Latest COVID ski news update: 21st February 2022
Trends over the past few weeks have been overwhelmingly positive for skiers and snowboarders. We don’t want to tempt fate, but there are currently plenty of options to get out to the slopes with far fewer hoops to jump through than was the case in the run up to the season. The challenge now is more around finding something available, operators, accommodation providers and agents have seen sky high demand.
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.
Returning to THE UK
At it’s simplest, completing a passenger locator form is the only remaining rule for fully vaccinated travellers.
Unvaccinated travellers still have to show proof of a negative Covid test taken two days before departure. They must also take a PCR test two days after arrival. This must be booked before travelling to the UK. If this is positive, they need to self-isolate.
COVID travel restrictions and guidance BY COUNTRY
COVID Travel Rules for France
From 12 February 2022, fully vaccinated travellers from the UK no longer need to present a negative PCR or antigen test result before travel.
Fully vaccinated travellers aged 12 and over must continue to provide:
- Proof of vaccination.
- A sworn statement (déclaration sur l’honneur) self-certifying you’re not suffering from COVID-19 symptoms and haven’t been in contact with confirmed cases in the 14 days prior to travel.
A COVID passport system is in place in France. You can find full information here: https://uk.ambafrance.org/Vaccine-pass-in-France
IMPORTANT: If you received your second vacine dose more than 270 days ago, you will also need to show evidence of a booster, received at least 14 days previously.
COVID Travel Rules for Austria
The rules for Austria have undergone a significant overhaul in the past 10 days with a number of staged changes coming in over the next month. Read more in our recent article here.
When travelling to Austria, proof of double-vaccination/recovery is required as well as a negative Covid test or a booster jab. From 22 February, the “3-G” rule (vaccinated, recovered OR PCR tested) will replace the current “2-G+” rule.
COVID Travel Rules for Switzerland
After briefly tightening up rules, Switzerland is again highly accessible and in some ways is the “easiest” option for skiers and snow boarders this winter.
From midnight on 17 February 2022, Switzerland will no longer require travellers to have COVID certificates. It does not mean all restrictions have been lifted. Should someone test positive, they still have to self isolate. From 22nd February arrivals will also no longer need to complete a Passenger Locator Form
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
Fully vaccinated visitors may enter Spain without testing or quarantine.
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.
IMPORTANT: From 1st February the final dose of a vaccine must have been received within 270 days of to travel to Spain
COVID Travel Rules for Sweden
If you are fully vaccinated, you can enter Sweden for all purposes, without the need to test or self-isolate.
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
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
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
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