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Pass Sanitaire: now confirmed that 12-15 year olds can continue with the 24 hour antigen test.
Great News! The French government announced 13th January that the French border is open from Friday 14th January so your holiday is going ahead. The compelling reason and quarantine requirements no longer apply and the requirement for a within 24 hour supervised antigen test remains in place for age 12 plus. As previously accompanied minors (12-18) do not need to be vaccinated if accompanied by parents. There are some French sites saying only minors under 12 do not need to vaccinated but this has been confirmed not to be the case.
Our understanding of travel requirements now:
- Proof of up to date vaccine for adults – not accompanied minors – including booster jabs for over 65s and over 18s from Jan 15, 7 months after the last jab (set to change to 4 months after 15 February tbc). If you are travelling from England or Wales, you can show the NHS Covid Pass as evidence of vaccination status. There is a similar Covid certificate for Northern Ireland and for Scotland
- A supervised lateral flow test for within 24 hours of departure for all aged 12 plus that meets French entry requirements and the Swiss requirement as updated on 22nd January
- The French Sworn statement that confirms you don’t have Covid. The website has not been updated for the new rules but we believe the requirement will be for the pdf under the green country tab here
- If travelling through Geneva airport the swiss entry form (PLF) and a within 24 hour lateral test. If transiting straight to France the travel checker suggests there are no entry requirements. To be on the safe side you can complete the form anyway. The requirement if not transiting is a negative antigen within 24 hours which you will have anyway. A copy of your booking form obtainable from your on-line booking would be evidence of transit.
Really important: check that our list above is what your airline/Eurostar is expecting. We are trying to make navigating these requirements it easy as possible for you but we stress we cannot be responsible for any errors. It is also expected that further clarifications from governments may emerge.
We are so glad holidays can finally go ahead and hope all our guests have a fantastic time.
Good news that the French senate has decided to keep the current pass sanitaire rules for 12-15 year olds (previously 12-18) permitting a daily supervised antigen test – rather than insisting on vaccination. (see below). You should get 12-18 year olds vaccinated as soon as possible to qualify for the pass.
There is no need to book any Covid tests more than a few days in advance and so you don’t have to do anything now other than take up vaccines as soon as you can, obtain NHS pass letters for vaccinated teens and recovery certificates for for un-vaccinated teenagers and get NHS Covid apps for under 16s.
If you are travelling from a country on the French green list, travellers aged 12 and over who do not have proof of full vaccination or a certificate of recovery from COVID-19 dated more than 11 days and less than six months prior must present a negative result of a PCR or antigen test taken less than 24 hours before travelling.
For return to the UK you need only need a lateral flow not PCR within 2 days of arrival back in the UK and to complete a passenger locator form before you return. If this test comes out positive, you must self-isolate and take a free NHS PCR test to confirm the result. (Children aged 5 to 17 have to follow the testing and quarantine rules for people who qualify as fully vaccinated on arrival in England.)
For the French Pass Sanitaire you need: (Remember to have a screen shot in case the app won’t open and a paper back up in case your phone dies and make sure your vaccine certificates are still valid)
- Ideally, the TousAntiCovid app with all your vaccination certificates uploaded including boosters where needed (if more than 7 months has elapsed since the date of the second jab). However the vaccine proof on the NHS app will also work with the TAC app that is used to scan in restaurants etc. Either way have a paper copy of your vaccines including QR codes with you. The TAC app can scan paper and if, as rarely happens, the code does not work, you have the written back up.
- For children 12-15 not double vaccinated: a supervised antigen test (see below for how) less than 24 hours old. 12-15s can get a second vaccine dose 12 weeks after the 1st in the UK but it is now possible to book sooner.
- If your country’s vaccination pass is not recognised in France you can find out how to get a Covid certificate here. Pharmacies offering this service in Morzine for Ardent, Les Arcs 1800 for Les Coches, Moutiers for Reberty.
And for return to the UK you need to:
- Complete a passenger locator form before you return.
- Take an antigen not PCR test – within 2 days of arrival in the UK. If this test comes out positive, you must self-isolate and take a free NHS PCR test to confirm the result. (Children aged 5 to 17 have to follow the testing and quarantine rules for people who qualify as fully vaccinated on arrival in England.)
Please remember that whilst we are keeping as up to date as we can with the rules and how they are being applied, the situation can change quickly. It must be your responsibility, not ours to make sure you meet covid regulations. You should check the French government website and Coronavirus Travel advice for England which also has links to requirements for other nations for the definitive position on travel. The UK government page for French requirements is here
Pass Sanitaire – French Covid Pass – more info
Children 12-15 A temporary QR code valid for 24 hours can be generated by a pharmacy testing centre. We understand that pharmacies in Montchavin, a short ski or lift from Les Coches, Les Menuires, ski run from Reberty, and Avoriaz , a ski from Ardent or Morzine by bus (last return bus 5.30pm), will be offering tests. All skiable on blue runs or accessible by bus. The pharmacy in Avoriaz is offering 15 min tests and has worked well for our guests in the first week. This means that age 12 years and 2 months plus without proof of recovery would need two jabs.
Only children 16 plus can download the NHS Covid app where they can access vaccine and prof of recovery certificates. 12- 15 year olds who are fully vaccinated, but who cannot yet have the NHS app can now request an NHS pass letter on-line. (Access for them to the NHS app is planned for “early in the new year”) The letter takes up to 5 working days to arrive. This will not work with the TAC recognition app but you will have proof of your status. Similarily, 0ne vaccine and proof of recovery with a positive PCR test 6 months to 11 days old conforms with the rules but does not work with the TAC app. An explanation has always been accepted in our ski resorts in our experience. Recovery certificates can be uploaded to the NHS and TousAntiCovid App and work with the TAC recognition apps. Their is some doubt now that pharmacies will accept proof of one vaccine plus recovery certificate or positive PCR as sufficient proof for a Pass Sanitaire paper certificate. You could bring them with you but plan on using resort daily testing.
Buying tests in the UK and bringing them with you to take remotely supervised tests could mean you could carry out the test in your chalet. We believe this meets requirements of proof for the pass sanitaire defined here ( this is viewable in English and French). This has been accepted on lifts but we fear that rules might be tightening.
The relevant French government website. Social distancing in lift queues is compulsory but once on an open chairlift masks can be removed, but they must be kept on while skiers and snowboarders are in cable cars and gondolas. Masks are not required in other open spaces or while skiing.
How to get a pass sanitaire – though you can use your NHS proof too.
- Download the NHS app (not the NHS Covid-19 app) – you probably have already.
- Download the TousAntiCovid app to your iPhone or Android device from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.
- Open the NHS app. On the Home page tap “Get your NHS Covid Pass”, then tap “Continue”. On the Get your NHS Covid pass page tap “Travel”, then tap “Show details”. Take a screenshot of your QR code to upload to the TousAntiCovid app.
- Open the TousAntiCovid app. Tap “Open my wallet”, “Add a certificate”, then scan the QR code that you screen grabbed earlier from the NHS app by selecting “image” when it goes to photo mode.
- Your TousAntiCovid will now display a “health pass” in the form of a QR code that can be scanned to enter locations across France.