Travelling to France
From 1/8/22, all COVID-19 travel restrictions for travellers to France have been lifted. The rules that previously applied to travellers coming to France no longer apply:
- You no longer need to present proof of vaccination.
- You are no longer required to show proof of a negative PCR or antigen test upon arrival in France.
- You are no longer required to fill out any forms prior to your arrival in France.
Entry requirements for France are the same for all travellers, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status.
Once in France, masks are no longer need to be worn in shops etc. they are recommended on communal transport and in medical establishments. The "pass vaccinal" and "pass sanitaire" are no longer required.
You can read the full current travel advice to France from the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office here - https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/france/entry-requirements. You can read the official information (in French) here - https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/covid-19-deplacements-outre-mer
Returning from France
The UK's passenger locator form has been scrapped and there is no longer a requirement for a Covid test on return to the UK. Read full current guidance - https://www.gov.uk/guidance/red-amber-and-green-list-rules-for-entering-england
French ski resorts
Our resorts were open as normal throughout the 2022/23 season. Health and safety measures to prevent the risk of COVID-19 have already been extensively tested.
There is no longer a requirement for a "pass sanitaire" or "pass vaccinal". This was previously required to access ski lifts, bars and restaurants.
Masks are no longer be needed except on transport (where they are recommended) and in medical establishments.
If you test positive for COVID while you are away: Adequate travel insurance, including winter sports cover, is a vital aspect to booking a ski holiday. Insurance covers you for cancellation from the moment the policy is taken out and we require that clients have this in place. It’s important to ensure that your travel insurance will cover you if you test positive for COVID while you are away as you may need to extend your stay; without it you would then be responsible for any additional costs incurred. Many insurance policies now include cover for COVID. Read the policy terms carefully to ensure that it covers what you need.
As with all measures, the situation is under constant review by authorities in light of the situation with the pandemic. We will therefore continue to monitor the situation closely.
Brexit - travelling to France post-Brexit
We've summarised key points below. In the main, this will have no impact on travelling to France for holidays aside from:
- No visas will be required for UK citizens. Passports will still be required as before but they will require 6-months validity and must not be over 10 years old. The UK has never been part of the Schengen passport-free European travel area, and therefore there have always been identity controls for UK travellers coming into the EU. You'll need to use separate lanes from those for EU/EEA/Swiss citizens.
- For those driving, you will only need an International Driving Permit if you only have a paper licence or if your driving licence was issued in Gibraltar, Guernsey, Jersey or the Isle of Man. This can be easily obtained from UK Post Offices for an approximate cost of £5.50.
- For those driving with their own car, you do not need to carry a Green Card from your car insurance company when you drive in the EU and Switzerland. You'll need to display a UK sticker rather than a GB sticker.
- You should get a free UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) before leaving the UK (if you have a current European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) this will be valid until its expiry date). These are valid for EU countries. Travel insurance (which we have always insisted our clients have in place, as this is good practice) should also be in place as the GHIC or EHIC is not an alternative to travel insurance. You should be prepared to show proof of travel insurance for your trip on entry to France.
- Procedures for those wishing to travel with their pets are more complex and we would urge anyone wishing to do so to look into this well in advance of travel. Find out more about the new process - https://www.gov.uk/taking-your-pet-abroad
Any other questions?
Many questions our clients we have been asked are covered on a dedicated ABTA page found here https://www.abta.com/news/coronavirus-outbreak
Peak Retreats is a member of ABTA and this helpful page provides the answers to some frequently asked questions relating to coronavirus and travel.
Our team is available to help clients on our usual office number during our office opening hours.