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Coronavirus and your ski holiday

Coronavirus Travel UpdateIglu Ski is committed to providing our customers with quality ski holidays. We know that whether you are currently seeking the perfect ski holiday or are looking ahead to your upcoming holiday, you may have some questions about the effect of ongoing world events.

Peace of Mind
We're offering a range of holiday options for the Winter 21/22 season, on top of the thousands of package holidays on offer we have more self-catering chalets and self-drive options than ever before. We have package holidays offering ‘in safe hands’ promises, plus free changes on select holidays departing up to certain dates.
If you aren't sure about flying, self-drive represents a good option along with booking a private / sole occupancy self-catered / catered chalet to give you extra peace of mind. If you’re booking ski hire and lift passes you have the option to cancel for free if your holiday doesn't go ahead.

Before you travel
Firstly, it's really important to have valid travel insurance as soon as you book your holiday, there are policies that will cover you for things relating to COVID-19 out there. We work in partnership with Just Travel Cover who are travel insurance specialists. They can provide travel insurance for a range of Winter Sports Activities for travellers of all ages and will consider all medical conditions. If you would like to give them a call on 0800 294 2972 or visit their site quoting IgluSki10 to claim your 10% discount.

If you have booked a flight inclusive package and the FCDO advises against travel to that country or destination it is likely that your holiday operator will have to cancel/change your trip, in this case we will contact you to advise what your options are in the specific case, one of these options will be a refund.
If you have booked an accommodation only holiday and the FCDO advice changes, we’ll contact you to advise you what your accommodation providers position is and if changes or cancellations are an option.

Some package Tour Operators are offering a promise that they will not run your holiday if you have to quarantine on your return, in this case they will ask us to contact you with options. Where Tour Operators do not offer this promise, if you are advised to quarantine on return the Tour Operator’s normal cancellation policies will most likely apply. This means that if you don't want to travel any cancellation/changes will be deemed as one you are making and fees therefore apply.

Entry requirements

We understand the changing rules about entering a country can be hard to keep up with. Depending on where your ski holiday is booked, there will be different pre-departure procedures, as well as, different things required in resort. Please click on the country you are skiing in to find out more about their entry requirements. Last updated on 17/01/2022

Whilst on holiday - Changes in FCDO advice and Quarantine

When it comes to the change of FCDO advice whilst on holiday there are a few potential scenarios. If you are on a package holiday it is likely that your holiday operator will allow you to continue your holiday as planned or decide to repatriate you and all other customers in that destination. Until the specific scenario arises this is difficult for Tour Operators to have a clear policy on.

Whilst on holiday - Catching COVID-19
If you receive a positive test result whilst on holiday, there will be a different process, depending on where you are skiing. You may be required to quarantine in a designated government hotel or in the accommodation you are staying in, or your insurance company will arrange for a separate accommodation for you to complete your quarantine in. You must have good insurance cover before your trip that will cover these circumstances.

Financial protection
All flight inclusive packages are protected through the ATOL scheme and this information along with your ATOL certificate will be on your booking confirmation. Iglu Ski is also an ABTA member - membership number J0332. If you have an accommodation only booking you should take the appropriate insurance policy to protect you in case of supplier failure.

Travelling To France

Vaccinated travellers aged 12 and over

If you’re fully vaccinated you will need to present a printed copy of your vaccine certificate or show a digital copy. You will need to take a PCR or Antigen Test in order to travel to France, this must be taken within 24 hours of departure. Self-administered tests will not be accepted. Once you’ve arrived at your accommodation, they will also ask for proof of vaccination status whilst you are checking in.

Everyone who had their second vaccination more than 7 months ago, needs to have had a booster jab and will be asked to show proof of this. 

A pre-departure test can be booked here.

Travelling to France via Geneva
If you’re fully vaccinated you will need to present a printed copy of your vaccine certificate or show a digital copy.

You will also need to have proof of a negative PCR or Antigen test taken within 24 hours prior to departure. This can be the same test that you will use to get into France.

All travellers aged 12 and over will have to complete the Swiss Entry Form up to 48 hours before your flight arrival time. Any children travelling with you aged 17 and under can be included on your form. When returning home at the end of your holiday you will also need to complete a Swiss Entry Form when coming back from France into Switzerland.

You can find more information here.

Only travelling in France - driving/flying
Fully vaccinated travellers and children aged 12 and over will need to present a completed ‘sworn statement’ (déclaration sur l’honneur) form self-certifying they are not suffering from symptoms associated with coronavirus and have not been in contact with confirmed cases in the last two weeks. You can find the declaration form here.

You will also need to show your proof of vaccination status with a printed copy of your certificate or a digital copy on your smartphone.

This information can change quickly, you can find information about entering France on the FCDO website here.

What to expect in resort - Adults
France is using a health pass system (‘pass sanitaire’), which means you need to show proof of your vaccination status or a negative test result to enter most enclosed public spaces, like hotels, restaurants, bars, shops, public transport and ski lifts. You can show your vaccination status either with a printed copy of your certificate or a digital copy on your smartphone. We recommend that you download the app prior to travelling to ensure your vaccination status is registered within the app.

From 15 January 2022, if you have not had your booster jab, or your 2nd COVID-19 vaccination was more than 7 months ago, you will not count as fully vaccinated in France. In this instance you will need to show a negative antigen or PCR test which will be valid for 24 hours. This will be required to enter most enclosed public spaces like hotels, restaurants, bars, shops, public transport, ski lifts and ski school. This also means that you will be required to take multiple tests during your holiday. The price of tests varies, from around €29 for an antigen test to around €49 for a PCR test. The testing centre will send your result via email, which you can then download onto your smartphone, or you can ask for a printed copy.

Rules for Children when travelling to France

Children aged 11 and under don’t need to provide a negative test result as long as they’re travelling with a fully vaccinated adult. They will also not be required to do anything in order to check into the accommodation.

What to expect in resort for children
Children aged 12 and over who are not fully vaccinated need to show either:

This will be required to enter most enclosed public spaces like hotels, restaurants, bars, shops, public transport, ski lifts and ski school. A negative antigen (lateral flow) or PCR test result will be valid for 24 hours. This also means that children may be required to take multiple tests during your holiday. The price of tests varies, from around €29 for an antigen test to around €49 for a PCR test. The testing centre will send your result via email, which you can then download onto your smartphone, or you can ask for a printed copy.

Face coverings
It’s compulsory to wear a face mask in all enclosed public spaces in France. You’ll need to wear one in places like on the coach, in ski lifts and on buses, when walking around restaurants, if you’re standing without a drink in bars, and in shops. You may see social distancing markers in public spaces. Please make sure your mask is multi-layered.

Children aged 5 and under don’t need to wear a face mask in enclosed public spaces in France. Children aged 6 and over need to wear a face mask in enclosed public spaces – please make sure you bring some with you.

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Travelling To Austria

Vaccinated travellers aged 12 and over (must have booster)

From the 25th December everyone travelling from the UK needs to quarantine for 10 days upon arrival. Unless, you are fully vaccinnated and have received your booster, in which case, you will need to take a PCR test within 48 hours of your flight arrival time.

If you’re fully vaccinated (aged 12 and over) you will need to show your vaccination status using the NHS Covid Travel Pass or you can use a printed copy. Your accommodation will ask you to show proof of your vaccination status.

The information can change you can find more information here.

What to expect in resort - Adults
You will need to show your vaccination status to enter most enclosed public spaces like restaurants and ski lifts. From the 12th December restaurants will be shutting at 10pm and night clubs and apres bars will remain shut. On the mountain there will also be regular checks, a printed copy of your vaccination status might help save some phone battery.

Travelling with kids

To access your accommodation or lifts/restaurants children aged 12-15 will need to have had both vaccinations and a booster or have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 180 days. Austria has recently introduced the Holiday Ninja pass, your children can get this by taking 3 COVID-19 tests. Antigen tests are valid for 48 hours and PCR's for 72 hours. Children aged 16-17 will need to show proof of fully vaccination or recent recovery from COVID-19 as they can't use the Holiday Ninja Pass. Children aged 11 and under are exempt if travelling with a fully vaccinated adult.

There are no forms to fill in for children in order to travel to Austria.

The information can change you can find more information here.

What to expect in resort for children
Children aged 16 and 17 will be required to show proof of being fully vaccinated including a booster or that they have recovered from COVID-19 within the last 180 days.

Children aged 12 to 15
 will be required to show proof of being fully vaccinated or that they have recovered from COVID-19 within the last 180 days or the Holiday Ninja Pass. Without this they will not be able to go into restaurants or use the ski lifts. Your children can get this by taking 3 COVID-19 tests in resort.

Children aged 11 and under are exempt.

Face coverings
Everyone aged 14 and above will be required to wear a face mask (must be the FFP2 mask) in enclosed public spaces. You can buy the FFP2 face mask in most chemists or online. You will need them for the ski lift, when walking around restaurants, if you’re standing without a drink in a bar. If there are lots of people queueing for a lift you may also be asked to put on your mask. Where you can't keep 2m apart from anyone you aren’t travelling with when outside, you will also be required to war a mask.

Everyone aged 6 to 13 will be required to wear a face mask in indoor public spaces. However, this doesn't have to be FFP2 mask.

The face mask requirement is compulsory in Austria and not a choice.

Travelling To Italy

Italy has extended the Super Green Pass (your proof of being vaccinated), it will now be in place until the 31st March 2022.  Anyone travelleing ages 12 and above will need to be fully vaccinated in order to travel. If you aren't fully vaccinated you will need to isolte for 5 days on arrival. If you are travelling with unvaccinated travellers we recommend getting in contact with us about your ski holiday.

Double vaccinated travellers aged 18 or over
If you’re fully vaccinated (aged 18 and over) you will need to present a printed copy of your vaccine certificate or show a digital copy. Once you’ve arrived at your accommodation, they will also ask for proof of vaccination status whilst you are checking in.

Travelling to and leaving Italy via an Austrian airport
Fully vaccinated travellers and children aged 6 to 17 must book and pay for a negative lateral flow or PCR test. This must be taken no earlier than 48 hours prior to your flight arrival time for a PCR test or 24 hours if taking an Antigen test. Children aged 5 and under do not need to do a test provided they are travelling with a fully vaccinated adult.

All arrivals into Italy will need to complete the Italian Passenger locator form for arrival. The form can be found here.

You can find more information about entering Italy here.

Only travelling into Italy
Fully vaccinated travellers and children aged 6 to 17 must book and pay for a negative lateral flow or PCR test. This must be taken no earlier than 48 hours prior to your flight arrival time for a PCR test or 24 hours if taking an Antigen test. Children aged 5 and under do not need to do a test provided they are travelling with a fully vaccinated adult.

All arrivals into Italy will need to complete the Italian Passenger locator form for arrival. The form can be found here.

This information can change quickly, you can find information about entering Italy on the FCDO website here.

What to expect in resort - Adults
You will be required to show your vaccination status in order to access enclosed public spaces and your accommodation. There will also be regular checks on the mountain so make sure you have a digital copy or the printed copy of your vaccination certificate and your passport/driving license so you can prove your identity.

What to expect in resort for children
Children aged 12-17 will also need to show their Super Green Pass enter enclosed public spaces e.g. hotels, restaurants and public transport. 

Children aged 11 and under don’t need to do anything as long as they’re travelling with a fully vaccinated adult. They will also not be required to do anything in order to check into the accommodation.

Face coverings
Everyone aged 6 and over needs to wear an FFP2 face mask on ski lifts and in shared public spaces on the mountain like restaurants. You will also need to wear a face covering while on a coach travelling to resort. You are also required to wear a mask outdoors, however this can be a surgical face mask or an FFP2 mask. The rules are the same in Austria so if you are landing in Austria before crossing into Italy an FFP2 mask will still be required.

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Travelling To Switzerland

Double vaccinated travellers aged 18 or over
If you’re fully vaccinated (aged 18 and over) you will be able to show the NHS Covid Travel Pass in place of a Swiss Covid Certificate. You must take a PCR test within 72 hours of your flight departure time or an Antigen test within 24 hours of your departure time. You will not be able to board your flight without this test. You will be asked by your accommodation to show proof of your vaccination status when checking in.

Flying into Geneva but skiing in France
Please refer to our section about travelling to France here.

Only travelling into Switzerland
As previously mentioned, fully vaccinated travellers will need to prove their vaccination status. Children aged 15 and under do not need to do anything provided they are travelling with a fully vaccinated adult. All travellers aged 16 and over will need to show evidence of a negative PCR test within 72 hours of their flight departure time or an Antigen test within 24 hours of departure time.

All arrivals into Switzerland will need to complete the Swiss Entry Form. This must be completed no earlier than 48 hours before your arrival time. If you are travelling with children aged 17 and under they can be included on the adult form. The form can be found here.

All arrivals from the UK must report their arrival to the relevant cantonal office within two days.

This information can change quickly, you can find information about entering Switzerland on the FCDO website here.

What to expect in resort - Adults
You will need to show your vaccination certificate, either digitally through the NHS app or with a printed copy. It is likely you will also need to show your driving licence or passport with your vaccination status so make sure you keep these on your person.

What to expect in resort for children
Children aged 15 and under aren’t required to show anything to enter enclosed public spaces e.g. hotels and restaurants.

Children aged 16 and 17 can show either:

This information along with their passport will need to be shown to enter enclosed public spaces such as restaurants and bars. 

Face coverings
Everyone aged 12 and over will be required to wear a face mask in enclosed public spaces. They will also be required to be worn on enclosed ski lifts such as bubble cars. Switzerland also has social distancing rules in place which means you will need to keep 1.5m away from anyone who is not travelling with you. You can expect lifts to operate with a reduced capacity.

Swiss authorities will allow non-medical masks to be worn including neck buffs that are worn for skiing. The face mask requirement is compulsory in Switzerland and not a choice.

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Travelling To Bulgaria

Adults
The UK is currently on Bulgaria’s ‘Red Zone’ list which means that UK nationals aged 12 and over (regardless of where travelling from) must provide both:

Children
Children under the age of 12 do not need to provide any Covid documents as they are exempt.

This information can change quickly, you can find information about entering Bulgaria on the FCDO website here.

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Travelling To Andorra

Because all travel to Andorra requires you to go through either France or Spain, there are no requirements directly for Andorra. However, this is because there are requirements for France and Spain that you must adhere to.

Entry via Spain
All UK entries must present a Health Control Form and proof of full vaccination. The final dose must be at least 14 days prior to arrival and this date must be visible. The NHS Covid Pass is accepted. If you decide to print your pass, it must be from before 1 November in order to be scanned successfully.

If you are not spending the night in Spain, you should put the address of your arrival airport as the address of your stay on the online Health Control Form that you will have to complete. The Health Control Form needs to be completed no more than 48 hours prior to travel.

Under 12s do not need to show vaccination status, but they must have a Health Control Form. Children aged 12 or over need to meet the same requirements as adults.

Entry via France
Please refer to our section about travelling to France here.

This information can change quickly, you can find information about entering Bulgaria on the FCDO website here.

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Travelling To Finland/Lapland

From the 21st December, all UK travellers aged 16 and over must take a test within 48 hours of their arrival time in Finland. This is a pre-departure test that you must take in the UK before your travel. Both PCR and Antigen tests with a certificate confirming a negative result will be accepted.

Adults

If you are fully vaccinated, proof of this will be sufficient. The NHS COVID Pass will be accepted. This also applies to children of all ages.

(It is recommended that you use the digital version of the pass on the NHS app on your phone. If you decide to print your vaccination status it must date from before 1 November to scan successfully).

If you are not fully vaccinated, you cannot enter Finland without an ‘essential or compassionate reason’.

Children
Children born in 2006 or later are exempt from all requirements of either vaccination or test status.

If your child is 16 or 17 and has only had one dose or if they test negative within 72 hours before arrival, they must take a test on days 3, 4 or 5 of your stay. The tests can be booked, free of charge, when you enter Finland. Between taking the test and receiving the result, you must self-isolate. If negative, you can continue as you were.

This information can change quickly, you can find information about entering Finland on the FCDO website here.

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Returning to the UK

From 4am on Friday the 7th January you will no longer need to take a pre-departure test before travelling to England. You will also not be required to quaratine when you arrive.  

From 4am on Sunday 9th January you may take a lateral flow test instead of a PCR test. If you test postive you will need to self-isolate and book a NHS PCR test. 
 
You can book a test here. This must be booked before you return to the UK as you will need your reference number in order to complete your Passenger Locator Form.

Everyone aged 18 or over needs to complete a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) in the 48 hours before you return to the UK. If you are travelling with children aged 17 and under and live in England, Wales or Northern Ireland then they can be included in your form, provided they will be staying at the same address as you. If you live in Scotland any children under the age of 15 can be included on your form.

You can find more information about returning to the UK here.

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Airport testing

It is possible to arrange for tests in certain airports.

Geneva: The tests are carried out by qualified personnel in the check-in area of Terminal T2 (old terminal) of Genève Aéroport. Making an appointment is mandatory. Book a test here.

Zurich: PCR and Antigen test can be done at the test centre at Check-in 2 on level 1. The opening hours are Mo - Fr 05:00 - 22:00 and Sa - Su 06:00 - 22:00. PCR tests can also be taken near the central bus/tram station the opening hours are Su- Th 08:00 - 18:00 and Fr - Sa 08:00 - 20:00. PCR test results are available from within 45minutes to 3 hours. Antigen test results are ready 20 minutes after test delivery. More information here.

Lyon: The testing centre, located in Terminal 2 on level 0, is open to all without an appointment, 7 days a week, including holidays. Both PCR and Antigen tests can be carried out. PCR results will be available within 24 hours and an Antigen test within half an hour More information here.

Toulouse: A COVID-19 screening centre is located in Hall C - Ground floor level (Arrivals) More information here.

Munich: At Munich Airport, several testing options for COVID-19 are offered in the public area and within Terminal 2. For international transfer passengers (non-Schengen), a fee-based test centreis available in Terminal 2 (near Gate H17). More information here.

Sofia: There is a COVID-19 testing centre that offers PCR or Antigen tests. It can be found in Terminal 2.

Turin: The Covid Test Point of Torino Airport located at the Ski Terminal (Remote Check-In Terminal) is open from Monday to Sunday, from 8.00AM to 7.00PM All those wishing to use the service must book in advance on the Air Medical website here.

Verona: At the P4 car park of Verona Airport there is a drive-in and walk-in swab service that is available from 8:00 to 20:00, every day of the week including Saturday and Sunday. More information here.

Milan: There is a testing centre at Terminal 1 on the Arrivals Floor by Gate 4. The centre offers the Antigen and PCR tests. More information here.

Barcelona: PCR and Antigen tests are available at Barcelona airport. Barcelona Airport Terminal 1 - 3rd floor in the commercial area El Mirador - From Monday to Sunday: 3:00 – 19:00 and at Barcelona Airport Terminal 1 ground 0 - From Monday to Sunday: 9:00 – 18:00 here.

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In Resort Testing

Many of the resorts have testing centres, including a ski-in / ski-out one in Meribel. If you aren't double vaccinated you may be required to take a test during your stay as well as taking one before returning to the UK. Please find the nearest testing centres for selected resorts below

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