Ski holidays 2020: the latest travel tips from the UK Foreign Office for France, Switzerland and other ski destinations

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Nothing says winter like a little skiing.Race through freshly fallen snow, sipping hot soup on the slopes and pouring a few extra pints in après-ski.

The perfect winter getaway.

Unfortunately, it’s going to be a little more complicated this year, travel advice is changing faster than you can say “COVID”.

While the start of the ski season doesn’t seem too far away, a lot can happen between now and December, and we’ll definitely see some changes before the season ends in April.

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What will this ski season be like?

Self-catering chalets are already overpriced, at least those offered by the UK’s biggest ski operator, Crystal Ski. But independent travel could still take place.

While the final regulations are still being decided, we know that the rules for face masks and social distancing in ski lift queues, restaurants and hotels will be in place at all resorts.

In La Plagne, France, digital signs will help direct the flow of skiers and avoid crowds. Socially remote ski schools will be available in the French Alps, according to euronews.

In Italy, you can expect your temperatures to be taken in bars. It’s not that après-ski is guaranteed …



If all else fails, maybe we can ski again in Richmond Park?

The aftermath has been banned throughout Austria and a curfew at 10pm will be in place.

Strict rules have already been established in Ischgl, Austria – which was at the center of a major outbreak in February and March. You must show a negative Covid-19 test result less taken within 72 hours of arrival. This can be arranged locally, but the price is yet to be confirmed.

Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said: “For all winter sports fans the message is clear – yes skiing, but not après ski. ”

So you might not have your traditional afternoon in the Alps, and there might be more rules in place, but there’s nothing stopping you from booking a snowy, social getaway like any other type of vacation. …

Depending on travel restrictions, of course.

Here is the current Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) travel advice for France, Switzerland and other ski destinations:

France



Digital signs will help direct the flow of skiers and avoid crowds in La Plagne, France (credit Unsplash)

Based on a high number of Covid-19 infections, the FCDO advises against all travel, except essential, to France.

This includes Corsica.

If you are traveling to France, you will need to complete a self-declaration form to confirm that you do not have symptoms of Covid-19 and that you have not been in contact with someone who has been in the past two weeks.

You will not have to self-isolate when entering France (unless you have symptoms), but you will need to do so when you return to the UK.

Curfews are in place in large parts of the country, where people are required to stay in their homes or accommodation from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Suisse

Again, based on the Covid-19 risks, FCDO) advises against all travel, except essential, to Switzerland. This means that if you go there you will need to self-quarantine when you return to the UK.

Travelers from the UK who are not UK / EU / EFTA nationals are not allowed to enter Switzerland, with some exceptions.

People entering Switzerland from the UK will need to be quarantined for 10 days

Gatherings of more than 15 people are prohibited in public places.

Austria



Expect strict rules in Ischgl, Austria, which was at the center of a major Covid-19 outbreak
Expect strict rules in Ischgl, Austria, which was at the center of a major Covid-19 outbreak

It is currently not recommended to travel to Austria and you will be quarantined on your return to the UK.

If you go, you won’t have to quarantine or show a test on arrival, but it varies if you head to different areas.

If you are traveling to Ischgl, for example, you must show a negative Covid-19 test result less taken within 72 hours of arrival.

The post has also been banned across Austria, and a 10 p.m. curfew will be in place.

Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said: “For all winter sports fans the message is clear – yes to skiing, but not après-ski. “

Italy

FCDO advises against non-essential travel to Italy, and you will need to self-quarantine when you return to the UK.

Entering Italy is also difficult – you must show proof that you have tested negative for COVID within 72 hours of your trip.

You can get a free test when you arrive at some airports, but it’s probably best not to be trusted.

And if you get a positive test in Italy, you will have to quarantine yourself anytime between 10 days and three weeks …

You were warned.

If you go, be sure to download and complete a Home Office self-declaration before traveling.

Germany



We would not say no to Christmas ski holidays in Ochsenkopf
We wouldn’t say no to a Christmas vacation skiing at Ochsenkopf (credit Unsplash)

Germany is exempt from the FCDO’s advice against all international travel except non-essential ones, meaning you won’t have to quarantine yourself when you return to the UK.

This is unless you are using Basel-Mulhouse-Friborg airport on the way back, which means you will be transiting through France and must be quarantined.

It’s not that easy on your way either.

Germany currently classifies the UK as “an area designated as having an increased risk of infection”, so you will need to take a COVID-19 test.

You can do this within 48 hours of arrival, upon arrival (airports and major transport hubs offer free tests) or take a test after returning to your place of residence in Germany, where you must report to the local office. health office. The test is free if it is taken within 72 hours of arrival.

You should also inform the local German health authorities of your place of residence and accommodation and go directly to your accommodation in quarantine for 14 days, unless you have a negative test which exempts you from self-isolation of 14 days.

A small number of German states require a second negative test before granting a quarantine exemption, so check the local rules you’re heading to.

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