In March, the coronavirus pandemic abruptly ended the 2020 ski season, and many of us have not been able to return to the mountains since, so there really is no denying that this is the most anticipated season yet.
Skiing this Winter 2021/2022 is looking very promising, with several resorts already open for business, and we can’t wait to return to the slopes. But there are a few requirements and changes that are important to be aware of.
Whilst England has dropped most restrictions surrounding day-to-day life, these remain in place throughout Europe with mandatory mask-wearing in public places.
The rules vary from country to country but it’s clear that being fully vaccinated will make life a lot easier for skiers and snowboarders looking to hit the slopes for the 2021/2022 winter season. Being double vaccinated can count for children as young as 6 years old in some places.
We have put below the latest updates with insights into the travel rules for going on a ski holiday this Winter (2021-2022 ski season) (correct at time of publishing: 9th November 2021).
Entry rules for unvaccinated: You can travel to France if you are unvaccinated but you need to quarantine for 7 days and take a PCR test. You also need to complete a ‘sworn statement’. All arrivals need to fill out a pre-travel form.
Entry rules for fully vaccinated adults: Travellers who are fully vaccinated do not need to self-isolate on arrival & do not need to present evidence of a negative test result before travel. All arrivals need to complete a ‘sworn statement’ and show proof of 2 vaccinations.
Entry rules for children: Children aged 12 years old or over who are not fully vaccinated and travelling with a fully vaccinated adult are required to present a negative test result (PCR or antigen taken within 24 hours prior to departure. Self-administered tests are not accepted). All arrivals need to fill out a pre-travel form. Children over 12 will need to take a PCR or antigen every 72 hours for the health pass.
Entry into restaurants and events: While you are in France you will need to present a health pass for access to certain venues & events. The “health pass” is compulsory for minors aged 12 and two months to 17 years old. This “health pass” allows for three types of proof to be accepted: proof of full vaccination, proof of a test less than 72 hours old or proof of recovery from COVID-19 more than 11 days ago and less than 180 days ago. Verification is carried out by QR code, which may be presented in digital or paper format. France will accept the UK’s proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record.
Latest French Travel information: Find out more here >>
Covid-19 rules on the ski slopes in France: Face masks will be mandatory in ski stations and on ski lifts in France this winter, as a precaution. Masks will be required in queues for ski lifts and in ski lifts, such as télécabines. Once people are on open ski lifts, they will be able to remove their masks if they prefer. Also, it has been said if COVID infections hit 200 per 100,000 people then the French Health pass will be required to board lifts.
Useful website: COVID-19: rules for travel between France and the UK
Entry rules for unvaccinated: If you cannot provide proof of vaccination, you need to complete a pre-travel clearance form no more than 72 hours before and self-isolate for 10 days (can take a test after 5 days to end quarantine early).
Entry rules for fully vaccinated adults: When entering Austria you must provide either proof of COVID-19 vaccination, evidence of a current negative COVID-19 test, or proof of recovery from COVID-19. Austria will accept UK’s proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record.
Entry rules for children: Children up to the age of 17 are able to enter Austria with no need to quarantine if accompanied by fully vaccinated or recovered adults, but from the ages of 12 to 17 they also have to show proof of a negative test/past infection/vaccination.
Entry into restaurants and events: Only fully vaccinated persons, those who can prove they were infected recently with COVID-19, as well as those who can present negative COVID-19 test results, will be eligible to enter places like restaurants, hotels, events, etc. Austria will accept UK’s proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record.
Latest Austria Travel information: Find out more here >>
Covid-19 rules on the ski slopes in Austria: Skiers will have to wear face masks on enclosed ski lifts and show they have been vaccinated, tested or have recovered from COVID-19 when they book a ticket. The new measures include classifying apres-ski bars as nightclubs – only patrons who have been vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 will be let in.
Entry rules for unvaccinated: You can travel to Switzerland from select countries if you are unvaccinated. Travellers who are not fully vaccinated and do not meet one of the exemptions are not eligible to enter Switzerland. All arrivals need to fill out a pre-travel form.
Entry rules for fully vaccinated adults: You are eligible to enter Switzerland for any travel purpose if you are fully vaccinated and can show adequate proof. All arrivals need to fill out a pre-travel form.
Entry rules for children: Unvaccinated children (under 18) arriving from the UK are allowed to enter Switzerland if they are accompanied by fully vaccinated adults. Children under the age of 16 are exempt from testing. 17 & 18-year-olds must present a negative PCR test on arrival, and complete a further test 4-7 days after entry. All arrivals need to fill out a pre-travel form.
Entry into restaurants and events: Switzerland has followed France in making it mandatory to show a Covid health pass to enter public places, including restaurants, from September 13. Switzerland will accept UK’s proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record.
Latest Swiss Travel information: Find out more here >>
Covid-19 rules on the ski slopes in Switzerland: Eating inside restaurants in ski resorts will still require a Covid health pass, as in the rest of the country. Ski enthusiasts will have to wear masks in ski lift cabins and keep their distance inside buildings.
Import note to ski travellers during the Covid-19 Pandemic
We have a whole host of fabulous Luxury Ski Chalets on our website, so please do not hesitate to get in touch. We are waiting with plenty of knowledge and inspiration to help you get back on the slopes for the much-anticipated winter season.