellers to France from outside the EU, including the UK, will need to present a negative Covid test on arrival whether they are vaccinated or not
1) to be coming into force on Saturday 4th Dec
2) to be PCR or Antigen
3) fully vaccinated travellers will have to present a negative Covid test less than 48 hours old.
4)Presumably within 48 hours of arrival, but they don’t say
5)They don’t say yet whether self administered tests are allowed
In addition to presenting proof of vaccination status travellers will need to provide a sworn statement attesting to the absence of symptoms of Covid-19 infection and contact with a confirmed case of Covid-19.
Please check the following link for further details, and for a link to the English version of the sworn statement to download https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/Actualites/L-actu-du-Ministere/Certificate-of-international-travel
Airline requirements/ Masks.
Please check your own carriers requirements. Here is an extract from the Easyjet website – Covid Travel hub.
“It’s important that your mask offers the best possible protection, so we’re no longer allowing scarves, face visors or masks with valves. Your mask needs to be FFP2 certified (or equivalent) and be surgical or cloth material. If it’s not suitable, you may be refused travel.
Austria, France, Germany and Italy have specific requirements on the type of mask you need”
Flying into Switzerland – update 27 November
On 27th November Switzerland added the UK to their list of countries with a variant of concern and brought in new rules that meant anyone travelling from the UK to Switzerland would have to quarantine for 10 days. At the time it was unclear as to whether or not non Swiss nationals would even be allowed into the country and several airline passengers were turned away.
Since then it appears that at least if you are transiting through Switzerland, eg straight to France then you would be allowed to continue without the necessity to quarantine.
Things are still somewhat unclear, and the rules might change again very soon, so please try to refer to the official Swiss Websites for more information and the UK Government website
Be prepared to have to show proof of vaccination and proof of the address to which you are travelling in France.
Covid passes will be required to use the lifts and to enter restaurants & bars. It is unclear how the authorities plan to administer this, and it is unclear what the rules will be for children who have only received one vaccination so far.
Masks will be required in many settings.
For further information on the requirements in Meribel please see the Tourist Office website
Please note that it is your duty to ensure that everyone in your group is aware of the current rules and regulations
This page can not be relied upon for accurate information. It is intended only as a rough guide. We cannot accept responsibility for any errors or omissions