BBritish skiers going to Geneva airport before going to French alpine resorts will be allowed to enter Switzerland without having to self-quarantine.
The Foreign Ministry updated its advice on Tuesday after new guidelines from the Swiss government made it clear that the 10-day self-isolation requirement would not apply to visitors heading directly to the border to begin with their vacation.
Geneva Airport is the main point of arrival for many of the most popular resorts in the Alps, including Morzine, Avoriaz, Les Gets and Méribel. It is only a few meters from the French border.
The clarification raises a threat to the plans of thousands of skiers facing having to transfer their flights to airports such as Lyon, Chambéry or Grenoble or cancel their trips.
But according to a new Foreign Office notice, “there is no quarantine requirement for travelers arriving in Switzerland from the UK who wish to travel to another country, as long as the trip through the UK. Switzerland lasts less than 24 hours and does not involve a stopover ”.
The news came as a minister warned that European vacation destinations could be added to the government’s red list if there was a “push” in cases in those countries.
Health Minister Gillian Keegan told Sky News that the spread of Omicron on the continent would be “continuously reviewed” and “obviously if we get a push in cases where we can take immediate action if we do. we need “.
Fears that the latest variant of Covid detected could quickly take hold in Britain has already led to ten southern African countries being placed on a red list that requires a ten-day quarantine in a government-approved hotel for any arriving traveler.
The latest restrictions have taken their toll on the travel industry, with operators reporting bookings slowing “to a trickle” as the industry begins a strong recovery.
Willie Walsh, Managing Director of the International Air Transport Association and former boss of British Airways, told Sky Newer Kay Burley: “It’s a blow. We were seeing good signs of a recovery, it is clear that there is a lot of demand for travel, but it has certainly hurt that recovery.
“My only hope is that we review these measures quickly and remove the restrictions that have been put in place. “
Travel expert Paul Charles, managing director of the PC Agency, said: “I hope the government does not see the expansion of the red list as an easy option because it is not, the thing. sensible to do is to bring back the tests before departure. “