On 1st December, the French government announced that a negative PCR or anti-gen test taken within the preceding 48 hours, is now required to access France if you’re arriving from a non-EU country for those aged 12 and over. This change is effective from Saturday 4th December; a test is required regardless of whether or not you’re fully vaccinated.
What is a Pass Sanitaire?
This is France’s digital health passport and it’s currently used to confirm that someone has been double vaccinated against COVID-19. A pass sanitaire is required to access ski lifts, venues, restaurants, bars, cafes and cinemas in France.
Face masks are required in shared bubble lifts and in lift queues as well as all indoor spaces. You do not need a pass sanitaire to visit shops and supermarkets, but you will need to wear a mask. This is compulsory.
People double vaccinated in the UK can import the NHS QR code confirming their double-vaccinated status into the TousAntiCovid app. You’ll be asked to present this as you access ski lifts, bars, restaurants, cafes and venues. You can also present a digital or paper NHS certificate showing your full vaccine status if for some reason you cannot access the app. It’s the vaccination certificate that includes a scannable QR code that you’ll need for both the TousAntiCovid app and to scan on entry to ski lifts, restaurants, bars, etc.
You should also complete a “déclaration sur l’honneur” to confirm you have no COVID-19 symptoms and that you have not been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the preceding fortnight. You can download this form in English HERE.
On 30th November 2021, the Swiss government changed their directive concerning the arrival of British tourists into Geneva Airport. This change has since been updated on the GOV.uk website HERE. If you are fully vaccinated, it is now possible to land in Geneva without any quarantine requirements and travel on to France for your ski holiday, as long as you cross into France within 24 hours of your arrival in Switzerland. You’re advised to bring along proof of your onward travel (confirmation of a hotel reservation for example) to prove your intention to leave Switzerland.
Both anti-gen tests and PCR tests are available in French resorts, with prices for an anti-gen test starting at €25 during the week and €30 at weekends, and results are available within 15/20 minutes. PCR tests are administered by the medical centres in each resort, whereas anti-gen tests are undertaken at the pharmacies in each resort.
Children under the age of 12 take on the vaccination status of their parents as they travel from the UK to France. They do not need a negative COVID-19 test to enter France.
In France, British teenagers aged between 12 and 17 years, who’ve received just one vaccination, are not considered to be ‘fully vaccinated’ and therefore cannot access a pass sanitaire until they produce daily negative anti-gen results to ‘top up’ their pass sanitaire.
The pharmacies in both Morzine and Avoriaz have the capacity to test several hundred people per day and they’re experienced in managing a large volume of tests each day. On Tuesday 7th December, The Grande Pharmacy de Morzine increased its daily testing capacity from 500 tests per day, to 1500 tests per day. It’s possible to book these tests in advance via the Doctolib website so hopefully by the time the ski season gets in full swing this should be easy enough to fit into your schedule.
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