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France COVID Entry Requirements

The travel requirements for your upcoming holiday to France may look rather different from what you have been used to in the past. When preparing for your upcoming French holiday, please ensure that you are familiar with everything that you will be required to do and act accordingly. You will not be able to travel to France without having completed these forms and purchased COVID-19 tests in advance.    

Our Sales Travel Experts and After Sales Care Team are on hand six days a week, from 9am to 5pm, to help answer any Covid-19 queries that you might have. You may also be interested to read about the measures that we have taken to safeguard against the Coronavirus in our ski resorts or our covid rules overview document. 

Last update: 25th January 2022

Flying to France

Before you Arrive in France

There are standard entry requirements for all passengers, and further requirements depending on your age and vaccination status. The same measures applied to vaccinated adults are applied to any minors who are travelling with them, whether vaccinated or not.

Please print all documentation ahead of time rather than trying to download it in the Arrivals Hall of Grenoble airport.

Passengers from the UK who are vaccinated no longer need an essential reason to travel to France and do not need to self-isolate on arrival, but must present the following documents and test results:

Fully vaccinated travellers 12+ years old

  • A completed ‘sworn statement’ (déclaration sur l’honneur) form self-certifying they are not suffering from coronavirus symptoms, nor have been in contact with confirmed cases in the preceding fortnight. The form can be found on the French government’s website https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/Actualites/L-actu-du-Ministere/Attestation-de-deplacement-et-de-voyage
  • Proof of a negative PCR or antigen test taken within 24 hours prior to departure. Self-administered tests, whose results are not certified by a laboratory (e.g.: tests provided free of charge by the NHS) are not considered valid for travel
  • Airlines are currently recommending travellers complete an EU Passenger Locator Form (PLF) pre-registration form for France which can be filled out online
  • Proof of vaccination status (see “Vaccination Status” below)

Unvaccinated (or not fully vaccinated or boosted) travellers 18+ years old & Unvaccinated (or not fully vaccinated) travellers 12-17 years old 

  • Travel is permitted only with proof of 'compelling reasons' such as urgent family issues – but with mandatory quarantine on arrival in France for 10 days.
  • A holiday does not constitute a 'compelling reason' 
  • The same measures applied to vaccinated adults are applied to any minors who are travelling with them, whether vaccinated or not.

Passengers who are 0-11 years old

Demonstrating your COVID-19 status

France will accept the UK’s proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record at the border for example, as found on the NHS App (where applicable and available or a Covid pass letter for those under 16 years old). Your NHS appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.

The French Government recognises the following vaccines: Pfizer, Moderna, Oxford/AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson (the vaccines recognised by the European Medical Agency). “Fully vaccinated” is defined by the completion of a vaccination schedule, specifically:

  • 1 week after the second dose of Pfizer, Moderna, Oxford/AstraZeneca
  • 4 weeks after the single and only dose of Johnson & Johnson
  • 1 week after the single dose of any of the above vaccines if you have previously tested positive for COVID-19
  • Proof of a booster jab to extend the validity of your health pass if your final vaccination dose was more than 6-months ago, which must have been taken within 7 months of the final dose (applicable to all passengers aged 18 and over). 

 

Wearing a mask 

Facemasks are mandatory at the airports and on your flight. Specific guidelines may vary from airline to airline, so please check with your airline for the most up to date information. For your airport transfer to resort guests aged 6 years and above require facemasks.

Our Health Partners

Our recommended, FCDO-approved Health Partners are Randox, Klarity and Qured. You will receive an exclusive discount code for Randox and Qured via email approximately one week before you travel. 

All tests must be booked before you leave the UK. 

While in France

Covid Pass

Under French covid-19 rules, many activities require a 'covid pass' or 'pass sanitaire' - a QR code proving the bearer has received a full vaccination, tested negative within the previous 24 hours or recovered recently from Covid-19. You can get a pass via the NHS App or by downloading the TousAntiCovid app.

You will be required to show your pass to gain access to the ski area, for example at lift stations.

The pass is compulsory for access to all restaurants and bars, including outdoor cafes and restaurant terraces. Guests in hotels must also present the pass to gain access to public areas including restaurants, bars, swimming pools and space facilities. A pass is not required for public local transportation such as buses. 

'covid pass' or 'pass sanitaire' 

This can be acquired by fulfilling one of the following three criteria:

1) A vaccination certificate, which conforms to the EU Digital Covid Status Certification framework, illustrating that you are fully vaccinated with a vaccine authorised by the European Medical Authority. This means:

  • 7 days after a second dose of Oxford/AstraZeneca, Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna
  • 28 days after a single dose of Johnson & Johnson
  • 7 days after a single injection for those able to demonstrate they have already been infected (this only applies to those vaccinated in France)

Please note, it is required that anyone aged 18 years and above must have received 3 vaccine doses (including the booster jab) to obtain a health pass.

2) A negative PCR or antigen test result from within the last 24 hours.

3) A document (dated more than 11 days ago and less than six months ago) proving you have recently recovered from COVID.

Those aged 12 and over are subject to covid pass requirements. 

Rules on Wearing a Mask

Please ensure that you have enough facemasks for all members of your party as we will be unable to provide masks in our hotels.

  • Approved masks are required, which can be either a disposable surgical mask or a class 1 fabric medical mask (AFNOR certified SPEC S76-001).
  • Face masks are mandatory in all enclosed public spaces for persons 6 years and above including common hotel areas.
  • It is no longer a requirement to wear a mask in all outdoor public spaces, with some exceptions, including gatherings, queues, markets, and stadiums.
  • It is compulsory to wear a mask on and while queuing for ski lifts.
  • You must wear a facemask when meeting at the beginning and end of ski school classes.
  • Wearing masks on public transport is compulsory for everyone over 11 yrs.
  • Masks are also compulsory in taxis and private hire vehicles without a plexiglass screen.
  • Masks are compulsory in common hotel areas for guests aged 6 years and above.

Before Returning to England

Mandatory Forms

Passenger Locator Form (PLF)
There is one compulsory form for everyone to complete before your return to England, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/provide-journey-contact-details-before-travel-uk to access the form.

The online Passenger Locator Form must be completed within the 48 hour period before arrival into England. After you complete the form you will receive a QR code via email. You can print this out or show it on your phone as proof of completion. You will need to present this at the airport.

Certificate to leave France
There is a further form for those aged 18 or over who are not vaccinated or not fully vaccinated to complete; a Certificate to leave Metropolitan France, which specifies exemptions for travel. Your reason for leaving will be checked before your departure by the French authorities. 

Returning to England

Covid-19 Testing Requirements

Requirements if you are returning to England before 4am on Friday 11th February

All travellers aged 5 years and over must take a PCR or lateral flow test within 2 days of their flight back into England. This applies whether travellers are fully vaccinated or not. 

If your test result is positive, you must self-isolate. If your lateral flow test result is positive, you must also take a PCR test.

Requirements if you are returning to England after 4am on Friday 11th February

If you are fully vaccinated, or under the age of 18, you will no longer need to take a test within 2 days of returning.

 

Our Health Partners

Our FCDO-approved Health Partners are Randox, Klarity and Qured. You will receive an exclusive discount code for Randox and Qured via email approximately one week before you travel. 

All tests must be booked before you leave the UK. 

Useful Links

If you would like to speak to a member of the team, contact us on 0207 3618 880 during opening hours.
Our holiday booking conditions
Latest travel information
The latest Covid-19 travel advice from the FCDO and French Government.
ATOL protection. 

Chalet Hotel Addresses

Some of the forms and Health Partners may require your resort address. For ease, the addresses for Mark Warner’s ski resorts are:

Chalet Hotel L’Ecrin, Le Val Claret 73320, Tignes

Chalet Hotel Aiguille Percee, Montee Du Rosset, Tignes Le Lac 73320

 

These requirements are to be used as guidelines only and should be used as the basis of your own research. As the instructions from the UK and International Governments are regularly reviewed, please check with our Health Partners, the FCDO and government websites for the latest requirements when travelling in and out of England.

The requirements outlined are only applicable for guests travelling to and from England, other parts of the UK and international travellers should seek further guidance as they may require following different protocols.

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