FRANCE WELCOMES BRITS FROM FRIDAY 14TH JANUARY 2022
For the most up to date information re. travel to France visit the French Consulate Website AMBA for more information here.
PRESS RELEASE : January 13 2022
THE FRENCH GOVERNMENT IS SOFTENING HEALTH MEASURES AT THE BORDERS WITH THE UNITED KINGDOM FOR VACCINATED PEOPLE
Fully vaccinated travellers (12 years old or more), whatever their nationality, have to provide the result of a negative PCR or antigen test (in paper or digital format) carried out less than 24h hours prior to departure.
For fully vaccinated travellers, there will no longer be any obligation to justify an overriding reason for coming to France, nor any obligation to respect a period of isolation on arrival in the national territory.
Unvaccinated travelers from the United Kingdom must continue to register, before their departure, on the digital platform “passenger eOS” ( https://passager.serveureos.org/ ), allowing in particular to enter the address of their stay in France. They must, on their arrival in France, observe a strict quarantine period of 10 days at this place; this quarantine will be controlled by the police.
NEW Travel requirements coming into France if you are fully vaccinated as of 14th January 2022:
ADULTS : Negative Antigen or PCR test within 24hrs of travelling via Switzerland into France for 16 years and above.
KIDS 12-16 YEARS : Negative Antigen or PCR test within 24 hours of travelling directly to France for 12 to 16 years. The measures applied to vaccinated adults extend under the same conditions to minors accompanying them, whether they are vaccinated or not (no compelling reason and no isolation) Minors are classed as children aged 12-17 years, an 18 year old is classed as an adult.
KIDS UNDER 12 : Unvaccinated Children under 12 – No test required.
BOOSTERS : At this stage, a booster jab is not obligatory for the travel health pass. In this respect, anyone travelling may, for the moment, use their health pass to return to France without having had a booster jab.
Travel Through Switzerland : If you’re flying to Geneva Airport (or any Swiss airport) and transiting to France, you will need a Swiss version of a passenger locator form, proof of your onward travel to France and a negative PCR or Antigen test carried out less than 24 hours prior to departure.
Completing a passenger locator form is mandatory if you are crossing into France via Switzerland which includes flying into Geneva. Follow the link below to take you directly to the Passenger Locator form :
We also include a link regarding travel from the UK to Switzerland here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/switzerland/entry-requirements
Tests whose results are not certified by a laboratory (such as the self-administered tests provided free of charge by the NHS) are not considered valid for travel.
If you are coming from the UK private entities offering registered self tests have been recommended. The following registered & certified self “fit to fly” tests have been suggested to us:
Returning to the UK (directly from France or via Switzerland)
1. If you are fully vaccinated, you are no longer required to present a NEGATIVE Antigen or PCR test before you re-enter the UK. You can read more here: UK.gov
After you arrive in England you must take a COVID-19 test. This is the test that you booked before travel. You can book either a lateral flow test or a PCR test.You can take the test any time after you arrive and before the end of day 2 at the latest. The day you arrive is day 0.
Here are some links you may find useful:
For the most up to date travel information from the UK please click the Gov.Uk website here for more information.
The French Pass Sanitaire
What is the Pass Sanitaire?
The French COVID pass, “Passe Sanitaire” originally launched in June 2021 will still be effective well into 2022.
The pass sanitaire applies to adults and children over 12 years old. Three types of proof are accepted:
Proof of full vaccination
Proof of a test less than 24 hours
Proof of recovery from COVID-19 more than 11 days ago and less than 180 days ago.
Please note: The Rules for Pass Sanitaire are changing on 15th February 2022 – More Information to follow as soon as we have notification.
Tous Anti-Covid App (NHS Track and Trace equivalent) is easy to download from your smartphone.
‘Tous Anti-Covid App’ – used here in France now recognises documentation from the UK.
Verification is carried out by checking a QR code, which may be presented in digital or paper format. QR codes issued by the NHS after full vaccination are now recognized by the French TousAntiCovid app.
The French Consulate Website has a useful link on their website here: Health Pass and Vaccination
From 15 January 2022, anyone aged 18 and over will have to have a booster jab seven months after their last injection or infection, to extend their active health pass for the Pass Sanitaire.
NB. A booster jab is NOT obligatory for the travel health pass. In this respect, anyone travelling may, for the moment, use their health pass to return to France without having had a booster jab.
Pass Sanitaire Logistics whilst Ski-ing
“The Pass sanitare is mandatory for access to ski lifts from the age of 12 years and 2 months, in addition to wearing a mask”.
Children under 12 years
Children under the age of 12 years old can travel under the status of their parents, no personal pass sanitaire is needed, hence no testing needed. Therefore, when travelling with a fully vaccinated parent – no test, no isolation and no certificate to travel needed.
Over 12 years old
Children over 12 years old can travel without vaccination or only one vaccination. However, they will need to present a negative test result. If you are arriving from the United Kingdom, the PCR or antigen test must have been taken less than 24 hours before boarding.
In France, British teenagers aged between 12 and 17 years, with just one vaccination, are not considered ‘fully vaccinated’ and therefore need a daily negative antigen test result to qualify for a pass sanitaire.
You can get cheap antigen/lateral flow tests from the local pharmacies. Currently priced at €25 (this is subject to change).
The pharmacies in Morzine (and Avoriaz) have the capacity to test several hundred people per day. We recommend booking these in advance using the link below:
Keep an eye on the local Morzine /Avoriaz site for more information: https://en.morzine-avoriaz.com/covid-19-morzine-preparing-your-safe-summer-holiday.html
You will also need to show the QR code of your certified vaccination document or testing results to enter bars and restaurants.
Upload this to the ‘Tous Anti-Covid App’, and they can easily be scanned on arrival.
You will need the Pass Sanitaire to access bars and restaurants.
The pass sanitaire applies to adults and children over 12 years old. Hence you must be double vaccinated to enter BARS and RESTAURANTS or provide a negative test result from the last 24hrs.
An Antigen Test can be used to activate the Pass Sanitaire for use in bars and restaurants which is valid for 24 hrs. These can be acquired from the local Pharmacy for around €25 Euros with results available within 20 minutes on site, and they will provide the valid QR code for proof.
Wearing masks is mandatory in France when you are inside or in enclosed areas, including the Telecabines (unless eating or drinking). This means they must be worn in shops, telecabines, when entering a restaurant or bar and can be removed once seated.
All ages from 6 and above will be required to use Face Masks in ALL public places which includes lift lines and in enclosed Telecabines. A standard blue surgical mask will suffice.
Dining in restaurants:
There are plenty of take-away options in Morzine now should the “pass sanitaire” restrictions still be in place for when you travel.
For the resort as a whole, eating out is very doable – with meals on wheels options and take aways on the slopes. You can also get a cheap antigen/lateral flow test from the pharmacy when you are here which gives you a 24 hour window to eat out in restaurants etc. This is in accordance with new regulations as of 29/11/21.
Check out our blog on Flexible Catering Options in Morzine!