The Covid-19 travel rules imposed are constantly changing so we recommend checking again just before you travel! Here is some helpful information before you travel.
Entering France (driving/flying)
At the moment if you are double vaccinated you do not need to quarantine when traveling to France.
You also do not need to take a PCR or Antigen test to enter France if you are double vaccinated.
Sorry to say, it is a lot simpler and easier for you to come on holiday if you are double vaccinated. The rules around those who are not vaccinated are constantly changing.
At the moment : If you are unvaccinated, or yet to receive the correct number of vaccinations for your age group you are expected to quarantine/self isolate, provide a negative test result and show proof that you are traveling for a compelling reason.
Travelling Via Switzerland : Passenger Locator Forms
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 :
This following infographic we have found, courtesy of CONSULAT GÉNÉRAL DE FRANCE À LONDRES is excellent:
What is the Pass Sanitaire?
The French COVID pass, “Passe Sanitaire” originally launched in June 2021 will still be effective well into 2022. The Passe Sanitaire has a number of local and travel uses and now also extends to children between the ages of 12 and 17 to enter various recreational facilities and eating establishments.
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 (Changed from 72 hours as of 29/11/21) old or proof of recovery from COVID-19 more than 11 days ago and less than 180 days ago. Verification is carried out by 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 TousAntiCovid app.
For over a year, TousAntiCovid has been used in France to enable users to add their COVID-19 test results and vaccination status for verification purposes.
Five vaccines are accepted in France: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, and Covishield.
Once an individual has been vaccinated, they will receive a paper vaccination certificate with a QR code. That QR code is then, in turn, read into the TousAntiCovid app by the user, to keep it on hand.
If you are not double vaccinated : An Antigen Test can be used to activate the Pass Sanitaire for use in bars and restaurants. These can be acquired from the local Pharmacy for around €25 Euros with results available within 20 minutes on site.
Due to increased number of Covid Cases in France and Europe in General – PCR and antigen tests will be valid health pass proof for 24 hours. This change will come into force on Monday November 29 2021.
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.
All you have to do is scan the QR code of your certified vaccination document, and then upload it to the app ‘Wallet.’ This will become your ‘Pass Sanitaire’ which you’ll show to enter bars and restaurants to allow entry.
The French Consulate Website has a useful link on their website here: Health Pass and Vaccination
Pass Sanitaire and Logistics whilst Ski-ing
At the moment, the Ski lifts can be accessed by all, however, we are expecting the health pass to be confirmed for lifts shortly. 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 be required to use Face Masks in lift lines and in enclosed Telecabines.
You will also need to show the QR code of your certified vaccination document 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. 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.
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.
Further to this, here are some finer details about Masks and Social Distancing while at French ski resorts:
– Wearing a mask is compulsory from the age of 11 in all ski lifts and in the waiting lines.
– Masks are recommended for children aged 6 to 11.
– Only conveyor belts may be exempted from wearing masks if used by only one person at a time.
– Skiers are required to wear a surgical mask or a category 1 fabric mask (AFNOR SPEC S76-001 certification).
– Certified neck covers will be allowed as an alternative to masks.
– Skiers must respect distances between other people or groups in the waiting lines.
– Lift operators will make hand sanitizer available
Wearing a mask is not required while skiing
Mask wearing regulations are also subject to changes by the regional Prefect.
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 tests needed.
When travelling with a fully vaccinated parent – no test, no isolation and no certificate to travel needed.
Over 12 years old
Minors, ie. Children over 12 years old can travel without vaccination or only one vaccination. They will need to present a negative test result. If you are arriving from the United Kingdom, the PCR or antigenic test must have been taken less than 24 hours before boarding.
If you are outside the UK, each traveller aged 12 and over must present either a negative PCR test taken less than 72 hours before departure, or a negative antigenic test taken less than 48 hours before departure.
Children travelling with parents aged over 12 can use a result from an Antigen test taken within 24 hours ahead of arrival into France.
The French Government Website is here for more clarity. They use a Green, Amber and Red traffic light system. Our advice here relates to uk and Amber specifically.
You can also get cheap antigen/lateral flow tests from the local pharmacies. Currently priced at €25 (this is subject to change).
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!