Skiing in France – Important Udates

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Updated guidance for skiers in France
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Please note this information has been superseded by changes announced on 16th December 2021. Find out more here.

29th November 2021: The COVID related guidance for skiing in France this winter has been further updated. The French government has now published the health protocol that will be applied in ski resorts across the French Alps this season.

All French ski areas now have a clear roadmap allowing them to open up and welcome both domestic and international skiers and snowboarders. However, there are some clear and significant requirements that will apply to many visitors.

The the “pass sanitaire” or health pass will now be required to use ski lifts for all people over 12-years old. This pass is also mandatory for restaurants (inside and out) as well as other public spaces.

Children over 12 years old (who are not double vaccinated) can meet health pass requirements by proving that they have had Covid within the past six months or through a negative lateral flow or PCR Covid test. A temporary QR code proving a negative test result (valid for 24 hours only) can be obtained at a pharmacy testing centre.

Booster jabs will be required for over 65s from 15th December 2021 if more than 7 months has elapsed since the date of the second jab. This rule will be extended to over 18’s from 15th January 2022.

Skiing in france – masks

  • Wearing a mask is now compulsory from the age of 11 on all ski lifts and in queues.
  • Wearing a mask is recommended for children aged 6 to 11.
  • Skiers are required to wear a surgical mask or a “Category 1” fabric mask (AFNOR SPEC S76-001 certification – Find out more here).
  • Pull up neck warmers are only allowed as an alternative to masks if they have the correct filtering.
  • Masks do not need to be worn when skiing.

skiing in france – Social Distancing

  • Skiers need to use the marked queues for lifts and leave a gap between individuals, or groups of individuals who are travelling together.

It is our understanding that holidaymakers can expect compliance checks when purchasing lift passes, in ski lessons, or out in the ski area.

See our general guide to current COVID travel guidance here.

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