If you have booked your week to stay in a catered chalet in Méribel with The Chalet Company, you may now be wondering about the regulations surrounding travel to Méribel from the UK; your time in Méribel; and returning to the UK at the end of your stay in one of our lovely ski chalets.
The first thing to say is, it’s a bit of a minefield and will no doubt continue to be so! But we, at The Chalet Company, are trying to keep across the travel rules as best we can, with the caveat that everything is subject to change before the ski season commences and, indeed, throughout the ski season. As such, we strongly recommend that you regularly review the travel advice provided by the UK government to ensure that you have everything in place to travel to Méribel for your chalet holiday. This advice can be found here: FCDO Advice – France. We also recommend that you visit the website of your airline or, if you are driving, the Eurotunnel website or the ferry company website which will also contain useful information for entering France.
Below is a summary of the current rules in place:
Travelling from the UK to France
- Fully vaccinated adults do not need an essential reason to travel to France and do not need to self-isolate on arrival
- Fully vaccinated adults do not need to present evidence of a negative test result before travel
- Fully vaccinated adults will need to present the following documents:
- A completed ‘sworn statement’ (déclaration sur l’honneur) form self-certifying they are not suffering from symptoms associated with coronavirus and have not been in contact with confirmed cases in the preceding fortnight
- Proof of vaccination status: France will accept the UK’s proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record at the border (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/nhs-covid-pass)
- The French Government recognises the following vaccines: Pfizer, Moderna, Oxford/AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson (the vaccines recognised by the European Medical Agency). “Fully vaccinated” is defined by the completion of a vaccination schedule, specifically:
- 1 week after the second dose of Pfizer, Moderna, Oxford/AstraZeneca
- 4 weeks after the single and only dose of Johnson & Johnson
- 1 week after the single dose of any of the above vaccines if you have previously tested positive for COVID-19
- Adults who are not fully vaccinated, will need to have an essential reason to travel to France
- Children aged 12 years old or over, who are not fully vaccinated and travelling with a fully vaccinated adult, must present a negative test result (PCR or antigen). However, they do not need to provide an essential reason for travel, nor do they need to self-isolate on arrival
Returning home to the UK
- The rules for returning to England, Scotland or Wales may be slightly different so it is important that you review the government advice relevant to where you are travelling to. Links can be found from this page: https://www.gov.uk/uk-border-control
- Fully vaccinated adults, before travelling to England must:
- Book and pay for a day 2 COVID-19 test – to be taken after arrival in England
- Complete a passenger locator form – to be completed in the 48 hours before you arrive in England (you will need to enter your COVID-19 test booking reference number on your passenger locator form)
- Fully vaccinated adults, after arriving in England must:
- Take the COVID-19 test on or before day 2
- The rules for children resident in the UK arriving into England depend on age:
- Children of all ages who are resident in the UK do not have to quarantine on arrival in England
- Children between 5 – 17 years must take a day 2 test on or before day 2 (arrival day is day 0)
- Children aged 4 and under do not have to take any COVID-19 travel tests
Whilst in France (Pass Sanitaire)
- France is using the Pass Sanitaire (a health pass) to enable access to restaurants and bars, for employees as well as customers. In order to enter, people must show their pass sanitaire, which confirms that they have had Covid-19, have been vaccinated against it, or have had a negative Covid-19 test result in the past 72 hours.
- We have not had specific information that a Pass Sanitaire will be required in catered chalets but, in France, catered chalets are classed as restaurants and so we can only assume that they will be required to get into our chalets.
- As from 1 October onwards, children above 12 will need to show a Pass Sanitaire.
- The Pass Sanitaire laws will be reviewed by the French government in November.
We are very well aware that this will not exactly be welcome news, but better to know about it sooner rather than later!
We can’t wait to welcome guests back into our catered chalets in Méribel… we are pretty well booked-up but still have some available in the early-season (including the Christmas week!) and through April 2022.
Please get in touch if you have any questions about travel rules and requirements (we’ll try!), but also if there is a week you have in mind for your ski holiday in Méribel and you can’t see anything available on our website.