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Travel Rules updated 15th March 2022

Please note: this blog is coming up on searches for covid travel advice – we are really busy getting our guests away on holiday so please, if you are looking for general advice, we hope what we have here is useful but please understand we won’t be able to help you further on the phone.

Our covid management policy is here.

GOOD NEWS! PASSENGER LOCATOR FORM NO LONGER NEEDED TO RETURN TO THE UK FROM 18TH MARCH

FROM MONDAY 14TH MARCH THE PASS SANITAIRE WILL NO LONGER BE REQUIRED IN FRANCE.

The NHS Covid App now works with 12-15 year olds and is acceptable in France for the Pass Sanitaire. Also unvaccinated 12-15 year olds can continue with the 24 hour antigen test. 12 Feb France removes the testing requirement for fully vaccinated travellers and accompanying minors can travel regardless of their vaccine status but still need a test if not fully vaccinated.

Our understanding of travel requirements now:

  1. Proof of up to date vaccine for 12+ including booster jabs for over 65s and over 18s 9 months after the last jab. 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. Accompanied minors can travel to France for any reason. If they are un-vaccinated and 12 years or over, they have to provide the result of a negative PCR carried out less than 72 hours prior to departure, or an antigen test (in paper or digital format) carried out less than 48 hours prior to departure.
  2. The French Sworn statement that confirms you don’t have Covid under the orange country tab here.
  3. If travelling through Geneva airport the Swiss travel checker tells you that you need to complete the Swiss entry form (PLF)  If transiting straight to France with no stops the travel checker suggests there are no test requirements. However check with your airline that they see it the same way as they might require the 24 hour antigen test required to stay in Switzerland to let you on the flight.  A copy of your booking form obtainable from your on-line booking would be evidence of transit.
  4. Your passport must meet 2 requirements. It must be: less than 10 years old on the day you enter France (check the ‘date of issue’) valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave (check the ‘expiry date’)

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.

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. 16- 17 year olds need the NHS or Pass Sanitaire and cannot take a daily antigen test.

If you are travelling from a country on the French green list the requirements are under the green tab here.

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)

  1. The TousAntiCovid app or NHS app with all your vaccination certificates uploaded including boosters where needed (if more than 9 months has elapsed since the date of the second jab). 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. A recovery certificates plus one jab 7 or more days ago meets requirements
  2. Children 12-15 who do not meet the vaccination/recovery rules can take a supervised antigen test (see below for how) less than 24 hours old.
  3. 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.

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

If you’re 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.

Pass Sanitaire – French Covid Pass – more info

Children 12-15 

Teenagers aged 13 to 15 can now use the NHS App to access their Covid pass, while 12-year-olds must use a web browser due to App Store rules. A recovery certificates plus one jab 7 or more days ago meets requirements and can be uploaded to the NHS and TousAntiCovid App and work with the TAC recognition apps.

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.

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.

  1. Download the NHS app (not the NHS Covid-19 app) – you probably have already.
  2. Download the TousAntiCovid app to your iPhone or Android device from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Your TousAntiCovid will now display a “health pass” in the form of a QR code that can be scanned to enter locations across France.

 

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