There are a number of countries that are tightening entry rules due to Omicron – and that includes popular ski hot spots like Switzerland and Austria.
For example, Switzerland has imposed a new mandatory 10-day quarantine for Britons, forcing Inghams to suspend ski holidays in the country for December. Meanwhile, Crystal Ski, owned by TUI, is offering free compensation for vacations in Switzerland that are due to depart before December 21.
Other ski hot spots such as France and Italy are currently open to UK holidaymakers, but have their own rules regarding face masks and other Covid rules for those traveling to the resorts.
Below we take a look at the current Covid rules and entry requirements for some of the biggest ski vacation destinations …
Austria is currently in national containment, with hotels closed to tourists. Currently, the British cannot travel to Austria, whether or not they are vaccinated. According to Austria.info, the confinement could last until December 13 and “travel to Austria for tourist purposes will only be possible after this date”.
When the lock is lifted, you will need to be fully immunized if you want to access hotels, restaurants, bars, and other places.
If you’ve booked a package tour that is due to depart before that date, your travel agent will likely offer you the option to book at a later date or receive a full refund.
If you’ve booked your flights and accommodation separately, it gets a bit more complex. Airlines should only reimburse you if they cancel the flight, which they are not obligated to do – in which case you may have to settle for a compromise such as a free rebooking. When it comes to your accommodation, the possibility of getting a refund depends on your booking policy – again, you may need to consider re-booking.
Fully vaccinated Britons can visit without needing to self-isolate, provided they can show proof of vaccination, complete a passenger locator form before departure and also undergo a negative PCR or antigen test within 48 hours before departure. to enter Italy.
Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated Britons will need the Passenger Tracking Form, negative PCR or antigen test and will need to self-isolate for five days with another PCR or antigen test at the end.
Children under 18 do not need to be quarantined if they are traveling with a fully vaccinated parent and have a negative PCR or antigen test. Children under 6 are exempt from the test.
Anyone aged 12 or over will need a “green pass” to access the ski lifts (this shows proof of vaccination or recovery from the Covid), and masks will need to be worn on ski lifts as well as in ski lifts. common areas. Social distancing measures will also be put in place on the slopes.
You may also need to present the ‘green pass’ to access places such as restaurants and bars.
France to Introduce New Covid Testing Requirements for Britons Due to Omicron; anyone arriving from outside the EU (including the UK) will need to show proof of a negative PCR or Covid-19 antigen test taken within 48 hours of travel, regardless of their vaccination status.
The UK is currently on France’s Orange List, which means only fully vaccinated travelers can visit without the need for an essential reason and without the need to self-isolate. Not vaccinated or partially vaccinated for non-essential reasons.
This means fully vaccinated travelers can visit without needing a critical reason, and they won’t need to self-isolate. If you are not fully vaccinated, you will not be able to visit unless you have a basic reason.
Face masks are mandatory in all enclosed public spaces. As for the exterior, it is compulsory in some regions of France – check the rules of the department you are heading to.
Starting December 15, anyone 65 years of age or older who has been fully immunized for more than six months and five weeks will need an approved booster vaccine in order to use the “health pass”.
This will also apply to 18-64 year olds from January 15, 2022, for those who have been fully vaccinated for more than seven months. This also applies to tourists.
Arrivals from the UK must have proof of vaccination and proof of a negative COVID-19 test result to enter Switzerland, and self-quarantine for 10 days.
However, if you have booked flights to Geneva but are planning to go on a ski vacation outside of Switzerland, you may not need to quarantine yourself.
According to the Foreign Office: “There is no quarantine requirement for travelers arriving in Switzerland from the UK who wish to travel to another country, as long as the journey through Switzerland takes less than 24 hours. and does not involve a stopover. “
If you have booked a vacation
You are only entitled to a refund if the travel agency cancels your vacation. However, most companies during the pandemic offered flexible booking policies, including free changes – check the terms of your policy or contact your vacation operator directly if you have any questions.
The above rules and restrictions are correct at the time of writing, but may be subject to change quickly as circumstances develop. If you’ve booked a ski vacation, check out the latest Department of Foreign Affairs advice for your chosen destination for more updates, or contact your travel agent / tour operator if you have any concerns.
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