We understand the Covid-19 is causing great uncertainty and may cause difficulty with your ski holiday plans and the measures in place are constantly changing with the situation. Rest assured we are here to help you, and up-to-date information is paramount.
The following information has recently been provided to us by the Val d'Isere office of tourism, but equally applies to other ski resorts in France:
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For now, the 12 to 15-year-old cannot be fully vaccinated in the UK and therefore cannot have an health pass to enter public places in France without taking a test every 24 hours (in the dedicated center located in front of medival (more info below).
The Val d'Isère Pharmacy is allowed to deliver a health pass to the 12-15 years old who got covid + 1 shot of vaccine less than 6 month ago ONLY.
Important updates regarding COVID matters
We opened as planned last week-end and it was as good as expected to see people back in Val d'Isère, on skis and snowboards.
Even if we would love to have a "normal" season, we know the situation can be worrying, that things change fast, so here is a little update for our UK tour operators and agencies.
We are trying to be as accurate as possible but the situation changes constantly, and the info could be not valid in a few days, please make sure you stay updated on your side.
To enter France
The United Kingdom is still on the French Amber list. Fully vaccinated people over 18 can enter France without essential reason to travel.
From December 4, a negative test not older than 48 hours become mandatory for all travellers (from 12 years old) coming from outside the EU *
Travellers must complete a ‘sworn statement’ form where they swear they are not suffering from symptoms associated with coronavirus and have not been in contact with confirmed cases in the preceding fortnight. This document can be found on the French government’s website.
A proof of vaccination status must be presented if needed.
Children aged 11 years old or younger do not need to present a negative test result to travel.
Flying to Geneva
After a few confusing days where we did not have a written confirmation regarding the formalities to enter Switzerland in order to transit to France.
It has been confirmed that UK nationals can land in Geneva to transit to a French ski resort for their holidays.
It is mandatory to fill in the entry form correctly and on time and to present a negative test result for everyone over 16 years old (PCR test not older than 72 hours or rapid antigen test not older than 48 hours).
Swiss Federal Office of Public Health
Consulat general de France a Londres
Health pass update
In france, people aged 12 and over need to demonstrate their COVID-19 status through the “pass sanitaire” (health pass) in order to access services and venues such as restaurants, bars, leisure complexes, cinemas, hospitals... it will become mandatory on ski lifts starting December 4.
The “health pass” consists of the presentation of one of the following three forms of medical proof in digital (via the TousAntiCovid app) or paper forma:
Full vaccination (The French Government recognises the vaccines recognised by the European Medical Agency).
“Fully vaccinated” is defined by the completion of a vaccination schedule, specifically:
1 week after the second dose of Pfizer, Moderna, Oxford/AstraZeneca
4 weeks after the single and only dose of Johnson & Johnson
1 week after the single dose of any of the above vaccines if you have previously tested positive for COVID-19
A positive RT-PCR or antigen test result showing recovery from COVID-19, dated at least 11 days old and less than six months old
Since November 29, a certificate showing a negative test taken less than 24 hours ago
New rules to come into effect in France
From the 15/12/2021
Those who are 65 and over and who have been fully vaccinated for more than six months and five weeks will need to demonstrate that they have received an approved COVID-19 booster injection in order to access the health pass (in the UK, the booster is available from 40 years old).
From the 15/01/2022
Those who are aged 18-64 years old and who have been fully vaccinated for more than seven months will need to demonstrate they have received an approved COVID-19 booster injection in order to access the health pass. The third dose will be mandatory to obtain the health pass.
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has set out new advice to the government on the booster programme. It should be extended to the 18-39 years old, hopefully, UK citizen will have their full vaccination in order to get their health pass for their holidays.
For the 12-15
For now, teenagers 12 to 15-year-old cannot be fully vaccinated in the UK and therefore cannot have an health pass to enter public places in France without taking a test every 24 hours (in the dedicated center located in front of medival (more info below).
The Val d'Isère Pharmacy is allowed to deliver health pass to the 12-15 years old who got Covid-19 in the last 6 months or got covid + 1 shot of vaccine less than 6 month ago).
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has set out new advice to the government on the booster programme. Children 12-15 years old should be given a second dose twelve weeks after their first dose.
How to get the french health pass for the 12-15
How to apply?
The applicants are requested to provide:
proof of ID
The original vaccine certificate mentioning the following mandatory information: vaccine type, lot number, place of vaccination OR the copy of the positive covid test
To apply, please send an email request to firstname.lastname@example.org with the requested documents.
Please allow at least 72 hours to process the information and obtain the QR code.
The Covid certificates of equivalence are issued in hard copy only and can be collected in the pharmacy when the guests arrive in Val d'Isère. Sending digital versions of the Covid Certificates is strictly prohibited.
How much does it cost?
The price is of 36€ per certificate and is to be paid on site when the certificate is delivered.
To ensure a timely delivery of the Covid Certificates, we encourage you to submit your guests’ applications in advance – as soon as the travel dates are known and original documents available. One email per certificate request.
Val d'Isère measures
From Saturday, December 4th, 2021
The health pass will be requested from any person over 12 years old when purchasing a ski pass.
Random checks will take places.
Health & safety measures for Covid-19
The whole village of Val d’Isère is now geared towards providing the most secure health and safety condition for holidaymakers.
This winter, Val d’Isère is striving to offer optimum health and hygiene conditions for its visitors and staff. We have implemented strict hygiene and cleaning protocols, and are doing everything we can do to ensure that all national guideline are adhered to in public spaces : social distancing, markers on the floor, plexiglass screen, and hand sanitiser dispensers have been provided. Face mask must be worn by everyone aged 11 and over in the shuttle buses, hire shops and all of the resort’s public spaces. The most frequently touched public surfaces, as well as any shared spaces in accommodations and shops, are regularly disinfected.
Covid-19 Testing in Val d’Isère
A dedicated covid-19 testing (PCR and antigen) centre is available to all Val d’Isère guests in the centre of the resort.
The online scheduling platform is not live yet and you can book an appointment via email email@example.com. Mention which test you would like to do in your email.
Antigen tests can be done every day. They cost 40€ per test and are valid 24 hours in France.
PCR tests can be done monday-friday (possible in Bourg Saint Maurice on saturdays). They cost 74 € per test and are valid 24 hour in France.
Other important information
The information constantly evolves. Please check regularly our dedicated covid-related page here.