Holidaymakers were frantically trying to reorganize flights, fearing that travelers attempting to cross Switzerland to beach resorts in France would be taken into account by the new quarantine rules.
Under the rules, all UK visitors arriving and staying in Switzerland will be required to show both a negative PCR test result, taken within 72 hours of arrival, and self-isolate for 10 days.
Indeed, the United Kingdom is on the list of countries in the country with a “worrying variant”, following the detection of several cases of the omicron variant of Covid-19.
This means that the winter holidays in the ski resorts of the Swiss Alps will be wiped out by the mandatory quarantine, but it has also caused uncertainty for skiers in transit who wish to travel to resorts in France.
A Swiss government directive, released on Monday, said there would be exemptions for people “who enter Switzerland for the purpose of transit through the country and who intend and are able to travel directly to another country. “.
However, the Swiss tourist office has suggested that this would only apply if travelers depart from the French side of the airport, which is still under construction, rather than the Swiss side.
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Estelle Giraudeau, Managing Director UK and Northern Europe at Club Med, said: “For those who have booked flights to and from Geneva, we are working during the holidays with the earliest departure date to organize alternative flights. to French airports. “
Rob McIntosh, chief executive of Interski, said his clients had experienced mixed results this week, with some being sent home on the same plane, while others were able to transit.
“It’s as if the noose is tightening. The travel industry was the first industry to be affected and we continue with this situation with everything thrown at us, ”he said.
Harriet Thorpe, from Beaconsfield in Buckinghamshire, who was on his way to Val D’Isère, for a signing meeting with French builders on their chalet, said: “There were no flights to Lyon so we decided not to go there.
“From the anecdotes we have heard, the transfer was not a sufficient reason to enter Switzerland.”