The Skiing Green List – COVID ski News

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Latest COVID ski news update: 29th November 2021

We’ve ambitiously titled this article “The Skiing Green List” in the hopes that by the time snow is falling thick and fast there will still be a significant number of “green” destinations for skiers. We’re optimistic, but also keeping everything crossed! Unortuntely the COVID travel rules for skiers are a lot more complex now than they were even a few weeks ago.

With two missed seasons for many, we all have a new obsession that transcends snow reports and webcams; what are the latest COVID travel restrictions and predictions for skiers? The information below shows current guidance for UK citizens travelling from and returning to England, where there are variations for Scotland and/or Wales it has been noted.

This article will be updated as and when there are any changes to COVID related travel advice issued by the UK government or ski destinations. We will do our utmost to ensure that information is accurate but please do refer to official advice (see the links later in the article) before booking any elements of your planned snow sports holiday or travelling.

Latest COVID SKI News

All arrivals into Switzerland from the UK must quarantine for 10 days. It is not yet 100% clear whether travellers will be able to transit Switzerland to enter France for a holiday. The implication of current FCO advice is that it will not be possible.

Austria is currently in lockdown – a situation that will continue until 12th December. It is hoped that resorts will then reopen with COVID restrictions in place. Detailed information regarding the situation in Austria is available in this article.

France has published detailed information regarding restrictions on skiers and snowboarders. Read more here.

Detailed COVID travel restrictions and guidance

COVID Travel Rules for France

Unvaccinated Visitors: Any traveller aged 12 and over must present a negative PCR test taken less than 24 hours before departure or a negative antigenic test taken less than 48 hours before departure. If you are arriving from the United Kingdom, the PCR or antigenic test must have been taken less than 24 hours before boarding.

Fully vaccinated travellers 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. This can be found on the French government’s website
  • proof of vaccination status

IMPORTANT FRANCE UPDATE: From December, proof of booster injections – which do not yet appear in the NHS app – will be mandatory for older visitors to enter French public places, long-distance trains and restaurants

More information on skiing in France available here.

COVID Travel Rules for Austria

IMPORTANT AUSTRIA UPDATE: Lockdown from 22 November – Austria is currently in a nationwide lockdown and hotels are closed to tourists.

COVID Travel Rules for Switzerland

IMPORTANT SWITZERLAND UPDATE: The UK has been added to Switzerland’s risk country list. When boarding a plane and entering Switzerland, all persons travelling from the UK must present a negative COVID-19 test and quarantine for 10 days. NOTE: The situation re transiting to France is not 100% clear at the time of writing.

COVID Travel Rules for Italy

If you travel from the UK and can demonstrate that you are fully vaccinated, you can enter Italy without needing to self-isolate if you also:

  • fill in the passenger locator form (EU PLF) before you enter Italy to get a QR code to show to your travel provider and Border Police. You can ask for paper form if you do not have an electronic device
  • show evidence of a negative PCR or antigen test, taken within 48 hours before entering Italy

COVID Travel Rules USA

You must be fully vaccinated to travel to the United States by plane if you are a non-U.S. citizen. You are required to show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 when you travel to the United States by air. The timing of this test depends on your vaccination status and age.

COVID Travel Rules For Canada

Fully vaccinated foreign nationals are eligible to enter Canada for reasons such as tourism; however, these individuals must:

  • be fully vaccinated: a traveller must have received, and show proof of, the full series, or a combination of, vaccines accepted by the Government of Canada at least 14 days prior to entering Canada.
  • have a valid pre-arrival COVID-19 molecular test result taken no more than 72 hours before their scheduled flight or their arrival at the land border crossing, or a previous positive test result taken between 14 and 180 days before departure to Canada. Antigen tests, often called “rapid tests” are not accepted;
  • be asymptomatic;
  • submit their mandatory information via ArriveCAN (App or website), including proof of vaccination in English or French and a quarantine plan in case it is determined at the border that you do not meet the necessary requirements;
  • take a test on arrival, if selected.

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR FAMILIES: Canada requires unvaccinated children aged 12-17 to quarantine for 14 days on arrival, whether or not they are accompanied by a vaccinated adult.

COVID Travel Rules For Spain

UK Traffic Light Status: Green
The Spanish government requires all arrivals to Spain from the UK to present on entry a pre-travel declaration form and one of the following: a negative COVID-19 test (e.g. PCR); or proof of vaccination at least 14 days prior to travel.

All passengers (including children under 12 years old) travelling by air or sea must complete and sign an online Health Control Form no more than 48 hours prior to travel.

COVID Travel Rules for Sweden

UK Traffic Light Status: Green
If you are fully vaccinated, you can enter Sweden for all purposes, without the need to test or self-isolate if:

  • you received your second vaccine dose more than 2 weeks before you arrive
  • the vaccine is approved by the European Medicines Agency

You must provide proof that you have been fully vaccinated. Children (under 18 years) accompanying fully vaccinated adults are exempted from all travel restrictions, including testing.

COVID Travel Rules for Norway

UK Traffic Light Status: Green
You are eligible to enter Norway for any travel purpose if you are fully vaccinated (or have recovered from COVID in the past 6 months) and can show adequate proof.

Importantly, unvaccinated children may enter Norway if their parents possess a Covid certificate, but they must take a test upon arrival (children under 12 may be exempt from this under certain circumstances). Unvaccinated children also need to be quarantined, but may end their quarantine if they test negative no earlier than three days after arrival.

COVID Travel Rules for Andorra

English Traffic Light Status: Green
Remember all travel to Andorra requires transit through France or Spain, check rules that apply in these countries. All tourists over 6 years of age staying in the country for 3 or more nights must have one of the following certificates:

  • a vaccination certificate confirming that the holder has received the full COVID-19 vaccination dosage
  • a diagnostic certificate indicating a negative SARS-CoV-2 test result in the 72 hours before arriving in the Principality of Andorra or a negative rapid-antigen test certificate from the 48 hours before arriving at the accommodation
  • a recovery certificate certifying that the holder has recovered from COVID-19. The certificate must be the original, written in Catalan, Spanish, French or English, in printed or digital format, and must be shown when checking in to accommodation

COVID Travel Rules for Finland

English Traffic Light Status: Green
You will need proof being fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to arrival or a certificate of recovery from within the past 6 months

The COVID travel rules in full

for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

COVID TRAVEL RULES FOR ENGLAND AND NORTHERN IRELAND
For full information for all ski destinations visit the Foreign travel pages of gov.uk

COVID TRAVEL RULES FOR SCOTLAND
For full information for all ski destinations visit the COVID-19 travel and transport pages of gov.scot

COVID TRAVEL RULES FOR WALES
For full information for all ski destinations visit the Travel pages of gov.wales

A Quick Reminder: What is the travel traffic light system?

The system is based on data looking at:

  • The percentage of a country’s population that has been vaccinated
  • The current rate of infection
  • The existence and prevalence of concerning variants
  • A country’s access to reliable data and genomic sequencing

At the time of writing there are two traffic light categories.

Green:

Before you travel to the UK you must:

  • book and pay for a day 2 COVID-19 test – to be taken after arrival
  • complete a passenger locator form

When you arrive in the UK:
After you arrive you must take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2. You do not need to quarantine unless the test result is positive.

Red:

Before you travel to the UK you must:

  • take a COVID-19 test – you must take the test in the 3 days before you travel
  • book a quarantine hotel package, including 2 COVID-19 tests
  • complete a passenger locator form

When you arrive you must:
quarantine in a managed hotel, including 2 COVID-19 tests

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